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