Articles tagged ‘Davis Square’

Five Horses Tavern (Davis Square)

July 14th, 2016 by Richard Chudy

This site has been largely dormant for a while now, but I’d still like to ultimately post more regularly. However, in the interest of trying to shake things up a little bit, gone are the days (at least for the foreseeable future) where I write full-length burger reviews. I just don’t have it in me anymore. I found that most of the time I’d eat a burger, get caught up in everything else, and never get around to writing the review. It didn’t seem fair to the restaurant or you the reader to write something weeks, or even months after enjoying said burger. Moving forward I’ll just be doing quicker snapshots of the burgers I consume, starting with a recap on Instagram (username: bostonburgerboy) and the overall score posted the next day. That’s it for now, I’m always around in meal form even if I am a bit off the grid sometimes, so keep the suggestions coming and I’ll keep eating those burgers. Cheers!

 

Five Horses Tavern (Davis Square)

 

Five Horses

The good: Accoutrements were outstanding. In this case: crispy onion strings, dirty cheese sauce, pickles, tomato preserves and Kewpie mayo. There was a dominant sweetness that balanced nicely with the buttery beef. The flavors were slightly competing, but you could pick up the nuances of everything. I could have eaten a sandwich with just the sauces and vegetation within the burger. Tater tots were flawless and superb.


The bad: The beef was a bit overcooked and the ciabatta bun was a little too flaky and bread heavy for its own good. About a 50/50 ratio of beef to toppings, the purist in me would have loved more beef flavor although I did thoroughly enjoy the condiments and vegetables included here.

Overall score: 84

Saloon

February 21st, 2013 by Richard Chudy

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I wish I could say I felt badly for the slider, but truth be told, rarely are they ever very good. Too often they are mass-produced in large-scale catering events, or they are a forgotten menu item receiving surprisingly little attention from chefs and diners alike. Best case scenario a slider is a delectable couple of beefy bites, tempting you to want even more than the three mini burgers that are usually offered. But the worst case scenario, one that most of us are accustomed to, yields three dry and flavorless balls of meat, sometimes beef, sometimes a combination of pulled pork, chicken and beef but usually mediocre at best. What always amuses me is when people order an appetizer of sliders because they don’t want or think they can eat an entire burger. But the reality is that three little burgers can often be the equivalent if not a larger amount of food than just ordering one single burger. Oh well. After visiting Saloon in Davis Square once before for a few libations and bites I had been intrigued by the “trio of grass-fed sliders” which ironically enough are listed in the entree section and not the expected appetizer corner. Saloon does not offer a full-size burger, and having never reviewed sliders before on this site, I thought it would be a suitable choice. A simple yet upscale combination of bone marrow, wild mushrooms and pickled shallots are the listed ingredients, and priced at $15 it’s in that sweet spot for what would normally be an appropriately priced burger of this caliber.  continue reading »