Food and drink: Burger Month and Big Chill heads south

Iron Hill's burger selections

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant launched its annual Burger Month celebration, featuring 31 varieties. More than a couple dozen are still available.

The promotion, now in its 16th year, includes all 20 locations for National Burger Month.

Burgers include the Fried Green Tomato BLT Burger with cherry pepper mayo and the Jalapeno Popper Burger. There’s also the Rockin Moroccan Salmon Burger with red onion jam, baby arugula, and green herb sauce. Naturally enough, Iron Hill has suggested beer pairings to go along with the burgers.

Iron Hill will also have a May 31st Crowd-Sourced Burger Challenge to close out the month. On May 1st, Iron Hill will share the burger recipe on the brewery’s social media channels and fans can submit their suggested names. The winner will receive a $100 Iron Hill gift card.

Iron Hill started on Main Street in Newark and was headquartered in Wilmington for many years. It is now based in Exton, PA, after Delaware legislators failed to change the state’s three-brewpub limit. Demand for Iron Hill’s brews led to the need for a production brewery and the lack of action by the General Assembly took Delaware out of the running.


Iron Hill now has locations as far south as Atlanta. It closed one Buckhead Atlanta location, breaking the streak of keeping all locations open over its quarter-century history.

The brewery-restaurant is not standing still and is opening a new location in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

View the complete Burger Month Menu here

La Vida North Myrtle Beach Big Chill

La Vida Hospitality, based in Rehoboth Beach, recently opened the Big Chill Island House on a waterfront location in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

It follows the success of the Crooked Hammock restaurant-brewery the the same area.

The restaurant features an eclectic menu with Asian, Hawaiian, coastal seafood and a burger option.

By the way, you can fly to Myrtle Beach, beginning this month, with Avelo resuming twice-weekly service on its Boeing jets.

La Vida’s footprint includes Crooked Hammocks and Taco Rehos in Lewes-Rehoboth and Middletown, along with Big Chill Surf Cantina and Big Chill Beach Club in coastal Sussex.

Crooked Hammock locations feature large outdoor areas with picnic-style seating and a place for youngsters to run around. La Vida’s Taco Reho converted two former chain fast food spots that now offer Califonia-style tacos and related fare.

La Vida got its start with Nage, an upscale Lewes-Rehoboth restaurant that has since closed.