If you ask chef Matt Storch to describe Match Burger Lobster, he would say, “refined roadside shack.” Where better to eat in the summer?
The restaurant is the latest culinary venture he opened last year with co-owners Susan McConnell, Jason Wojnarowski, and the Bloom family (Norm Bloom & Son, owners of Copps Island Oysters in Norwalk) at 580 Riverside Avenue in Westport.
The down-to-earth chef, who recently won Food Network’s Chopped (the episode aired on April 24), has a knack for giving people what they never even knew they wanted. He already owns SoNo’s Match and Nom-Eez (think Vietnamese with a side of donut) in Bridgeport, and more recently, Storch launched a restaurant that serves what just might be the perfect summer food and aptly named “Match Burger” — a patty consisting of chuck, round, short ribs, and brisket (a blend of 80% meat and 20% fat, provided by Fleishers Craft Butchery, the custom butcher shop located right next door to the restaurant), then soaked in melted butter, next charbroiled, and finally covered in a cheddar cheese and crispy bacon bits sauce and topped with sweet-and-sour caramelized onions, all served on a sesame seed-studded brioche bun.
Is your mouth watering yet?
“I’ve always loved local summer drive-up roadside shacks, and decided to start serving a single type of burger at Match on Thursday evenings,” Storch recalls, “just 36 burgers each night, all made the same way, and they always sold out.”
The chef knew he was onto something, and purchased the building space adjacent to Fleishers Craft Butchery (which has additional locations in Greenwich, Park Slope, and the Upper East Side in New York) to open Match Burger Lobster, with plans to procure the meat for his burgers and other menu items from the butcher shop.
“It seemed like the perfect match,” Storch says, “for me to work with Fleishers, whose locally sourced, pasture-raised, grass-fed beef, which contains no hormones or antibiotics, would help make for the perfect burger.”
Rich Sastre, manager for Fleishers Craft Butchery in Westport, adds, “We wanted to align ourselves with a company that places value on locally sourced items, and Matt was an obvious choice.”
Match Burger Lobster offers not just the aforementioned burger (smaller and plainer renditions are available as well) but also lobster rolls, whole lobsters, fried oysters, foot-long hot dogs (also from Fleishers), french fries, onion rings, beer, wine, and some of the most decadent desserts you can imagine, beginning with a simple brownie sundae and ending with donut slushies. Yes, you heard that right, donut slushies.
The restaurant offers several donut-based desserts, such as the slushies, which consist of a blend of donuts and milk, and “donut holes with a twist,” as Storch refers to them, which involve donut holes and sweet concoction-filled syringes — with which diners may use to fill the donut holes themselves.
The new restaurant, with its red-and-black interior featuring kitschy saltwater buoys, lobster traps, and, not surprisingly, cow motifs — including a large neon heifer — is designed so that customers can easily walk through the connection between Match Burger Lobster, which is open seven days a week, and Fleishers Craft Butchery, and also dine inside or out.
And for his next trick? “You might just see a burger/lobster combo with foie gras and black truffles appear on the menu,” Storch concludes. Who knows where his imagination will take him?
For more information, visit matchburgerlobster.com or call 203-557-8800.