Nestled in Boston’s Theater District, Abby Lane is one of three restaurants run by “celebrity” chef Jason Santos. Probably known more for his blue hair and appearance on Hell’s Kitchen a few seasons ago than his food, Santos used to run the popular and unique Gargoyle’s on the Square before it shuttered not long ago. The room at Abby Lane is bright and clean, and about two-thirds empty on a recent lunch visit, although things seemed to have picked up after walking past the restaurant closer to dinner time in subsequent walk-by’s. The menu is pretty traditional, appealing to the masses with minor twists and turns. Three burgers are on the menu, nothing too extravagant but appealing nonetheless. I opted for the namesake, The Abby Burger, with the promise of a burger topped with smoked gouda, horseradish mayo, fried red onions, crispy fries and dill pickles. continue reading »
It’s been in the works and a project I’ve wanted to see through for a while now, but finally, the Boston Burger Blog App has arrived. It will show all recently written articles and reviews and includes a map, probably my favorite feature, which shows your current location and pins to nearby burgers that I have reviewed. Simply pull up the review to see what I thought and off you go! No more asking where the best burger is based on where you are or going to be, the app will take care of that for you. A huge thank you to Trent Hamilton who designed this for me, so download it now for your iPhone. It’s a free App so feel free to spread the word and happy burger eating!
When given the choice, who really prefers a grass-fed burger? A grass-fed burger, much like any other burger, can be as great as it wants to be if treated correctly. But the grass-fed variety is often a little more difficult to nail because it is generally very lean, and hence, less flavorful in my mind. But then again, how often do we have a choice? At The Independent in Union Square, you can get the most basic of burgers ($10) or supposedly upgrade to the grass-fed option ($14) according to my server. I was explained that if I like better flavored beef and my meat cooked rare to medium-rare then the grass-fed burger was the way. Dubious that there would even be a difference between the two and skeptical that the extra $4 would be worth it, I played their little burger game and went with the claimed superior product.
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How many great burgers are there really in Boston? The number of what I would deem exceptional isn’t quite as vast as it could be. True, there are plenty of solid to good burgers, and there is nothing wrong with having a consistent fall-back option when it comes to our friend, the hamburger. Lincoln in Southie may have my current favorite pizza anywhere in the Greater Boston area, (Although I love the original Regina’s, to me Lincoln is right there) and as I soon found out, also makes one the better burgers. The noise level is painfully high for a semi-old dude such as myself on a Thursday night, and the servers and hostesses are brash, cocky and not exactly welcoming which is a bit of a letdown. continue reading »
Did you know we’ve been doing a Podcast over at The Skinny Beet for a few months now? The Skinny Beet is of course the catering and personal chef business that my wife and I own. We’ve partnered up with the great folks over at Tell me something to talk the latest food trends, restaurant news and all things local during our podcasts which we record a couple of times a month in Brighton. We have had the absolute pleasure of talking with local radio personalities, private chefs, restaurant chefs, food bloggers, bartenders and food truck owners and have had a great, relaxed time doing them. If you’re curious you can find us on iTunes and if you are a chef, writer, photographer, restaurant owner or anyone with a strong opinion about the local food scene, we’d love to have you on, you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org Cheers!
Yes, I’m cheating a little bit. For starters, this is Boston Burger Blog, not New England burger blog. But, from time to time I may actually (gasp) eat another burger in a different city other than my own. We found ourselves in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on a whim last weekend, and like all good spontaneous road trips with us there is always a copious amount of food involved. We found our way into Moxy, a self-described “Modern American Tapas” restaurant that had been on our radar ever since the last time we visited this lovely city. Not knowing they had a burger on their menu beforehand, we worked our way through their take on small plates, bites and snacks with the harmlessly titled, “grass-fed local beef burgers” just sitting there, mocking me because the inevitable had to happen and I was going to order them. continue reading »