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Jan 7, 2006 02:56 PM

Flat Patties

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I was in Harvard Square today at stopped off at the new Flat Patties within the JFK Galleria. It is part of the foor court there and has a very simple menu. It specialized in burgers. I had a cheeseburger ($3.20) and it was delicious. The roll was fresh, soft and very tasty. The burger is flat, so not very thick, but it was flavorful. And for the price, it is well worth it. I did not get the french fries but they looked pretty good.

For anyone looking for a cheap, good burger in the Square, check it out.

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  1. Yeah man, Flat Patties is my new spot. I went today and talked to a guy grilling, he said he was a "Burger Consultant" and told me they are 'redesigning' their burger. "From the bottom up" - whatever that means. It was still awesome. Had a bit of tangy sauce in the middle, too. And their meat tastes really fresh.

    If you haven't yet, you owe it to yourself to try their shredded pork sandwich. Click the link below to read my review of it.


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    1. re: Prav

      Thanks. I will definitely return and try the pulled pork soon.

      1. re: Richard

        One of Felipe's co-owners is the owner of Flat Patties. There was an article about them in the Boston Globe recently.

      2. re: Prav

        Flat Patties is definitely connected to Felipes. They share staff, ingrediants, and to a point, facilities. The pork is probably similar if not the same. I had that and the burger and the fries.
        Fries are shoestring and a bit salty. Everything else is pretty tasty.

      3. Allstonian and I went to Flat Patties for the second or third time on Saturday. After a somewhat nightmarish screwup on the register that took several minutes and the manager and/or owner to get sorted finally, said honcho came by our table and asked how the burgers were. I told him, truthfully, that I think it's one of the better burgers in the area, but that I wished they had pickles and onions to go on the burgers. He said, "Oh, we have pickles and onions! Hang on!" and came back with little plastic cups of each that immediately transformed the burger from solid to excellent.

        However, I pointed out to said honcho that the girl on the register had asked if we wanted the burgers "with everything," and when we replied in the affirmative, it turned out that "with everything" meant tomatoes and lettuce.

        Um...if you have MORE condiment choices than merely lettuce and tomatoes, then by definition, a burger "with everything" doesn't just have lettuce and tomatoes on it!

        I swear to god, this man reacted to this idea like it had never ever occurred to him before. His exact response was, "You know, I should put a sign on the register that lists everything we have that you can put on a burger. Come to think of it, I should have it up on the wall, too!"

        It took every ounce of willpower I had not to respond with a "Gee, ya think?"

        The guy was really very nice, and he really took an interest in our opinions on the burgers, plus I really want this place to succeed because it would be handy to have a good burger option in Harvard Square. (Yes, I know about Bartley's: I said "good," not "squishy softball squirting grease all over the place.") The next time I'm in Harvard Square running errands, I'm going to go to Flat Patties and specifically ask for a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and none of that Russian dressing stuff. In fact, I think I'm going to ask the guy on the grill to split the bun and throw it cut side down on the grill for a minute or so. The lack of a properly toasted bun in the local places puzzles me.

        1. Thanks for the tip. I tried them today for lunch and I loved the cheeseburger! I had it with russian dressing and pickles and it was absolutely perfect. I wasn't so impressed with the chili cheese fries - the chili appeared to be sauteed ground beef and red peppers, with very little seasoning and no sauce. But the burger was plenty big, so I didn't really need to be eating chili cheese fries anyway. :) The prices are great too - when was the last time you found a place with fountain sodas for under a dollar?

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          1. re: cambridgejen

            Was the list of available condiments up yet?

            Yes, we decided to splurge on the chili cheese fries as well, and were equally confused. I don't know what on earth that stuff was, but it ain't chili!

            My favorite aspect of the beverage scene at Flat Patties is that they're the only non-taqueria I know of in town that carries Jarritos. A nice cold guava soda is a good accompaniment to a properly done burger!

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              BFP, maybe you need to have a word w/ your new friend the honcho about the chili!

              1. re: tatamagouche

                One save at a time, my friend. Next on my list is getting them to actually toast the buns.

                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                  The good news is that my bun was toasted, and I didn't even ask for it. The bad news is that the available condiments weren't listed, and they only offered lettuce and tomato. I had to specifically ask for the pickles (which I always thought was standard burger fare, whether requested or not...)

            2. re: cambridgejen

              I haven't been over there in a while, but last time I was, the other thing that was amazingly good and a great bargain was their fish sandwich. It was real, properly flaky fresh cod or haddock, not the prefab glorified fish sticks of fast food places like McDonalds, on a bun with cole slaw and under $5. Other than a too spongy for my taste bun, very good.

              1. re: psora

                My girlfriend and I checked this out the other day. She had the fish burger which was as good as you describe. I had a cheeseburger (offered with lettuce, tomato and the Big-Mac-style sauce but no pickle) which I found (for my tastes) to be a nice alternative to the standard pub burgers found over here. A larger but flatter piece of meat, which I don't have to order as if it were a steak, suits my expectations for a burger a bit better, though I accept that's not going to be a common perspective. And, it was infinitely superior to Maccy D's. We both had onion rings, which were also good.