So I stopped into Cambridge Common this evening because they had a couple beers on tap that I've been wanting to try. Despite pretty lousy past experiences with food from the Christophers/Cambridge Common food, I somehow convinced myself to try their burger. Ordered a quarter-pounder (because I have a predilection for smaller, fast-food style burgers) medium-rare. Now, i realize that medium-rare on a small burger is probably not realistic (though it is achievable--I pull it off at home). But at places like Flat Patties they manage to keep some pink and plenty of moisture in thin burgers.
My burger arrived thin, gray and very dry. The patty was utterly devoid of any beef flavor, juice or fat. it was totally overwhelmed by a too-large, dry, slightly stale and cool bun. The burger had all the taste and appeal of a high-school cafeteria lunch. The cheese was the wrong variety (requested American, got cheddar), the rabbit food (lettuce/tomato/onion) fairly pallid. The only saving graces were decent homemade pickle slices and food service-grade curly fries that were competently fried.
I smothered the thing in ketchup and mustard, ate about half, and gave up.
I can't believe that people eat at this place.