Archive for January, 2014

Beer Belly Deli

January 29th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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We happened to be driving through Syracuse a couple of weeks ago, on a visit to Toronto to meet our new niece, and of course needed to stop somewhere for lunch. After researching seemingly forever to find the perfect place (what else are we supposed to do on a ten hour road trip?), we came across Beer Belly Deli, which had a burger that jumped right off the page. The Curd Burger sells for $13 and is topped with candied bacon, deep fried cheese curds, ranch and deli bbq sauce on an onion roll. Of course I was immediately drawn to the fried cheese curds, certainly not something we often or ever see in Boston, with the exception being a random guest appearance on our limited supply of poutine offerings. continue reading »

Chronicle and a Podcast

January 21st, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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Hey Burger Gang,

Just wanted to give a quick mention that I appeared on ‘Chronicle’ last week, for those not from the Boston area it is a nightly news show that focuses on pretty much anything and everything locally. I was lucky enough to chat about burgers for a few minutes, so check it out! Also just a reminder to give our podcast a listen, we’ve had some amazing people on lately: food writers, chefs, food truck owners, food photographers, etc and have plenty more fun episodes lined up in the coming weeks and months. I’m continuing to write my “Man Food” and “Night Owl” columns for Boston Magazine as well. Stay tuned for more exciting burger news coming up right here, happy burger eating!!

Bronwyn

January 14th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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If ever a restaurant was destined to have a burger, it had to be Bronwyn, right? The mere backbone of this place is all about the fat, the salt and the sizzle (generally in an encased form) so it just seemed natural that eventually they would join the burger party. The Bronwyn burger was recently announced to the food-world last week, and I knew I had to have it right away. Sounding so damn great on paper (a bacon studded patty, cabbage-sauerkraut slaw, German potato salad and bacon onion strings on the side) it just had to be great, right? continue reading »

Harry’s Bar and Burger (Providence, RI)

January 9th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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My experience with Rhode Island burgers is limited, to say the least. Aside from a brief stint for my undergrad many moons ago, I have not done extensive food research in our tiny neighboring state. On a whim a couple of weeks ago, we set off to Providence for an afternoon of bites and walking around the state’s capital. After doing a bit of on-the-fly research, we found our way out of the rain and into Harry’s Bar and Burger, supposedly one of the top burger destinations in Providence. A warm and welcoming staff made us feel accommodated immediately in this cozy casual bar setting. The burger menu is the clear highlight (as the name suggests) and they are made as sliders, with two per order and fries a la carte, with options aplenty. continue reading »

West Bridge

January 3rd, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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It used to puzzle me when restaurants that seemingly had no business putting a burger on their menu, had a burger on their menu. Especially when you consider that most burgers are fairly similar, why bother throwing your hat in the perpetual burger ring when you aren’t going to try something different? This has often been the case with some of the higher end restaurants in town who (try to) rely on premium beef and brioche bun varieties but somehow miss the mark more often than not with what should be an easy assignment. When they are successful it’s usually a fast-food inspired burger that is ultimately a very round about way of pleasing us in the way that burgers were always supposed to please us: with simplicity. West Bridge in Kendall is known for a few things: small plates, that damn egg in a jar (probably the most overrated menu item I’ve had in recent memory) and a nice cocktail list, but a burger, not so much. continue reading »