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Wylie Dufresne goes from molecular gastronomy to the people's food with Alder burger

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Don’t cry for WD~50 — chef Wylie Dufresne is already onto the next project, crafting a personal first at his other restaurant, Alder.

The burger, dubbed with no apparent lack of confidence The Burger, couldn’t be further from the molecular gastronomy with which he made his name. What it is is a combination patty of chuck and brisket from La Frieda, with an umami kick ofshio kombu (seaweed marinated in sake and tamari). It’s topped with housemade beer cheese from Greenport Harbor Brewing’s Harbor Ale and served on a Martin’s potato roll with spears of The Pickle Guys’ half-sours.

Alder began serving The Burger tonight for $13, or get it with a half order of French Onion Soup Rings and a glass of Harbor Ale for $21. It's available “from 6 to 86” (6 p.m. until sold out) Sundays through Thursdays at the bar only.

 
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