I'm not a huge burger eater nor a chain eatery sort of person when I can avoid it. But... I just returned from lunch at Boston Blackies (near Union Station) and had what seemed to me a much better than average burger and fries. (Perhaps everyone knows this already, but what the hey.)
Specifically, this was the signature burger (i.e. grilled onions and bacon). Lots of onions and bacon. The onions were very nicely softened and seemed to have had some liquid thrown over them and reduced at some point. They were very carmelized/dark looking and had an intense flavor that may just have been the meat juices from the nearby burger, but seemed like maybe something with alcohol was involved as well.
The burger was hot from the grill (not the heat lamp), flavorful and glistening with just enough fat to make it luscious without being merely greasy. Ordered medium rare, it came really, genuinely, medium rare. Amazing.
The fries were clearly made from recently sliced fresh potatos - like thick cut potato chips. Not greasy, but almost roasted tasting. Perfectly salted. With a really nice variety of shapes and doneness: some were very dark, some perfectly golden and crisp, some a bit underdone and chewier, or with 3-4 forming a clump - crisped on the outer slices, but softer in the middle. The variation was a real plus for me.
The only improvement I can think of would have been a bit more char and crunch to the outside of the burger.
But, either way - very nicely executed. I've had most of their salads as well and they are all perfectly respectable, fresh ingredients, generous portions.
Service was prompt and efficient.
These folks seem to know what they're doing.
Does anyone know if BBs are consistent across the various outlets?