Articles filed under ‘Reviews’

Centre Street Cafe

March 30th, 2015 by Richard Chudy

 

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Centre Street Cafe is the type of quaint and tight knit spot that we don’t nearly have enough of around these parts. On a recent Sunday brunch visit, the line was out the door and the dining room was buzzing; it instantly felt comfortable and familiar. Chef Brain Rae, formerly of Rialto, also happens to be serving a cute little number of a burger as well. Available for lunch and brunch only, the “Maine grind burger” is a $14 treat, and a judgment free zone if like me, this so happens to be your first meal of the day.  continue reading »

The Bancroft

March 25th, 2015 by Richard Chudy

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If any type of establishment should have a great burger, it’d have to be a steakhouse, right? I mean, the classic pub and fast causal categories make a lot of sense too, but great beef should be a no-brainer for a place that specializes in red meat. And The Bancroft in Burlington passes the meat test with flying colors. The lunch and brunch only burger sits at $15 and is a treat; not flawless, but what burger is. Brioche, crispy onions, cave aged cheddar, fries and pickles round it out on a pretty presentation in a gorgeous room.  continue reading »

Sycamore

March 17th, 2015 by Richard Chudy

Sycamore

Is the burger a trend? Moreover, is the forced gourmet platform of our dear burger just a flash in the pan? I sure hope not, but even as more and more places start offering a burger, there are the pundits who will always put their noses up at the sight of yet another burger. But if you think the burger, in any form, is going away anytime soon, you are incredibly naive. Enter Sycamore in Newton, a buzzworthy restaurant ever since it opened a couple of years ago, which up until a few weeks ago had never served a burger. But why start now? You got me, it’s not the type of place that needs to draw in less adventerous diners and serve a common burger, but clearly the level of excitement to add their take on the classic is something that many chefs and restaurants can get behind, if nothing else than for the mere enjoyment of it all.  continue reading »

Lulu’s Allston

February 6th, 2015 by Richard Chudy

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Shiny and with an open concept, Lulu’s still has that new restaurant smell and is a welcome addition to the Allston ‘hood. The menu is vast with pub influenced bites, plates and sandwiches and a slight accent of gluttonous offerings to boot. Two burgers appear on the menu (three if you count a black bean one a burger; I don’t), one very normal, one very much a knife and fork sounding job. Of course I had to have both the Lulu’s Burger ($12) and the fittingly named Bad Ass Burger ($15).  continue reading »

Savin Bar and Kitchen

January 22nd, 2015 by Richard Chudy

Savin Bar and Kitchen

Ho hum. I’ve had this burger before and you’ve read this review before. Not literally of course, but the burger at Savin Bar and Kitchen in Dorchester is not unlike many renditions I’ve had thus far. Not surprisingly, after hundreds and hundreds of burger eating experiences, it’s inevitable that there similarities among them. Hanging out with the man himself, my friend Adam Xii of Radio BDC fame, our focus ended up shifting towards music, as it often does, instead of the sandwich before us. And that’s mostly a good summary of the lunch; the burger is and was totally fine, but attention worthy or even debatable on its success was sort of an afterthought. Completely adequate and satisfying in a way that most burgers are as a whole, we could just as easily leave it at that.  continue reading »

Snappy Patty’s

January 15th, 2015 by Richard Chudy

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True food savants will likely point to the word “slider” as a very specific form of burger with steamed onions and soft and very squishy buns with a credit card thinness of a beef patty as the mainstay. Anything less (or more) than that verges into the mini burger category, and let’s not miss that distinction. Newish Snappy Patty’s in Medford is somewhere in the middle, not quite a slider, not exactly a mini burger and hints of patty melt territory even if they insist on calling them patty melt Sliders (direct from their website). It doesn’t matter though, they are quite tasty, a little flawed, but satisfying.

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