The Burger Chronicles – Nancy’s Air Field Cafe

It’s been a stretch since my last entry in The Burger Chronicles. Frankly, my focus this summer was on lobster rolls rather than burgers though I did have two noteworthy creations. First, I nostalgically visited my roots by having “The Ranch Burger” at Silver Ranch in Jaffrey NH, now part of the Kimball’s ice cream and recreation chain.  The burger – two patties, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion – is hardly  noteworthy now. However, this was the first “upscale” burger I ever relished  oh-so-many-years ago when America was a culinary wasteland –  before Dione Lucas and Julia Child set forth. Eating the burger – which was delicious – had its Proustian moments. A  day later on the same road trip, I had the tasty veggie burger at David and Elizabeth’s in Northampton MA. Served on the restaurant’s signature whole wheat bread and garnished with a salad’s worth of organic greens and a superb sliced tomato from the Pioneer Valley, the burger, though tasty, fell apart when eaten –  back to the development stage on that recipe.  Now, on a jaunt that was part foliage tour, part get-together with Worcesterite friends, we were dining at Nancy’s Air Field Cafe in Stow MA. I love Nancy’s – and occasionally make the trek out to the Nashoba Valley to eat there. The locale  is perfect –  a beautifully wooded setting right beside the runway at the small Minuteman Air Field. Run by chef-owner Nancy McPherson, the cafe features an appealing well crafted menu featuring many local products. Nancy’s offers four burger options – Plane(sic), BBQ, Lamb and Veggie. On a cool autumn day, the BBQ was the one that called out to me.

The menu description –

Nancy’s BBQ Burger 6 oz. certified angus beef, charbroiled to order, Cafe maple Barbeque Sauce, apple wood smoked bacon, Cafe smoked cheddar, lettuce & tomato on a seeded bun $13

To complement the burger, I ordered the Black Shack Porter from nearby Wachusett Brewing – a brew I thoroughly enjoyed.

And this is how it went down –

PROS

  • The combination of meat, housemade bbq sauce, cheese and bacon was a winner.
  • On initial inspection, the soft seeded roll didn’t appear to be up to the task  yet remained whole throughout.
  • The bbq sauce was flavorful and mellow.
  • The bacon was top notch, adding its wonderful porcine element.

CONS

  • I ordered the burger “mediem rare” but it arrived “medium” to “medium well”.
  • The meat though flavorful was a bit dry.
  • The smoked cheddar wasn’t – I could detect no smoky aroma or taste from the cheese.

OVERALL ASSESSMENT – B+

Nancy’s Air Field Cafe   302 Boxboro Rd.   Stow MA

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One Response to “The Burger Chronicles – Nancy’s Air Field Cafe”

  1. Gailkodo
    October 15, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    But the lamb burger rates an A.

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