What you're getting: Secret Burger
My first visit to Alden & Harlow, I was not able to get a burger and I was sad. You see, it was 6:45pm, and it only makes around 40 burgers, and those burgers sell out in the first hour, no matter what day it is. I was not aware of this fact at the time, but such is my love of burgers/journalism, that I actually came back BY MYSELF at 5pm on another day before eating a real dinner just to try it. I’m glad I did. And weirdly enough, I became obsessed with a very underrated element to this burger: the shredded lettuce. Yes, of course the loosely packed beef plate, brisket, and short rib had a solid, salty, fatty texture and the creamy sauce hugged the buttery bun, and that sort of strange cheese frico offered a surprising crispness, but by shredding the lettuce, you don’t run into one of those issues where it serves as a shield for toppings, or things slide off the burger and ruin the combination in your mouth. Shredded lettuce offers the cooling value and crisp texture without getting in the way. It’s the 2008 Rajon Rondo of the burger world, just there to assist the bigger, showier elements. And Alden’s burger has quite a few of those.