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The No-Longer-Secret-Secret-Formerly-Off-The Menu-and-Only-Available-In-Limited-Quantities Burger.

The No-Longer-Secret-Formerly-Off-The Menu-and-Only-Available-In-Limited-Quantities Burger. We had to get a pair of these highly-regarded burgers for our anniversary brunch, the second of the weekend.  Merrill & Co served up our first celebratory brunch.

bisquits and cheese

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.

cornmeal pancakes.(aka Johnnycakes)

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.

The Bar region

The bar

ALden & Harlow sits under the Brattle Theater(where I heard a seemingly educated "gentleman" exit the restroom and proudly announce the all "Now I have room for popcorn").

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

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Merrill & Co:it's worth a go!

Merrill & Co: it’s worth a go!

South End Starter: I'll take two

South End Starter: I’ll take two.

The mandatory action shot.

The mandatory action shot.

The biscuits and sausage gravy look like something my cat might have left behind, 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 os sausage.

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.

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 food.

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 what cut they used, but it was far too good  and way too juicy for fried steak.  the key to good fried steak is cube steak.  That crappy tenderized stuff you've wondered about at the Star Market

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 brunch dessert.  Just like the shopping mall version, but with a little rum to help take the edge off.  Just what we needed as kids.  And out parents probably needed to take the edge off, too.

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
South End

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The mug shot

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.

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.

Burger (a single) and hand-cut fries.

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.

hub chow

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.

 jm curley
21 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
Downtown Crossing
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Thai iced tea from Tea Do

Thai iced tea with boba from Tea Do.  Caution: this will temporarily stain your lips, leaving you with an odd orange lipstick look.  Drink with care or look like a clown.

Too much tea might lead to a trip here.

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Erminio Martignetti, owner of Salumeria Italiano.  As I photographed the exterior, he introduced himself, then invited me inside to take more pictures.

Erminio Martignetti,  August 23, 1922-October 1, 2014.  Meeting Erminio

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It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

Thanks to Universal Hub and New York Daily News
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the hippest thing on the web: potatoes

The hippest thing on the web: potatoes

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