Archive for July, 2011

Market (CLOSED)

July 22nd, 2011 by Richard Chudy

Am I crazy, or did I just eat a fantastic burger? Nine times out of ten, I don’t think twice about the burgers I eat, once I’m done I move on to the next one. I’m generally more excited for the burger I haven’t consumed yet, while still trying to respect the one in front of me. Too often it’s because they’re a bore; same ingredients, probably over-cooked, and less than the desired requirement of salt and pepper. The Market burger, for some reason without any fanfare whatsoever, takes the cliched burger and makes it as delicious as can be. Folks, we have a new contender on the Boston burger scene.

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Scarlet Oak Tavern

July 19th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

I’ve explored the depths of non-city burgers once or twice, most recently here. I’m a city boy, more or less, but I have no qualms about traveling all over this state, region, or country for great eats, never mind a great burger. Hingham isn’t exactly the farthest destination, but far enough for the SBK and I to enjoy a little car ride while I swear at traffic all the while. Scarlet Oak Tavern was the destination, and I’m happy to report it was worth the trip. I opted for the Gus Burger (cheddar cheese, smoked bacon and a fried egg) for a mere $12. Arriving hot, juicy, and with a dominating char aroma, it was satisfying and worthy of the price tag. Not without flaws, but if you’ve read anything on this website before, that shouldn’t surprise you. continue reading »

Local 149

July 1st, 2011 by Richard Chudy

The food at Local 149 can described as uneven; this after multiple attempts, a couple of very good burgers, and a couple less than stellar. The people behind The Biltmore in Newton take on a similar vibe in the new Southie spot, a very ambitious gastro-pub of a menu, that isn’t always triumphant. At it’s best, the Local Cheese Burger is a delight; with grass-fed sirloin, cheddar, pickled green tomato and seaweed salt fries. Trust me, this is as normal as the menu gets, which isn’t to say I don’t appreciate at least reading the menu, the flavors are often presented as bold and unique, but my taste buds don’t always agree. The Patty Melt is less successful; two all-beef patties, sauerkraut, Muenster and 24 hour ketchup. Yeah, there’s a lot going on, individually the components work, but never fully unify to become the great burger they could be. continue reading »