Archive for November, 2012

Back Deck

November 28th, 2012 by Richard Chudy

To grill or not to grill, that is the question. At Back Deck, they rely heavily on the old standby, our good friend the grill. If the vibe is intended to look and feel like the prototypical “back deck” in most suburban houses, they’ve certainly succeeded. Picnic tables and a brightly lit interior set the scene, and the smoke of the grill is evident if not overwhelming. The aptly named “backyard burgers” offer three slightly intriguing choices; the Santa Fe burger (pepper jack, avocado, tomato salsa), the Muffaletta (provolone, Creole olive salad, garlic mayo) and the Mexicali (pepper jack, avocado, chipotle mayo and green chili salsa). Being a sucker for all things New Orleans, I opted for the Muffaletta burger, which rings in at $13.

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The Butcher Shop

November 14th, 2012 by Richard Chudy

Damn you, expensive burger. There is a time and a place for the pricey hamburger (anything in that $15 and up range, I think) if executed right. At a certain price point I come to anticipate a level of culinary craft and skill. Anything less than a fully functional sandwich technique-wise (cooked to temp, seasoning, etc.) and it just opens the doors to a justified list of criticisms. I’ve gone on and on regarding the merits of high end versus low end and quality when factored into the complete package. When successful, the “high end” burger is a divine treat; examples being Craigie on Main, Back Bay Social Club and Radius, whereas places such as the former Oak Room, Catalyst and Neptune Oyster fell short. The Butcher Shop, Barbara Lynch’s South End restaurant and butcher spot, unfortunately lies in the less accomplished category. continue reading »

Olde Magoun’s Saloon

November 6th, 2012 by Richard Chudy

How often do we judge a burger before we take that first bite? We assume it’s going to taste one way based on expectations or the decor of the restaurant; burgers served in a pub should probably taste one way versus a white tablecloth setting which should yield different results. But is that fair? Or is the Boston restaurant scene that predictable? Rarely do we get a proper aioli when we’re anticipating Dijonnaise, or we expect a unique beef blend but instead get treated to a frozen patty. Magoun’s Saloon in Somerville is a beautiful blend of a classic pub with a familiar but slightly different burger; sort of the old meets the new but there is a burger for every taste on the menu. It feels like the anti-RFO’s, and if you know me that’s a very good thing. The extensive burger list boasts the normal (cheddar, bacon, Swiss) toppings and the not-so-normal (pulled pork, kielbasa, mac and cheese, foie gras butter) and unlike their burger rival down the road, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles are all free. continue reading »

A giveaway!!

November 6th, 2012 by Richard Chudy

Let’s do a giveaway.. Boston Magazine’s 3rd annual¬†Taste event is coming up next Monday night at the Mandarin Oriental, featuring some of the top chefs, restaurants and mixologists in Boston. Tickets are valued at $95, but I’m giving one winner (plus a guest) the chance to attend. Want to win? Just tell me which restaurant you’re most excited to “taste” and I’ll randomly select a winner on Thursday. For extra entries leave a comment on the Boston Burger Blog Facebook page or Tweet me with the hashtag #tasteboston Good luck and I hope to see you there!!