THE BURGER BEAT| JON MAEL – The Boston Globe

One in a series on good burgers in the region that will run until Labor Day.

Steve and Jennifer Slesar moved from Harvard Square to Medfield in 2003, and were taken aback when greeted by a lack of casual dining options. Three years later, they decided to change that by opening up Noon Hill Grill, an American restaurant with a back-to-basics approach. On the menu is seafood, quesadillas, and salads. But the burgers are the big draw.

The Medfield Tracks Burger ($12) is one of the most popular menu items at the restaurant, which sits along train tracks and somewhat resembles an old depot. There is plenty of bold flavor contained in a beautiful presentation. The burger starts as a 10-ounce fresh patty, which is seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled on a gas flame. This juicy meat is especially tender and has a great texture. On its roll, the burger gets creamy cheddar cheese, which adds substantial flavor to the equation. Next are romaine, juicy tomatoes, red onion, and bacon strips, providing a nice crunch. Fried onion straws, made inhouse, add a sugary element and crunch. A nice kick comes from Cajun mayo, which drips onto the vegetables to create a sweet-hot taste. Fries, made from frozen potatoes, are crisp and nicely seasoned. Noon Hill is a splurge in money and calories, but worth it. Noon Hill Grill, 530 Main St., Medfield, 508-349-9155, www.noonhillgrill.com

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