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good burgers and more at ashmont grill

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good burgers and more at ashmont grill

twentyoystahs | Jan 9, 2006 11:16 AM

Sunday night around 6pm, the dining room is full but we find a couple of seats at the bar. I enjoy a cold Magic Hat #9 on tap...mmm.

Our friends arrive and we're seated a few minutes later. We order 2 appetizers --a grilled shrimp dish and a meze platter w an assortment of dips/spreads...grilled shrimp is excellent, meze platter is just alright. It comes with a few slices of pita, not the freshest bread; as for the meze platter, I think we got like 3 or 4 different types of spread(eggplant, white bean puree, not sure what else) but honestly the portions are so TINY and what is there is relatively flavorless. Suffice it to say, not a plate I'd choose again.

3 out of 4 of us order burgers; they are the stars of the evening, flavorful, perfectly cooked, delicious.

A sticking point: burgers (and pretty much all other entrees and sandwiches) arrive solo --i.e without any sides. If you want fries, or vegetables, or onion rings (as i did) you must order them separately. An $8 burger is reasonably priced, but when you order your fries it becomes a $12 burger. Kinda getting past the "neigborhoody-reasonable" price-point.

Anyway, I order the rings, and they certainly are every bit worth $4 price tag...Quite possibly the best rings in Boston-proper, with a light, flavorful beer-batter. Perfect w/the burger.
A few other sides are also ordered; roasted brussel sprouts, and some cabbage, i think? both deemed excellent.

The one dud of the main courses is the pulled-pork sandwich. Deemed dry and flavorless. Came with some sort of vinegary dip which didn't seem to taste like much of anything. Perhaps the Cuban sandwich is the way to go if you want pork?

No desserts; dinner with 4 drinks comes to just under $100 --not bad...but again, since we really just had sandwiches/burgers it does seem a little on the high end. Overall, we enjoyed our meal and service was friendly and prompt.

A side note: By 8pm there were plenty of open tables. I know that was not the case just a few months ago. Perhaps a combination of the buzz starting to wear off just a bit and the post-holidays slowdown...

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