Brunch Burgers in Boston
Russell House Tavern – Cambridge, MA
Today I made one of the saddest realizations of my life. I left a burger behind. And not just any burger, but one that I envisioned and felt determined to bring to fruition. It was exactly a year ago to this day that I enjoyed this beautiful burger and somehow it managed to slip my mind until now. It may be due to its controversial nature, seeing as I decided to add an ingredient like no other: a crispy fried poached egg. That’s right! Now I have to mention that this was not an optional topping or side dish offered on the menu, but rather a totally separate brunch entrée, which for some insanely genius reason, I thought would make a killer burger combo. And of course it did, though at the expense of my usually stringent burger-eating rulebook.
(credit must also be given to my food companions who strongly advocated for the fusion of these two brunch items)
The burger itself was listed as the R. House Grass Fed Burger, consisting of a griddled English muffin, Vermont cheddar, smoky bacon, and onions. While I would love to give it a 5 pickle rating, I feel my crispy egg intervention circumvented the burger’s legitimacy and therefore, it deserves a proper markdown. On its own however, the burger at the Russell House Tavern is as delicious and perfectly prepared as you would expect from any contemporary dining establishment. From the bread to the bacon, every ingredient is fresh, properly paired, and cooked to perfection. However, if you find yourself not craving a burger but more in a brunch kind of mood, order up the crispy poached eggs. They’re pretty awesome.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 pickles