Took a trip into Harvard Sq. today to check out one of the two new burger joints I'd heard about. Went to Fresh Patties, located in the Garage across from Pho Pasteur. Basically it's a fast food place with its own tables, so you don't have to sit on one of the high tables in the food court area. Plain burgers are $2.85 and come with lettuce and that Russian dressing-style secret sauce (though actually more innocuous than most; I ended up adding ketchup, which I prefer anyway). The bun was nice, oversized and soft. The burger itself is thin enough that no once is asking how you want it cooked. I had it with cheese, which was almost unnoticeable, and grilled onions, which were OK. Not a memorable burger, but definitely better than anything served by the big chains. I haven't eaten at Wild Willie's or Krazy Kary's lately, but if memory serves, I'd rank Fresh Patties perhaps a notch below.
The standouts were the fries and onion rings. Fries were skinny, crisp and salty. Yum. Rings were big and oniony, about seven fairly large ones in a small order for $2.
Next week I'm hoping to find time for a visit around the corner to B. Good on Dunster St., which seems to have a healthy slant and more creative (and more expensive) burgers. Any Hounds tried it?
For what it's worth, the staff -- counterperson and cooks -- all appeared to be Brazilian, not that there was anything the least Brazilian about the cuisine. Pulled pork, grilled chicken and a few other items on the menu. And oh yeah, my wife had the flan, very custardy, nothing special, one of four dessert options which included fried cheesecake (?!) and something with pecans that sounded pretty yummy.
There seems to be a burger renaissance of sorts in the Boston area, though none of the recent arrivals, alas, approach the burger satisfaction offered by O'Sullivans, Bartley's and Tim's (if it's ever reopened).