If ever a restaurant was destined to have a burger, it had to be Bronwyn, right? The mere backbone of this place is all about the fat, the salt and the sizzle (generally in an encased form) so it just seemed natural that eventually they would join the burger party. The Bronwyn burger was recently announced to the food-world last week, and I knew I had to have it right away. Sounding so damn great on paper (a bacon studded patty, cabbage-sauerkraut slaw, German potato salad and bacon onion strings on the side) it just had to be great, right? continue reading »
My experience with Rhode Island burgers is limited, to say the least. Aside from a brief stint for my undergrad many moons ago, I have not done extensive food research in our tiny neighboring state. On a whim a couple of weeks ago, we set off to Providence for an afternoon of bites and walking around the state’s capital. After doing a bit of on-the-fly research, we found our way out of the rain and into Harry’s Bar and Burger, supposedly one of the top burger destinations in Providence. A warm and welcoming staff made us feel accommodated immediately in this cozy casual bar setting. The burger menu is the clear highlight (as the name suggests) and they are made as sliders, with two per order and fries a la carte, with options aplenty. continue reading »
It used to puzzle me when restaurants that seemingly had no business putting a burger on their menu, had a burger on their menu. Especially when you consider that most burgers are fairly similar, why bother throwing your hat in the perpetual burger ring when you aren’t going to try something different? This has often been the case with some of the higher end restaurants in town who (try to) rely on premium beef and brioche bun varieties but somehow miss the mark more often than not with what should be an easy assignment. When they are successful it’s usually a fast-food inspired burger that is ultimately a very round about way of pleasing us in the way that burgers were always supposed to please us: with simplicity. West Bridge in Kendall is known for a few things: small plates, that damn egg in a jar (probably the most overrated menu item I’ve had in recent memory) and a nice cocktail list, but a burger, not so much. continue reading »
Has a burger ever been more polarizing? Shack Shack came to us (us being Chestnut Hill, Harvard Square to soon follow) via New York City where it is often touted as the best burger out there. But that of course is for those who love the fast-food, West Coast, thin and griddled style (think In-N-Out for a good comparison). Those who don’t love the thin style often believe it to be too simple, cheap and quite frankly, too much like McDonald’s to ever be in the great burger debate we all have to come to make. After having a few Shake Shack burgers in New York over the years, I’m a fan, but was still puzzled at subtle differences between locations since Danny Meyer is often hailed as the model restaurateur who preaches consistency as one of his main objectives. I avoided the Chestnut Hill location for a little while, wanting to avoid the massive lines for starters, but knowing I’d be back a couple of times regardless to check in on the supposed consistency with our one outpost. continue reading »
Nestled in Boston’s Theater District, Abby Lane is one of three restaurants run by “celebrity” chef Jason Santos. Probably known more for his blue hair and appearance on Hell’s Kitchen a few seasons ago than his food, Santos used to run the popular and unique Gargoyle’s on the Square before it shuttered not long ago. The room at Abby Lane is bright and clean, and about two-thirds empty on a recent lunch visit, although things seemed to have picked up after walking past the restaurant closer to dinner time in subsequent walk-by’s. The menu is pretty traditional, appealing to the masses with minor twists and turns. Three burgers are on the menu, nothing too extravagant but appealing nonetheless. I opted for the namesake, The Abby Burger, with the promise of a burger topped with smoked gouda, horseradish mayo, fried red onions, crispy fries and dill pickles. continue reading »
It’s been in the works and a project I’ve wanted to see through for a while now, but finally, the Boston Burger Blog App has arrived. It will show all recently written articles and reviews and includes a map, probably my favorite feature, which shows your current location and pins to nearby burgers that I have reviewed. Simply pull up the review to see what I thought and off you go! No more asking where the best burger is based on where you are or going to be, the app will take care of that for you. A huge thank you to Trent Hamilton who designed this for me, so download it now for your iPhone. It’s a free App so feel free to spread the word and happy burger eating!