The Ritz-Carlton’s new burger bar is an idea whose time has come.
By Judi Gallagher
Now, responding to the economics of change, the Ritz has decided to accentuate its magnificent wrap-around veranda and lush water-side environment by promoting a Burger Bar menu, at the outdoor cafe. Yes, that’s right—quite affordable, very pleasing burgers—over six different types, including a “double”—on a toasted, buttery bun, with home-made, eclectic shakes (try the s’mores version with toasted marshmallow and nutella), crispy French fries, plump onion rings, albeit frozen…..as well as chicken sandwiches….. all ritzimpeccably prepared and served. Oh, yes, there is a veggie burger. Seriously, if you are heaping into a burger bar two words you don’t mention are diet and vegetarian. Think of this as ’50s drive-in burger joint meets Sarasota royalty. The prices are so not the Ritz Carlton, either— burgers range from $6 to $9 with a million-dollar view and no servers on roller skates. With more and more restaurants offering burgers, I have a feeling this is going to be a good year for carnivores.
The burgers and shakes are both A-OK at the new Bayview Burger Bar.