Location: Cambridge, MA
The Foodie: Recommends
I’m loving the retro-burger movement.
There have been many valiant efforts in recent years to deliver the promise of the quick-service burger joint without the side effects of McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, and the other usual suspects. You may be familiar with some of the following symptoms after past experiences with said perpetrators:
- Fast-Food Hangover
- Slothfulness and general malaise
- Muffin top
- Wicked and sinful thoughts
One of the best-known examples of the retro-burger movement is Shake Shack, which failed to really wow me based on sampling the goods sold at their new Chestnut Hill location.
Tasty Burger, however, definitely drilled a sustainable, high-quality, hormone-free, responsibly-sourced mouthful of retro-burger directly into my soul.
Walking out the door after eating my Tasty Burger, I felt like I had just wrapped-up a swell date spent making out with my steady girl three-years my junior at the drive-thru neighborhood burger-and-fountain-soda place in our small town of Plainville, Indiana.
Tasty Burger is a local burger joint with three locations in Harvard Square, Fenway, and Southie. The enterprise responsible for this grand establishment is the Franklin Restaurant Group, which runs both Citizen Public House and the Franklin Café – two other beloved local restaurants.
Tasty Burger features a selection of retro-burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs curiously called “shafts”, sides, shakes and draft beers. Burgers are made from a 1/3 lb. of certified all-natural beef derived from cows that were never, ever, ever fed growth-hormones or antibiotics.
The signature burger here is called the “Big Tasty” and consists of a classic beef patty, cheese, diced onions and pickles, tomato and ‘tasty sauce’ which is the standard mix of ketchup, mayo and secrets.
You can also choose from a wide variety of other burger variations such as the Spicy Jalapeno, BBQ Onion, Kahuna Burger (complete with pineapple, grilled red onion, and teriyaki), and, yes, Veggie and Turkey Burgers too.
What differentiates us here at Tasty Burger from the pack? Besides our delicious selection of burgers, sandwiches and snacks, we offer a full selection of dank beers on tap including Left Hand Milk Stout, Brooklyn Lager, Ommegang Belgian IPA, and Lagunitas IPA. We also may be the ONLY thing open in the greater Boston area until 4AM.
Come on down today, tonight, or tomorrow morning!
The Big Tasty burger sends forth a perfect mouth-feel that combines the following:
- Plentiful melty cheese
- Tender, juicy, well-seasoned thin-ish burger patty
- Salty kick of onion and pickle
- Flavorful punch of special sauce
- Cool massage of tomato and lettuce
- Soft caress of pillow-y seeded burger bun
The Big Tasty
HOME ECONOMICS SEMINAR:
One burger not enough? Try the Sack of 5 deal that will get you five hamburgers for $20 bucks.
Tuition costs got you down? Try the Starvin’ Student deal: one hamburger or cheeseburger, a can of beer, and fries for 10 bucks.
Tasty Burger is mighty good. I will be adding the Big Tasty to my Top 10 Burgers in Boston List (stay tuned for the latest rev. later this year).
Students, I hope you’ve enjoyed this pre-reading for the Fall semester. Long-live the retro-burger and wishing you much fun and success in the academic year ahead.