I'm a huge burger aficionado, and I think I may have finally found the Holy Grail of burgers (this after having eaten the "best" in Chicago, LA, DC, and NYC). I know people are going to vary in taste, and most won't share quite the same enthusiasm for a burger from Boston of all places, but I just had to give Radius an excellent review for the experience of burger nirvana.
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You might be wondering, what is it that exactly sets the Radius Burger apart? Well, there’s not really one identifiable factor, as Radius nails everything, beginning with, to my very pleasant surprise, the ambience. It’s classy enough for you to have a 7-course meal in it (and they do offer one), while casual enough for you to go in there with jeans and a t-shirt for a drink and a burger. In that sense, it’s just the right blend of elegant/formal and layback/casual, with really nice loungy couches and chairs on one side and simply decorated, spacious tables on the other.
Regardless, it’s quite the intimate experience, as the restaurant is dimly lit, but in a very unique way. Red lights reflect across the top in a semi-circle (hence, going with the idea of radius/circle), chic spherical lamps hang from the top of the bar area, and small candles shimmer on the classier dining room tables. Overall, Radius exudes an extraordinary vibe, fantastic for a date.
Does that really justify $19 for a burger, though, especially one that comes with few gourmet ingredients? The burger is a behemoth, coming loaded with Vermont cheddar, a landslide of horseradish cream, and a mountain of fried onion strings, as well as a tray of fries on the side. That may not sound like it would cost all that much to produce, so $19 is definitely on the pricey side.
It doesn’t matter, though, because the burger is sheer perfection. The meat is not just cooked perfectly, but it is succulent as can be. The onions give some great oil and a phenomenal crunch in every bite. The buns never give out in any way. Best of all, though, the sauce leaves you with a complex symphony of flavors, like a yogurt mixed with pepper, spice, and some tang. As long as I can remember, I’ve hated anything with horseradish. Yet, this burger uses it so subtly, giving the cream such a light touch of that tangy spiciness, that it has single-handedly forced me to reconsider my whole stance on horseradish. Nothing short of perfection could cause me to do that.
So now I return to the question of value. Perfection has a price. Factor in the extraordinary decor, and you’ve got somewhat of a steal.
There’s really nothing left to say. Radius delivers not just one of the hottest scenes in the city, it even produces a burger that is perfect, no questions asked. Everyone needs to try this burger at least once.
8 High St, Boston, MA 02129