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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.
 





Staff Picks: Cookout Food Without The Cooking

 
Carson's Ribs DiningIn

There's a point in life that everyone reaches where they want to grill outside, but some may come to the sad realization that they are entirely incapable of doing so. Perhaps it's because it's snowy outside; maybe they live in a city where it's too congested to own a grill; sometimes they are way too busy to actually host a cookout or to cook cookout food. 

This is where DiningIn can help you all out!  

With our first Staff Picks blog post, we want to ensure our patrons in each of our beloved cities that if you want cookout food, you’re entirely capable of getting that desired delectable fare without doing any cooking (or leaving the house for that matter) by providing our valued customers with a variety of options. Cookouts have never been so easy - maybe call it a cook-in

Matt A, Copywriter - You really can't go wrong with a New York Strip Steak or a Signature Burger from Joe's American Bar & Grill in Boston. Whether it's from their Back Bay, Waterfront or Woburn location, you'll be delivered juicy, seared-to-perfection pieces of beef. To make it a truly authentic cookout experience, order sides of Corn on the Cob and Creamy Cole Slaw with your entrée.

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.
 









How You Can Celebrate Your Valentine’s Day With DiningIn

 
HeartUtensils

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. For many, this is the perfect day to spoil their loved ones with soon-to-be useless jewelry and unadulterated fattening chocolates. These gifts are unmistakably cliché ways to overindulge your better halves, but if you want to get on the good side of your loved ones, spoil them with fresh, delicious cooked food.

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