The invite to the opening of Carl’s Jr. in Coney Island — a California-based fast-food chain — came with a bonus. After the tasting at the grand opening, we would be heading to an afternoon at the Sea Gate Beach Club in Coney Island, the day before the beach club opened for the season.
I couldn’t resist. Our car service to Coney Island got a tad messed up, so we arrived almost when it was over, which turned out to be a good thing as we had the management team who flew in from Nashville all to our selves to share about the company and its offerings.
We sampled Carl’s Jr’s hand-breaded chicken tenders made using whole tenders dipped in buttermilk and fried (5-piece, $7.49); the double cheeseburger charbroiled slider ($1.50), their skin-on french fries ($1.99 for small) and their Western bacon burger ($5.66) replete with a hidden fried onion ring.
The best — worth stopping in for — in their guacamole and bacon topped Angus burger on a brioche-style bun. Their guacamole is first mixed with fresh-cut pico gallo to give it a super fresh and juicy “pop” ($7.09).
Before heading to the beach club, we also tried their hand-scooped ice cream shakes ($3.99). They offered the cloyingly sweet Jolly Rancher one, that kids may like. I asked to try their chocolate one, blended with chocolate syrup and milk then topped with whipped topping. That’s the one I’d recommend without the topping.
Off the beach club with catering from a company called Tailored Events serving gorgeous nibbles and drinks with a couple creating sand sculptures that reminded me of those on the beach at Scheveningen. The Netherlands! A fun outing for sure.