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Less than thrilled: Tremont 647

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haveanotherslice Sep 29, 2010 10:57 AM

After looking at the relatively small menu, I only hoped that the place could justify it by doing everything on the list very well. Somewhat of a burger guru, I thought I’d give theirs a shot, fully loaded with bacon and cheese, medium rare. My wife went for the sirloin, medium. We threw in the “stinky cheese” and tequila watermelon appetizers. The cheese was good, though the portion was no greater than a small taste. The watermelon was fresh, but I didn’t really get too much of a tequila taste from it. All in all though, the apps were good. Then came the mains. My burger was undercooked, more along the lines of “walking off the plate” rare. The french fries that came along with it were uninspiring, crispy but more akin to a fast food joint rather than the shoestrings I saw on the menu. My wife’s sirloin was quite tough and overcooked. Our waitress was super accommodating, however, and offered up some dessert, which was the banana cream pie. This was spectacular, creamy and not too sweet, the bananas complimented the whipped cream and perfectly golden crust to a tee. Verdict: Skip dinner, stop in for dessert. Your thoughts? Tell me I just caught a bad hand here!

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Tremont 647
647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

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    observor RE: haveanotherslice Sep 29, 2010 11:03 AM

    One thought I have is that if you discover the exact temperature you like your burger, then you can just tell the waiter you want it cooked to x degrees and you should never have to send back a burger again. Any decent place has a meat thermometer.

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      The Chowhound Team RE: observor Oct 2, 2010 05:57 AM

      Folks, we removed a number of really unpleasant posts arguing about whether ordering a burger at a specific temperature was acceptable or not. We'd ask that people keep the discussion focused on their experiences at Tremont 647, and avoid personal attacks on other posters.

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      Tremont 647
      647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

    2. Jolyon Helterman RE: haveanotherslice Sep 29, 2010 11:06 AM

      I'm not super-crazy about their burger. On the other hand, in my experience, the apps and other entrees are pretty reliable.

      Agree that the service is really spot-on. And a great, convivial vibe.

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        robwat36 RE: haveanotherslice Sep 29, 2010 01:24 PM

        My last couple visits to this place suggest things have gone pretty far downhill. It's, like, 15th on my South End call sheet at this point.

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          haveanotherslice RE: robwat36 Sep 30, 2010 07:24 AM

          What are your top 5? I was thrilled with Toro and Coppa (though I think I ordered wrong there, need to go back) ...excited to try B&G and think the Lobster Pizza at Joe V's on Friday nights is one of the better ways to end the week...

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          Toro
          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

          Joe V's
          315 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          Coppa
          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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            robwat36 RE: haveanotherslice Sep 30, 2010 08:52 AM

            For non-special occasion (i.e. weeknights, spontaneous), probably Franklin Cafe, Toro, Coppa, The Gallows, and Coda.

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            Toro
            1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

            Coppa
            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

        2. ponyboy RE: haveanotherslice Sep 30, 2010 09:38 AM

          from Andy's FB page:

          "Hiring sous chef and cook. DM w your info."

          That might have something to do with the issues. That and the Taco Tuesday war he is waging with East Coast Grill.

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          East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
          1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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            cambridgedoctpr RE: ponyboy Oct 1, 2010 03:49 PM

            what war?

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              ponyboy RE: cambridgedoctpr Oct 4, 2010 06:20 AM

              I believe Andy claims to have invented the taco and is bent out of shape that East Coast Grill is now serving Tacos on Tuesdays.

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              East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
              1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                krazykid RE: ponyboy Oct 5, 2010 01:15 PM

                I don't believe that Andy is claiming to have invented the Taco. I am guessing that he's having some fun at his old boss' expense (Andy used to work for Chris at ECG) for doing Taco Tuesday's now.

                I can almost guarantee you that he's not bent out of shape. I'm pretty sure the two of them are still friends, and that he's just having some fun with Chris. Plus it sounds like a great event to go to. Eat a bunch of tacos and decide whose taco reigns supreme!

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                  jgg13 RE: krazykid Oct 5, 2010 02:09 PM

                  In fact, ECG's facebook page has this to say on the matter: "Chris is taking the high road. He remembers that when Andy O. C. Husbands worked at East Coast Grill he was an excellent member of our team. Chris says that once or twice Andy even came up with his own ideas for recipes."

                  :)

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                  East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
                  1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                    observor RE: jgg13 Oct 5, 2010 03:44 PM

                    "We'd ask that people keep the discussion focused on their experiences at Tremont 647"

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                    Tremont 647
                    647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

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                      jgg13 RE: observor Oct 5, 2010 06:05 PM

                      That quote from ECG directly references the chef/owner of Tremont 647.

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                      Tremont 647
                      647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

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                    rknrll RE: krazykid Oct 5, 2010 04:20 PM

                    I don't doubt there is some playful ribbing...but one of these places is coming out looking pretty bad.

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