That is, until a 1mm piece of plastic snapped off the battery chamber of the 2-year-old Nikon. You know, the strategically critical piece of plastic that held the chamber shut, holding the batteries in contact with the ... whatever ... and now the camera won't work anymore. The bill to fix it: $92 plus shipping. Thanks Nikon — keep crankin' out the quality.
So forgive the cellphone picture, but it's that or the big camera. And you don't want to be messin' with the mellow vibe — not to mention annoying the thick crowd — at The Melrose pub on Friday nights. We didn't want to make a scene, just have a quiet beer and a patty melt.
What the picture does convey, I hope, is that the patty melt was perfectly cooked (144 degrees, please!), and loaded with caramelized onion. The Melrose uses Hillview beef, raised in Franklin, and it's so richly flavorful, I may never order anything else. It was still juicy and tender reheated the next day. For $8, you might not find a better burger at a better price. But if you do, bring the news to Bites.