By Jano Tantongco
The days of American hamburgers and shakes are still alive and well at Wayback Burgers in East Northport.
Known for their classic burgers with decadent twists, as well as their creatively delicious milkshakes, be sure to come with an empty stomach.
Franchise owner Howie Zeller aims to provide the best of both worlds with excellent value coupled with outrageous flavor. Above all, Wayback brings to the table “fresh burgers, old fashioned service, made how it used to be made.”
The East Northport establishment has been open for seven years, while the franchise was started in 1991 by founder John Carter in Delaware. Wayback has expanded to comprise of 133 locations worldwide, including locations in Argentina and Saudi Arabia.
The “Cheeeesy” burger ($7.39) features a grilled buttered bun with loads of American cheese with two sumptuous beef patties. The bun itself stays slightly crispy, leading to a supremely tasty burger that’s big on cheesy, melt-in-your-mouth flavor.
The new Crispy Chicken BLT ($6.99) is made with chicken hand breaded at Wayback with a spread of mayonnaise. The chicken is tremendously juicy on the inside and perfectly crunchy on the outside, creating to a texture sensation.
It might be tough to go back to hot dog stands after trying the Wayback Dog ($4.49) topped with American cheese, bacon, grilled onions and a hearty Wayback Gold sauce. The split dog holds the myriad of toppings, giving way to an evenly distributed array of flavors, all in one bite.
As for sides, Wayback does its fries right.
The Bacon Cheese Fries ($5.99) are their classic fries topped with shredded cheese, pieces of bacon, scallions and ranch dressing. The scallions bring a zesty freshness to the side, with a rich ranch dressing to kick these fries up a notch. The Chili Cheese Fries ($5.29) are a proper rendition of an American classic, delivering meaty flavor with cheesy goodness.
Complementing a meal, or enjoyed as dessert, Wayback’s milkshakes are truly one-of-a-kind. Zeller said they were “hand-dipped,” meaning that they’re made one at a time — rather than being served from a dispenser — with fresh scoops of ice cream and fresh ingredients mixed together.
The Oreo Mud Pie ($4.99) shake mixes together delicious bits of oreos and ice cream for a hurricane of frosty, chocolatey flavor. And, the new Root Beer Float ($4.99) is created with premium vanilla bean ice cream alongside Stubborn Soda Classic Root Beer, bringing together a fizzy earthiness and creamy sweetness in one drink.
Stopping by Wayback, Foodies can also create their own burger, whether it be a single, double or triple patty, with a cornucopia of toppings like jalapenos and mushrooms, with unique sauces like their signature Wayback Gold, as well as chipotle mayo.
Orders can also be placed online for pickup.
1964 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport
Cuisine: Classic American burgers
Atmosphere: Casual and quick
Price: Inexpensive to moderate
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.