I wrote about this burger in an earlier blog: http://gltsoi.livejournal.com/76891.html
Ever since I told R about it he has been chomping at the bit to go (the man loves his hamburgers). We headed to Craigie after a movie (Duplicity: cute, but silly) at 10pm on Saturday night. We were seated right away at a table in the bar area. He, of course, ordered the burger and I ordered mussels to share and the red wine braised pig tails for myself.
The mussels came first and they were cooked in a garlic herb miso. It was so tasty! The broth was bursting with umami goodness and the mussels were plump, sweet and tender. My pig tails were also delicious; it was fall-off-the-bone tender with melt in your mouth meatiness. I know there are those of you who are reading this and being all squeamish about the idea of pig tails, but get over it. Those parts (tails, feet, skin, marrow) are some of the best eats and Craigie really knows how to paid homage to all parts of the animal.
So, finally, the burger. How was it? What do you think? It is possible that it would be anything but a letdown for me and R? Of course not. Don't get me wrong; it's a good burger, in fact, R declared it to be the best “gourmet” burger he's had. The beef was tender, and the roll was well suited for the task, but there was no bacon or tomatoes going on. The mircogreens were no match for the classic crisp crunch of iceberg lettuce (sorry, if you are prejudiced against iceberg). It came with sweet potatoes fries that were so thin and crispy, they were more like a nest of sweet potatoes sticks. I think the article just raised expectations too high, that we were bound to be disappointed.
I may have been letdown by the burger, but the mussels and the pig tails more than made up for it. If only I could convince my friends to go there instead of John Harvard's.