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American Craft: Much improved

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teezeetoo May 30, 2010 07:27 PM

This second iteration is much better than the first. The outdoor seating is a real plus in this weather. The service has improved dramatically compared to the first go-round. I had a very good hamburger and fries and good czech-style pilsner. Hubby thought the oysters were excellent: good taste, right temperature and he liked his hangar steak au poivre. We'll go back to try it again and we're finally happy to have it in the neighborhood. By the way, the hamburger was far better than the one at the Reagle Beagle, so that says their trying.

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American Craft
1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

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    DrMag May 1, 2011 06:22 PM

    We have this place on our regular rotation. Great food, great beer selection, really nice service. We particularly like the outdoor seating when it's open. My most recent fave is the short rib sandwich- it's what good little Sloppy Joes wish they'll be when they die and go to heaven.

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      cristinh Feb 23, 2011 05:39 AM

      Does anyone know what the prices are like at American Craft? One of my pet peeves is when restaurants don't list their prices on their online menus.

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      American Craft
      1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

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        afty698 Feb 23, 2011 10:32 AM

        It's similar to the Publick House, maybe slightly more expensive. I haven't been there in a while, but I recall the sandwiches being in the $12-16 range (depending on toppings) and entrees in the low $20s.

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        Publick House
        1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

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        The_SBK May 31, 2010 06:37 AM

        This makes me happy! I love the location and atmosphere of this place but thought the food was not so good. Maybe they were still working out the kinks? The burger that I had was flavorless and the service was not so good. I do love the outdoor seating aspect and the picnic tables. I'll have to give them another try.

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          teezeetoo May 31, 2010 09:08 AM

          The meat on the burger, organic myers beef, was quite good, though like most organic ground beef, it has a little less fat than it needs to be a great burger - it was still noticeably flavorful beef - i'm not a fan of the bun, though it is very good quality - it's just too much bread to beef ratio for me, but for some reason brioche has become the bun of choice. the fries were also very good: crunchy, good tasting, skin on. the salad greens were excellent in quality though the dressing was on the boring side. It's not perfect but it's such a noticeable improvement that I want to give them an "attaboy" for ramping up their service and their food after a crummy start. we'll go back: wanted to try the trout and the short ribs next time and work our way through the pilsners!

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            Luther May 31, 2010 12:21 PM

            The short rib was rather good, as was the trout. Actually, all the food I've tried has been great with the exception of the burger.

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              CookieLee Feb 24, 2011 03:54 AM

              This past summer, we sat outside and shared a salad and a grilled cheese sandwich. Both were v. tasty. The beer was excellent. I think I had a Brooklyn brewery beer. Just thinking about dining outside is a tonic!

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              celeriac May 31, 2010 08:17 PM

              FYI: Meyer Ranch beef is not organic. I hope it's not being presented as such. Moreover it's grain fed, so that's not the reason for any lack of fat..

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                teezeetoo May 31, 2010 09:10 PM

                it is listed as Myers all natural beef (I presume all beef is natural?).

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                  bear Jun 1, 2010 06:17 AM

                  Do you remember what the burger costs?

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                    celeriac Jun 1, 2010 06:18 AM

                    Indeed, many Boston restaurants seeking to create the impression of a more natural, organic, farm-raised product highlight their sourcing of Meyer Ranch beef. (I am 95% sure that is what they are using, even if it is spelled slightly differently on their menu.) If you care about such things, it's well worth understanding that Meyer is a large western (e.g. not small/local) beef company, their meat is not organic and it is grain fed. It is certainly a "better" option than many, but from a typical sustainable/local perspective, far from a "best" choice.

                    In fact, the "natural" label means very little, as compared with organic certification. Check the details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_... (see Organic vs. Natural.) Meyer's website indicates that they go beyond the basic definition of Natural, also avoiding antibiotics and growth hormones. I'm certainly not damning them -- I think their stuff is pretty good -- but it's not organic, and it's not some idlyllic local farm. Just good for folks to know what we are easting.

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                      rchudy Jun 8, 2010 07:04 AM

                      They use Challah for a bun, as bad as brioche in my burger world. Too pricey overall and just too snobby in many regards.
                      www.bostonburgerblog.com

            3. Luther May 31, 2010 05:40 AM

              I had the burger there a couple months ago and it was inedible. Both the bun and meat were too thick and too dry (brioche!!) and the costly avocado add-on used inferior, flavorless non-Hass avocado.

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                rchudy Jun 1, 2010 07:50 AM

                stupid brioche, ruining so many potential good burgers around town.
                www.bostonburgerblog.com

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