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Apr 1, 2012 03:58 PM

Any word on Grass Fed in JP?

Grass Fed has been packed every time I've driven past. Anyone had a chance to check it out?

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  1. Made it in at the 5pm opening on Saturday. With so many people queued outside, it was a bit chaotic at first - should we get in line to order or secure one of the counter seats first? But it soon settled down to a system that seemed to work. A few folks ate standing up, but seats emptied fairly quickly.

    Can't comment on the star beef items, as I had the veggie chickpea burger. It was served on a soft roll with cukes, peppers, lettuce and harissa aioli. A bit messy, but very delicious. DC (also a non-meat eater) had the fried fish po'boy served on a sourdough baguette with spicy aioli. Loved the taste, but found it difficult to eat - and would have preferred it served in a burger roll. Shared a modest-sized order of moderately spicy fries. We were pleased with both food and service. But it is crazy busy.

    1. Haven't been but was also curious so I went to Yelp and there were about 15 new reviews for Grass Fed. Many were not happy with the size of the burger, that you cannot ask for different cooking temps and the burger comes a la carte so after you order fries with your burger, it comes to about $13-$14 perhaps not so bad for a very good burger but not if it's small. Some of the reviews were excellent however.

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      1. re: bakerboyz

        Maybe it's just me, but I take most Yelp reviews with a giant grain of salt (and I have Yelp account). Most of the people don't know what the heck they are talking about. Looks to me that most of the complaints are about the service/wait issues, which I think are ludicrous to complain about given that 1) this was insanely anticipated restaurant opening and people are packing the place and 2) it just opened and will have kinks to work out. I know that every time I drive by it's looked absolutely insane in there.

          1. re: Kirs

            Which is why I will wait a couple months before going and passing judgement.

        1. Finally made it in on Sunday morning. Decided to go shortly after they opened to beat the rush. They've been slammed every day since opening- and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down.

          Review should be taken with a giant grain of salt since this was my first hamburger in over 15 years. I've been going back to meat in a slow fashion and have been avoiding the burger thing since it was a really awful burger that put me on the road to vegetarianism 18 years ago. So my knowledge of the modern day burger is, admittedly, limited.

          With that noted: I thought it was pretty fabulous. I decided to go big- had the bacon cheeseburger with egg on top. It was messy and juicy and kinda awesome. Onion rings were okay, a little greasy for my taste. Friend went with a bunless burger w/ avocado and really enjoyed it (she’s healthier than I am). And we shared some beet fries, which will be why I continue to go back to GF. Sweet potato fries are for suckers- beets are where it's at.

          The yelp reviews seem to be missing the point. It's a fancy-ass burger joint with high grade product. You aren't going to pay $5.00 for a burger. As a point of comparison, I just looked up prices at Red Robin (my dining partner's preferred fast food burger joint). The same burger I ate (burger, cheese, bacon, egg) runs $9.99 at Red Robin. I paid $10.25 at Grass Fed. And I'm pretty sure the beef quality at Red Robin can't even compare to the happy cow stuff being used by GF.

          And size? I don't know, maybe it's because I'm a dainty girl, but I couldn't finish my burger- thought it was plenty big. Dining partner (another dainty girl) and I decided that next time we'd split a burger and get a large order of beet fries and we'd be more than happy and set (throw in a milk shake and we'd probably be hurting).

          The non essentials: I like the ambience- clean, bright, modern. No tables, it’s all bar-type seating, which doesn’t bother me as I don’t really think they are aiming for the “let large groups linger over their burger” crowd. It’s definitely fast food. I really hate reviews where people slam a place for it not being what they envisioned the restaurant to be. Judge it for what it is, not what you think it should be. It’s not trying to be a sit down restaurant so why would I take off points because it isn’t one?

          Anyway- I thought GF was plenty awesome and will definitely return; I need to give the veggie option a spin and try out some milkshakes.

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          1. re: Kirs

            Great review- thanks for sharing. Beet fries and a milkshake - how can you go wrong?

            1. re: Kirs

              With the nice weather, is it practical to get it "to go", and is there a park nearby to eat there?

              1. re: CookieLee

                As odd as this sounds, I believe they are not doing take out. Can anyone confirm this?

                1. re: purple bot

                  They are not- Boston requires a special license to do take out. They are working on getting it. So maybe soon?

                  And for CookieLee- Jamaica Pond is in spitting distance. :-)

                2. re: CookieLee

                  about 4 blocks to Jamaica Pond. Closer places but none lovelier. To Kirs: nice review.

                  1. re: gourmaniac

                    I never thought of the walk from Pond & Centre St. to the Jamaicaway as 4 blocks.

                    A friend went to GF last week and had to call me to rave, then raved some more when I saw her again. Absolutely loved everything about it.

                3. re: Kirs

                  Thorough review, Kirs! One note - this is not the place to take a group. The center island has no seats, so if you want to sit down with your group of 4, you and your friends will be all in a row looking out onto Center St. Also, they are serious about the 11pm closing time (we like to eat dinner at 10:30pm. This is not the place to do it!).

                  1. re: Kirs

                    Thanks for the recs - those beet fries were AMAZING as was the chickpea burger. I thought that it was great food, reasonable value, and decent ambiance. We'll definitely return.

                  2. I can say I officially love the Blue Devil burger (with fried onions, blue cheese, aoli and bacon) for all its salty unctuousness. The beet fries are certainly funky, but I prefer the straight-up Parmesan fries. Seating is still strangely diner-ish, but I heard them say they're working on a takeout permit.


                      Recent review by Sheryl Julian - really did not like it, which is rare - she always seems to try to find something good to say. Must have been really sucked multiple times for her review to be so negative.

                      Though it's interesting - she complained that the server was a bit recalcitrant in response to her question about what meat is in the special Brat Burger, but in the photo from the story, pork is clearly listed on the specials board.

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                      1. re: Bob Dobalina

                        It seemed like her complaint was that the server treated her question like it was a chore, though it was simple enough. I would assume that they took the photo at a later date, or maybe Sheryl asked the question as a trick to see how observant the staff is!

                        1. re: hckybg

                          Agreed. It was refreshing to read her review - she didn't pull any punches.