Long before Guy Fieri put Crazy Burger on the country’s radar, it was already one of my favorites. In 1995, my grandmother had read about Crazy Burger in the newspaper and dutifully brought my grandfather, brother, and me to Narragansett to give it a try. After one visit, my family was hooked. Grandma O. was always in the know. Over the years, Crazy Burger has remained one of my favorites, and here’s why.
Located on Boon Street in Narragansett, Crazy Burger is just a short walk from the sea wall and Narragansett Beach. It is embedded within a neighborhood, but there is plenty of on street parking available. For those averse to parking on the street, there is a small lot close by on Congdon Street. The interior of the restaurant is small and cozy, and you can expect a wait for a table at peak times. In warmer months, a “12+” patio is available in the rear of the restaurant. The walls are hung with local art, and the ceiling is strung with white twinkling lights, which gives the space a casual beach town vibe.
Crazy Burger’s legendary breakfast is served until 4pm. They have the usual bacon, eggs, toast, etc., but it’s their specialty breakfast items that put it on the map. The Cinnamon Roll French Toast is to die for. In fact, my family members (who are not light eaters) get an order to split. The benedicts are decadent and flavorful, and you can’t go wrong with their crepes or quesadillas either. Whatever you order, you will be stuffed!
Crazy Burger is BYOBBAM (“Bring Your Own Booze By All Means”). On my last visit, we packed a cooler full of Tilted Barn brews to enjoy with our meals. There is a myriad of non-alcoholic beverages on the menu – smoothies, juices, milkshakes, specialty coffee drinks, and more. My brother had an iced “Chai Charger” and said it was delicious. It even came with a homemade chocolate cookie. With our drinks, we sampled the Lucky Latkes and the Sweet-Risotto Corn Fritters from the appetizer menu. Both were tasty and large enough portions to share.
The last time I ate at Crazy Burger, I fully intended to order a dinner entrée. Then I got there and couldn’t resist my favorite, the Fire “Works” Burger. The beef patty, a combination of ground short rib and chuck, is coated in the house blend fennel rub and seared to perfection on the flat top. The burger is topped with melted gouda, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, bacon, chili-garlic mayo, and served on a bolo. This is a messy but incredibly flavorful burger. It used to be just a special, its popularity put it on the menu full time. My friend had the Goofy Gorgonzola Burger, which is also served on a bolo. The beef patty was topped with fresh gorgonzola cheese and caramelized onions, and there was an onion-gorgonzola dressing on the side. My brother had the Luna-Sea Burger. His patty was made from fresh ground salmon and mixed with pistachio pesto, which was baked in phyllo dough and served with orange-chipotle mayo. Burgers are all served with bean salad or slaw, but fries or sweet potato fries can be added for $1 more.
After our burgers, we were stuffed, but the Fried Mexican Ice Cream sounded so good, we couldn’t resist. Vanilla ice cream was rolled in crushed Frosted Flakes, fried, and then drizzled with caramel, chocolate sauce, and topped off with whipped cream. It was just as good as it sounds, maybe even better.
I’ve never had a bad meal at Crazy Burger, it’s consistently good. I need to come back sometime to try one of the dinner entrées because the braised short ribs, Champagne Chicken, and Salmon Pistachio piqued my interest. I can’t think of anything about Crazy Burger that’s not to like, except maybe waiting for a table. As Guy Fieri would say, “This place is off the hook.”
144 Boon Street, Narragansett • 783-1810