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Jan 3, 2007 08:37 PM

Best burger in Boston ????? any successors to Tim's on Columbus Ave

Has anyone found a burger as good as Tim's? I had a delish one at the Bristol Lounge/Four Seasons but it cost $18.00... Yikes!!!!!!!!!! THE BEST BURGER should also have great fries, I think ...

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  1. Tim's was a great local place, however IMO Bartley's, O'Sullivans, Audobon, Miracle of Science (to name a few) all have better burgers than Tim's did when they were in operation. You will find numerous burger threads here if you search.

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    1. re: Gabatta

      Oh, I STRONGLY disagree, Gabatta. Perhaps RFOs is comparable, but the others don't even come close to Tim's (at least IMO). Especially not Bartley's. Hugely overrated (again, IMO of course).

      Audobon Circle and Miracle of Science have very good burgers, but I knew Tim's...Tim's was a friend of mine...(you get where I'm going).

      1. re: Bostonbob3

        I'm with you BB3. Tim's burger was really perfection 10 oz. of fresh ground beef, hand formed, and cooked to order. It really could not be improved upon.

        1. re: Bostonbob3

          I'm hyperventilating over your dis of Bartley's. I'd never pass up a Bartley's burger for RFO. I'm not particularly good about articulating what I like in a burger, but everytime I eat at Bartley's, I know it's got it!

        2. re: Gabatta

          I love me some Miracle, but their burgers are really a big ol' *yawn*. Good, but nothing to go out of the way for IMHO.

          1. re: Gabatta

            We went to Miracle a couple of weeks ago and my wife's cheeseburger was flat (i.e. looked pre-made) and completely uninspired. Did something change there? Random bad night? Substitute cook?

            The steak tips (I forget what they call them) were great as usual, which made it even wierder.

            1. re: Imby

              I eat there a lot b/c I work nearby. I'd be surprised if they were using pre-made burgers.

              Try the grilled shrimp if you haven't had them. Spicy and great flavor.

            2. re: Gabatta


              Miracle of Science Bar + Grill
              321 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

              Bartley's Burger Cottage
              1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

              O'Sullivans Pub
              282 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

            3. Tim's was a great spot. I lived within walking distance for some time. I know a lot of people here have a sentimental attachment, and I loved the atmosphere. However, I found the cooking of the burgers to be quite inconsistent.

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              1. re: Gabatta

                I'm just going by my experience. NEVER had a burger at Tim's that wasn't cooked just-as-ordered (medium rare on the rare side). And I probably had well over 100 Tim's burgers in my life.

                Still, I obviously can't speak for everyone (try as I might:))

                1. re: Bostonbob3

                  I also used to live right by Tim's, but only had an incorrectly cooked burger maybe twice in about 50 visits, a much better records than Sully's in my experience. The bacon and cheddar, medium rare was a thing of beauty at Tim's. The fries/rings were nothing special, but I still dream about the burgers ... mmm burger dreams.

              2. The burger at the Druid is a special burger. It's enormous, properly prepared, not-overly seasoned and fresh.

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                1. re: Tony Baloney

                  I'm a big fan of the Druid burger - BIG fan - but it is pretty heavily seasoned with fresh herbs. I recall that many 'hounds did not like it. And sometimes I need to add extra salt, but that could be my own little addiction. :-)

                  1. re: MB fka MB

                    I also would not describe it as enormous. Big enough, but not enormous.

                2. The Bristol Lounge burger is not about the burger alone, the fries, atmosphere, and a good drink round out the $18 tab.

                  1. The $18 does not include the good drink however.