I had been talking up the burger at Craigie on Main to a friend of mine for weeks, and so tonight we made reservations at the bar so he could give it a try. When we showed up, I was surprised to discover that Craigie has eliminated its bar menu, and now only offers the more expensive dining room menu even when you sit in the bar. What's worse, the burger is now a "verbal" (whatever that means), which means that you can order it even though it isn't on the menu--BUT they apparently run out of it. Our reservations were at 7:30 at which point they only had one burger left. Parties coming in after us at the bar were surprised to learn that the burger wasn't available.
Anybody have any idea why they're doing this? It seems like a bad idea to me--the burger was one of their most well-known dishes; it had been written up a lot. It seems like they are trying to phase it out and push people towards the more expensive dishes (the burger is $18; other entrees are $25-$30 or more) even when seated in the bar. This seems awfully short-sighted to me. I am a fan of Craigie's dining room menu, and have done a 10-course tasting there. But I'm not always in the mood for that, and the burger was really amazingly good. Sometimes you just want to go for drinks and burgers with friends. Whenever friends were in from out of town I brought them to Craigie for cocktails and burgers. Pretty sad to learn that Craigie is apparently trying to kill the burger. Why on earth would a signature dish be unavailable at 7:30 on Tuesday night unless they don't want people to order it anymore?
Tony Maws and the rest of the Craigie crew: I can understand if you want to make more money. But let's compromise. Charge $22 for the burger rather than taking it off your menu entirely. Please!
Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139