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Aug 9, 2006 06:15 PM

O'Sullivan's Burger Question

So that I can more intelligently participate in the best burger debate, I have decided to try R.F. O'Sullivan's for the first time tonight. Given that it's my first time, should I stick with the basic burger, or should I branch out to something more interesting, like the jalapeno burger or the cheddar & onion burger? And how's the rest of the food? Anything else worth getting?

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  1. I tend to go with a topping or two, maybe cheese and grilled onions. Those big wedge-style fries are not my favorite. I don't know if anything else on the menu is worth ordering, because I have never seen anyone, in my party or otherwise, order anything but a burger; my guess is that you'd be getting very generic pub-level food at best. Draft lager goes nicely with those burgers.

    1. While the burgers are the thing at O'Sullivan's, there are also a few other standouts on the menu. The steak and cheese is very good; the meat they use is a lot better than your typical sub shop. Also, the tuna sandwiches (they have many different ones) are good. And the cock and bull special is excellent.

      But I'd stick with the burgers. My favorites are the blackjack burger, the jd burger, the swiss mushroom burger, and the house burger (bacon, ham, cheese).

      I'm not a big fan of the fries, either. I usually order rice with my burger instead of the fries.

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        I really like the Blackjack: cajun-spiced meat, spicy mayo and jack cheese.

        I don't care for the potato wedges here. They are too big to get really crispy and the portion is just ridiculous (especially considering the size of the burger). I usually skip them and nosh on my dining companion's plate or ask for a half order.

        1. re: LeoLioness

          Second the blackjack - eschew fries for rings - now you're talkin'!

      2. Hi,

        My personal favorite burger on that menu is the Black and Blue, which is rolled in cracked black pepper and smothered in Blue Cheese. If you are a Blue Cheese fan, it's fantastic.

        In the winter, I've ordered the soup to try it. It was tasty and seemed like it was at least partially homemade. The fries are good, but generally I'm too full or feeling too guilty from clogging my arteries, to order anything else there.

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        1. re: mwk

          I wish they would just use real crumbled bleu, that would make the black and bleu even better. For some reason, I thought they used to use it. The bottled blue cheese dressing they use now doesn't taste all that great to me, although I do like dipping the fries in it too.

          1. re: Dax

            Oh no...I haven't been there in a year or so. Don't tell me they use dressing now? It used to be a mound of actual blue cheese.

            Why oh why do these restaurants think that they can get away with doing something so lame? Do they really think nobody would notice?

          2. re: mwk

            Yes, the Black & Blue is the way to go and it comes with half fries, half rings so you can try both. The trick is to ask for some of the "tangy radish sauce" (the topping on the Radish Burger) on the side so you can dip your fries/rings.

            Menu here:

          3. I know this sounds lame, but sooo many burger places have replaced real blue chees with dressing, that whenever I'm in the mood for one, I bring a chunk of my own cheese for the kitchen to use.

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            1. re: Bostonbob3

              You seriously bring your own cheese? And the restaurant takes it from you to make a burger? Why? Wouldn't it be easier just to make a burger at home?

              1. re: Bostonbob3

                not a bad idea with Formaggio being reasonably close.

                1. re: Dax

                  Bingo, Dax.

                  And yes, gini, I actually bring my own cheese. I DO make my own burgers quite a bit, but if I'm going out with friends specifically for a burger and I feel like blue cheese, it only takes a second to grab a chunk before I leave. Or, as Dax points out, if I'm near Formaggio's, to buy a bunch of cheese and cut off a hunk when I get to the restaurant.

                  Told you I'm lame. :)

              2. Are there many BYOC restaurants out there? Learn something new every day...

                One other item that is good at O'Sullivan's is the steak tip sub. Their tips aren't quite as good as, say New Bridge, but they are pretty tasty.