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

Snappy

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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Precinct Kitchen + Bar

October 21st, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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The places I go to review are rarely, if ever, random. I stay as current as I can with online burger chatter, professional reviews or readers’ suggestions to me. A recent Chowhound post pointed me in the direction of Precinct Kitchen + Bar at the Loews Hotel in the Back Bay. Available at the bar only, the $14 burger hits what it needs to hit on paper, sounding quasi high end but with an affordability to go along with it. Vegas Burger Blog and I went out for a little brotherly burger research, to hopefully add another go-to burger spot to our list.  continue reading »

High Horse

August 18th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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Finding myself in Western Mass for a weekend, I knew a burger was obviously going to be in the cards. After a quick stop at the new outpost of White Hut, I found my way into High Horse, a brewery and pub in Amherst. Like any good pub, it devotes a large portion of the food menu to burgers, which the restaurant boasts as being ground in-house every morning. Pickles and buns, I’m also told, are made in-house as well. If you think making pickles isn’t a big deal (and I would agree with you) take a look at all the local Boston restaurants that use pickles (while still delicious) from another hometown company. Generally lots of components are made in-house, but the pickle is often outsourced and I never understand why. A refreshing but painfully small pour of a Saison joined my lunch as I sat outside on the patio. continue reading »

Ceia Kitchen and Bar

August 4th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

CeiaI sometimes wish I could set my own price after I eat a burger. Not to be cheap, but merely to see if what I think it should be valued at is the actual number on the menu. It can go either way; many burgers taste far more extravagant than their humble price tag while oftentimes pricier options just don’t add up for me. Put Ceia Kitchen and Bar somewhere in the middle; not quite a bargain but but not a major disappointment either. The $16 Kobe burger is topped with manchego cheese, serrano ham, tomato, smoked paprika aioli and served with duckfat fries. It certainly sounded like it was worthy of the slightly hefty price tag, and after waiting a good hour for the food to arrive, I could hardly wait to dive right in. continue reading »

A & B

June 19th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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It’s just a burger, right? Right. I don’t totally “get” some places. I mean, I get it, you serve burgers in a fast casual kind of way, and not that you need to reinvent the wheel, but why go through the trouble if you aren’t going to try something new and interesting? I do suppose for some majority of people out there, the classics and the straight-forward are all they’d ever want or need in a burger joint. So despite my pretentious desires, there is always a market for the simple and the pure burger. A&B in Salem, relatively new, is housed in the old Salem jail, giving it a unique look and offering table service and awkward waiter interactions despite most checks coming in under $10 per person. Not that there’s anything wrong with the service, that part is just fine, and my lazy ass certainly appreciates it. continue reading »