Archive for December, 2011


December 27th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

In what may end up being the best idea we’ve ever had or the worst idea, the SBK and I headed to New York City for a couple of days to eat. I wish I could tell you we had accomplished something else, but no, this trip was all about the food, although a healthy mini-marathon of walking all through the city probably made it a little easier. Certainly multiple burgers were in order, and having not been to New York for a couple of years, I knew we had to do some of the classics. Here is a (not-so) brief guide to the burgers and everything else we consumed in a matter of days: continue reading »

Met Back Bay

December 7th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

If you’re going to talk the talk you’d better be able to walk the walk, and the Dry-Aged burger at Met Back Bay clearly has issues walking and talking at the same time. The epitome of a burger that sounds really friggin’ good on paper  (Dry-Aged beef, sharp cheddar, double smoked bacon, port wine onions, organic sesame seed bun) but is a colossal disappointment. There’s no debate that a higher price tag has to yield higher expectations and the opportunity for more critiques. It’s not nitpicking, that’s just the way it is, and this burger, priced at $18, fails in just about every aspect. continue reading »

Bocca Bella

December 1st, 2011 by Richard Chudy

I receive burger recommendations from people everywhere I turn, and my parents are no exception. Being  a natural born cynic, if it’s a restaurant I’ve never heard of or there’s very little buzz about, I’m hardly in a rush to go there. After being pushed for months to check out Bocca Bella, I finally ventured back to my Newton roots to see what all the fuss was about. Billed as a “Cafe and Bisto,” the lunch menu is dominated by sandwiches while the ever-changing dinner menu is predominantly Italian influenced. And there sits the mighty hamburger, once again a mere pawn in the dinner game, overshadowed by heartier fare and almost to the point of being off-menu, aka not the focus. But why should the burger be the focus, aside from being delicious, the burger isn’t exactly sophisticated. Sure, upscale options abound on menu’s all over, from the fancy to the faux fancy, like a cold sore, the burger is always there and not always so easy to get rid of. continue reading »