Articles tagged ‘truffle’

Precinct Kitchen + Bar

October 21st, 2014 by Richard Chudy

Precinct

The places I go to review are rarely, if ever, random. I stay as current as I can with online burger chatter, professional reviews or readers’ suggestions to me. A recent Chowhound post pointed me in the direction of Precinct Kitchen + Bar at the Loews Hotel in the Back Bay. Available at the bar only, the $14 burger hits what it needs to hit on paper, sounding quasi high end but with an affordability to go along with it. Vegas Burger Blog and I went out for a little brotherly burger research, to hopefully add another go-to burger spot to our list.¬† continue reading »

Aquitaine

June 21st, 2011 by Richard Chudy

You can try to play the role of a great burger, but if you can’t even cook it right, there’s just no hope. The Aquitaine burger looks like it could be a winner; bacon, cheddar, truffle mayo and pommes frites. But oh, that dreaded Brioche. But ah, that the brioche actually works and the beef does not is the real surprise. The truffle mayo is flavorful, say what you will about the authenticity of truffle oil, I enjoy the flavor even if it’s not the real thing. The bacon ceases to be crispy, despite evoking a good smoky flavor it’s chewy and lackluster. And that beef, with a fair amount of char and modest salt, is over-cooked and relatively dry. I long for the days of juicy burgers, cooked right, and seasoned to my absurd taste. It’s a straight-forward attempt, but never carried out in the execution department. continue reading »

The Bristol Lounge

November 15th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

A great burger will stay with you for days, you wont be able to stop thinking about it, you’ll want to keep coming back again and again, no matter the cost (both in the wallet and in the waistline) and you can’t wait to tell everyone all about it. The famed burger at The Bristol Lounge, in Boston’s Four Seasons, hits on many marks, and it is a great burger. I don’t throw greatness around too often with my burgers, even a “good” burger is pretty hard to come by, but I can’t say it’s the best. We’ve talked a lot about price with burgers lately, and with good reason, as expensive burgers are abundant these days, the burger at The Bristol Lounge is a whopping $21, but I say, so what, let’s just think of it as a satisfying meal. Is $21 normally too much for a meal? I say no, but with burgers, we don’t expect to pay more than $6, $9, or maybe $12 for the traditional “combo” meal. Unnecessary quotes aside, if we ignore the price for a moment, I don’t have to work very hard to convince you this is a damn good burger. It’s thick, juicy, seasoned perfectly, has fully melted Vermont Cheddar cheese, and is great to the last bite. continue reading »

The Abbey

November 9th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

Maybe my standards are too high. Or maybe most burgers, really are, “just burgers.” But the last few, or really the vast majority are kind of boring, run of the mill beef, standard bun, lettuce, tomato, raw onion, repeat. I’m fully aware I’m a self-described burger purist, I love the simplicity of burgers, when they act like the beautiful burger they’re supposed to be. The problem with anything outside of the stripped down version is that no one ever focuses on the beef itself, they just concentrate on loading it up with as many condiments and toppings as imaginable. But the classic, straight-forward burger can be mundane, if not treated properly, much like the burger with all the bells and whistles. Listen, it’s all about the ingredients, whether it be a couple or dozens, but the cheeseburger with just lettuce, tomato, and cheese almost has nowhere to hide, that’s why I always order it so simple. But truth be told most places have no imagination, there’s no excitement, but I am secretly dying for a burger that can balance the classic approach with some new twists and turns. Wishful thinking maybe, but I yearn for the day that happens. continue reading »