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 –
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.
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