L & H Burgers aims to satisfy all palates
Rockland — Who doesn’t love a nice juicy burger sometimes? John Stowe has been searching for the “Great One” for a long time and finally decided sometimes it just better to make it himself.
The growing industry of burgers throughout the country has increased steadily during recent years and range from fast food styles to deluxe high-end, organic burger companies. Stowe wanted to try something that would satisfy all types of eaters, including adults, children, vegetarian and chicken lovers in the Midcoast area. Stowe is not new to the restaurant business. Rustica is his other endeavor, which has built a wonderful following of locals and tourists to the area. He wanted a completely different style of restaurant that was casual and fun for all ages. This is how L & H Burgers was born.
L & H Burgers, named after his children Lily and Hannah, opened in mid-June at 315 Main St. in downtown Rockland. He redesigned the space next to Rustica with the help of his new landlord, Chris Hanson and Cold Mountain Builders. Stowe wanted a space that was different; fresh, bright, colorful and a bit modern.
The menu reflexes the décor and includes farm-raised, hormone-free burger, chicken and homemade veggie burgers, hand-cut French fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries and homemade Asian and traditional coleslaw. Toppings are fun including traditional lettuce, tomato, onion but also eight types of cheese, pesto and chipotle mayos, haystack onions, balsamic tomatoes, roasted red peppers and many other combos that customers can create. Stowe has also created some signature burgers including the Picasso, the Rajun’ Cajun, the Rachel, South of the Border and the Shroominator. All burgers can be a choice of meat, chicken or vegetarian. There are also creative salads served with a choice of burger with no bun for those who are gluten free or enjoying the low-carb lifestyle.
The menu has also recently expanded to include Panini, salads, chicken wings, quesadillas, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, and a hummus plate with seasonal veggies and pita. The dinner menu will also be expanding this fall with comfort foods such as meatloaf, pork chops, ribs and Philly cheese steaks. A nice selection of beer and wine are available. And for those with a sweet tooth, milk shakes, ice cream floats and a selection of desserts are offered.
Stowe has always wanted not just a restaurant for people to enjoy a good meal but also a place for people to connect, relax and enjoy their community. Located a few steps from the Strand Movie Theater, it is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat before heading to a show. L & H Burgers is also a space for adults and children to have an art opening and Stowe is looking to get a variety of local talent showing regularly. L&H offers punch cards for frequent eaters, an option for a quick lunch for local businesses (just call in orders and they will be ready for pick up), WiFi, daily specials, catering for local events and space for private parties.
The restaurant is open for eat-in or take-out service six days a week (closed Sundays) and serves from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Mondays through Wednesdays and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays. Phone: 593-7996.