[ Educated Eatings ]
10 Eliot Street (on Harvard campus)
to students at Harvard, Charlie's Kitchen is as well recognized & established institution as the University itself.. while exploring Cambridge, we got a bit hungry, and decided to pop in for a quick late lunch ..
this fine pub-like stablishment was surprisingly family-friendly .. no lingering odours, no grime .. our waitress has been working at Charlie's for over 50 years -- she's practically watched the kids of her patrons grow up .. she told us that just a week ago, George Dubya Bush sent secret service out to Charlie's Kitchen to get a photo of her -- even he used to come here when he was a kid ..
even though they serve lobsters fresh out of a lobster tank out front, Charlie's is all about their burgers .. the menu featured a assortment of creative burger, including hawaiian burgers w/ grilled pineapple, pizza burgers, & chilli cheese burgers .. if i had more time or more stomachs, i would have loved to try them all ..
the Double Cheeseburger w/ fries ($4.95) is as basic as it gets, and is a steal of a deal .. cheese nicely melted on the each patty, sitting pretty on sesame buns .. the patties are thick & juicy, cooked to your liking -- medium rare, fully cooked .. lettuce, tomato, & pickle are served on the side -- how you dress your burger is all up to you .. the fries are crispy, but nothing special ..
the Double Guacamole Cheeseburger w/ Nachos & Salsa ($6.95) on the menu caught our eyes instantly .. being the avid guacamole lovers, we couldn't pass it up .. two huge dollops of boldly flavoured guacamole topped the cheeseburger ..
initial concerns that the guacamole would be overpowered by the burger are quickly dismissed .. good smoothness with occasional chunks, bright and full of flavour, balancing very nicely with the grilled patty ..
extra kudos for not skimping on the guac, doubling as dip for the nachos .. i recall the salsa tasting bad -- made in-house, but the flavouring was off .. the nachos were just store-bought, nothing special ..
the Double Guinness Burger w/ beer fries ($8.95) sounded tempting enough .. i was very curious to find out how it would taste .. i had mine cooked medium, and the guinness burger patties were very juicy, with pink hues in the middle .. the meat had soaked up a good amount of beer flavour, though the flavour is very subtle -- a milder beer would have disappeared .. on ensuing bites, the beer taste was more apparent .. it was definitely enjoyable, and exactly how you would imagine a beer burger to taste ..
the beer fries were more like spicy battered fries .. while tasty & glistening w/ oil, but not "beer" was involved .. but that's alright ..
if you've never been, it's worth checking out if you visit harvard .. for the price of a McMeal, you're getting an infinitely superior (& inventive) burger ..