They have a great little bar where they mix up inventive cocktails. The dining room is cozy and the ambiance makes you feel a little nostalgic. We are lucky enough to be served by Steve Bowman, one of the co-owners. The way that Steve talks about food is wonderful – his descriptions are so vivid, you can tell how passionate Steve is about the food by the way he talks about it. The service was impeccable.
We decide to start with some cocktails – all of the drinks on the list have great names. This is the Giuseppe’s Lady ($12) made with Terroir Gin, Cynar, Pomegranate, and Lime. I love gin drinks, and this one was perfect – sweet, but not sickingly sweet like some can be, it was clean and crisp and I love the glass.
Next we have the potato gnocchi with peas, fava, fiddleheads and maitake ($13). I love this dish, and don’t even mind the veggies (usually I just eat around them) but the fiddleheads are just so delicious.
1704 Beacon Street
We start off with a cheese plate – they have two of my favorites: Ascutney Mountain ($7) and Landaff ($7). The jam is housemade and delicious – and they sell it in the attached market, so you can continue to enjoy the condiment at home.
Pat’s clam chowder ($11) comes with littleneck clams and housemade crackers. I’m loving the presentation of the dish and the chowder is really flavorful. The chowder has just the right amount of creaminess and the bacon adds that bold flavor to the dish that you will crave for days.
We also had the pistachio ice cream on top of french toast bread pudding ($8) which was equally delicious.
11 Broad Canal Way
Validated parking at the Kendall Square Garage
$1 for 3 hours: Monday – Friday after 4pm
Weekends all day
The final stop, number 8, on our burger research tour for Taste Trekkers lands us at the Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons. (See Trade, LAH, jm Curley, Gibbet Hill Grill, Back Bay Social Club, The Gallows, Craigie on Main)
We had been here a few years ago, see previous post, and had the Bristol burger ($23). I remember it being one of the better burgers I’ve had, so we went to refresh my memory. An interesting crowd on a Tuesday night: A young couple celebrating with champagne….and their screaming baby, two women having dinner – one of them wearing a side ponytail and a scrunchie, and a couple in their late 40’s, early 50’s celebrating their anniversary, the woman clearly thought she was using her “inside” voice, but was in reality shouting…needless the say, the people watching was quite a show. Back to the burger – still good, but it didn’t make my top 5 for the Taste Trekers guest blog post. Bristol Burger – House Made Pickles, Aged Vermont Cheddar, Brioche Bun, Truffle-parm Fries. The fries were a bit soggy, but edible.
What’s your favorite dish at the Bistol Lounge?
Bristol Lounge at the Four Season
200 Boylston Street
We head over for Sunday brunch, when the burger is on the menu. We showed up at the tail end of brunch – make sure to make a reservation, as it was super busy when we first arrived. Parking can be tough in this area – make sure to leave enough time to circle the block a few times if you’re driving.
We had to balance out eating burgers with something else, so we ordered the House made semolina spaghetti ($18) with boudin noir ragout, scallions and a farm fresh egg. I love anything with an egg on it – it gives the dish a lovely creamy texture and I love the salty flavor. A delicious dish.
Local grass fed burger ($17 + $3 fried egg) with Shelburne Farm cheddar, mace ketchup, house-made bun, crispy potato fries (add fried egg 3, add house-smoked bacon 3) Of course we added the egg! This burger was my favorite of all the ones we tried. The burger was flavorful and it may sound funny, but it felt light. Some burgers just sit in the bottom of your stomach like a rock, after we finished this one (too quickly I might add) we were ready for round two (but don’t worry, we didn’t).
Thanks to our friends at SoonSpoon who tweeted at us while we were at brunch and recommended we get the donut ($5). How can you not love a place that has a donut as a “side”?
What’s your favorite menu item at Craigie?
Craigie on Main
853 Main Street
Carpet burger ($18) fried oysters, remoulade, iceberg lettuce, picked and American cheese. A little messy, but still delicious. I liked the fried oyster on top, it made the burger stand out from the crowd.
Our waiter comes back and tells us the strawberry glazed donuts are a must try. I loved the glaze of the donut, very flavorful. The actual donut was a little dense for my liking but that didn’t stop us from eating it ;)
What’s your go to dish at The Gallows?
1395 Washington Street
I was recently invited to an event to highlight Cambridge and to kick off the summer 2014 season. The event was held at the Sonesta hotel and attracted local bloggers, publicists and social media managers.
I went with a co-worker, who writes the popular blog Melanie in the Middle and A Beautiful Bite and we ran into fellow blogger Bianaca Garcia, who writes Confessions of a Chocoholic. The three of us will be teaching a class in September at the Boston Center for Adult Education on the basics of food blogging.
Check out the video!
Cambridge holds a special place in my heart. We got married there a few years ago at the Hotel Marlowe. I thought it would be fitting to share some photos of the suite we stayed in.
The view from our suite.
The master bedroom could be closed off from the living space by pocket doors.
The room was spacious, plenty of room to have a bunch of people get ready for a wedding!
I am a big fan of the Kimpton hotels. Not only are they our hotel of choice for my company, but for me personally as well. Each Kimpton hotel has their own distinct personality. The Marlowe has a bold color palette, zebra robes, they’re pet friendly and they have a wonderful spiral staircase – perfect for pictures!
If you are a Kimpton InTouch member, Kimpton’s loyalty program, you receive complimentary wi-fi and $10 to raid the mini bar in your room!
If you left your pet at home, or don’t have a pet at all, the hotel will let you borrow a pet for your stay! Best part about it is that you don’t event have to take care of it – they do it for you! So meet my pet fish for the weekend, Amerigo!
The bathroom was also a generous size (and could be accessed by the master bedroom or the living room) – with both a tub and a stand up shower.
They property has additional amenities like a complimentary wine hour hosted in the lobby and free use of bikes and kayaks.
Interested in learning more about Cambridge?
FB: Cambridge Office for Tourism
Web Site: http://www.CambridgeUSA.org
Stop 5 for the burger research for Tastetrekkers takes us to Back Bay Social Club. (See Trade, LAH, jm Curley, Gibbet Hill Grill). At this point, after 4 days of burgers, I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to make it…that’s a lot of red meat – I’m feeling like a juice cleanse is in my future.
It’s misting outside, otherwise it would have been a great day to sit outside on the patio.
The Back Bay Social burger is made entirely with dry aged beef: prime rib, short rib, skirt and flank. Next they take a 25lb bag of white onions and reduce it for 4 hours until it’s about 7 cups – we are talking serious caramelization. Then they add on Vermont cheddar cheese – simple but delicious. This burger is one of my guilty pleasures.
Back Bay Social Club
867 Boylston Street
Gibbet Hill Grill is located in Groton, MA, about an hour from Boston. It is owned by the Webber siblings and is led by executive chef Tom Fosnot. They try to use as many ingredients from local farmers as possible.
We have reservations on Saturday night around 6:30, there is a wedding going on at the barn and the restaurant is in full swing. It is a good idea to make reservations as there was a long wait for walk-ins.
We are seated upstairs in the loft area. It’s a little quieter up here…for a moment…until the two tables that flank us are sat, one with a screaming baby and the other with a 6 top of intoxicated couples.
The mussels ($11) are steamed with white wine and garlic and are served with tomatoes and oregano. These are delicious, so flavorful you just want to dip your bread in the white wine and garlic sauce.
The Gibbet Hill Farm burger ($16) comes with pork belly confit, smoked gouda and red pepper mayo. The pork belly made this burger a little hard to eat because of the height it added. Like the steak, the burger was cooked more than requested and the pork belly had a charred taste to it.
M had the pot de Creme ($8).
Have you been to Gibbet Hill? What is your favorite menu item?
Gibbet Hill Grill
61 Lowell Road
Burger special ($16) is the one that is competing in the Battle of the Burger in August. Chef Bauers took a 5 oz bacon laced burger, topped it with a special slaw and smoked gouda and put it on top of a bacon cheddar bun. The bun is out of control delicious – I love all the things going on with this burger, the crunch from the slaw, the smokiness from the gouda and the bacon….so good.
We are stuffed to the gills, but how can you not get the dessert when it’s a corn sriracha ice cream sandwich ($6). The cookies are amazing and the ice cream, while it’s cold, it has a warm finish….which is a little disconcerting…but I like it….like it a lot.
What’s your favorite thing on the jm Curley menu?
21 Temple Place
See my original post on Crush here. The State Street location is owner Tony Naser’s second location – the flagship store is in Nashua, NH.
Crush serves up authentic Neapolitan pies – my favorite is the Toscano.
The pizzas are cooked in a 900 degree oven, it only takes 90 seconds for it to be fully cooked!
I mixed it up with a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of dark chocolate!! So amazing! The strawberry tastes so fresh and the dark chocolate is decadent. Add the two together for a winning combination. I was there two days in row getting this gelato.
As I mentioned before, Naser makes these all in house and the flavors range from classic dark chocolate and strawberry to flavors like avocado (it was delicious and creamy) and fresh mango. Pictured above is the stracciatella, similar to chocolate chip, but with ribbons of chocolate.
Naser plans on remodeling the front entrance with an accordion style window that will allow customers to walk up and order gelato to go. The small (two scoops) starts at $3.25, medium (three scoops) at $4.25, and the large (four scoops) hails at $5.25.
107 State Street, Boston, MA