Archive for December, 2012

Hops N Scotch

December 18th, 2012 by Richard Chudy

It was the burger that almost wasn’t. I had dinner at the relative Coolidge Corner newcomer Hops N Scotch over the summer with mixed results. More recently we found ourselves in the neighborhood on a weeknight for a few cocktails, and me not being the kind of guy who can ever refuse ordering a burger I haven’t had, dove right in to what I anticipated to be an ordinary burger. It’s not due to a lack of hype or accolades, but the Hops N Scotch burger just doesn’t sound very exciting, especially for a place that has an interesting Southern spin on a lot of their dishes. Why no love for the burger though? I had dreams about a Pimento Cheese topped patty with fried green tomatoes and maybe some Cajun spiced fries. Some sort of twist would have been preferred, but I digress. After talking it over with our fine bartender, I was informed that I could in fact have the burger with pimento cheese, in lieu of traditional options such as cheddar or American. Pimento cheese, for the uninformed, is a Southern staple that is basically a cheese spread (usually sharp cheddar) mixed with roasted red peppers and mayonnaise.  It could be spiced further or it could be as straight-forward as that. Additional add-ons such as a fried egg and bacon are also available for $2 a pop.

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Posto

December 5th, 2012 by Richard Chudy

There’s something to be said for the unexpected burger. Sure, you can walk in to just about any pub, fast food place or middle of the road restaurant and order a burger and be reasonably sure of what to expect in size, flavor and price. At Posto in the Davis Square neighborhood of Somerville, the pizza is the star attraction, along with a healthy dose of all things Italian-American. Normally if/when I order a burger at a place that doesn’t specialize in burgers it feels as if I’m ordering off the kids menu. While I may have received a few glances in my direction that screamed, “what are you a moron? Why did you order a burger at a pizza place?”  The end result turned out to be a very delicious and exceedingly enjoyable burger.  continue reading »