Archive for May, 2011

The Blue Room

May 31st, 2011 by Richard Chudy

Photo courtesy of Christine Liu,

I’ll never complain about the lack of cheese on a burger again. At least not in the case of The Blue Room, a little hideaway of a place in Cambridge. Accompanied by my buddy Christine, this was not a restaurant I had heard all too much about, best case scenario it would be another Fireplace situation. A great burger in an otherwise unsuspecting environment. They really put the cheese in cheeseburger, no question about it. The cheese is a Bouche du Poiton. Don’t worry, I hadn’t heard of it either. It’s basically a goat-meets-brie-meets-blue kind of cheese. And they are not shy about it, a huge hunk, rind and all, sits atop the burger, just about larger than the patty itself. It’s not melted at all, but I’m not even sure that it could or needs to be. It is warm though, and it is delicious, but shouldn’t it be more about the beef and less about covering it up with a very strong (yet flavorful) cheese? continue reading »

5 Napkin Burger

May 14th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

Has there ever been so much hype revolving around one burger? Trust me when I say it affects me and it definitely affects you. 5 Napkin Burger opened with an incredible amount of fanfare. I’ve never been asked by so many random people if I had been and what I thought of it. The bloggers, the media, and general burger lovers everywhere were coming out of the woodwork for this one, and for the vast majority all were signing praises to the Burger Gods. It’s humorous to me me how predictable people are; all I’ve been hearing are great things about 5 Napkin, if I write a favorable review I get nothing but confirmation, if my review is less than generous I’ll hear all about how overrated it is. The average blogger will go immediately when the restaurant opens just so they can say that they went. The problem is they don’t know if it’s any good or not, they just think it’s supposed to be great, hence all the buzz that follows. Here’s what I know: 5 Napkin makes a good burger, but it’s flawed, and something billed as the greatest before most have even been makes it more of a flaw. Phew. continue reading »

A Burger Meat-Up at Redline…

May 9th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

Come join Boston Burger Blog at Redline on May 17th at 7pm. It’s a social gathering of all burger lovers to celebrate National Hamburger Month. We will be having a slider eating contest, prizes, and cocktails. Bring some friends and have some fun!

Redline (CLOSED)

May 8th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

How many great burgers are there in this city for under $10? Go ahead, I’ll wait for a minute…I’m labasted often for only liking expensive burgers, that paying anything over the $10 threshold is elitist and snobby. But hold on, where do you go for a cheap burger? Most cheap burgers are priced that way because, quite frankly, they suck. The exceptions to that rule, of course, are: Highland Kitchen, Flat Patties, and the Common Ground. And that’s about it. It’s not my fault the strong majority of quality burgers here are costly, I like what I like and see no need to defend myself any further.

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May 1st, 2011 by Richard Chudy

I often find that burgers never match their given price. Where does the price even come from? You put lipstick on a pig it’s still a pig, right? I guess if you put wannabe fancy ingredients on a burger it’s still a burger. While I can in no way justify the $17 price tag on the Clink burger, topped with a fried egg and Cheddar, it is quite delicious, the perfect examples of balance and restraint. Nothing is over-done and everything is in tune from one ingredient to the next. It’s also a rare example of grass-fed beef that tastes pretty good. Not superb and not overly beefy or fatty (although I guess that’s the point) it does hit on a few different taste buds. The meat is cooked medium-rare as requested, is juicy but not overly-so, forgive me if I penned those words before. If you’re searching for an impeccably juicy burger that is greasy, satisfying and to the point, Clink is not that burger. But if a straight-forward, grilled and well seasoned burger is all your after, this is a place worth taking a closer look. continue reading »

Beat the Heat

May 1st, 2011 by Richard Chudy

Those in the know are aware of my Celtics obsession. I basically have two interests; burgers and the Boston Celtics, I have the maturity level of a ten year old… Anyway, one of my fellow burger buddies who lives in Miami have a “friendly” little bet going for the upcoming Celtics-Heat playoff series which starts today. Inspired by Super Bowl bets that occur every year between the mayor’s of each respected city, the winner of the Celtics-Heat series will receive a gift certificate from the winner’s favorite burger place in their city. Let’s go Green!