Archive for January, 2011

Neptune Oyster

January 28th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

Often praised and spoken about, the burger at Neptune Oyster in the North End was my next destination is search of the best burger in Boston. To no surprise, the menu is dominated by fresh seafood, leave it to this nitwit to order one of two dishes on the menu that featured beef, it felt like I was ordering off the kids’ menu. It’s my fault for thinking this burger would be excellent, how could a burger be any good at a seafood restaurant? It’s different, I’ll give you that, maybe that’s why it’s so beloved, when do you ever see a burger with fried oysters? I feel that too often people like or dislike their meals before they even eat. Brioche, ground beef, garlic mayo, oysters and relish may sound appealing, but does it actually work well together? In my opinion, it does not, too much burger and way too much bun overwhelm everything else in this burger, despite being pretty well seasoned.

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The Oak Room (CLOSED)

January 11th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

There’s a reason people get pissed off for spending more than “x amount of dollars” for just a hamburger, we’re so accustomed to fast-food, cheap, backyard burgers that barely cost anything. Ground beef, bun, lettuce, tomato, cheese, done. Why the expensive trend? What makes a burger gourmet or pricey anyway? Most of the time, it’s expensive because of a famous chef, or because it’s served on brioche and is topped with fancy aged cheddar. But does that ever really justify an $18 price tag? I have loved some expensive burgers before, but I wouldn’t automatically call them gourmet, they may be carefully prepared and have a little more finesse than say a grease-bomb burger at a diner, but ¬†it’s always hard to justify a big price tag. And this just in, the burger at The Oak Room at the Fairmont Copley Plaza is quite awful, and it would be bad at any price, but for $18, it’s downright offensive. continue reading »

2010, a year in burgers

January 11th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

Okay, it’s well past the new year by now, but hey, better late than never, right? As always, last year was filled with some great, some good, some adequate and some downright awful burgers. No two burgers are alike, and every experience is unique and fun in it’s own way, which is exactly why I love the pursuit of burger perfection. Moreover, I want to be able to have an opinion on any and every place that serves up the quintessential American food, to be able to identify the best in each part of town, and know that I’ve tried them all. But I’ve got a long way to go, the burger list grows constantly, and sometimes, so does my waistline, but alas, all in the name of research I say, so it can’t be that bad.


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