It seems that winter hasn't quite decided to call it quits so let's enjoy our heavy coats, bulky sweaters and comfort foods just a little bit longer. Luckily Boston's comfort food, junk food, food that is fast, greasy and good is just that...good. We have so many great options for a burger and fries that you might need more than one season to try them all.
And, as if we didn't already have a lot of great options, the much discussed, buzzed about, and rumored appearance of a Shake Shack in the area is about to become a reality. Word on the street is that March 20th NYC's Shake Shack is opening at The Street in Chestnut Hill. Just in case you missed the memo on where exactly "The Street" is you might know it as the space that formerly housed Bloomingdale's, and is still home to City Sports, Legal Seafoods, The Cottage, and now also home to Sports Club/LA, Lululemon (coming soon), and Treat Cupcake Bar (coming soon) and many more shops in Newton.
The Shake Shack is known for it's frozen custard "concretes" which are thick shakes with lots of goodies blended in. The first Massachusetts Shake Shack is taking on a little local flavor with the Revere's Tracks and Lobstah Shell concretes. 5% of sales from the Lobstah Shell will benefit local charity Birthday Wishes. Our local Shake Shack is hoping to pick up a New England accent and they just might if walls could talk because their interior walls are lined with reclaimed wood from an old paper mill at Mount Tom, Holyoke, MA.
But enough about shakes, let's talk about burgers. I think it is only fair to judge a newcomer for yourself, so give Shake Shack a chance to set up the grill. In the meantime, Richard Chudy of Boston Burger Blog has some work cut out for you. Whether you're a gambling ma'am or man or you just want to find out which 64 restaurants have a burger to try, head on over to Burger Madness 2013.
For those who may be seeing past the snow towards spring and summer wardrobes, or not having red meat at the moment, keeping Kosher, or just don't do pork, then you'll find a perfectly uncommon burger at Common Ground. Common Ground in Allston is a hot spot for their Geeks Who Drink, 90's, and Stump Trivia Nights, but under the radar is what is going on in the kitchen. It is not your average bar and grill because there is a lot of ingenuity and experimentation going on in the kitchen. One of the most simple, but unique, sandwiches coming out of that kitchen is the turkey burger made with turkey bacon. The bacon brings the burger up to a whole new level.
Would you like fries with that?