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The Black Cow - Hamilton

going 2nyt. haven't been in years. still a good burger? any recent visits/thoughts?

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  1. Haven't been in years. But I do remember thinking that the bar around the corner and down the street a bit actually had a better burger. Anybody know the name of the place? It (like much of my memory) escapes me.

    EDIT: Weathervane Tavern on Railroad Ave.

    1. I've had the burgers from the Newburyport location and thought they were pretty tasty, but nothing special. I'd put The Black Cow in the same class as Burtons Grill that was recently discussed. Kind of pricey for average food, corporate-feeling, maybe a little better service with The Black Cow.

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      1. re: Infomaniac

        thanks. i know the Newburyport location well but the Hamilton Cow is really a much different animal in terms of setting, menu and patrons.

        1. re: ScubaSteve

          I've heard the Hamilton Cow is different but I've never been.
          I don't get to that area that much if at all.

      2. Steve- I used to love that place. Very different from the "corporate" N-port location. Can you please report back on your experience. Thank you.

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        1. re: BostonBarGuy

          I agree - I've only been there once, but so NOT like the Newburyport location (which I was at many times when I worked in N'port). I *AM* glad to see that they've finally gotten a website that takes care of both restaurants with menus, location, etc.!

          1. They have great burgers! Other dishes are good as well though. Def. a good choice...even for the area (which is totally void of any sort of restaurants.)

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            1. re: Elyssa

              Black Cow in Hamilton has good food, really good burgers and is very different than its Newburyport counterpart. It is very much a neighborhood place catering largely to the equestrian crowd and the polo players. It's a good choice when in the area.

              1. re: Bostonbob3

                Those polo ponies know they better put out their all.....

                1. re: galleygirl

                  Always refreshing to see evidence of a sense of humor in these boards....

            2. still a nice place. solid bartending. surprised by a very limited by the glass list and a rather pedestrian drink special menu. had the burger. good quality meat, a nice char and cooked just 'slightly' past my requested MR. fries were very good. the offered mustard was French's, a little sad. the tomato had no business being there, way under ripe and gritty.

              the place was very clean as were the restrooms.

              the crowd was your basic bob-cut, tweed jacket, yuppy w/o being too stuffy about it types.

              liked it a lot and will be back.

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              1. re: ScubaSteve

                In the alcohol department - they are best known for their beer selection. They usually have twenty or so beers on draft (including some hard-to-find ones), and a bunch more bottled beers.

                1. re: srgoodman

                  they had one bank of taps by the window that had about ten taps and another set of four by the service bar with two repeats on that set.

                  that said; their speed rack was quite impressive with a lotta top shelf stuff in the well. they also have an extensive selection of bourbons and scotches. i guess they like their stuff good, simple and straight.