Bocca Bella

December 1st, 2011 by Richard Chudy

I receive burger recommendations from people everywhere I turn, and my parents are no exception. Being  a natural born cynic, if it’s a restaurant I’ve never heard of or there’s very little buzz about, I’m hardly in a rush to go there. After being pushed for months to check out Bocca Bella, I finally ventured back to my Newton roots to see what all the fuss was about. Billed as a “Cafe and Bisto,” the lunch menu is dominated by sandwiches while the ever-changing dinner menu is predominantly Italian influenced. And there sits the mighty hamburger, once again a mere pawn in the dinner game, overshadowed by heartier fare and almost to the point of being off-menu, aka not the focus. But why should the burger be the focus, aside from being delicious, the burger isn’t exactly sophisticated. Sure, upscale options abound on menu’s all over, from the fancy to the faux fancy, like a cold sore, the burger is always there and not always so easy to get rid of. continue reading »

51 Lincoln

February 26th, 2011 by Richard Chudy

Photo courtesy of Christine Liu

Great burgers are hard to come by in Boston. Sure, you can have a pretty good burger, over-sized, a spear of a dill pickle, cold beer and get in for under $10. Problem solved, right? Well, not so fast, if the goal is to be full and to not really think about how/why/what the meal is all about, then maybe this isn’t the place for you. It’s often pointed out that even when I like a place, I never really like a place. And I get it, the tagline here does reference “the perfect burger” but it’s so tongue and cheek, food is subjective, how could one meal, especially a dumb burger, ever be perfect? The burger at 51 Lincoln in Newton is not perfect, but it is damn good, I promise my complaints will be few and far between. continue reading »