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Sep 26, 2007 06:23 AM

Grille Zone Again

Returned last night and I was very pleased to see that it looks like they have solved the problem with the fries being too soggy, last night they were crisp and delicious. The burgers continue to be excellent also. Surprisingly quiet given the location near BU and the quality.

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  1. I finally checked it out last night too ... wonder if we were there at the same time? I had a hot dog (!) and my friend had a burger. He can say more about it, but I think it was cooked pretty close to medium rare, maybe a little closer to medium. The dog was delicious -- natural casing for great snap, grilled of course. (I read that these are Simco dogs, can anyone confirm? I thought those dogs were thinner and longer.) Anyway... the fries were crisper than I expected after reading the posts here, but they were pretty greasy, like the oil needed to be a little hotter. I think I still prefer Bartley's superior meat but I'd return to Grille Zone if I needed the burger in that neighborhood.

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    1. re: yumyum

      They are not simcos dogs. Simcos are frozen. Grille zone uses their own recipe from a place called the smokehouse.

      1. re: bostonfoodie91

        Thanks -- I know they are sourced locally (Mattapan) but some hounds had previously reported they are Simco's. Whatever they are, they are delicious.

      2. re: yumyum

        Agree about the fries - we've been heading there once or twice a week lately and the fries have recently become crispier but also significantly greasier. Management was experimenting with house-made chips on a recent visit; hopefully this means sometime soon the Great French Fry Conundrum will be solved.

        1. re: yumyum

          I was there with yumyum - my first visit as well - and I liked it a lot, although more the burger than the fries. The burger is pretty thin, which I like, although more substantial than the ones at Flat Patties or UBurger. The closest analogue I can think of is Fuddruckers, although of course with the local-sourcing angle. I asked for medium-rare and one end was medium-rare and one end was medium, but in any case it was quite juicy - good meat, nice sear. Good bun, too. Next time I'd ask to apply the condiments myself but that's just my taste.

          I thought the fries were okay - they either needed to be cooked hotter as yumyum said, or drained better, probably both. Some were crisp, but a lot of them were pretty well saturated with oil. I also thought the fryer oil could have used a change, there was a little bit of that musty taste that older oil gives.

          I still prefer Bartley's and Miracle of Science, but I'd definitely keep Grille Zone in the rotation for burger cravings.

          1. re: MichaelB

            In retrospect, I would agree, they were crispier but they were a bit too greasy. Would not agree about the thinness of the burgers, they are 1/2 lb, that's pretty big, don't think I would want them any bigger.

            1. re: bakerboyz

              Back again last night to the Grille Zone and glad to see that they are getting a bit busier; Burger was excellent though a bit large, daughter loved the chicken sandwich and I think that they finally got the fries right, they were excellent, crisp and not greasy at all.