Archive for March, 2010

Central Kitchen

March 22nd, 2010 by Richard Chudy

More often than not, when I order a burger it looks better then it tastes. The burger at Central Kitchen is a perfect example of this, as it arrives on a towering, freshly baked bun with a gorgeous cylinder of fries. I’m always weary of the ‘too much bun” factor, it’s really become my biggest pet peeve, as few places get the meat to bun ratio correct. While the bun at Central Kitchen is tasty, it’s just overwhelming. Add to that an assortment of “too much stuff”, red onion, lettuce, tomato and the like, and the beef just gets lost. What does stand out is the Vermont Cheddar, perfectly melted and tangy, a beautiful choice that reminds me of the cheese on the Craigie burger. continue reading »

The Blue Ox

March 21st, 2010 by Richard Chudy

Sometimes I wish I was more like my dad when it comes to food, he loves to eat everything and always thinks it’s amazing. Maybe it’s just my profession, or maybe I’m just critical in general, but more often than not, at least in terms of food, I can always find faults, but believe me, I’m just as hard on my own cooking as I am on anyone else. My dad has been hounding me for weeks to check out The Blue Ox in Lynn, his old stomping ground, to check out their burgers. I’ll travel great lengths for a great meal, but was skeptical to see if Lynn could produce a meal that was worth the 40 minute drive from the suburbs. If you read this blog with any frequency, you know that above all else, I appreciate effort. Give me something in the way of passion, dedication or inspiration for a burger and you’re ahead of the curve. Too often I eat burgers that were put on a menu for no apparent reason other than to put a burger on the menu. Where’s the love, if you’re putting something on a menu and charging people, shouldn’t you stand by it? I have to give The Blue Ox credit for at least showing me that passion, it’s a new American restaurant of sorts, but they offer three different burger options, so there’s something for everyone, they just can’t quite fully execute up to my burger standards. continue reading »

Trina’s Starlite Lounge

March 3rd, 2010 by Richard Chudy

There are elements of Trina’s Starlite Lounge that I enjoyed, too bad none of them were related to the food. I do have to admit that this place, which feels part diner, part pub, part dive bar, has a terrific ambience and is certainly a spot I’d love to come back to and drink sometime, I’ll just have to make sure I eat before I come. I’m sure I’ll here it from locals who frequent Trina’s, because it really is a local place, people come here regularly and might even know the owner, get tanked, have a few drinks and think the food is great. It is not. Yes, I am only concerned with burgers for the sake of this website, so who knows, maybe the chicken and waffles is a tasty dish, but on this night, the burgers just didn’t work for me and greasy beyond belief onion strings are not the way to my heart. (although reciting Saved by the Bell lines and signing Pet Shop Boys’ songs would be a good start). continue reading »