I just saw today's Boston Globe Cheap Eats review of Wild Willy's in Watertown. It all sounded very good until I read: "for health reasons, they don't accept rare or medium-rare orders". Whaat?!
Clearly a place that specializes in fried ground chuck and deep-fried potatoes isn't that worried about your health; they're scared of E. coli lawsuits. I see that injunction on a growing number of menus. That's a shame: I won't order a burger at any restaurant that won't cook mine rare or medium-rare.
This baffles me. You risk food-borne illness every time you dine out (does the prep cook wash his hands religiously?), and MA law requires a menu disclaimer about the risks associated with raw and undercooked items. Isn't that enough?
Looks like Wild Willy's will never see any of my money: back to R.F. O'Sullivan's, Audobon, Tim's, Union, and other places that will cook my burger My Way.