Articles filed under ‘Reviews’

Kirkland Tap and Trotter

March 21st, 2014 by Richard Chudy


At this point, we all know about the legendary burger at Craigie on Main. The problem with that burger, and really the only issue, is/was the accessibility. Yes, it’s deliciously beefy and probably the most interesting and clever little burger I’ve had, but with only a very limited number available nightly (18 I believe, more on Sunday brunch) who the hell can ever actually get to eat this burger? I have no problem with burgers that are only served at the bar or at certain times of the night, but to have to make a reservation just to eat a burger is a little extreme. Still, the Craigie burger is my highest ranked burger for many reasons, and when news broke that Chef Tony Maws would be opening a new, more casual spot with a seemingly more casually priced and more readily available burger, we burger nerds were giddy with anticipation. Enter Kirkland Tap and Trotter, in Somerville but literally on the Cambridge border, where things are not as casual, at least on the pricing scale, as one might have been led to believe.
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Grass Fed

March 13th, 2014 by Richard Chudy


Sometimes I think we need to step back and appreciate a burger for what it is and what it is trying to be. Is Flat Patties supposed to be high-end? I think not. Is the Back Bay Social Club burger meant to be served and wolfed down like a fast-food burger? Of course not. Grass Fed in Jamaica Plain isn’t trying to hide behind anything; they are a neighborhood burger joint serving up fairly simple burgers in an easy-going fashion. That’s it. Everything is served a la carte, with single burgers starting at around $6 and climbing up to over $8 in some cases. Fries are on the pricey side: $4 for a small and over $6 for a large, but the small can certainly be a shareable serving size for two. Milkshakes, both adult and regular, round out the focus of the menu (along with other sandwiches and hot dogs), so the sky is literally the limit and will dictate how much you end up spending on a meal. continue reading »

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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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 »

Beer Belly Deli

January 29th, 2014 by Richard Chudy


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 »