These ass-hats who stopped going to Chipotle are ass-hats for two big reasons:
- Burrito bowls are fucking awesome.
- You have a greater chance of hopping in your Delorean, going back to last Saturday, and winning that $1.3 billion Powerball than getting sick at Chipotle.*
While I benefit from the shorter lines each time I go in for a bowl, I get sad living in a world filled with these people who won’t go back. In the preceding years, few had major health-related issues with the place (excluding Diabetes), and there is no reason to think this is nothing more than bad luck (and a sick employee).
Update: Now I’m in a pickle. Do I support Chipotle and their awesome burrito bowls, or do I go with the best gas station burritos in Boston? Villa Mexico reopened in the Financial District last week.
One of these things is not like the others: Armour All, Fix-A-Flat, and a spetacular Mole Poblano Burrito.
*I just made this fact up. Please consult your physician before making any changes in your burrito-filled diet.
The thumb-looking host of that shit-show handed us this ooey, gooey prediction about the coming year in food:
It looks like gourmet donuts will be one of the trends to look for in 2016, along with cold-pressed juices and breakfast burritos.
This line might have been prophetic on the first day of 2006, but probably not so much in 2016.
- Macaron profile
Macarons: the aerial shot, from high above the city.
They love macarons at Cameo Macaron, and that’s all they make.
Keep on truckin’
All over Boston
Biscuits, pork, and Pimento: rich and delicious. Don’t go searching for pieces of pork in there. I think it’s the fat in and around the cheese. That sounds like a complaint, but it’s not. This cat ain’t afraid a little bit of fat.
Pickled corn pancakes, aka Johnnycakes. The perfectly golden Johnnycakes soaked up loads of butter and creama, but at thirteen bucks I expected at least twice as much. We very much enjoyed them as an anniversary brunch dessert: however, I’d be wicked pissed if I ordered this as my entree.
Alden & Harlow sits next to the Brattle Theater, where I heard a seemingly educated “gentleman” exit the restroom and proudly announce to all, “Now I have room for popcorn.” Stay classy, Cambridge.
Will I go back? Absolutely. The Classic Secret Burger (now a regular menu item and not-so-secret) made it high up in my list of great burgers. It’s pretty close to JM Curley’s griddled burger, earning high marks from two of my favorite carnivores, Pigtrip and Boston Burger Blog.
Alden & Harlow
40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Brattle Square, Harvard Square
Merrill & Co: it’s worth a go!
South End Starter: I’ll take two.
The mandatory action shot.
The biscuits and sausage gravy look like something my cat yakked up, but i promise it tasted much better. They smothered those huge biscuits (4-5 inches in diameter) in some chunky gravy. Chunky enough to give me a few big bites of sausage.
Leave it to Momz to order the only less-than-lethal item on the menu.
Back to the heart-attack preparations. Shrimp & Grits for more artery-clogging southern comfort.
Chicken fried steak for those who need help raising their cholesterol. This wasn’t a miss, but it wasn’t a hit either. I don’t know which cut they use, but it was too way too juicy for fried steak. The key to good fried steak is cube steak. That crappy, tenderized stuff you’ve wondered about at Star Market… this is what it’s for. A dry, flavorless cut allows the salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, flour and lard (yes, lard, if you want to make it properly) to meld into a delicious, piece of fried goodness. This steak turned the coating into a soggy mess that eventually fell apart.
The adult Orange Julius was a decent starter and a great dessert. Like the shopping mall version, but with a little rum to help take the edge off. Just what we needed as kids. And our parents probably needed to take the edge off those mall trips , too.
Will we go back? I’m looking forward to it. I also look forward to having dinner at Merrill & CO, too.
Merrill & Co
1 Appleton Street
Boston, MA 021116
The mug shot: a double. It’s served with Cheddar cheese, bread & butter pickles, caramelized onions, and Russian dressing. I once ordered a daily special burger with pickled beets and sour cream; please stick with the original.
Does it look like someone helped themselves to a bite before serving? I really don’t think our guy did, but it’s an interesting missing piece.
A single, 5 oz, griddled lunch burger and hand-cut fries. They also have a 9 oz grilled burger on the supper menu,but I’ve never had it.
JM Curley’s burger lives up to its press.
Will I go back? Yup. I like everything about this place and the price is right. I’ve had drinks here at night, but it gets raucous. I wouldn’t say it’s good for date night, but with a group of friends, JMCurley can a blast.
21 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111