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Jan 31, 2007 12:24 PM

Boston's best burger

whos got the burger and fries in Boston?

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    1. What's going on here?

      There are probably 50 best burger threads on the board that can be referred to here, with a wide range of hounds debating the various contenders (O'Sullivans, Bartley's, Druid, the Nog, Umbra and so forth).

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      1. re: elbev

        They're still working on the Search - I just tried the search function to post some links for Hobie, but it still isn't filtering by relevance (PS. Umbra has closed, with Anthony Susi to open Sage in that spot).

        1. re: Rubee

          Search problems, I see. I was also quite puzzled by OP's second (ALL CAPS) post. Hobie, why the when?

          Anyhow, in brief the debate tends to revolve around the places I noted above. My own vote is for O'Sullivan's on Beacon St Somerville, near Porter Sq redline stop.

        2. re: elbev

          Love O'Sullivans..Great texture and flavor cooked perfectly evey time..

        3. Second the vote for O'Sullivan's - just ate there on Friday and it was as good as always!

          1. first, the best burger in BOSTON(not somerville or cambridge) is 29 newbury HANDS DOWN. everything else there is pretty blah but the burger friggin rocks.

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            1. re: maxpowers303

              Really? 29 Newbury? I've gotta say, that's a novel entry in best-burger discussions on this board. I'm pretty sure I had a burger at 29 for lunch one day, probably about two years ago when I worked in that neighborhood, but it didn't really stand out in my mind.

              So what exactly makes it "hands down, no further discussion allowed" great?

              Any thoughts on places that are almost as good, but not quite "hands down" excellent? I have my own favorites: I'm definitely a Sully's fan, and think Audobon, the Bristol, and Union Bar and Grill do burgers that are each excellent in their own way. I have a soft spot for Charlie's Kitchen, for its written-in-neon status as the "HOME OF THE DOUB-L-BURG-R" (did I spell that right?). I'm on my second year of meaning to try the Druid burger, which I know has several ardent fans here. I like the Bartley burger, but don't think it rates Top-3 status. I really miss the Tim's Tavern and Caffe Umbra burgers already.

              Any concerns about how 29's pending makeover into more of a nightclub kind of concept will affect the burger excellence?

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Okay. I'll allow that it isn't Boston proper but Sully's takes top honors, IMO.
                Re: Charlie's, well lets just say MC, I have too many beer-soaked memories to be impartial in that regards. God, I still love that place for all that it still isn't. A bastion in The Square that deserves to be supported.

                1. re: Harp00n

                  Yeah, in case I wasn't clear, R.F. O'Sullivan's does my favorite in town.

                  And now that I think of it, I believe the Charlie's sign reads 'HOME OF THE DOUBL-BURG-R". It just now dawns on me -- right this second, after all these years -- that those hyphens might once have been Es. All this time I was thinking that they were just going for a novelty spelling to be different, when the simpler explanation is that it once read "DOUBLEBURGER". I'm an idiot, I guess.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    No, you were clear MC, I just was parsing it for a previous poster. You're my kinda idiot, my man.

                2. re: MC Slim JB

                  in response to the best burger debate, again slim you request non boston burgers. i agree rf osullivans is the best. i grew up in somerville, and have eaten that beautifule thing hundreds of times. ditto on charlies but thats cambridge.never had audobons, not a fan of union at all. that brings us to bristol. that one somehow slipped and is definately in the debate. GREAT burger. And the kids meal is yummy,too. 29 is just perfect. butter lettuce, ripe veggies, sharpe vermont cheddar,bacon and the carmalized onions in the bun. just always well made. and the fries are like mcdonalds fries on steroids. not for the weight watcher, but the burger lover. give it another shot, and get back to me. 2 years ago they were known for the calamari and its prettyblah now so a lot can change in 2 years.

              2. Been said before, but since the search isn't working well, here goes (IMO, and in no particular order):

                O'Sullivan's, Somerville
                Mr. Bartley's, Harvard Square
                MJ O'Connor's, Park Plaza, Boston
                75 Chestnut, Beacon Hill
                Mission Bar, Brigham Circle, Boston
                Charlie's, Harvard Square
                The Druid, Inman Square, Cambridge

                And for a really obscure place, but with amazing burgers off the griddle, The Squires (stop laughing--not the place in Revere!) on Route 53 in Hanover.

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                1. re: hiddenboston

                  When our company was still in East Boston, we had a newly-wed for a scheduler.
                  Dave X made a bee-line for The Squire in Revere virtually everyday.
                  He claimed that the great burgers were, in fact, the only reason he went there.
                  So thanks for the memory chuckle.

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    I just tried the MJ O'Connor burger for the first time last week. It was fine, but not a "best of" burger IMHO. When in Park Sq., I'll stick with the burger at the Bristol. My number 1 all around burger remains Bartley's. They also have the advantage of having some of the best o'rings around, too. (And also the least comfortable setting.)