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Best of Boston, an experiment

Ok, I want to try a little experiment. I'd like all who choose to participate to list -- without any further discussion -- your top three burger, pizza and lobster roll places in Boston. These are three particularly controversial topics on this board, each of which generates pages of discussion. But let's see if we can do it without discussion; just list your favorites. Please only include places you've been to, and although you have to limit your list to three, you can include less. Once we have a good number of responses, we can then all chime in with how we would each manipulate the data to reach whatever conclusion we want to advance. I'll go first:

Burger:

1. Bartley's
2. Bristol
3. The Druid

Pizza:

1. Regina
2. Santarpio's
3. Upper Crust

Lobster Roll:

1. B&G
2. Neptune (hot)
3. Neptune (cold)

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  1. Burger:

    1. RF O'Sullivan's
    2. UBurger
    3. Bartley's

    Pizza:

    1. Armando's
    2. Regina
    3. Noch's (haven't been to Santarpio's!)

    Lobster Roll:

    1. Rachel's Kitchen (hot)
    2. Neptune (cold)
    3. Neptune (hot)

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    1. re: coookie

      Almost never go out for burgers, since we eat at home, but when I do:

      1. Bartley's

      Pizza:
      1. Sweet Tomato [love the greek or pesto splash]
      2. Regina's

      Allergic to lobster but always looking for a good fish/chips

    2. Hmmm...don't get out too much for burgers as we tend to make our own, but:

      1. Bristol
      2. Abe and Louie's

      Pizza:

      1. Pizzeria Regina
      2. Santarpio's
      3. The Paddock

      Lobster Roll:

      1. Neptune (hot)
      2. Neptune (cold)
      3. B&G

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      1. re: Rubee

        Burgers:

        1. Bartley's
        2. Bukowski's

        Pizza:

        1. Pizzeria Regina
        2. Figs
        3. Bostone Pizza

        Lobster Roll:

        1. Neptune
        2. B & G

      2. Burger
        1. Grille Zone
        2. Eagle's

        Pizza
        1. T. Anthony
        2. Il Panino Express
        3. Regina

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        1. re: Luther

          Let me add Miracle of Science for my Burger #3.

        2. Burger:

          1. 75 Chestnut
          2. Eastern Standard
          3. Audubon

          Lobster roll:
          1. B&G

          1. Burger:
            1. O'Sullivans
            2. Bristol Lounge
            3. Monday Club Bar (@ Upstairs on the Square)

            Pizza:
            1. Regina
            2. The Paddock
            3. Santarpio's

            Lobster Roll:
            1. Neptune (Hot)
            2. Kelly's
            3. Neptune (Cold)

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            1. re: heathermb

              Revising my lists based on more recent experiences:

              Burger:
              1.O'Sullivans
              2. Monday Club Bar
              3. ESK

              Pizza:
              1. Regina
              2. Santarpio's
              3. Pinnochio's

            2. Burger (in no particular order):
              - Gargoyle's
              - 75 Chestnut
              - R.F. O'Sullivan's

              Pizza:
              - New Haven
              - New York
              - Chicago
              (sorry couldn't resist)

              1. 1. Flat Patties
                2. Uburger
                3. Grille Zone

                1. Regina
                2. Bostone
                3. Upper Crust

                third list n/a

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                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                  Sticking with my pizza and lobster roll lists (I don't eat lobster rolls at places that don't have a direct maritime view), but with the closing of Grille Zone, the burger list reverts to:

                  1. Flat Patties
                  2. Uburger
                  3. Wild Willy's

                2. Pizza:
                  Reginas

                  Burger:
                  Bristol Lounge
                  KO Prime

                  Lobster Roll
                  Hot- BG
                  Hot Neptune

                  1. Burger:
                    1. IntermissionTavern
                    2. Dillions
                    3. Henneseys

                    Pizza:
                    1. Waterfront Cafe
                    2. Reginas
                    3. Antico Forno

                    Lobster Roll
                    1. Neptune
                    2. Oyster Bar at Fanueil Hall
                    3. Oceana

                    1. Thank you! this same topic discussion is a pet peeve of mine :D

                      Pizza:
                      1. Santarpios
                      2. Il Panino (havard sqr if it matters)
                      3. Armando's

                      1. Burger - (1). Abe & Louie's (2) Dillions (3) Bristol

                        Pizza - (1) Regina's (2) Antico Forno (3) Sweet Tomato

                        Lobster Roll - (1) Neptune-hot (2) B&G (3) Kelly's Roast Beef (Revere Beeach)

                        1. Burger:
                          1. Bartley's
                          2. Bristol

                          Pizza:
                          1. Regina
                          2. Cambridge 1
                          3. Picco

                          1. Burger:

                            The Cantab
                            Costello's
                            The Druid

                            Pizza:

                            Regina's
                            Picco (the Alsatian)
                            Waterfront cafe

                            Lobster Roll:

                            Neptune (hot)
                            B&G

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                            1. re: Bostonbob3

                              Burger:

                              R.F. O'sullivans
                              Audobahn Circle
                              75 Chestnut

                              Pizza:

                              Regina
                              Santarpios
                              Brown Jug

                              Lobster Roll:

                              Neptune (hot)
                              Belle Isle
                              Neptune (cold)

                            2. Burgers: I abstain (never eat 'em except at home)

                              Pizza:
                              1. Upper Crust
                              2. Regina
                              3. the Paddock

                              Lobster roll:
                              1. Kelly's
                              2. The Clambake, Ipswich
                              3. J.G. Hook, downtown

                              1. Burger:
                                1. Bristol
                                2. Brasserie Jo
                                3. Abe & Louis'
                                Pizza:
                                1. Pizzaria Regina
                                2. Carmine's (Squantum)
                                3. The Venetian (Weymouth)
                                Lobster Roll:
                                1. Hingham Lobster Pound
                                Enjoy,
                                CocoDan

                                1. Burger:
                                  1. Eastern Standard
                                  2. West Side Lounge
                                  3. Bartley's

                                  Pizza:

                                  1. Regina's North End
                                  2. Regina's Station's Landing
                                  3. Armando's

                                  Lobster Roll:

                                  1. Neptune (cold)
                                  2. Kelly's Station's Landing

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                                  1. re: BJK

                                    Sorry, Bartley's, you've been bumped by Grille Zone.

                                    :)
                                    BK

                                  2. Burger:

                                    1. Houston's
                                    2. Christopher's
                                    3. The Druid

                                    Pizza:

                                    1. Armando's
                                    2. Amelia's (margherita only)
                                    3. La Cascia's

                                    Lobster Roll:

                                    1. Kelly's
                                    2. Ray's Lobster Pound (Rye, NH)
                                    3. Neptune (hot)

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                                    1. re: finlero

                                      OK, the thread is back, I'm revising:

                                      Pizza:

                                      1. Gran Gusto
                                      2. Regina (original location)
                                      3. Armando's

                                      P.S. Blumie -- time to tally the data?

                                    2. You realize, that the more people agree in unison about these places, the harder it is to get into!!! Case in fact, I used to suggest people go to grimaldis in Brooklyn and walk the bridge - now you can't get near the place! LOL

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                                      1. re: gyppielou

                                        Hey, no discussion. That's the rule! (And you never could get into Grimaldi's. That's nothing new.)

                                        1. re: gyppielou

                                          Grimaldi's sucks big time now. As the lines get longer they just cook the pies for less time so they can get people in and out faster.

                                        2. Burger
                                          1)RF O'Sullivan's
                                          2)Abe +Louies

                                          Pizza
                                          1) Santarpios
                                          2) Armandos
                                          3)Dominos (just kidding, you only need #1+2)

                                          1. Pizza:

                                            1. il panino
                                            2. santarpios
                                            3. bocelli's

                                            Buger:
                                            1. the lower depths - bacon fat burger
                                            2. rf o'sullivans
                                            3. eh hard to pick a 3rd.. miracle of science

                                            1. Burger:

                                              1. Bartley's
                                              2. Christopher's
                                              3. Flat Patties

                                              Pizza:

                                              1. Regina
                                              2. Galleria Umberto
                                              3. Pini's (slice only)

                                              1. Burger (this changes depending on where I had the last good one it seems):
                                                1. Bartley's
                                                2. Druid
                                                3. O'Sullivan's

                                                Pizza:
                                                1. Regina's
                                                2. Paddock
                                                3. Santarpios

                                                Lobster Roll:
                                                1. B&G
                                                2. Neptune cold
                                                3. Kelly's

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                                                1. re: yumyum

                                                  I have to remove the Paddock from my pizza list until the marinated tomatoes come back. A pini's slice will stand in for now.

                                                  The burger at Highland Kitchen sure looked good last night as we ogled our neighbor's table. I'd love to see it change my burger list. Will report back.

                                                  1. re: yumyum

                                                    I took the Paddock off my pizza list for the very same reason...and yes, that burger at HK looked great.

                                                2. Burgers:
                                                  1) Bartley's
                                                  2) RF O'Sullivan's
                                                  3) Bristol Lounge

                                                  Pizza
                                                  1) Regina's, North End location only
                                                  2) Bostone Pizza
                                                  3) Viga

                                                  Lobster Roll
                                                  I can't eat lobster...allergic

                                                  1. Oops I mean Picco. I get the names mixed up. Picco...it's on Tremont if I have the right name. Viga is the one near Arlington St. right?

                                                    1. Burger:
                                                      Gargoyles
                                                      Bartley's
                                                      Miracle of Science

                                                      Pizza:
                                                      N/A

                                                      Lobster Roll:
                                                      Neptune (hot)
                                                      Kelly's (cold)

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                                                      1. re: gini

                                                        Time to revisit...

                                                        Burger:
                                                        The Druid
                                                        Gargoyles
                                                        Bartley's

                                                        Pizza:
                                                        N/A

                                                        Lobster Roll:
                                                        Neptune (hot)
                                                        Kelly's (cold)

                                                      2. Burger:
                                                        1.Abe and Louie's
                                                        2.Bartley's
                                                        3.Flat Patties

                                                        Pizza:
                                                        1.Regina
                                                        2.Bostone
                                                        3.Figs

                                                        1. Burger:

                                                          1. RF O'Sullivan's
                                                          2. The Fireplace
                                                          3. Bartley's

                                                          Pizza:

                                                          1. Regina
                                                          2. Santarpio's
                                                          3. Pino's

                                                          Lobster Roll:

                                                          1. Kelly's
                                                          2. Dairy Joy
                                                          3. Summer Shack
                                                          (I obviously need to try Neptune and B&G!)

                                                          1. Burgers (turkey, not beef):
                                                            1. Bartley's
                                                            2. Bukowski

                                                            Pizza (cheeseless -- sad but true)
                                                            1. Za
                                                            2. Emma's

                                                            Lobster Roll (of the cheapie variety)
                                                            1. Charlie's Kitchen
                                                            2. D'Angelo's

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                                                            1. re: litchick

                                                              Completely forgot Emma's! I have to change my entry:

                                                              Burger:
                                                              1. Bartley's
                                                              2. Bristol

                                                              Pizza:
                                                              1. Regina
                                                              2. Emma's
                                                              3. Picco's Alsatian, maybe tied with Cambridge 1's potato-fontina.

                                                            2. Revising my burgers based on the most recent visits:

                                                              1. Grille Zone
                                                              2. Flat Patties
                                                              3. Uburger

                                                              1. Burger
                                                                1. Abe and Louie's
                                                                2. Thirsty Scholar
                                                                3. Tavern on the Square

                                                                Pizza
                                                                1. Paddock
                                                                2. Santarpio's
                                                                3. Primo's (Somerville)

                                                                Lobster Roll
                                                                1. Choate Bridge
                                                                2. B & G
                                                                3. Mt. Vernon

                                                                1. burgers:
                                                                  1) Abe and Louis
                                                                  2) Bristol
                                                                  3) Oak Bar

                                                                  pizza
                                                                  1) Regina

                                                                  lobster roll
                                                                  1) B&G

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                                                                  1. re: sophie fox

                                                                    burgers

                                                                    1. Bartley's

                                                                    Pizza:

                                                                    1. Iggy's Bread of the World
                                                                    2. Figs
                                                                    3. Cambridge 1

                                                                  2. I guess I missed this thread back in August, but since it's still going:

                                                                    Burger: R.F. O'Sullivan and Sons, Audubon Circle, Union Bar and Grill

                                                                    Pizza: Pizzeria Regina (original only), Picco, Trattoria Gran Gusto

                                                                    Lobster roll: B&G Oyster, Belle Isle Seafood, MC Perkins Cove (Ogunquit is cheating, I guess, but I really don't like most Boston lobster rolls, even at Neptune, which is my favorite seafood place otherwise)

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                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                      Burger:
                                                                      1. Radius
                                                                      2. Bonfire
                                                                      3. Laurel

                                                                      Pizza:
                                                                      1. Cambridge 1
                                                                      2. Picco
                                                                      3. Pizzeria Regina

                                                                      Lobster Roll:
                                                                      1. B&G

                                                                    2. This is a great post to be revived from the beyond.
                                                                      Pizza:
                                                                      Ernestos
                                                                      Regina's
                                                                      Santarpios

                                                                      Burger:
                                                                      PJ Ryan's (black and blue burger)-Somervile
                                                                      R.F. O'Sullivan
                                                                      (don't diss me, no B-town location) Fudruckers

                                                                      Lobster Roll:
                                                                      Neptune Oyster (hot-drawn butter on the side)
                                                                      Neptune Oyster (cold)

                                                                      1. Burger:
                                                                        1. Bartleys

                                                                        Pizza:
                                                                        1. Armandos
                                                                        1. Regina
                                                                        1. Il Panino

                                                                        1. Burger
                                                                          1. Game On
                                                                          2. UBurger
                                                                          3. Cornwalls

                                                                          Pizza
                                                                          1. Reginas
                                                                          2. T Anthonys
                                                                          3. Uppercrust

                                                                          And I'm allergic to Seafood, so no lobster rolls for me!

                                                                          1. Burger:

                                                                            1. O'Sullivan's
                                                                            2. Gargoyle's
                                                                            3. English burger at Christopher's

                                                                            Pizza:

                                                                            1. Santarpio's
                                                                            2. Regina
                                                                            3. Pini's

                                                                            Lobster Roll:

                                                                            Lobster rolls are a waste of money. When I find a $7-8 lobster roll, that'll be my favorite.

                                                                            1. Burger:
                                                                              1. RF OSullys
                                                                              2. Bartley's
                                                                              3. Fudruckers (they are tasty)

                                                                              Pizza:
                                                                              1. Regina's
                                                                              2. Santarpio's
                                                                              3. City Slicker

                                                                              Don't eat enough lobster rolls, but I do enjoy one at the Beachcomber in Wellfleet, which doesn't really apply here.

                                                                              1. Burger:
                                                                                1.) Washington Square Tavern
                                                                                2.) Audubon
                                                                                3.) Bartley's

                                                                                Pizza:
                                                                                1.) Regina
                                                                                2.) Upper Crust (shhhh...I like it.)
                                                                                3.) Emma's

                                                                                Lobster Roll:
                                                                                1.) Kelly's
                                                                                2.) That little place in Quincy Market that's a total tourist trap...
                                                                                3.) The Clam Box

                                                                                1. Burger:

                                                                                  1)Audobon Circle
                                                                                  2)The Biltmore, Newton Upper Falls

                                                                                  Lobster roll:
                                                                                  haven't found one yet

                                                                                  Pizza:
                                                                                  1)Regina's, North End only
                                                                                  2)Bertuccis in Kenmore Sq(if I'm desperate)

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                                                                                  1. re: SSqwerty

                                                                                    Burger:

                                                                                    1. ESK
                                                                                    2. UBUrger
                                                                                    3. The Druid

                                                                                    Pizza:

                                                                                    1. Bocelli's
                                                                                    2. Regina (N. End)
                                                                                    3. Regina (Wellington)

                                                                                    Lobster Roll:

                                                                                    1. Belle Isle
                                                                                    2. Turner's (Melrose)
                                                                                    3. Kelly's

                                                                                    1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                                                                                      burger
                                                                                      Fireplace (lunch)
                                                                                      Washington Square Tavern
                                                                                      ESK

                                                                                      Pizza
                                                                                      Regina (north end)
                                                                                      Gran gusto

                                                                                      Lobster Roll
                                                                                      nowhere in boston

                                                                                  2. No earth shattering revelations here. Reserve the right to change at a moment's notice:

                                                                                    Burger:

                                                                                    1. R.F. O'Sullivan's
                                                                                    2. Bartley's
                                                                                    3. Uburger

                                                                                    Pizza:

                                                                                    1. Regina
                                                                                    2. Santarpio's
                                                                                    3. Emma's

                                                                                    Lobster roll:

                                                                                    1. Neptune Oyster
                                                                                    2. B&G Oysters
                                                                                    3. Kingfish Hall