The folks behind White Horse Tavern in Allston (also of The Avenue, Harry’s Bar and Grill and Shanghai Social Club, to name a few) invited me in yesterday to chat burgers, of course. Lucky for me (and for all of you) it’s a pretty damn good time to be invested in the burger business, as places seem to be popping up left and right these days, but I for one always think there is room for more. I’m proud to be be the first to report that White Horse Tavern is going to be a lot more burger-centric on their menu in the coming days and weeks. I sampled a bunch and was incredibly impressed with the quality of beef (ground in-house from Pineland Farms), house-made pickles and freshly baked house buns. The 4 ounce chuck roll patties are cooked on a massive flat-top and some of the burgers include a brunch burger with hash browns, a fried egg and bacon, and a ballpark burger made with a sausage patty, peppers, onions and fresh mozzarella. The menu is a la carte but the basic burger starts at $4, with sides (Sea Salt Fries, Parmesan Truffle Fries) starting at $1.50. I also wanted to share that on Tuesday, August 5th beginning at 11:30am, White Horse Tavern will be giving away 1,000 burgers until they run out or at midnight, whichever comes first. You will receive a 4 ounce griddled fresh ground Pineland Farms beef burger, on a freshly baked house bun, homemade pickles, and choice of cheese. 1 per customer, no additional purchase needed. Additional toppings and fries are menu price. Over 21 after 7pm. Chef Josh Davis says he dares the Allston community to eat 1,000 free burgers on August 5th. I’m definitely not one to blow smoke, but I was very impressed with the burgers I tried, and have long been a proponent of the burgers at The Avenue for years. The new menu officially rolls out on July 29th, so do yourself a favor and check it out sometime soon.
Hey there, Alden and Harlow, no pressure or anything. Many folks (both local and national) have been anointing the Secret Burger one of the best burgers in the country, never mind locally. I’m always wary of such proclamations, for obvious reasons, and try to avoid the hype machine as best I can before heading into a place. How good could it really be? I’ve eaten my way through a great (and uncomfortable) amount of burgers over the last few years. Many have wowed me, some have disappointed, and most have been just fine and dandy. I dined at Alden and Harlow on a busy Thursday night, knowing full well that a burger would be in my future. They mention on the menu that there is only a limited number of burgers available on a nightly basis (rumor has it about three dozen, with a few withheld for late-night service) although I have yet to hear of many, if any people getting rejected because they had run out. To me it feels like a cooler Craigie on Main approach: the burger is there for the taking but clearly there are a bunch of other fine dishes the chef would rather have you enjoy; it’s not hidden even if it is limited. I certainly wouldn’t complain if Alden just turned into a full-blown burger joint, but something tells me chef Scelfo wants to flex his culinary muscles a little more than just serving up our most beloved sandwich. continue reading »
It’s just a burger, right? Right. I don’t totally “get” some places. I mean, I get it, you serve burgers in a fast casual kind of way, and not that you need to reinvent the wheel, but why go through the trouble if you aren’t going to try something new and interesting? I do suppose for some majority of people out there, the classics and the straight-forward are all they’d ever want or need in a burger joint. So despite my pretentious desires, there is always a market for the simple and the pure burger. A&B in Salem, relatively new, is housed in the old Salem jail, giving it a unique look and offering table service and awkward waiter interactions despite most checks coming in under $10 per person. Not that there’s anything wrong with the service, that part is just fine, and my lazy ass certainly appreciates it. continue reading »
My mom, for reasons that might or might not have been clear to me, has been constantly singing the praises of the burger at Canary Square in Jamaica Plan for quite some time now. Finally, on mother’s day, I caved. Not that I thought it wouldn’t be a great burger, but more because I was sort of enjoying the back and forth game of the elusive burger, and the saleswoman pitch she kept giving me. It’s a bustling restaurant on this particular Sunday night, the first warm day/evening in a while, and neighborhood patrons appear as if they have been coming here for years. The service is a tad slow when you want it to be faster, and very quick and short once they realize you are done for the night. continue reading »
I’m doing a giveaway with the good folks at Kayem as part of their new line of artisan sausages. Want some free Kayem swag including a sample of the new sausages? Just drop a comment below telling me what your favorite thing to grill in the summer is. Contest ends tomorrow at noon, and then one lucky winner will be announced. For an extra chance to win, leave an additional comment on my Facebook page or via Twitter. Good luck!!
You know the drill. A simple burger is bound only by its parts and labor. Great beef, bun and fries are more paramount than the burger loaded with a myriad of toppings and the like. Sure, great beef, bun and fries are always important, but if you go the straight-forward route, you are only opening up yourself to a closer inspection with nary a sauce to hide behind. The burger at Cook, in Newton, comes with nothing more than cheddar, lettuce, tomato and onion on their burger, and for $13 is probably about all you can expect from this middling restaurant. continue reading »