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Yankee Kitchen Great-tasting burgers come with friendly atmosphere on the side

Published: Wed, April 4, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.


The Burger Boys turn to their waitress, Megan Logan, as she arrives with their burger choices from Yankee Kitchen in Vienna.

By Anthony M. FUDA



The friendly family atmosphere brings you in, and the inexpensive, great-tasting food keeps you coming back.

We’re talking about the Yankee Kitchen, at the intersection of route 82 and route 193, where you can walk in with $5 and walk out stuffed. And did you know the Yankee Kitchen also has one fine burger?

Actually the menu offers 14 eight ounce burgers — and two junior burgers. The burgers have won the area’s Best Burger Award, so we are already off to a good start.

The Yankee Kitchen is like that place where everybody knows your name, minus the beer. The patrons are very loyal and the restaurant exudes a welcoming quality. The decor reminds you of your own kitchen with the carpeted floors and hardback chairs. It’s your kitchen, except for the cash register and the industrial stove.

The Raptis family has provided the enormous portions of food to the area since 1975. Owners Nick Raptis and Perry Gouirgalis moved the restaurant to its current location in 1981 to better serve the large number of customers who pass through the doors each day.

The restaurant’s success is a result of the employees’ hard work and dedication. The Kitchen boasts experience, with six cooks having worked at the restaurant between 18-28 years each, and one of the waitresses has logged 27 years.

We made our way through the crowded Kitchen to a roomy table, and our waitress, Megan Logan, prepared us for our burger evening. She provided the witty banter we always like and made the evening fun — and that makes the burgers that much better.

One of the chefs, Lyle Almburg, said, “Burgers have always been our bread and butter.”

The burgers ($4.10 to $5.95) are served on a nicely toasted bun, and you can add lettuce and/or tomato for 25 cents each. Or you can make it a Deluxe Platter, getting fries, lettuce and tomato ($1.85), and if you choose, you can substitute onion rings ($2.50).

The burgers arrived and we were down to business. We all agreed the toppings were very fresh and the flavor of each specialty selection (jalapeno, blue cheese, feta cheese, barbecue) added the perfect touch to the burger. We were told by the owner they do not season the beef, which makes the toppings that much more important.

Scott had the Blue Cheese Burger and said, “The Blue Cheese had just the right kick, enhancing each bite without being too overpowering.”

Eric went with the Bacon Cheeseburger and said, “The overall burger was cooked thoroughly and the bacon was deep fried, which made it good and crunchy.”

The sesame seed buns were good, but with the abundant toppings had trouble making it through the entire meal.

The only thing we did not care for were the pre-frozen crinkle cut fries. We prefer a fresh-cut potato, but we added some ketchup and made do with the crinkles.

JT summed up the evening, saying, “The Yankee Kitchen has a great burger menu, and kudos to Megan; service was outstanding. But I did miss having a beer with my burger.”

If you are looking for a great lunchtime burger at the right price then the Yankee Kitchen is the place for you.

One last very important point. When you go, make sure you have cash — don’t leave home without it! — because the Yankee Kitchen does not accept credit cards. But it does have a new ATM so you can get your paper money.


1JT(27 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Gotta love Yankee Kitchen!

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2redeye1(5539 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Their over all menu is "Great"

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3girth(4 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

yankee kitchen was a nice place to sit down relax and have a burger

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4af10(41 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

The Yankee Kitchen had a nice selection of burgers and we had a great time. The fans have spoken and they were right.

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5WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Been there a number of times in the past five years and I honestly don't care for it at all. Had breakfast each time. The lady that owned the place (I think) just kinda strutted around the place in her flashy, tight clothes that were more suited to a teenager in a night club. She seemed really vain and so did the staff. Some of the staff wore t-shirts with body building product advertisements on them and working out and fitness and so forth seemed to be the dominant topic of conversation between staff members. Fake tans, overbuilt muscles, tight clothes and the "fitness strut" were the norm for the staff. I felt like I was at Gold's Gym. To each his own. The hyper-fitness attitude was just an annoyance, not a reason for me to avoid the place. But the thing I disliked the most and what keeps me out of there is the omnipresent smell of sewage. Maybe regulars and employees don't notice it anymore but there is a sewage handling facility twenty-five feet off the side of the building and both the parking lot and the interior of the building smelled either directly or vaguely of sewage. Sorry, but that was my experience. Food was average, price was average, service was average to poor, overall vanity and "Gold's Gym" attitude of staff was a turn off. I drive by it an go to a place on 46 in Howland that is similar in style minus the staff attitude and smell of sewer.

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6MVBRB(10 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

@William - Man, it sounds like you had several bad experiences! I'm glad we saw none of that, and definitely smelled no sewer, and the staff was very friendly and wearing Yankee Kitchen T's. What keeps you going back, a number of times in 5 years? If I went to a place like that, once would have been enough.

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7ltrcar(9 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I have been to the Yankee kitchen a couple of times and found the service and the food good. I don't remember smelling a sewage problem. The thing I am having trouble understanding is why you would keep going back? (commmenting on williams post) Keep up the good work Burger guys!

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