I like nothing better than getting a deal, but I can only fully enjoy a bargain when it is worth the money. On Saturday night I went to Radius for half-price burgers at the bar, which (ounce for ounce) may be the bargain of the summer.
The burgers are huge, and I’m guessing they weigh in at 10 ounces. I made it through approximately half of mine before pushing my plate across the table. But even better, they had great flavor, and also some noteworthy touches: the combination of fried onions, cheddar cheese and horseradish sauce was an interesting change from the norm. I was skeptical about the horseradish sauce, and asked for it on the side (I know, I know) but I’m glad that I did. While the flavor was a great addition to the burger, it was also rich— and I was already elbow-deep in French fries.
I also want to point out that while the bun wasn’t colossal, it was big enough to actually hold the sandwich for a change, which is definitely worth commenting on. And by the way, my burger was cooked perfectly at medium-rare. M’s was over-cooked, sadly, but the kitchen was quick to replace it.
Another great addition to the Radius burger? The bottle of Dolcetto we drank, which I chose mostly because I hadn’t had one in a while, and felt like trying it. Fortunately it wound up being a perfect partner to the burgers. Medium-bodied, earthy, with a bit of tart fruit, it had the acidity to stand up to some fat (and there was some at our table) and yet not overwhelm the entire combination. The verdict on Radius burgers? We are going back this weekend. In fact, I can say that I would indulge myself from time to time, even if they weren’t half price.
I am new to the burger scene in Boston, so I hope others will weigh in with their favorites. Any I have to try?