The Whelk

The Whelk – Westport, CT

A couple of weeks ago I was driving back from Pennsylvania and couldn’t decide where to go for dinner.  I had a real hankering for a burger and immediately remembered how much I love the gourmet burgers at The Whelk.  I called the restaurant and of course they were totally booked, but the hostess said that I could eat at the bar.  It was about 6:45pm on a Friday night and the place was packed when I pulled up.  I decided to park anyway and try my luck.  After checking in I was immediately seated at the bar and given a menu.  Of course I knew that I had to have that delicious burger, but saw the muscles on the appetizer column.  I ordered the muscles to start and the burger for my main course.  The muscles were absolutely delicious and the broth was to die for.  The server asked me if I was done, and I was, but I just couldn’t let her take that delicious broth away.  I told her I wanted to hang on to the broth.  My burger came right up and I dug immediately dup in.  Patrons at the bar were super friendly as well as the staff.  I was having such a good time talking with Massimo and everyone around me.  Suddenly I decided to dip my fries into the leftover muscle broth.  It was so unbelievably delicious that I ended up dumping all of my fries into the broth and fishing them out by the handfuls.  Eating the burger and fries soaked in muscle broth. My God I needed a shower!  Patrons and the staff were still chatting away with me and I have to admit I was having the best time.  Chef Bill Taibe came out of the kitchen to say hello and admitted that his muscle broth has become the condiment of choice for the fries.  I have decided that The Whelk has become the Cheers of Fairfield County.  Even if they don’t know your name they will welcome you with open arms anyway. 


The Whelk

575 Riverside Avenue

Westport, CT 06880

Phone: 203.557.0902





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Massimo Tullio



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