After binge eating gingerbread cookies, holiday hams and cocktail wieners for the entire month of December, I was craving healthy food. And because it’s the middle of my winter hibernation season, healthy food to me right now is a big ole burger.
When invited into Cafeteria for dinner, then, I saw two opportunities. 1) I would get to check out Cafeteria’s remodeled second floor dining section. 2) I would get to chow down on my beloved burger.
I have been to Cafeteria on numerous occasions for mid-afternoon salads and drinks while shopping on Newbury Street during warmer weather. Always a fan of the restaurants glistening white décor, high top tables and “tray chic” theme, I was happy to see the expanded second floor bar was kept in line with the restaurant’s vibe, while simultaneously making the upstairs a cozier destination to grab a bite.
Now, if you don’t like lamb, this isn’t the burger for you. It tastes (as expected) very much like lamb. I happen to love it, and combined with black olives, tomatoes, romaine, feta and tangy tzatziki, the burger is distinctly Greek — in the best possible way.
The salty, crispy Parmesan fries, while not at all Greek, were a perfect compliment. My only complaint would be that the dish skimped a bit on romaine and black olives. I would also recommend ordering the tzatziki on the side, as it can get a bit messy oozing out of the griddled buns.
My dinner date opted for the extremely messy BBQ burger, which, after watching him eat it, sauce dripping down his hands, I would advise against ordering if you care at all about what the person sitting across from you thinks. That being said, he loved the burger itself.
As an aside, the drinks at Cafeteria are pretty awesome as well. They come in adorable mason jars and school-themed names like “The Librarian” or “Field Trip.” It’s like elementary school… with booze.
Have you been to Cafeteria lately? What’s your stance on their burgers?
The food reviewed in this post was complimentary, but all opinions are my own.