• Two Burger Joints, One Night

    July 11, 2013

    Last night, Mal and I met up with a couple of our friends for burgers—first at the Shake Shack in Chestnut Hill and then at Grass Fed in JP. Two burger joints, one night!

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    Mal and I were pumped about visiting the Shake Shack. It was the first location in Massachusetts to open, so it was a really big deal, and, for the first few months, there was a huge line out the front door pretty much every night. Things finally calmed down, so we decided it was time to see what the Shake Shack was all about.

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    The menu isn’t huge, but it’s a nice mix of burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes, beer, wine, and dog treats. Check out the Pooch-ini! It sounds delicious to me! Ha!

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    I ended up ordering the SmokeShack, which was a cheeseburger topped with Niman Ranch (remember when I visited their pig farms in Iowa?) apple-smoked bacon and ShackSauce. It was a really tasty burger. The meat was so tender and juicy, and practically melted in my mouth.

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    Everyone else ordered the Shack Stack, which was cheeseburger and a ‘Shroom Burger (crisp-fried Portobello mushroom stuffed with muenster and cheddar cheese) topped with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce. They all raved about it, so I had a bite of Mal’s burger, and, holy cow, it was amazing. The cheesy, fried Portobello mushroom was incredible!

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    Mal and I also shared a black and white shake with malt mixed in. It was SO thick and SO creamy!

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    While ate our burgers at the Shake Shack, the four of us started talking about our favorite burger places. Our conversation ultimately led us to hopping in the car and driving to Grass Fed, one of our friends’ favorite burger joints, to try it out.

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    Local folks: Grass Fed is run by the same people who own Ten Tables.

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    Adult milkshakes? Hello! I didn’t order one, but, man, they sounded delicious.

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    Mal and I shared “The Blue Devil” burger, which came with Stilton blue cheese, bacon, aioli, and crispy fried onions on top. Holy goodness, it was amazing. The combination of flavors was heavenly—I loved how they all melded together.

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    We also ordered the Beet Fries to share, which were really good. I wasn’t sure how beets would taste as fries, but I ended up eating a lot of them. They’re fried in corn starch, so you definitely get a fried flavor with a little bit of beet mixed in. I wonder if I could recreate these babies at home?

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    Questions of the Day

    What’s the best burger you’ve ever eaten? Who has the best French fries?

    Some of my favorites: In-N-Out Burger (burger), Five Guys (fries), The Yard House (truffle Parmesan fries), The Publick House (French fries in a the paper bag).

    P.S. It’s Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven!

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    christi July 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

    The best burger I’ve had – hands down – is at Bobby’s Burger Palace. There’s one at Mohegan Sun and one at the Burlington Mall. It’s Bobby Flay’s restaurant. My second favorite is the burger at Proof in Scottsdale AZ. But I only get to have that once a year or once every other year!

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