Harvard Square scores Tasty Burger


At Tasty Burger, you can get a regular burger or one that’s de-calf. Pun intended. Formerly a 7-Eleven at 40 JFK St., the burger joint serves chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and salads along with the burgers all made with locally produced ingredients.

First opening September 2010 in Fenway with a second location in South Boston, this third joint in Harvard Square could also be home to a new hangout spot. There’s a striking cavern-like bar downstairs.

It also delivers two levels filled with 180 seats. So, there’s plenty of room to serve food, beer and wine while managing space for pool sharks. It’s perfect spot for night owls. Tasty is open into the wee hours … as late as 4 a.m.

Unlike nearby beef-patty rivals, Tasty serves one-third pound of chargrilled, cookout-style flat patty. The burgers might not be named after famous politicians like their neighbor, Mr. Bartley’s. However, the menu does feature various types of specialty burgers, like the Kahuna (pineapple, grilled red onion, and teriyaki sauce) or the Hubba (chili, spicy cheese sauce, and chopped onion). For the “de-calfers,” they boast veggie patties and turkey burgers.

Also, the restaurant’s affordable menu keeps business beefy. Its starvin’ college-kid prices enable penny-pinching customers to enjoy a cheeseburger, soda and fries for less than seven bucks. Cheap eats? Now, that’s tasty. – Angeline Vo