Archive for November, 2009

The Local

November 20th, 2009 by Richard Chudy

Something just isn’t right about The Local, a “Gastropub” that has been open for roughly a year in West Newton. There seems to be an identity crises with this place, they call themselves a Gastropub, meaning pub food that has been escalated to another level, and they claim to specialize in local, seasonal ingredients. How clichĂ©d. I can barely notice the Gastropub claim, I mean sure, you don’t see Tuna Sashimi in pubs everyday, but maybe for good reason. What you do find are burgers, Iceberg salads with blue cheese dressing and chicken wings. Wait, The Local has all these things? What am I missing? Maybe they take the traditional and make them better you say, well, based on our meal there, not a chance. continue reading »

The Doneness of a Burger

November 11th, 2009 by Richard Chudy

As written before, food is a very personal thing. Everyone has preferences, no matter how bizarre, and some people can never break away from their food biases. I’m biased towards a medium-rare cooked burger because I think that tastes the best. I think most people would agree that a medium-rare burger is the juiciest and most delicious way to enjoy a burger, some like it cooked rare (too raw for me) and some like it medium-well to well (too dry for me). continue reading »