Being that we’ve loved Ten Tables for years, I was more than a little excited when I found out a grass fed burger place, called Grass Fed, would be opening up in the same block the Jamaica Plain Ten Tables is on. I love JP; my time as a MSPCA volunteer has given me the opportunity to explore the dining scene, Jamaica Pond, the Arboretum, and more.
Earlier this week when we were pondering lunch, Grass Fed popped up in conversation, and we were pleased to find they’re open daily from 11-11.
Grass Fed was not crowded when we arrived around 1:00, and we took a couple of minutes to look around and browse the menu before ordering. The restaurant’s ambiance wasn’t what I expected for some reason. I thought it would be a little more cozy, upscale burger place, but it’s very, very casual, definitely a place I would rather go for lunch than dinner.
They have a great selection of sandwiches and burgers, along with beers and organic wines. Since I had just done a 15 mile run, I was hungry and thirsty and was hoping Grass Fed’s burgers included turkey burgers, despite not seeing them on the menu.
I was wrong. I went up to the counter to ask just in case, and the man at the counter gave me a look and a flat “No.” His answer was the same when I asked if they had seltzer water. Unfortunately, he seemed really disinterested in helping us, so we quickly chose burgers without much more consideration.
Since I was ravenous and neither the chickpea nor the mushroom burger seemed like they would fill me up, I did something I almost never do and went with a beef burger, the Cali:5oz of grassfed beef with avocado, pepper jack cheese, mesclun, shaved red onion & cilantro-lime aioli.
It was good! Despite wanting to leave after dealing with the cranky server, we were glad we stayed when we bit into our burgers. This burger was perfectly cooked and topped with a generous amount of avocado. The onions, cheese, and aioli all made the burger pop with flavor. The fries were hot, crispy, and nicely salted.
My husband had the Blue Devil: 5oz of grass fed beef with Stilton blue cheese, bacon, aioli & crispy fried onions. He demolished it in about two minutes and really enjoyed the tangy blue cheese and crispy bacon and onion strings additions.
We dipped our fries in our fair share of Grass Fed’s house made sauces which were also really a delight.
We were both satisfied with our burgers, but we agreed we probably wouldn’t visit often. For two burgers and fries, we paid almost $30; considering you order at the counter and bus your own tables, that price seemed a little steep for what we got, even taking into account the grass-fed beef. Maybe if they added a turkey burger to the menu. . .
How’s your week going? Have you eaten anything amazing?