Burgers and fries. And an inexpensive place to eat these delicious late-night necessities after 3am? Enter the newly opened Tasty Burger in Harvard Square. I had to visit.
I’ve been tweeting @TastyBurgerUSA since I heard they were opening a Cambridge location and they’ve showed me no love, but I still had to try it out (and invite friends). Tasty Burger is also in Kenmore and South Boston, but Harvard is open the latest of the three (until 4am every night).
Renee from Eat.Live.Blog, Lara from Good Cook Doris, Taryn from Sweetly Serendipity, and Vijay from NoshOnIt and his girlfriend joined me for lunch at Tasty Burger Harvard a few days before Christmas.
The space has two floors – the first is a bare-bones, cafeteria-style area, and the downstairs is a full-service restaurant with decor similar to the Fenway location.
It was so nice to get together with bloggers to catch up and see what the menu had to offer.
I ordered the kahuna burger (a 1/3 pound beef patty with pineapple, grilled onions, teriyaki sauce) and a chocolate milkshake. The burger was average. Each component felt thrown together without care: the pineapple was too thick and wasn’t grilled enough; the onions weren’t as flavorful as they should have been.
I had been looking forward to the milkshake because I’ve had shakes at their Fenway location, but this one fell short. It was too thin and tasted like plain chocolate ice cream – not nearly as flavor-packed and creamy as what I’ve had before. Plus, when a milkshake costs just about as much as my burger, it should be something to remember.
Service was fine. We were a group of six putting in a large order, so it would have been nice to get a little more attention.
To be fair – Tasty Burger in Harvard Square just opened and they might need some time for the cooks to adjust. I’d go back for a late-night snack, but probably not for lunch again until I hear some better experiences.
Tasty Burger: 40 JFK Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge