5 Napkin Burger

Today is the last day of Passover, and tonight Miss Yunks is looking forward to breaking Passover with her traditional pizza.  This means real carbs are back on her mind and it’s time to share this carb-filled delicious dinner she recently enjoyed with Annie and Brenna at 5 Napkin Burger.

Conveniently located in Boston’s Back Bay, we eagerly welcomed 5 Napkin Burger to the neighborhood.  When I first heard that Boston was getting a 5 Napkin Burger, I thought it would be similar to Five Guys.  Well, you know what they say: Don’t judge a restaurant by its name.  It’s safe to say 5 Napkin is nothing like Five Guys, and I love them both in their own ways.  5 Napkin is a sit-down restaurant with a large bar area, and I suggest you make a reservation or you’ll be waiting a while to enjoy your burgers.  Luckily, Brenna made us a reservation so we sat right down.

The girls ordered drinks and I was pleasantly surprised at the presentation of Annie’s wine.

How elegant! We each ordered burgers and shared three sides.  5 Napkin burgers don’t come with sides; instead, you order them separately and they’re sized to share.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the tater tots.


These tots are everything I hoped they’d be.  Except, I wouldn’t call them tots.  These are not little nuggets of chunky potato.  They are soft balls of mashed potatoes, fried.  These are the ultimate comfort food, in my opinion.

We also shared the onion rings and the sweet potato fries.


The onion rings were surprisingly large and perfectly crispy.  I prefer potato-based fried foods rather than onions, but these were exceptional onion rings.  The sweet potato fries were tasty, but there was nothing unique about them.

My veggie burger, on the other hand, was quite unique.  Brenna also ordered a veggie burger and we couldn’t tell what exactly what was in this burger, other than the evident lentils, but it was unlike any other veggie burger either of us had ever had.  It was full of flavors, almost meaty in texture, and very filling.  Does anyone reading this know what’s in the 5 Napkin veggie burger?

The house sauce and pickles really made this burger stand out.  Even the multi-grain bun was really tasty.  I’d happily eat this burger over and over again.  And I’d order the tots to sit on the side.  Annie ordered a beef burger and also thoroughly enjoyed it.

In addition to burgers and fried sides, 5 Napkin serves unexpected dishes such as sushi, matzah ball soup, and macaroni and cheese.  I’ll have to go back to try the macaroni and cheese!  And no, we did not use five napkins.

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10 Comments

  1. Posted April 26, 2011 at 7:41 AM | Permalink

    I also really loved their tater tots and could have made a meal on those alone! You’ve got to try a milkshake the next time you go back!

  2. Posted April 26, 2011 at 9:14 AM | Permalink

    I want tater tots!

  3. It's me, Annie!
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

    YUM YUM YUM those tots were fantastic. for the meat lovers out there, the REAL burger was delicious – a rosemary aioli and GRUYERE. omg. gruyere.

  4. Posted April 26, 2011 at 10:32 AM | Permalink

    I’ve heard really good reviews about 5 Napkin Burger and can’t wait to try it myself. I would def get those tater tots!

  5. Posted April 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM | Permalink

    Gotta get here soon – those onion rings are calling my name!

  6. Posted April 26, 2011 at 1:44 PM | Permalink

    I love the idea of family style sides, allows you to try more things! I must try this int he near future.

  7. Posted April 26, 2011 at 1:47 PM | Permalink

    That looks like one rockin’ veggie burger! I need to make my way over to 5 Napkin real soon!

  8. Posted April 26, 2011 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

    Love those pickles and tater tots. Sounds like a great dinner!

  9. Posted April 26, 2011 at 4:02 PM | Permalink

    i need to go here! the “tots” look good.

  10. Posted April 26, 2011 at 8:27 PM | Permalink

    I still need to try 5 napkin burger!! One day!

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