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May Is National Burger Month: 25 Tasty Burgers Delivered By DiningIn

 
Davio's Burger

The month of May has been issued the designation of "National Burger Month" - which I wasn’t aware of until just this year, but this issuance certainly gives all of us burger lovers a reason to indulge in gourmet ground beef patties with a variety of oftentimes inventive and oftentimes classical toppings. Zagat recently published a list of the ten best burgers you can get delivered in Philadelphia (all of which you can get delivered by us!), so I figured – in the spirit of Zagat – that I’d tell you guys about the best burgers that we deliver in each of our cities - Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis & Philly.

Boston

Met Burger BarMet Back Bay, Boston
 

I don’t think the description of “Burger Bar” does Met Back Bay’s Burger Bar justice. There are no recommendations from their staff – the choice is all up to you. You pick the type of meat or filling you want (the four choices are Met Prime Blend, Salmon, Turkey and Falafel), and then you pick the “Set Up” – and these choices will take you around the world. If you choose “LA,” your burger will be topped off with avocado, bacon, lettuce, tomato, sprouts and roasted garlic mayo. If you choose “Paris,” your burger will be topped off with Brie cheese, a fried egg, caramelized onions and truffle mayo. If you choose “Boston” (which we recommend), you’ll get cheddar cheese, bacon and a fried egg on your burger.
 

The Fireplace BurgerThe Fireplace, Brookline
 

Chef Jim Solomon’s The Fireplace Burger was one of the finalists for Boston.com’s 2013 Battle of the Burger, and for good reason: his restaurant’s signature burger is stuffed with Shelburne farms Landaff Cheddar and topped off with thick-cut bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and a garlic dill pickle – but the real catch is that it comes on a homemade English muffin. The texture of the burger might not sound entirely appealing to you at first, but trust us – it’s worth savoring.
 





Featured Boston Restaurant: The Fireplace

 
The Fireplace Brookline

A relaxing ambiance is a tough thing to come upon in the big city – and that is a good part of the reason why restaurant lovers flock down Beacon St. all the short way from Boston to Brookline to go to The Fireplace. There, you’ll find a comfortable restaurant amidst a laid back Washington Square atmosphere, with separate lunch and dinner menus stuffed with utterly fresh cuisines made of concoctions you’d never imagine.

Much of the experience at The Fireplace lies in delving into their seasonal tastes, but you can’t go wrong with their year-round menu items, either. Their burger is well-known and critically acclaimed – The Fireplace Burger – and it is one that will truly make you understand the point of savoring the flavor of what is essentially a cheeseburger, albeit a gourmet one (they DO compete in Boston Magazine's Battle of the Burger every year). The description of the burger is as follows:

Featured Chicago Restaurant: Wildfire

 
Wildfire

Steaks, Chops & Seafood.

That’s what Wildfire in Chicago serves because that’s what they’re great at. 

Executive Chef Joe Decker loves food so much that he maintains a blog within Wildfire’s website that contains recipes, cooking tips, and upcoming food news and events. Wildfire’s Wine & Spirits Director, Brad Wermager, maintains a blog as well called Wine Buzz, where he offers wine tasting tips and wine worthy news. Eddie Ishaq, the Executive Chef of the Tyson, Virginia location, also operates a blog titled Good Eats.  Truth be told, the owners, operators and chefs of Wildfire like to eat good, and that’s why their restaurant is so good – and that’s exactly why DiningIn is so ecstatic to be partnered with them at their Chicago location.

Featured Dallas Restaurant: Humperdinks Restaurant & Brewery

 
Humperdink's Restaurant
Yes, the name's real. Is there any way you could better name a restaurant and brewery that serves burgers, pizza, tacos, salmon, and even Fried Catfish and Chicken & Waffles? Maybe, but whatever name you come up with couldn’t possibly be as fun as Humperdinks'. 
For those of you that have eaten at or ordered from Humperdinks before, you know the deal. You’ll typically spend up to a 1/2 hour deliberating with yourself about what you should order. Should I get a burger? A pizza? Maybe I’ll just order a salad, or just go barbarian and order 3-4 appetizers and live off those.

Whatever you choose, and whatever you don’t choose that you’ll surely go back for more of, you’ll be satisfied from top to bottom by Humperdinks. And whether or not you’re going in strictly for a light meal or if you’re going in for a four-course feast fit for a king, the best place to start on the menu is with the appetizers. They have many of your favorite classic appetizers, including Potato Skins, Nachos Deluxe, Mozzarella Sticks, Hot Wings and Loaded Cheese Fries - but the list does not even come close to stopping there.

The History Of The Burger

 
Etno Village Grill, burger, Chicago

The burger seems to be firmly embedded in American culture permanently. It’s like every living restaurateur is deeply lodged in an incessant competition against other burger connoisseurs to see who actually makes the best burger. Just in Boston alone, every day I seem to see a new place that claims to serve “Boston’s Best Burger.”


But what is it with this preposterously negative stigma currently floating around claiming that burgers are primarily a form of “fast food?” Yeah, you can cook ‘em quick, and if you have a big enough mouth (or a small enough burger) you can eat ‘em quick, but whatever happened to savoring the flavor? Can’t a burger be as flavorful as any other piece of meat – more than just another form of mass to fill the never-ending, bottomless pit that is the human stomach?
 

I beg to say yes – but the problem is, the history of the burger tells us different. See, burgers, for better or worse, were invented to fill the demand of people who didn’t have hours upon hours to cook their meals at home. They were created to simplify peoples’ lives (sort of like DiningIn) and give them a quick and simple meal (unlike DiningIn) to fill themselves up with the needed energy to proceed with their day-by-day activities.
 

But why must burgers be looked at that way, as such an effortless, fast, unhealthy and non-gourmet culinary item? In order to answer this, we must investigate exactly where the burger came from – but this question is harder to answer than most think. Truth be told, there have been many variations of salted, processed meat that has made its way all across the world. 
 

See, until the last 100 or so years, minced meat was once considered a specialty food only for the upper class. Compare that to nowadays, where consumers are feigning for dollar burgers and expecting to be properly fed for less than half of an hour’s worth of pay on minimum wage. The easier question to answer, compared to “Where did burgers come from?” is “Where were burgers popularized?” – and the simple answer to that is the United States.
 

Yes, burgers immigrated to this country following the invention of the Hamburg steak (essentially hamburger formed in the shape of a steak) in good ol’ Hamburg, Germany. Beef, like now, was the primary meat source from which burgers were made back in the old country. Of course, this has changed significantly since then (we’ll discuss this in a bit). But when exactly did the burger become popular?
 

Well, no one really knows. Those early burger-eaters clearly didn’t see the need to formalize the name of their food: It was just brotein to them. Also, as stated before, people had been eating salted, processed meat for a long time before the term “burger” was coined. So, who is officially credited as the first burger-maker?
 

That award goes to Louis Lassen – the owner of the old Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT – where the first burger was OFFICIALLY created in 1900. Louis’ Lunch, “The Birthplace of the Hamburger Sandwich,” is still open to this day.
 









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