Posts Tagged ‘Boston’

Under normal circumstances this blog post would be about the phenomenal athletes that participated in the Boston marathon. Under normal circumstances we would highlight the funny characters that crossed the finish line and the college-themed antics that went on in the crowd. Under normal circumstances the day would’ve started and ended on such high notes it would be impossible to stay inside and do work rather than go out and celebrate.

Except it wasn’t a normal circumstance. In fact, it was far from it.

The city of Boston was attacked yesterday in a villainous attempt to hurt and destroy the most beloved day of the year. Marathon Monday is a day for people around the world to come together for one united cause. It’s a day to laugh, to celebrate, to have fun and to lift each others spirit throughout the course of the race.

Now, it’s a day that will be remembered for such gruesome violence.

But throughout all of the chaos and turmoil, we were able to see so many civilians run towards the explosions than away. That is what gives us hope for humanity. I would like to take a moment to thank everyone that helped in the efforts of fixing a tumultuous situation as quickly as possible. We are so lucky to have the police force, EMT’s, firefighters and innocent civilians that immediately thought to help.

Through times of hardship is where we see everyone come together. Boston will stand united.

In a great city like Boston, you can be sure to find your fair share of burger joints in the area. Filled with pubs and hidden restaurants, Boston is prime time real estate for delicious and creative meals. In an effort to combine the usefulness of mapping in journalism with our hunger for some grub, our class decided to map out some of the best burger joints in Boston.

My choice: The Yardhouse!

The Yardhouse, a California based chain, opened a restaurant last spring right near Fenway Park. The restaurant boasts 150 menu items, seating for 500 and 180 beers on tap. Yes, you read that right. One hundred and eighty beers on tap.

Photo taken by Daniella Iervolino at The Yardhouse, Boston

Photo taken by Daniella Iervolino at The Yardhouse, Boston

Located at 126 Brookline Ave., The Yardhouse has an outdoor patio that poses as the backyard to historic Fenway Park. On warm weather days, the retractable doors at the back of the restaurant completely open up for a great eating experience.

But since this winter seems like it doesn’t want to end, I ate inside. The ambiance was still just as great. The numerous flat screen televisions around the restaurant and bar had every sports game possible playing.

But more importantly, what did I eat? Well deciding on the perfect burger was tough. I had to choose between the Pepper Crusted Gorgonzola Burger, Avocado & Swiss Burger, Classic Cheese Burger, Five Ounce Grilled Burger, BBQ Bacon Burger, Hawaiin Burger, Pepper Jack Burger, Turkey Burger, Five Ounce Turkey Burger, Burnaise Burger, Surf & Turf Burger, Five Ounce Blackened Tuna Burger and then numerous sliders options.

If you’re sitting here thinking they all sound absolutely delicious and the decision seems impossible, you’re in the same boat as me.

After narrowing it down to the Hawaiin Burger, which has pineapple, pepper jack cheese, aloha sauce and garlic aioli, and the Turkey Burger, which has roasted roma tomatoes, mozzarella and garlic aioli, I went with the turkey burger. I was extremely happy with my decision as it was one of the best turkey burgers I’ve eaten.

Luckily, my dinner-mate ended up ordering the Hawaiin Burger which allowed me to sneak a bite in and get a taste for that as well.

“It’s absolutely delicious,” said Victoria Schmidt, math teacher at Marian High School in Framingham, Mass. “The pineapple makes it and these sweet potato fries are honestly the best I’ve ever had, I’m not even kidding.”

When asked about the ease of getting to the restaurant from her apartment in Brighton, Schmidt said, “It was super easy I just hopped on the bus to Kenmore Station and it was about a 5 minute walk after that. It’s not a bad ride at all.”

My waitress was also helpful in my decision making and steered me in the direction of the turkey burger after telling her my preferences. She also let me substitute regular french fries for sweet potato fries which, in my opinion, made the meal. To top it off, I had a “shorty” Sea Dog Bluepaw Wild Blueberry beer with fresh blueberries floating in it. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys trying something new.

Including tip, I paid $22.00. I felt it was a reasonable price for a great burger and beer and well worth the money. The only downfall to the extensive burger menu is the lack of a veggie burger option. Although it is not possible to get a standard veggie burger, customers can get varied seafood burger options, as mentioned above.

To check out the menu for yourself, go to http://www.yardhouse.com/MA/boston-restaurant/. The Yardhouse is open for food daily at 11:00am and closes 12:00am Sun-Thu and 1:00am Fri-Sat. Last call for alcohol is at 12:30am Sun-Thu and 1:20am Fri-Sat.

For reservations, call (617) 236-4083. If you’re not in walking distance, the nearest T stop is Brookline Ave at Yawkey Way and the restaurant is handicapped-accessible.