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Nov 9, 2004 08:39 PM

Biggest, Baddest Burger on the South Shore

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: eating out

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

      1. re: phoebek

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

        1. re: Dax

          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!

          1. re: eating out

            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.

            1. re: Dax

              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.

              1. re: twentyoystahs

                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.

                1. re: twentyoystahs

                  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?

                  1. re: mc

                    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.

                    1. re: foodiex2

                      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.

                      1. re: salimykid

                        For like 2 or more years now. PapaRazzi too.

                    2. re: twentyoystahs

                      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?

          2. 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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            1. re: foodiex2

              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.

            2. 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. 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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                1. re: hiddenboston

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

                  1. re: TomH

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

                2. 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.