Table Hopping with Morris Gut

Tortilla Wrapped Burgers: Chef/owner Sal Cucullo Jr. serves a wonderful El Barrio Burger, with toothsome fig jam, Oaxaca cheese, wrapped in a flour tortilla. Additional specialties include Mexican Street Corn off the Cob; Calamares y Camarones Fritos; traditional Guacamole; Wood-Fired open-faced Quesadillas; Tacos and Tostadas; and fresh-made south-of-the-border cocktails. Outdoor patio. El Barrio, 185 Summerfield St., Scarsdale. 914-723-2600. 


Brisket Burgers at Smokehouse Tailgate Grill: Partners Mike Hoffer and Justin Zeytoonian re-opened their new industrial-designed BBQ restaurant a year ago in The Rockwell, a new building along North Ave., New Rochelle, near IONA. The well edited menu includes a good selection of craft beers along with signature Tacos, BBQ Chicken and Racks of Ribs. Recently, we  ordered their popular Brisket, and it was flavorful and tender. The Tomahawk Burger is prepared with Pat La Frieda beef and is a satisfying winner. Smokehouse Tailgate Grill is located at 587 North Ave., New Rochelle. 914-813-8686)


Spirited Happy Hours at Archie Grand: There’s a fun weekday happy hour revolving around half-price pizza and cocktails at Archie Grand, the 130-seat chef-driven ‘New American’ restaurant on Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains. It is owned by seasoned hospitality veterans Vincent Ninzatti, Declan Rainsford, and Rory Dolan. I took a seat at the sprawling bar early one evening and enjoyed a delicious crusty Brussels Sprout Pie, topped with mozzarella, provolone, pancetta, vincotto, a fine melding of sweet and salty, along with a couple of beers. Took half home. I like watching Nicky, the talented bartender, doing his spirited chemistry. Happy Hours: weekdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Mondays. Archie Grand, 166B Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-861-0400 


(Morris Gut has been tracking and writing about the food & dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. Call 914-235-6591,