Elevated Fast Food in Westhampton Beach

A new retro-inspired take-out joint is serving up hefty hamburgers and crisp sweet potato fries to fill a fast-food void in Westhampton Beach.

Big City Burgers took over the old Johnny Chih’s and opened July 11 after a four-month-long renovation project, says manager Anthony Catanzaro. The take-out restaurant owners are hoping to do a few things – burgers, hot dogs and fries – well, as opposed to trying to perfect all the dishes on an enormous menu.

Other than delis and roadside food trucks, a hamburger or hotdog on the run is impossible to find in Westhampton Beach. Big City, however, has culinary standards higher than the average fast-food chain, Catanzaro said.

The kitchen locally sources produce to dress hamburgers, Catanzaro said. The burgers themselves are delivered premade and fresh.

The owner, who declined to share his name, took a similar route sourcing his signature chicken burger. The standard beef alternative, turkey burgers, are hard to find fresh, he said. Chicken burgers, accented with chopped tomato and parmesan, fit his fresh requirement.

Big City also hosts the first Long Island location of a popular New York City franchise, Atomic Wings. The wings come smothered in sauces ranging in spiciness from “mild” to “suicidal,” as well as chipotle barbecue, teriyaki and honey mustard. The “hot” wings had a kick, but were still flavorful.

Catanzaro hopes to offer his customers beer and wine by the end of the month. The restaurant will have a Long Island draft – either Blue Point or Southampton Publick House, Catanzaro said.

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