4.15.2011

Is Boston's Best Burger at Casablanca?


Sitting down at Casablanca in Harvard Square, menu in hand, I looked amongst the Meze plates and Tagines for the burger that soon would be mine. "Burger: Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and french fries - $13" it plainly read. I couldn't help it. My eyes glazed over. Another bacon cheeseburger, *sigh*. As many burgers as I eat, it's pretty easy to get a little bored with the same old. Especially when I've had bacon cheeseburger after bacon cheeseburger with sad, undercooked bacon and unmelted, sweaty cheese over and over again. I find myself practically begging someone to do something different, even just a little.


The burger arrived and it didn't look like anything special. At first glance the cheese was melted properly (hooray!) and the bacon appeared to be cooked well. The bun was pale and heavily studded with sesame seeds and the burger looked nice and charred. It was joined by two slices of roma tomato and a large fresh leaf of bibb lettuce. The fries were slender and looked tasty. After spreading a bit of Dijon mustard on the top of the bun, I went in for a big bite and found myself being covered (literally) in juice. I have never, in all of my burger eating days seen anything so juicy. In a desperate attempt to keep the juices where they should be, I juggled the burger so the juices wouldn't run onto my plate. Going in for another bite, juices literally shot out. It became laughable, my napkin was an embarrassing mess.


Getting to the taste, I was surprised at how well all of the flavors jumped out. Usually cheese can be undetected but it was very present and deliciously sharp. The bacon was smoky and while not overly crispy, it totally worked. One of my biggest pet peeves with bacon on a burger (besides it being undercooked) is when you take a bite and the whole piece of bacon comes along with it. In this case, this bacon stays right where it should, resting comfortably atop my burger.  Moving on to the meat, it was perfectly seasoned and while it was cooked to a higher temperature than the medium rare I requested, without a doubt, it was the juiciest burger I've ever had and the flavors were not compromised. Closing things up, the bun was soft and fresh, fitting the burger perfectly. Lastly, the fries were satisfying crisp, salty and everything you'd want a good fry to be. Turns out, I guess you can't pass judgement on a burger before you've had a bite and Casablanca proves that some of the best burgers in Boston can be found in very unsuspecting places.

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11 comments:

Kathy said...

I've never been to Casablanca, which is totally sad since my bus stop is AROUND THE CORNER. Clearly I need to go, and try the burger. Looks delicious.

A Thought For Food said...

That does look like some burger! I will have to tell E to check it out!

Jen said...

You keep finding great burgers at the most random places.

Daisy said...

good for them! they also do a fantastic white sangria!!

The Hungry Crafter said...

Speaking of juicy burgers... I had a burger at The Fours in Quincy earlier this week (topped with gorgonzola, bacon, portabellas & balsamic glaze) -- and it was positively oozing juicy goodness! I'm still fondly reminiscing a few days later, but that may be because I've been on a bit of a burger diet :) I was very surprised -- check it out if you are ever in the Quincy area...

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I would never guess that you'd find such a great burger at Casablanca. I love the cocktails there too!

Audrey Ellen said...

Your research and development is paying off!
That burger looks incredible, the only time I've been to Casablanca we did the whole tapas thing. Next time the burger it is!

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

I don't think I have ever even heard of Casablanca! My husband is always on the lookout for a good burger, so we will have to check it out!

kitchenmisfit said...

That bacon looks awesome! Yay for juicy burger, but booo for the mess!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Even though I live a block away, I've never been to Casablanca! Now I want to go there for a burger...

Boston Food Diary said...

I keep meaning to eat at Casablanca! I've only drunk there- now it sounds like the burger is calling my name!

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