Secret menu items are all the rage in the fast-food world, offering interesting and creative food combinations for customers in the know. Now these covert culinary dishes can even be found in some of the Hudson Valley’s very own restaurants. Residents and passers-by of Patterson, NY, can now order Iron & Wine Restaurant’s exclusive and decadent secret menu item: the queso fundido burger. Owner Tom Stevens, who opened the restaurant a little over a year ago, gave the Hudson Valley Magazine an inside look and taste of this secretly rich late-night-indulgence burger.
This ultimate diet-breaker is not for the faint of heart. Two burger patties are completely lathered in a four-cheese, still-bubbling queso sauce, topped with fresh pico de gallo, and sandwiched between two slices of garlic toasted bread. Based on traditional queso fundido recipes, this burger is known for its rich, fondue-like cheese. Combined, these ingredients form one heck-of-a-burger, both unbelievably delicious and incredibly filling. It’s one of those burgers where you might resort to using a knife and fork to tackle the overflowing patty, or you can simply embrace the yummy messiness.
Owner Stevens has developed his culinary taste and style from years of practice and travel. He has a particular penchant for both South American food and comfort food, and this secret burger captures the essence of both those loves. He also enjoys making a few other secret menu items, such as his homemade version of pizza puff pastries, which he loves for people to request. Whether you are taking a seat at the bar enjoying Iron & Wine’s happy hour, or simply feeling up to the challenge, all you need to do is ask for their secret queso fundido burger!
Photo by Lauren Berg
Iron & Wine Restaurant
3191 NY-22, Patterson
Open Wednesday through Monday from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.