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Boston Chops Launches Late Night Burger, Strega Sells Sexed-up Steak

By Scott Kearnan  |  March 10, 2014

Boston Chops adds late night burger. Good news for South Enders craving a carnivorous midnight snack. Chef Chris Coombs' sleek steakhouse Boston Chops has launched a late night burger ($8; plus $2 for fries), available nightly from 10 PM-1 AM. There are a few different combos available for the patty, which is topped with government cheese, caramelized onions, bacon and a "secret sauce; you can pair it with a PBR ($9), fernet ($11), a boozy milkshake ($16). Or order it as "The Whole She-Bang," to get it with fries, PBR and a shot for 16 bucks. 

Strip by Strega baits controversy. Last night, food scene followers jumped on a Facebook post from Erbaluce chef Charles Draghi that showed an advertisement covering the windows of Park Square's upcoming Strip by Strega, an urban steakhouse entry from restaurateur Nick Varano. (The Strega family currently includes Strega, Strega Waterfront and Strega Prime.) The provocative ad, seen here, depicted a black and white image of a woman laying on her back with legs splayed, lolling toward a bright red hunk of meat hanged on a chain hook; it also boasted a misspelled promise of "ambiance" and "alure [sic]." The response was swift and uncomplimentary, and the ad racked up more than a few social media shares and critiques of tacky sexism from local buzz builders. The reaction from Strega was equally speedy: according to Boston.com's "Restaurant Hub," the ad was removed by this morning and reps for the restaurant have stated that, "The image did not meet the standards of the owners of the restaurant; in addition to that, the panel had a typo on it. The intent of the series of images was to be alluring, not offensive." Still featured on the windows are ads that show a woman's stiletto heel stomping on steak, and a close-up of a mouth, covered in bright red lipstick, curled around a meat skewer.

Mario Batali still hates Otto. Not his own, of course. But Batali does have a sore spot when it comes to the Portland, Maine-founded small pizza chain with the same name, which has seven locations including several in and around Boston. Last night a Twitter user mistakenly messaged Batali with a compliment about our local Otto; the celeb chef responded this morning, "It's not mine. It's a knock off." ("Pretty tasty knockoff," chimed in another user.) That's actually one of the kinder expressions Batali has offered about Otto; he had previously called the other Otto owners "d bags" "thieves" and "#scumsuckingleeches." Meanwhile, no recent updates on the once-anticipated Boston location of Batali's Babbo, which canceled plans to come to Boston's Fort Point neighborhood back in August, while promising that it would "continue to look for the perfect location" in the Hub. Probably for the best; Fort Point already has a wood-fired pizza place on tap, and no knock-offs are needed.