Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Charley's - Boston's Best Burger?

On a recent Saturday, Nick and I went out to brunch with his siblings and a friend and wanted to go to a fun place with good food that did not break the bank.  Not having been to Charley's in a while, and remembering that they had plenty of room and a good burger, I thought it would be perfect.

We arrived around 1:00pm and were seated straight away.  For those who have not been to Charley's, it has a bit of a saloon atmosphere.  Our server was very nice and took some time to explain the menu, pointing out that everything was cooked from scratch in the kitchen and that they are known for their burgers. Wanting a burger to refresh my memory so that I could properly compare it to other places, I did not even have to open the menu.  Turns out the burger fever spread to the rest of the table - we all ordered one!

While some in our group went for the Au Poivre burger or a blue cheese burger...

I went straight for the cheese burger, medium rare.

The burger looked great, with loads of melted cheese and a soft roll, but I realized that it was over cooked - a heavy medium.  Granted, our server asked us to cut into our burgers to check the temperature and I knew then that it was over cooked, but I didn't really want to spend the time to have it sent back, etc.  However, even with the temperature being off, I was fairly impressed by this burger, especially given the price point of $9.75.  There was a nice size beef patty that could have used a bit more seasoning but was still delicious.  The cheese was plentiful and fully melted.

The french fries and onion rings were great.  I am a big onion ring fan, so when a place serves both without having to do a special order I am always excited.  The fries were not overly thick or thin and had a good amount of seasoning. 

In general, everyone enjoyed their burgers.  The rest of the table's were cooked perfectly - I do think that is impressive considering there were five of us ordering at all different temperatures including well done (BTW - who does that!?!).

Charley's is a good place to stop when shopping on Newbury if you want a good meal and aren't looking to spend a fortune.  Also, I have brought more than a couple of groups here and they always enjoy the food.  The fact that you can easily get a table makes it even better.

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  1. I don't even eat beef, but those burger shots look SO good!

  2. I had the same experience with the Charleys burger- over cooked! It was a shame, but still tasty for sure!

  3. I've never had a burger there before. Will have to try one! I also like that they will give you fries and onions rings.


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