Lulu’s Allston

February 6th, 2015 by Richard Chudy


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 »

White Horse Tavern 1,000 free burger challenge

July 24th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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The folks behind White Horse Tavern in Allston (also of The Avenue, Harry’s Bar and Grill and Shanghai Social Club, to name a few) invited me in yesterday to chat burgers, of course. Lucky for me (and for all of you) it’s a pretty damn good time to be invested in the burger business, as places seem to be popping up left and right these days, but I for one always think there is room for more. I’m proud to be be the first to report that White Horse Tavern is going to be a lot more burger-centric on their menu in the coming days and weeks. I sampled a bunch and was incredibly impressed with the quality of beef (ground in-house from Pineland Farms), house-made pickles and freshly baked house buns. The 4 ounce chuck roll patties are cooked on a massive flat-top and some of the burgers include a brunch burger with hash browns, a fried egg and bacon, and a ballpark burger made with a sausage patty, peppers, onions and fresh mozzarella. The menu is a la carte but the basic burger starts at $4, with sides (Sea Salt Fries, Parmesan Truffle Fries) starting at $1.50. I also wanted to share that on Tuesday, August 5th beginning at 11:30am, White Horse Tavern will be giving away 1,000 burgers until they run out or at midnight, whichever comes first. You will receive a 4 ounce griddled fresh ground Pineland Farms beef burger, on a freshly baked house bun, homemade pickles, and choice of cheese.  1 per customer, no additional purchase needed.  Additional toppings and fries are menu price. Over 21 after 7pm. Chef Josh Davis says he dares the Allston community to eat 1,000 free burgers on August 5th. I’m definitely not one to blow smoke, but I was very impressed with the burgers I tried, and have long been a proponent of the burgers at The Avenue for years. The new menu officially rolls out on July 29th, so do yourself a favor and check it out sometime soon.

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Common Ground

July 27th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

Wow, so many things I hate about burgers all rolled up into one package at Common Ground in Allston, yet they still manage to pull off a nearly fantastic burger. Brioche, un-melted cheese, and char-grilled all manage to sneak their way onto the menu and into the burger and I’m still won over. Brioche is almost always a huge offense for me, but it’s worked at least once before (Eastern Standard) and it works here. Clearly an Iggy’s, topped with black pepper, it’s almost the perfect complement to the beefy grilled burger, still a few remaining bites of bread to be considered well thought out, but a good match overall. Brioche is usually a failure because a: too much bread for not enough meat, b: too rich and airy when it needs to be just the opposite, or c: all of the above. The bun at Common Ground isn’t perfect, it’s not my ideal, but the size of the patty needs a large bun or those juices wouldn’t stand a chance. And this one is juicy, not overly-so, but juicy, it’s cooked much more on the rare side than anything, spots of raw really, but I like that, it’s seasoned well, bursting with saltiness and charred flavor from start to finish. continue reading »