BurgerFi

October 13th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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Hey look, another Shake Shack look alike. I’m not talking the specific model, of course; fast causal burger and shake places far pre-date Shake Shack. But in terms of the actual color schemes and physical look and feel of the space, BurgerFi is far from original. The process is basic: you order at a counter with options aplenty, a few minutes pass and the food is ready. See, that’s not so hard, is it? BurgerFi, based out of Florida and with locations across the country, has the premise that they set themselves apart with different topping options from their competitors. That may be true, with options like neon relish, salt and vinegar chips and Peter Luger steak sauce all optional add-ons; some are free, some are an extra dollar. Pre-arranged burgers are limited (with a “secret” menu also available if you are in the know) to fairly normal options, and the menu is rounded out with the usual fries, onion rings, sodas, concretes and custards.¬† 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 »

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 »

Cook

June 3rd, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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You know the drill. A simple burger is bound only by its parts and labor. Great beef, bun and fries are more paramount than the burger loaded with a myriad of toppings and the like. Sure, great beef, bun and fries are always important, but if you go the straight-forward route, you are only opening up yourself to a closer inspection with nary a sauce to hide behind. The burger at Cook, in Newton, comes with nothing more than cheddar, lettuce, tomato and onion on their burger, and for $13 is probably about all you can expect from this middling restaurant. continue reading »

Beer Belly Deli

January 29th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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We happened to be driving through Syracuse a couple of weeks ago, on a visit to Toronto to meet our new niece, and of course needed to stop somewhere for lunch. After researching seemingly forever to find the perfect place (what else are we supposed to do on a ten hour road trip?), we came across Beer Belly Deli, which had a burger that jumped right off the page. The Curd Burger sells for $13 and is topped with candied bacon, deep fried cheese curds, ranch and deli bbq sauce on an onion roll. Of course I was immediately drawn to the fried cheese curds, certainly not something we often or ever see in Boston, with the exception being a random guest appearance on our limited supply of poutine offerings. continue reading »

Harry’s Bar and Burger (Providence, RI)

January 9th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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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 »