Hops N Scotch

December 18th, 2012 by Richard Chudy

It was the burger that almost wasn’t. I had dinner at the relative Coolidge Corner newcomer Hops N Scotch over the summer with mixed results. More recently we found ourselves in the neighborhood on a weeknight for a few cocktails, and me not being the kind of guy who can ever refuse ordering a burger I haven’t had, dove right in to what I anticipated to be an ordinary burger. It’s not due to a lack of hype or accolades, but the Hops N Scotch burger just doesn’t sound very exciting, especially for a place that has an interesting Southern spin on a lot of their dishes. Why no love for the burger though? I had dreams about a Pimento Cheese topped patty with fried green tomatoes and maybe some Cajun spiced fries. Some sort of twist would have been preferred, but I digress. After talking it over with our fine bartender, I was informed that I could in fact have the burger with pimento cheese, in lieu of traditional options such as cheddar or American. Pimento cheese, for the uninformed, is a Southern staple that is basically a cheese spread (usually sharp cheddar) mixed with roasted red peppers and mayonnaise.  It could be spiced further or it could be as straight-forward as that. Additional add-ons such as a fried egg and bacon are also available for $2 a pop.

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Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

April 24th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

I’m just a burger boy living the dream, the dream being finding the best burgers in Boston. It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it. There are of course, the occasionally sub-par burgers, maybe it’s not even fair to hold the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse burger to similar standards of burgers past, but if there’s a burger on a menu I say it’s fair game. Which isn’t to say I don’t enjoy the atmosphere, and my favorite group of local food bloggers love it too. How could you argue with her, her, her, or her? You can’t really, if they enjoy going there to drink their gin and tonics then who am I to argue? continue reading »

Lineage

March 2nd, 2011 by Richard Chudy

It’s no wonder I love the burger at Lineage so much, Jeremy Sewall is the chef behind another of my all-time favorites, the burger at Eastern Standard, and he nails it again, this time in Brookline in a much cozier and intimate setting. Once again, it’s not super complicated, and that seems to be the case with most if not all of my preferred burgers, as less is almost always more. It’s basically the anti-burger boy burger, as both blue cheese and brioche are involved, but the house burger is what I’m after, and I have no fear. The burger is all about balance; it’s rich, sweet, beefy and juicy, exactly what a burger should be.

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The Fireplace

February 7th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

After a string of mediocre to poor burgers over the past month, I declared my expectations would be low from now on, secretly hoping that would make my burger experiences more enjoyable. Well it seemed to work, or the burger was just pretty good anyhow (more likely) on a trip to The Fireplace in Brookline. Not hearing much about the restaurant before I went, certainly hearing even less of the burger, I had the pleasure of having an unexpected moment of satisfaction upon the first bite. I pretty much know the verdict on a burger within the first bite or two, and was pleasantly surprised at how juicy and salty (in the good way) this burger was immediately. It fooled me, really, kind of a “where the hell did that come from” moment. continue reading »

The Publick House

December 17th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

I’ve come to expect sub-par service based on specific locations, Brookline being one of them, as poor customer service doomed sister restaurant American Craft a few months ago, a visit to The Publick House wasn’t that much different. And it’s a pretty similar burger experience too, although admittedly better and less pretentious to boot. The burger options are pretty similar, nothing is pre-set, you’re pretty much on your own to create your burger, this time with more mainstream condiments. $12 will buy you a hamburger, and all other topping come in at a mere .75 cents, which I can live with. I go with cheddar and a chili aioli, just to mix things up a bit. All served up on a pretty typical Bulkie roll, it’s a pretty typical Pub burger with a much better beer list. continue reading »

Washington Square Tavern

November 29th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

It’s almost a fantastic experience at Washing Square Tavern, the menu is familiar but as clever as it needs to be, everything priced just a bit less than it should be, except the burger, which at $14 seems a little high. But the vibe is perfect, not too loud, not too quiet, with attentive servers and an extensive beer list. It’s the type of place, despite my thinking I’m a big shot, probably doesn’t care there’s a burger blog out there and could care less if theirs is considered the best or not. And that’s what I love about it, nobody is boasting about the quality of the food, no awards hanging anywhere, it is what it is. And it’s a great burger, flawed for sure, but great. continue reading »