Archive for August, 2010

Local Burger

August 29th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

I’m fine with the fact that my friends think I’m a food snob at this point. (probably not limited to burgers I imagine)  I make no apologies for my opinions, especially when I don’t like something, and I did not like the burger I had at Local Burger in Northampton. No, technically it’s not Boston, but if it’s in Massachusetts, it’s fair game. I can applaud Local Burger the way I’d applaud b.Good, using local, sustainable ingredients is terrific, but if it doesn’t taste good, what’s the point. And there wasn’t much to like about Local Burger, the fries are way oversalted, not fried properly, and are downright greasy. The burger itself, on a cold, plain Jane sesame bun, has too much stuff on it. Stuff in the form of lettuce, tomato and onion, the normal routine, but it’s practically a veggie sandwich with a thin layer of sad, rubbery meat underneath. And that beef, grass-fed and local, does nothing for me, and quite honestly, most grass fed burgers aren’t worth the hype, as it’s missing the one key component that makes a burger great; the fat. I’m speaking, of course, about local beef, which is often quite lean. The real trick and the real challenge, would be to eat a local, grass-fed burger that tastes delicious, it has been done before (Craigie, of course) but can it be done again? I can’t deny the enthusiasm of the staff and the atmosphere here, but it’s the same problem as b.good, all the passion and dedication in believing what you’re serving is great, but at the end of the day, so few people care about sustainability and sourcing entirely local (this writer does, vehemently) the common thread is flavor, and Local Burger forgets the most important ingredient of all.

Overall Score: 60

Am I picky?

August 13th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

It’s more of a rhetorical question, but I’m sure many of you will chime in with a resounding “yes.” I’ve never felt I was picky, I may nit-pick, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like anything. This website is devoted to my quest to find the best burger in Boston. I honestly feel this website would be much more boring if I handed out high marks for the majority of burgers I ate, liking everything ruins credibility, and my strict guidelines for finding the best will not be compromised. continue reading »

Bukowski’s

August 11th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

Bukowski’s stinks, I can’t be any more poetic than that, but it’s just so lazy. Going for lunch yesterday I had read all about the not so secretive “buck burger” which used to cost $1.67 but now has reached a whopping $2 for the standard hamburger before 8pm on weekdays. Fries and any toppings will cost an extra dollar, so the addition of cheese and a side of fries still made it an unbelievable deal at $4. There’s so bullshit here, literally a burger with cheese, a bun and fries, this burger’s got no place to hide. Best case scenario it could have been on par with Highland Kitchen, who did things the right way and made sure each ingredient was perfect. But Bukowski’s doesn’t seem to care, why ask how I want it cooked when it’s going to arrive way overdone anyway?  continue reading »

August 11th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

Going to be on the panel for tomorrow’s discussion with Boston’s Hidden Restaurants. Topics to include: clam shacks, ice cream stands, farm stands and more. See if I can talk about anything other than burgers… (I’m not sure that I can) Here’s the link:

http://hiddenboston.com/online-discussion-0810.html

Big News

August 10th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

Very thrilled to now be a part of the eating everywhere team, they wanted unbiased, and I think it’s fair to say no one is more unbiased than I am. Looking forward to mixing in burger reviews with non-burger reviews, cookbook discussions and general industry chatter. Please check out the website, which is based out of New York, but with some Boston insight coming their way.

Corrib Pub

August 7th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

I think expectations often dictate how a burger will be. While I’m still on the search for the best burger in Boston, I’m also realistic, I don’t think each new burger will be the best one and I can end my search, but I have to get to them all. I never expected the Corrib Pub to have Boston’s best burger, and it doesn’t, really I expected it to be somewhat of a train wreck, so in that respect I was slightly surprised that was relatively tasty. Conversely, I’ve been to numerous places that were supposed to be the greatest (Radius, O’Sullivan’s, 5 Guys) but couldn’t live up to the hype, it’s not that I disliked those places just to be different, but when the majority of burger enthusiasts are saying it’s the best, and it falls short, then it’s a serious downgrade. The Corrib Pub has three locations in the Greater Boston area, in a bit of a rush, we hit up the Brighton spot for a quick lunch on Friday. continue reading »