Hello all. I don't post here often so forgive me if I make a faux pas here...
I looove a good burger so I was excited to see a place that appeared to specialize in burgers opening up right near me. It's called Grille Zone and it's at 1022 Comm Ave (couple doors down from T Anthony's). I'm not sure if that's technically Boston or Brookline.
The burger was great. Really big and juicy and... um... as the name would imply... had that nice grilled taste. It was a bit saltier that I would have liked but still very good. My current favorite places to get burgers are U-Burger, Sunset Bar & Grill and S&S Deli to give an idea of what I consider a good burger. And this burger was definitely on par. The french fries were also really nice. They tasted like they were fresh cut.
It's a really casual place but it's stylish inside. You order your food at the counter and seat yourself, etc. I went on the first or second day that they were open and we had been waiting a little bit for our food when the owner came up to us and said we'd been waiting for 14 minutes (who knew?) and their policy is to get your food to you within 10 min. So he offered us a free meal. We declined the free meal offer saying we totally understand it's probably hard open a new business and work out the kinks right away.
They also have some really good looking items on the menu besides burgers like grilled hot dogs (made in Mattapan), BLTs and grilled cheese. Apparantly nothing except for the ice cream they serve (Herrells!) is ever frozen. It's all fresh ingredients.
BUT... that's not all... A very interesting aspect of the restaurant had yet to reveal itself. As we spoke with the owner the first time we went he explained that it's a very eco-friendly restaurant in the following ways:
1. As much of the ingredients as possible are obtained from local food suppliers
2. It's a zero-waste operation and in fact they don't even have a dumpster. The "paper plates" and "plastic cups" etc are actually some sort of special material that's compostable. And anything else they have (like glass soda bottles) is recyclable.
3. The fabric on the booths, decorations on ceiling and walls, etc are all recycled materials.
(I know chowhound is about food and not eco-friendly practives but I thought it was really cool to see a place that appears to have really good food AND tries to "walk the walk" in the environmental sense.)
They also have wings. I went back tonight and tried them and they were good but nowhere near enough buffalo sauce. That was strange since earlier that day they were handing out samples which had plenty of sauce and were really awesome. I think the cook on duty tonight was just inexperienced. I have hope that next time I go there they will be better and I won't have to trek to Buff's for good wings anymore. :)
Here's their website if you want read their mission, see their menu, etc etc.
Hope this review is helpful!