“Burgers are still ascendant, and these days seemingly anything goes—gourmet toppings (caramelized onions, aioli, avocado et al.), pretzel rolls, outlandish combinations (mozzarella and cherry preserve, anyone?). So how’s a hunk of ground beef supposed to stand out in the crowd? At Madison’s petite French bistro they’ve found the answer: Take eight ounces of juicy natural beef on a house-baked brioche bun, add layers of tomato confit and sautéed mushrooms, then—the pièce de résistance—top with “a voluptuous portion of heaven, lightly seared and still warm from the pan” (in the words of our restaurant reviewer, Elise Maclay). At once indecently delicious and hautely original, this burger gets our vote hands down.”

–’s Best of Connecticut 2011