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Dec 27, 2007 06:13 AM

Best Burger in Dutchess County?

I'm sure this topic has been brought up already but where can you get the best burger in dutchess? Any suggestions?

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  1. I have not been there for several years but The Hobnobbin Pub in Red Oaks Mills used to have a very nice burger, and I have had quite a few good burgers at The Eveready Diner in Hyde Park. However, in my opinion the best burger in Dutchess is not in Dutchess - it is across the Hudson River at the Raccoon Saloon in Marlboro ( You can order two sizes - "regular" and "petite" but even the petite is sizable. burgers come with choice of french fries, sweet potato fries, or onion rings and their homemade ketchup. if you sit at the bar, you also can get fresh homemade potato chips. voted best Burger in the Hudson Valley in '05, '06 and '07.

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    1. As Mike in Rhinebeck says, the best burger in Dutchess is not in Dutchess, but in Ulster. That said, I have had the Raccoon Saloon several times and it is lacking compared to that at the Armadillo on Abeel Street in Kingston. I rate it one of my top five for life, and the raccoon isn't even in the top 100.

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      1. re: georgeb

        Wow, not even in the top 100. Are there any places on this side of the Hudson (dutchess) that you have tried and liked?

        1. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

          Not for burgers. I guess that I would give the jitterbug at Andy's Place a thumbs up (for a jitterbug) and their chili is pretty good (with cheese and onions), but not a burger that rocks my world.

          I've given the raccoon lots of chances over nearly twenty years, and none of them has been worth the 20 mile ride from my house to Marlboro.

          1. re: georgeb

            So I tried Racoon Saloon this weekend and thought the burger was very good. I currently have it in my top 5 but I'll have to try your suggestion. I wasn't a huge fan of their homemade ketchup. I like that they make their own but I think so many people are so acustomed to Heinz. It's funny, they even asked us 2 or 3 times if we needed Heinz. So it must be a request they get a lot. I was dissapointed in their fries. They were greesy and soggy. Not crispy at all. Many of them were stuck together also. Seemed like they were not properly drained.

            The other suprise was the great view. I had no idea it would have a view of the hudson and that water fall was really cool.

      2. The Keltic House, on Main St. in Fishkill and Michael's, on route 9, also in Fishkill get my vote!