May I present to you the best burger I’ve ever had? I ate the amazing burger in jm Curley, a popular small restaurant near Boston Common serving American food. A friend of ours had been telling us constantly that he read about jm Curley everywhere and that we must all go try it sometime. That weekend, he had to go back home to attend a wedding, and we went without him. Oops. Well, at least we could confirm that the burger really was absolutely amazing and that it was a truly delightful experience.
The restaurant opens at five sharp, and although it was empty when we went in (we waited in front of the door until it opened), it was minutes before the place was half full. The picture was taken literally two minutes after we were seated. There is only one line of tables in front of the bar seating, but the high ceiling makes it seem more spacious than it actually is.
When we sat down, the waitress poured us cold water and brought us a welcome popcorn. The popcorn was warm, buttered, and had what seemed to be chili salt sprinkled on top. This was quite yummy.
One quick digression: the manager or owner (or both) was very charismatic and checked on us frequently, asking about the food and service. There was this aura about him that we could not stop talking about even when we got back, telling our friends to observe the manager if they ever went to jm Curley. P even said that if he ever opened a restaurant in the future, he wanted to be as cool as the manager is. If you ever go, I encourage you to observe and learn from his charismatic presence.
Back to the star of the night. The burger seems to be nothing special: bun, Russian dressing, pickles, griddled onions, cheddar cheese, and a 9 ounce natural beef patty, served with fries with the choice of either wedges of shoestrings. However, this burger proved once again that less is more.
The thick patty was well seared on the outside but had a heavenly flavor from the fat and good ground beef that exploded the moment you took a bite. Never have I had a burger that I bite into and juice just drips from the patty! I can still remember the taste of my first bite. It was truly life-changing, opening a new door to the world of burgers (as cheesy as that may sound). I had never had a more perfect burger.
21 Temple Pl
Boston, MA 02111