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Biggest, Baddest Burger on the South Shore

Mr. Fotopoulos Nov 9, 2004 08:39 PM


I’m looking for the best burger on the South Shore (I live in Higham and would consider anything within the Weymouth – Hanover corridor). Size is important, as are quality of fries. I really like the burgers at the 99, and want to hear other opinions.

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    eating out RE: Mr. Fotopoulos Nov 10, 2004 08:48 AM

    I realize this isn't the South Shore, but if you are ever up in Boston, go directly to Somerville and head for R.F. O'Sullivan's if you haven't yet. It is the best burger I've ever had or even laid eyes on, in any restaurant, ever. Sorry I can't help out more than that, but I figured every burger lover should know about this place, if they don't already. good luck!

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      phoebek RE: eating out Nov 10, 2004 10:07 AM

      Couldn't agree with you more about RF O'Sullivan's, having tried it for the first time just a couple of weeks ago.

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        Dax RE: phoebek Nov 10, 2004 10:44 AM

        Sully's and Tim's are the best two burgers in town in my opinion.

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          eating out RE: Dax Nov 10, 2004 11:02 AM

          Just to be sure, I had to try Tim's myself; I was unimpressed. Seemed like any backyard BBQ could produce what Tim's had to offer. I'm somewhat located in between both of these, not too close to either, but it's not likely that I'll go to Tim's again. However, I do make it to O'Sullivan's at least twice a month. I cannot get enough of the Blackjack burger, it is orgasmic!
          MEDIUM RARE!

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            Dax RE: eating out Nov 10, 2004 02:39 PM

            I've eaten at Sully's probably 5 times. Tim's about 20. I actually prefer Tim's. The burger is bigger (3/4 a lb) and not a cylindrical puck (like Sully's). The last time I was at Sully's like 3 weeks ago, my burger was pretty undercooked (not that Tim's doesn't sometimes have problems in this area too). The blue cheese on the burger also tasted ... bottled.

            I do like the fact that Sullivan's has a heck of a lot more options for toppings than Tim's. But overall, if you put a Tim's bacon and cheese against a Sullivan's bacon and cheese, I'd choose Tim's. One man's opinion.

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              twentyoystahs RE: Dax Nov 10, 2004 03:20 PM

              Interesting. I am a Tim's fan too but remember O'Sullivans being "too big" (if there is such a thing). Sort of unmanageable (again, if there is such a thing).
              I thought they were comparable taste-wise but have been compelled to visit Tim's many times since then; not so with O'Sullivan's...

              Back to the original poster's question: I may get hassled for saying this but I think one of the best burgers around is at Joe's American Bar & Grill. Yep, a chain. Not only is it a safe bet at Joe's but it's actually a GOOD bet. There's one at the S. Shore Mall.

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                Dax RE: twentyoystahs Nov 10, 2004 03:33 PM

                the burgers at Sully's are more stacked cylindrical-wise. Tim's are flatter. It's easier to stack lettuce, tom, etc. on a Tim's burger and easier to eat as opposed to the 5 inch high Sully's burgers. I love them all.

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                  mc RE: twentyoystahs Nov 10, 2004 05:56 PM

                  There is also a Joe's on Route 53 Hanover/Norwell line.

                  Agree about the Grumpy White burgers. I could use one now.Does anyone else get hungry reading the posts?

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                    foodiex2 RE: mc Nov 11, 2004 07:56 AM

                    Doesn't Joes follow the same rules as the 99 and will only cook the burgers well done? This a HUGE pet peeve of mine. I can not stand well done burgers.

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                      twentyoystahs RE: foodiex2 Nov 11, 2004 08:25 AM

                      Nope, Joe's will cook your burger however you want it; I always get it MR there.
                      It's a huge pet peeve of mine too, if I'm forced to only eat a burger well done I'll choose something else off of the menu.

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                    mc RE: twentyoystahs Nov 10, 2004 05:57 PM

                    There is also a Joe's on Route 53 Hanover/Norwell line.

                    Agree about the Grumpy White burgers. I could use one now.Does anyone else get hungry reading the posts?

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          foodiex2 RE: Mr. Fotopoulos Nov 10, 2004 09:13 AM

          Believe it or not but the Square Cafe right in Hingham has an awesome burger with smoked bacon and cheddar cheese. It's even better when you ask them to add the caramelized onions from the pork sandwich. The fries are OK, not great but I am more of a steak fries person.

          By the way I can not stand the burger at the 99. They will only cook it well done. The one and only time I ordered one it was dried out and burned around the edges.

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            soupinside RE: foodiex2 Apr 24, 2008 07:44 PM

            I have to agree with you on the Square Cafe in Hingham. An excellent gourmet burger. The other great burger places in Hingham are both steak joints. The Scarlet Oak Tavern in south Hingham and Burton's Bar and Grill at the Derby Street Shops both have excellent though expensive burgers. Not Your Average Joe's recently opened on Rt 228 in Norwell, and they have very good burgers for a more reasonable price.

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            brokevespa RE: Mr. Fotopoulos Nov 10, 2004 09:26 AM

            Grumpy Whites in Quincy! Get the burger with cheese, bacon, and a garlic bun. And, if you think that your stomach can handle more food, their potato skins (ask to have it with real bacon) are so tasty.

            1. hiddenboston RE: Mr. Fotopoulos Apr 25, 2008 05:51 AM

              The Squires on Route 53 in Hanover has terrific burgers. They are juicy, fatty, messy, and delicious.

              For a good combination of burgers and fries, I'd say that it is tough to beat the Halfway Cafe just south of the center of Holbrook. They have some of the best fries I've tasted south of Boston.

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                TomH RE: hiddenboston Apr 25, 2008 07:06 AM

                I assume it has no affiliation to the "other" Squire's in Revere? ;)

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                  hiddenboston RE: TomH Apr 25, 2008 07:28 AM

                  I wish, er, I mean, no, it isn't. :-D

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                pancettabelly RE: Mr. Fotopoulos Apr 25, 2008 06:35 AM

                JJ's on 27 in Hanson does a great burger along with well done fried food and they offer the 5 lb block of chedder in the room for snacks. I hate to admit that Long Horn Steak House does a very good burger if you do not mind a chain just tell them easy on the lettuce. BBC on 53 can be hit or miss. In Marshfield there is the Fairview Inn good big burger. In Plymouth the Stoneforge is good and not a bad view. A hidden jem in Plymouth is Sabor they do a great burger but a little expensive.

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                  mwk RE: Mr. Fotopoulos Apr 25, 2008 06:56 AM


                  Grumpy White's in Quincy makes a very good burger, but my local favorite burger around this area is at Jamie's Pub. The one I go to is in Braintree, near the Weymouth line. If your doctor permits, they have a huge 1 lb burger called the "Widow Maker", which I've never had the nerve to order myself, but I've had friends order it when we were there, and it did look great. I usually get the cajun burger myself.

                  I believe that Jamie's also has a location in N. Scituate and Plymouth as well, but they all seem to have different websites. This is the one for the Braintree and I guess the Whitman locations:

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                    taddybelle RE: Mr. Fotopoulos Apr 25, 2008 01:45 PM

                    Jamie's in North Scituate Village has good burgers. Atlantica on Cohasset Harbor has a fabulous burger, good fries and lots of them, even good coleslaw. Both places will cook them however you like.

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