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Wild Willy's in Watertown?

heathermb (FKA Heather) Feb 9, 2006 10:15 PM

Thinking of going as I love burgers but wanted to see how this place stacks up against others that are discussed here (including O'Sullivan's which I LOVE).



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    MC Slim JB Feb 9, 2006 10:30 PM

    They won't cook your burger less than medium. I boycott them for this reason.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB
      heathermb (FKA Heather) Feb 9, 2006 10:52 PM

      Oh, that is not good. Anything more than medium rare is over-cooked IMO.

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        esqdork Feb 9, 2006 11:02 PM

        I've eaten there several times and their burgers were big, juicy and tasty. I do, however, prefer to have my burgers medium to medium-well. They have great hand-pulled root beer and some of the better onion rings in New England. Their chili is also very good.

        1. re: esqdork
          gini Feb 12, 2006 02:52 PM

          Ordered my blue cheese burger medium rare and it came out medium well. The fries were soggy and really sad looking. Decent rootbeer float - but really, how could you mess that up? There are better places for burgers.

          1. re: gini
            MC Slim JB Feb 15, 2006 12:40 PM

            Did your server warn you that their policy is "nothing cooked rarer than medium" when you ordered medium rare? If not, that's just plain deceptive and wrong.

            I understand why chains kowtow to their corporate lawyers on this issue. But tell me about it up front, so I can order something else, please!

            1. re: MC Slim JB
              gini Feb 22, 2006 08:51 AM

              Nope, no warning.

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      Pia Feb 10, 2006 07:20 AM

      I think Wild Willy's is fine, but I wouldn't make a special trip there. It is not on par with O'Sullivan's, Bartley's, etc. The root beer is good, though.

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        Ali G Feb 10, 2006 10:57 AM

        I think they are just ok. The burger was tasty, but nothing memorable. Better than stopping at a fast food joint. The thing that bothered me was that you place the order at the counter and they bring the food out to you. The three of us got our food at all different times. My friends were done before mine even came out so they sat there eating my fries while waiting for me to finish.

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          Dreamworks Jul 19, 2006 04:09 AM

          I agree with Ali G, the hybrid take-out and sit-down is not a winning combination. The burger was good, but the atmosphere makes you feel like you're in a theme park. Good root beer though, but no free refills like A&W. If you've got kids, then I'd try this place. However if you're alone or with pals, there are other places you can go that are better than this.

          1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jul 19, 2006 05:06 AM

            I quite like Wild Willy's, not least because I'm from New Mexico and they're the only place I know of in all of Massachusetts where I can get a green chile cheeseburger. I much prefer them to Bartley's, simply because I have never cared for Bartley's patty style: the slightly-flattened sphere has never done it for me.

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              katzzz Jul 19, 2006 12:42 PM

              I think WW may have changed their no rare burger policy. I had the New Mexican green chile burger (the Rio Grande?) last Saturday and ordered it medium rare. My order was taken without comment and the burger came as asked -- juicy, slightly pink inside, about as medium rare as you can expect when you're getting a thinnish burger. And the green chilis were a tasty change of burger pace.....

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                kitchenpixie Jul 19, 2006 02:05 PM

                I've had some interesting burgers there; none cooked rare or medium-rare. Burgers were still moist and tasty. You've got it right with Sullivan's--by far the best burgers in the area. Christopher's in Cambridge does a great burger, too, and is worth the try.

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