Thursday, September 20, 2012
This Saturday marks the official beginning of fall. Wedding planning kept me so busy that I hardly noticed it was summer. (The string of heat waves kept me in touch with reality.) Thankfully, life is setting back down to "normal" now that we've returned from our honeymoon, so I can focus on catching up a little bit on the blog.
That includes finally writing about some things that happened months ago. Like this meal I had at The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar in Cambridge, MA.
Heading up to Boston and attending a baseball game at Fenway Park has become a birthday tradition for me, as I can't think of anywhere I'd rather spend "my day" than in my favorite city. This past birthday was no exception, and while Stephen squeezed in a client meeting, I had the opportunity to wander around by myself.
I didn't wander too far from our hotel before my stomach started growling. Clearly, I wasn't going to be able to explore Cambridge until I had eaten lunch, so I walked into the lobby of the historic Kendall Hotel and grabbed a table at The Black Sheep. Decorated with firefighter gear and toy fire engines, the restaurant highlights the building's history as a Victorian firehouse.
Since it was my birthday weekend, I treated myself to an ice-cold Sam Adams ($5). Kudos to the restaurant for serving the beer in a chilled glass. It made reading through the lunch menu much more enjoyable, and it didn't take long for me to choose what I wanted.
I had the beer, so, of course, I had to get the burger. I opted for their Firehouse Burger ($13) and added cheddar. The thing was massive. While the burger was juicy and the accompanying lettuce and tomato were fresh, the burger as a whole was disappointing.
The downfall was the bun. A little too much bread for my liking and incredibly dry. With each bite, the bun would stick to the roof of my mouth, making eating by myself in a small restaurant that much more awkward. Had the beer not been $5 per bottle, I might have considered ordering another one to help wash down the burger.
The Black Sheep scores points for its quaintness and its decor but lacks that something special in the food department that would compel me to go back the next time I'm in Boston.
The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar
The Kendall Hotel
350 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 577-1300 | Online Reservations | Map
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