Specialty Burgers, Affordable Price
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 23:09
Not even Plankton could disagree: Flat Patties (Cambridge, Mass.) serves up a perfect trifecta, offering patrons superb value, taste, and a pristine autumn ambiance from its Harvard Square location. Offering a wide selection of traditional American made-to-order options, Flat Patties also offers an enticing spread of both delicatessen and vegetarian options.
Where Flat Patties truly excels over other Boston lunch options is value. The restaurant offers incredibly large portions for what feels like pennies on the dollar. Seven dollars delivers a freshly ground burger, hand-cut French fries, and a large drink. It’s easy to understand why Flat Patties received recognition as Most Affordable in Boston Magazine’s 2010 Best of Boston feature. The amount of food offered at such low prices alone makes Flat Patties worth a visit. It becomes a challenge to join the clean plate club given the portion size. Even opting for one of Flat Patties’ specialty options (think avocado, sauteed onions, fried egg, etc.), one can still easily enjoy a great meal for under 10 dollars. It is truly a pleasant reprieve from the typical breaking-the-bank feeling one experiences when eating out.
While most affordable options sacrifice taste for value, Flat Patties finds an impressive balance. It’s obvious that the chefs take great care in preparing the food, hand pressing each patty and hand cutting each fry. Every item is 100 percent made to order, preventing the more manufactured or mass-produced taste prevalent at other lunch hotspots. This careful attention to detail and quality is clearly evidenced in the taste of the meal. Burgers and sandwiches possess a generous amount of spice and flavor—they’re a real treat. Particularly, a regular cheeseburger topped with bacon and onion offers a zesty option. And, for the more daring, ask for the Sunday Morning: a burger topped with a fried egg, ham, and spiced tomato jam. Last but not least, the pulled pork sandwich may be the best take on the sandwich in Boston. Capitalizing on an optimal pork-to-bread ratio, Flat Patties has created an impressive sandwich. The BBQ mix is second to none.
For those with a sweeter tooth, the dessert menu is sure to satisfy. Offering a traditional selection of flavors, Flat Patties’ homemade frozen custard is a nice complement to any of their entree choices. Be sure to take advantage of the generous topping selection—the dulce de leche is fantastic. And, for those looking to go all out, the malted milkshakes are perhaps the best in Cambridge.
Flat Patties’ location is perfect for a midday lunch. Located just south of Harvard Square, the diner’s windowed front wall allows natural light to reach the dining areas, bringing a cheery ambiance to the establishment. Perhaps most striking about Flat Patties is the cheeriness of the employees and chefs. Patrons are greeted with a smile and friendly “Hello” upon entry, and the men and women behind the counter are forthcoming with excellent recommendations regarding the menu and specials. The staff is by no means weary of group traffic, making it a great spot for friends looking for a weekend lunch. In fact, even with a small group, the staff successfully completed each order (from scratch) within five minutes. Patrons will by no means feel inconvenienced by wait time.
And, as an added bonus, Flat Patties’ music soundtrack is nothing short of phenomenal. With a great selection of easy listening and mellow music, diners are bound to leave with a few new songs for their iTunes playlists. The tunes certainly beat Squidward’s clarinet—patrons will not be disappointed. Come hungry and keep that Shazam app open! Flat Patties is sure to impress.