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.

First and foremost, the promised Dry-Aged beef is frustratingly ordinary, how this costs $7 more than the straight up Prime Blend is beyond me. It tastes like no Dry-Aged meat I’ve ever had, instead feeling more like it was taken off of the scrap heap. It’s also over-cooked, calling it medium would be generous (it’s more like a medium-well) despite my ordering it medium-rare. Hard to defend this one, it’s sometimes forgivable if the flavor is still there, but for the price tag and the fact that they have an entire menu focused on burgers, it’s a tough one to overlook. Unfortunately there is very little flavor to speak of; dry, un-seared, and boring, the burger deserves more. The double smoked bacon is crispy but devoid of any serious smoke, fat or flavor, and the onions are watery and have no hint of the promised Port. I could care less if my bun is organic or not, but I do care if it’s dry and seemingly stale. The skin-on Fries are borderline passable, with an oily interior and not enough salt, there was probably less than a dozen of them in the small basket it is served in.

It’s an egregious burger for $18, over-cooked and bland, the suggestion of superior meat is an insult. Don’t fall for the burger that over-promises, because it’s most likely going to let you down. But don’t think I’m mincing words; this has nothing to do with expectations or having higher hopes, the Met burger was lousy, on my one and only visit, fair or unfair that’s what I have to judge.

Overall Score: 58

 

5 Responses

  1. Dylan says:

    I went there last year. The WORST burger I’ve had in Boston, and I’ve been to a Burger King.

  2. Dan says:

    Rough review, guess I can skip this place. Have you been to the Met restaurant in Chestnut Hill? They advertise Burger Mondays I wonder if it’s the same bad burger? http://bostonchefs.com/news/event/2011/12/5/burger-mondays-at-the-metropolitan-club/

  3. “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.”

    – ZING!!!

  4. S says:

    You are a hard man to please. The amount of phenomenal restaurants that you have bashed on this blog is insane.

    • I would hardly call Met Back Bay a “phenomenal” restaurant. I am hard to please, that much is true, but it’s never about bashing top notch restaurants, more about me not liking a burger. Just an opinion.