Chef Richard and Chef Katie

A first look at JM Curley

In Restaurant on January 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Opening quietly,  just a few weeks ago, JM Curley sits on an unassuming side street in the Ladder District in downtown Boston and last week, their chef invited us to come in and and take a behind the scenes glance at the new space and sample the food. Although we cook professionally, it’s still fun to check out kitchens of all shapes and sizes – what can we say, we’re geeks! Still shiny and with that new kitchen smell, the staff must be having fun playing with the new griddle, grill and burners, I know we would. Chef Sam Monsour, originally from North Carolina, sports a “to-scale” tattoo of a hamburger on his forearm and is as humble as he is talented and while this was only our first taste, I think it’s safe to say that he knows a thing or two about building a good burger. Could this burger join the ranks of other top burgers on Boston Burger Blog? We’ll have to wait and see…

Easy to walk by and miss, JM Curley boasts a minimal decor that is clean, inviting and warm. It has a clever menu, easy to label as comfort food, it relies on classic traditions with a slightly unique twist. You won’t find ground-breaking techniques or fancy pants pretentious chef tricks. Instead, you’ll be rewarded with carefully prepared and highly flavorful dishes ranging from burgers (that made someone happy) to delectable Pastrami, to a slew of unique starters, bar snacks and Concretes. (aka milkshakes, try it with Fruity Pebbles, you’ll thank us later).

It’s always so enjoyable for us to talk with others in the industry that share similar thoughts on food – keep it fresh, make the majority of your menu in-house and above all, keep it fun and play with your ingredients. We’re hoping to see a lot of exciting things come from Monsour’s Kitchen in the future.


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