105 Huntingdon Avenue
Bus: MBTA 9, 39, 55, 57, 170, 9701, 9702, 9703
Visit: April 18, 2014
The second day of our Boston trip was nearing its end and we were headed to the heart of the city. A year ago, Boston suffered a tragic blow. The Boston Marathon was overshadowed by the most unfortunate of events. A year later, the people of Boston are strong and they are moving past the tragedies. One of the restaurants that joined that effort is Five Napkin Burger at the Prudential Center.
The month of May is important for just about anyone. Most schools are winding down their academic years and that causes a lot of us, including myself, to be really busy. In the realm of this search, there were a few loose ends to tie up. I actually had a personal situation which could have caused a lengthy interruption to my normal routine. Luckily, that was sorted out rather quickly, thanks to some pure, dumb luck.
On this day, 5 years ago, there was a little restaurant on Ontario, just north of De Maisonneuve, and it had a lot of high praise. The praise was all because of a burger. At the time, I didn’t get it. Even after having that first burger, I still didn’t get it. Well, that place was known as La Paryse and it was the first of 249 burgers that have been consumed over the last 5 years.
1246 Massachusetts Avenue
Subway: Harvard Station
Bus: MBTA 1, 68, 69
Visit: April 18, 2014
This year, I’ve had the chance to tackle my half completed burger bucket list in Philadelphia. When I think back to my first trip to the Boston area in 2013, there was one place that I was so close to trying, but it just wasn’t to be. This time around, I was more than thrilled to get the chance to sit down at Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage in Cambridge.
1 South Market Street
Subway: State St.
Bus: MBTA 4, 15, 39, 57, 92, 93, 325, 326
Visit: April 17, 2014
Making your way in the world today takes everything you got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. Yes, you got that right, the next stop on this Great Burger Search is at a place in Boston known as Cheers.
Bus: RTL 55, STM 61, 75, 168, 715
Visit: May 10, 2014
If there’s one certainty in this city, it’s the fact that there are as many food bloggers as there are restaurants that specialize in brunch. In the past, I’ve made some steps to get to know the players in both those categories, but not enough to really say that I know much. Well, a stop at a restaurant boutique known as Le Cartet would hopefully remedy all that.
80 Premium Outlets Boulevard
Merrimack, New Hampshire
Visit: April 17, 2014
In May of 2013, I had the chance to travel to Boston for the very first time in my life. Fast forward to April of 2014, I was given the opportunity to make that voyage once again. Along the way, we got to make a stop at the Merrimack Premium Outlets in New Hampshire. While it might not be the most legitimate places, the fast food court includes a place called Buckhead Grill.
The month of April saw two big things in the realm of the Great Burger Search. For one, the results from Philadelphia saw the light of day. As that was going on, I had the chance to make a return to Boston for another slew of burgers and a second chance at a place that was closed the first time around.
Bus: STM 24, 63, 90, 104, 138
Visit: April 10, 2014
A couple of months ago, I made my way to Westmount to check out one of the oldest restaurants in the city. Along the way, I was scoping out Greene to seek out new places for my list. Well, there was another place that wasn’t that far away. That place was Bistro on the Avenue.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 30, 125, 427, 715, 747
Visit: April 13, 2014
There have been two things that have started to crowd my life in the last year or so. Those two things are sushi and all you can eat places. While some people love them, others try their best to stay away from them. I’m undecided on the topic. But, a visit to Sushi St-Denis might push me in one direction or another.
926 South Street
Bus: SEPTA 23, 40, 47
Visit: March 27, 2014
For the final burger of this trip to Philadelphia, it was finally time for the first one chosen during the planning phase. Located on one of the most unique streets in the entire city, this place was part of the top 50 restaurants in Philadelphia. After bouncing back and forth through the city, it was finally time to make my way to Supper.
I don’t make it a secret when I say that I’m a teacher. Over the last few years, my career has allowed me to be part of so many great opportunities and experiences, none of which I would trade with anyone else on this planet. One of the perks that I’ve started to take advantage of is the chance to accompany our great students to places that they wouldn’t necessarily go to on their own. Last year, we had the chance to spend 2 days in Boston. To follow that up, we made our way further south to the city of Philadelphia.
937 East Passyunk
Bus: SEPTA 47, 64
Visit: March 27, 2014
The second day of our trip to Philadelphia took us to some of the most historical sites. When you walk further south, you find yourself in the district known as the Italian Market. While that might sound like a haven of pizza and pasta, it’s the home to staples such as the Philly cheesesteak. While I would have loved to share that, there was one place that made sure I continued my burger search, which was Royal Tavern.
10421 Gouin O.
Bus: STM 68, 205, 206, 208, 209, 213, 407, 468
Visit: March 13, 2014
Success is often made out of second chances. I’m so grateful that I got a second chance in my career, where I’m doing a whole lot better than the first time around. Like in life, restaurants or locations often face the prospect of getting a second chance. Located in the West Island, Athena is a place that is rebuilding a reputation.
1050 North Hancock
LRT: SEPTA 15
Bus: SEPTA 5, 57
Visit: March 26, 2014
In life, there are two words that we all have heard of that ruminate in the back of one’s mind and that’s the ‘bucket list.’ Over the course of the last 9 months, in planning my incursion into Philadelphia, there was one place that couldn’t be avoided because it was becoming one of the hottest places in the entire United States. Well, I can officially cross a place off of my burger bucket list and it’s simply known as PYT.