Oh hello. My apologies for the pro-longed absence but I’ve been a busy little bee- helping paint condos, birthdays, Junior League- I haven’t been home much.
In lieu of a home-cooked surprise, I will tell you about this week’s dining adventure. Last week was fancy italian, this week is fancy burgers, and another command from me. Go to 5 Napkin Burger. Whether in Hell’s Kitchen, Astoria, the Upper West Side, or right here in Boston, go. You won’t be disappointed. I was only disappointed that I didn’t have room to try more.
I hadn’t heard of it, besides in passing and knew that there was a new restaurant over in that spot behind Prudential across from Brasserie Jo. Then at work someone brought it up Tuesday and of course, then we all looked at the menu, checked on Yelp and looked at pictures. Drool. I talked about this burger for 2 days. I was like a little kid on Christmas morning when I finally was seated at my table last night (at nearly 9:30 no less) menu in hand.
I had to sit through an arduous finance council meeting over at JL while my dinner buddy, my (now) friend B, waited downstairs on the street for me. Ok, the meeting wasn’t that bad, but when it’s 9 pm, a half hour behind schedule and there is a juicy burger with your name on it across town, every minute is an eternity. Ok, fine, being a touch dramatic, but, you know how I am about my food.
The menu at 5 Napkin is a little wacky and the name of the restaurant is a bit of a misnomer, especially if you don’t know the history of the place. Well, I did my homework. The guys that developed the idea owned a restaurant in Manhattan, and their best seller was consistently their so-called “5 Napkin Burger” so they decided to give it a shot and open a restaurant that featured mostly burgers, along with some decadent sides, milkshakes, oh, and uh, sushi. Something for everyone, right?
I decided to stick with the original and ordered the 5 Napkin Burger- 10 oz of delicious & moist ground beef, topped with gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, all on a soft white roll with the rosemary aioli on the side. B got just the bacon burger and his was cooked better than mine, (read: ordered medium and got it, I got slightly more well-done). But it was delicious nonetheless. We split an order of the Tuscan fries- just a touch of parmesan cheese and rosemary, and I got a Cape Ann Brewery beer. Woot-woot, love Cape Ann (the place, the beer was also pretty good.) My burger could’ve used a bit more cheese, but it was still amazing. I ate the whole thing. I got through half and was considering stopping, then B looked a me and goes, “Are you just taking a break?” With a look on his face and a tone that implied he would be disappointed if I threw in the towel so early.
At the end, Burger 0, AT 1. So very happy & full. I wanted to try a milkshake, (salted caramel) but alas, there was no room, next though, and there WILL be a next time, I will fast all day just to make room for it. Oh, and maybe some of the legendary tots.