Articles tagged ‘simple’


June 3rd, 2014 by Richard Chudy


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 »

Blue on Highland

February 7th, 2012 by Richard Chudy

Sometimes all I want is a normal burger; but the line between simple and boring can be hard to detect. It’s not difficult to go from promising to adequate to disappointing. But, many past burger successes have been attributed to keeping it low-key, nailing the beef and letting the supporting cast do what they do best. The burger on the menu at Blue on Highland in Needham is fairly straightforward, and after cooking for some of our clients in the neighborhood, lunch was in order. I pretty much had zero expectations prior, but sometimes that’s when I end up pleasantly surprised. continue reading »

Highland Kitchen

July 2nd, 2010 by Richard Chudy

I was grumpy last night, not for any particular reason, more of a looking to complain about something kind of a night. But those who know me, well, it was pretty much business as usual, no surprises here. My dining companions feared that I hated the burger before I even tried it, but just to prove them wrong, I loved it. Let’s be clear, I loved the burger, but nothing else on that plate was enjoyable. Highland Kitchen, slightly out my comfort zone in Somerville, has a very similar vibe to Trina’s Starlite Lounge, another Somerville establishment. Both are eerily identical in terms of style, substance, and ambiance, attracting local hipsters and bitter chefs from Watertown. I was turned off by poor customer service over the phone, (no reservations for parties less than six?) a twenty-minute wait on a Thursday night, and a menu that just couldn’t seem to make up it’s mind. (are you Southern or not? I don’t get it) Honestly, I couldn’t wait to dislike the food, because it would have been oh-so-fun to review, but that burger was just too damn good. continue reading »