Archive for February, 2014

Beat Hotel

February 28th, 2014 by Richard Chudy


The folks behind The Beehive in the South End opened up the Beat Hotel in Harvard Square and pretty much made a similarly delightful burger. The Prime Burger ($15) is a tall one, staring right back at you like many classic pub-looking burgers before it. The menu offers no hint of what’s to come, but after digging a little deeper I learned this burger comes with a Port Wine aioli,¬† crispy tobacco onions, served on a Hi-Rise potato roll and a side of vinegar slaw. Interesting that none of that is listed on the actual menu and even more interesting that I probably found it more favorable before I learned all that, since you could barely taste any of it. But I digress; it’s forgivable because it’s quite delicious no matter how you slice it. continue reading »

Beacon Hill Bistro

February 20th, 2014 by Richard Chudy


It’d probably be simpler if we could ignore price and just focus on the quality of the burger in hand. In some ways, price is just one factor of many, but it’s always something to think about, especially when that price tag slowly creeps higher and higher. But the flavor of the beef can often trump the price tag, within reason of course, and that beef better be damn great to be worthy of semi-frequent visits. The Beacon Hill Bistro burger launches off at $16, which comes with a side of fries and a red eye aioli (more on that later), and nothing else. Upgrading with cheese (cheddar or blue) will set you back $2, as will the bacon of the day. Of course I went with both, and for all you math majors out there, that comes to a grand total of $20. But how was it?
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A burger cookbook

February 18th, 2014 by Richard Chudy
JM Burger

Photo by Katie Chudy

I am thrilled to announce that I am officially writing a burger cookbook with my friend Samuel Monsour (formerly of JM Curley) and it will be published by Union Park Press and is coming out in April 2015!!! We couldn’t be happier to start working on this project, testing out recipes and eating way more burgers than we ever thought possible. We have some unique ideas we are working on that I can’t wait to share with you guys, so stay tuned for many, many updates along the way. Thanks as always for all the ongoing support!

All Star Sandwich Bar

February 12th, 2014 by Richard Chudy


This is not one I’m supposed to like, right? The over-the-top burger that is the Elvis Double Grilled Cheese Burger (or was, this was a special that hopefully is back in the rotation again soon) at All Star Sandwich Bar may be one for the ages, if nothing else than for a seemingly very glutenous burger that is actually pretty damn respectable. On paper, this burger is a beast, taking the Elvis inspired burger to a whole new level, arriving tall and proud with a 1/2 pound burger, sharp cheddar, honey glazed bacon, peanut butter, pickled Fresno chiles and grilled banana. Oh, and did I mention it’s served in between two grilled cheese sandwiches? Still with me? I can’t say I’ve ever had a burger like this one before, and the big question hanging over my head was whether or not I’d want to have another burger like this one again afterwards. continue reading »