Articles filed under ‘Reviews’

Five Horses Tavern (Davis Square)

July 14th, 2016 by Richard Chudy

This site has been largely dormant for a while now, but I’d still like to ultimately post more regularly. However, in the interest of trying to shake things up a little bit, gone are the days (at least for the foreseeable future) where I write full-length burger reviews. I just don’t have it in me anymore. I found that most of the time I’d eat a burger, get caught up in everything else, and never get around to writing the review. It didn’t seem fair to the restaurant or you the reader to write something weeks, or even months after enjoying said burger. Moving forward I’ll just be doing quicker snapshots of the burgers I consume, starting with a recap on Instagram (username: bostonburgerboy) and the overall score posted the next day. That’s it for now, I’m always around in meal form even if I am a bit off the grid sometimes, so keep the suggestions coming and I’ll keep eating those burgers. Cheers!


Five Horses Tavern (Davis Square)


Five Horses

The good: Accoutrements were outstanding. In this case: crispy onion strings, dirty cheese sauce, pickles, tomato preserves and Kewpie mayo. There was a dominant sweetness that balanced nicely with the buttery beef. The flavors were slightly competing, but you could pick up the nuances of everything. I could have eaten a sandwich with just the sauces and vegetation within the burger. Tater tots were flawless and superb.

The bad: The beef was a bit overcooked and the ciabatta bun was a little too flaky and bread heavy for its own good. About a 50/50 ratio of beef to toppings, the purist in me would have loved more beef flavor although I did thoroughly enjoy the condiments and vegetables included here.

Overall score: 84

Worden Hall

March 22nd, 2016 by Richard Chudy

Worden Hall

If I eat a decent burger do you need to know about it? I’d say most burgers I consume fall into the “pretty good” category; not fully memorable or in the top pantheon, but certainly worth your hard earned cash if you are in need of a burger fix. Worden Hall, a newish spot in Southie, attempts to elevate the commonplace pub staples into something a little more refined. But are they successful?  continue reading »

Island Creek Oyster Bar

February 24th, 2016 by Richard Chudy

ICOB Burger

Remember when I used to write a new burger review as often as once a week? Me neither. It wasn’t necessary a conscious choice, and quite frankly, I wasn’t sure how eager I was to get back into it after the release of American Burger Revival. I felt even more connected to the local burger world but in some ways felt it was as good a time as any to take a break, catch my breath, and well, start eating a little better along the way. Ultimately I knew I had to get back into it all. We’ve really been pushing and growing our personal chef business so that has been the focus from a professional stand point, and even though burgers are/were part of my identity, it wasn’t the only game in town, if you will. I’ve eaten a few burgers here and there, but never got around to writing a review for various reasons. Maybe I’ll revisit those lost burgers at some point (Puritan = great, Grill 23 = not that great) but for now, it’s onto new burgers and new reviews as often as I can. Sorry for the long and semi-pointless intro but away we go… continue reading »

Centre Street Cafe

March 30th, 2015 by Richard Chudy



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


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 »


March 17th, 2015 by Richard Chudy


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 »