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.
After our visit to Harvard Square, we were set to make our way to the Skywalk at the Prudential Center. Well, with the preparations to the 2014 Boston Marathon underway, the immense amount of traffic forced us to rearrange our schedule. Luckily, the people at the observatory were more than accommodating to us and we set off to take part in the duck tours. Let me just say that for the second time on that tour, it’s still really awesome and I highly recommend it.
After all was said and done, we dispersed once again to shop and get food at the Prudential Center. If you’re taking the duck tours at this location, Five Napkin Burger is hard to miss. The main entrance is on the street, right next to the Cheesecake Factory. The place was pretty full and I was pretty lucky to get a seat.
For over 10 years, Five Napkin Burger has been doing their thing in New York City. Since then, they have expanded throughout New York and even to other cities like Miami. The place is classy and it’s no wonder why the place was so full on this evening.
Almost immediately, I was in good hands. The server had that unmistakable Boston accent and was more than cordial. The service was also a tight run machine. Waiting was kept to a minimum and most requests are handled quite quickly.
As I was sitting down, I noticed one of the cardboard ads that touted a #BostonStrong t-shirt that sold for 10 dollars, where the proceeds went to the local children’s hospital. I’ve collected a few shirts on this trip and they serve as a memento of a memorable voyage. Plus, the money went towards a good cause, so there’s no denying that.
Bacon Cheddar Burger ($16)
This burger contains tomatoes, lettuce, onions, cheddar, and bacon.
Before I get to the burger, the onions rings, which were a one dollar upgrade, have to be touched upon. The onion rings lacked some taste and they fell apart too easily. This bothered me somewhat and I was hoping that it wasn’t reflective of the burger.
The burger, on the other hand, was another story. The ingredients, like all the burgers on this trip, are your simple ones. Also, like most of my American visits, I was asked how I wanted it. What worried me a little bit during this visit was getting burger fatigue. The burger is quite hefty. I wanted to be able to eat everything without suffering a heart attack.
The slight disappointment in the burger was that it came to the table slightly higher than the requested temperature. While it didn’t have much of an impact on the final product, it was something that I noted early on. Despite that, the meat went down quite easily and I didn’t really suffer much from the burger.
There were some moments where the burger didn’t stay together so well. Usually, I place my burger back on the table upside down and things work that way. This time, the second I placed it down that way, the thing slid apart. But, I quickly readjusted and there weren’t any issues appearing after that.
After a while, the burger wasn’t overly disappointing or extremely impressive. The selection of ingredients was well chosen and there weren’t any issues on that front. The burger was acceptable, but the cause superseded that for me.
My experience at 5 Napkin Burger was mostly positive. There were some issues that took away from the food experience. The service and atmosphere was what rounded out the experience. While Boston is strong, I applaud 5 Napkin for doing their part.