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Blumie Aug 22, 2007 03:52 PM

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)

  1. coookie Aug 22, 2007 03:55 PM

    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)

    1 Reply
    1. re: coookie
      s
      smtucker Aug 22, 2007 06:18 PM

      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. Rubee Aug 22, 2007 04:07 PM

      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

      1 Reply
      1. re: Rubee
        d
        drewames03 Aug 22, 2007 04:14 PM

        Burgers:

        1. Bartley's
        2. Bukowski's

        Pizza:

        1. Pizzeria Regina
        2. Figs
        3. Bostone Pizza

        Lobster Roll:

        1. Neptune
        2. B & G

      2. Luther Aug 22, 2007 05:53 PM

        Burger
        1. Grille Zone
        2. Eagle's

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

        1 Reply
        1. re: Luther
          Luther Aug 24, 2007 03:45 AM

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

        2. lissy Aug 22, 2007 07:52 PM

          Burger:

          1. 75 Chestnut
          2. Eastern Standard
          3. Audubon

          Lobster roll:
          1. B&G

          1. heathermb Aug 22, 2007 08:02 PM

            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)

            1 Reply
            1. re: heathermb
              heathermb Jan 25, 2008 08:51 AM

              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. Dr.Jimbob Aug 22, 2007 08:33 PM

              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. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Aug 22, 2007 08:43 PM

                1. Flat Patties
                2. Uburger
                3. Grille Zone

                1. Regina
                2. Bostone
                3. Upper Crust

                third list n/a

                1 Reply
                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                  BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 26, 2008 11:03 AM

                  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. t
                  thericker Aug 23, 2007 04:46 AM

                  Pizza:
                  Reginas

                  Burger:
                  Bristol Lounge
                  KO Prime

                  Lobster Roll
                  Hot- BG
                  Hot Neptune

                  1. p
                    Pegmeister Aug 23, 2007 04:54 AM

                    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. MaineRed Aug 23, 2007 04:59 AM

                      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. Infomaniac Aug 23, 2007 05:14 AM

                        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. h
                          hsquare2southend Aug 23, 2007 05:44 AM

                          Burger:
                          1. Bartley's
                          2. Bristol

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

                          1. b
                            Bostonbob3 Aug 23, 2007 05:54 AM

                            Burger:

                            The Cantab
                            Costello's
                            The Druid

                            Pizza:

                            Regina's
                            Picco (the Alsatian)
                            Waterfront cafe

                            Lobster Roll:

                            Neptune (hot)
                            B&G

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: Bostonbob3
                              p
                              phatchris Aug 23, 2007 06:04 AM

                              Burger:

                              R.F. O'sullivans
                              Audobahn Circle
                              75 Chestnut

                              Pizza:

                              Regina
                              Santarpios
                              Brown Jug

                              Lobster Roll:

                              Neptune (hot)
                              Belle Isle
                              Neptune (cold)

                            2. b
                              bella_sarda Aug 23, 2007 07:57 AM

                              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. CocoDan Aug 23, 2007 08:21 AM

                                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. b
                                  BJK Aug 23, 2007 08:30 AM

                                  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

                                  1 Reply
                                  1. re: BJK
                                    b
                                    BJK Aug 25, 2007 02:38 PM

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

                                    :)
                                    BK

                                  2. finlero Aug 23, 2007 08:41 AM

                                    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)

                                    1 Reply
                                    1. re: finlero
                                      finlero Jan 25, 2008 12:01 PM

                                      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. g
                                      gyppielou Aug 23, 2007 08:49 AM

                                      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

                                      2 Replies
                                      1. re: gyppielou
                                        b
                                        Blumie Aug 23, 2007 09:11 AM

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

                                        1. re: gyppielou
                                          Luther Aug 23, 2007 09:53 AM

                                          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. j
                                          jacv Aug 23, 2007 09:20 AM

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

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

                                          1. u
                                            UrsusArctosHorribilis Aug 23, 2007 09:52 AM

                                            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. maillard Aug 23, 2007 11:05 AM

                                              Burger:

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

                                              Pizza:

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

                                              1. yumyum Aug 23, 2007 02:00 PM

                                                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

                                                2 Replies
                                                1. re: yumyum
                                                  yumyum Jan 26, 2008 09:58 AM

                                                  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
                                                    heathermb Jan 26, 2008 10:24 AM

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

                                                2. b
                                                  BackBayGirl Aug 23, 2007 02:17 PM

                                                  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. b
                                                    BackBayGirl Aug 23, 2007 02:18 PM

                                                    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. gini Aug 23, 2007 04:53 PM

                                                      Burger:
                                                      Gargoyles
                                                      Bartley's
                                                      Miracle of Science

                                                      Pizza:
                                                      N/A

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

                                                      1 Reply
                                                      1. re: gini
                                                        gini Jan 25, 2008 12:06 PM

                                                        Time to revisit...

                                                        Burger:
                                                        The Druid
                                                        Gargoyles
                                                        Bartley's

                                                        Pizza:
                                                        N/A

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

                                                      2. t
                                                        tamerlanenj Aug 23, 2007 05:48 PM

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

                                                        Pizza:
                                                        1.Regina
                                                        2.Bostone
                                                        3.Figs

                                                        1. Kip McSkipster Aug 23, 2007 06:47 PM

                                                          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. litchick Aug 23, 2007 07:44 PM

                                                            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

                                                            1 Reply
                                                            1. re: litchick
                                                              h
                                                              hsquare2southend Aug 24, 2007 05:28 AM

                                                              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. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Aug 23, 2007 08:11 PM

                                                              Revising my burgers based on the most recent visits:

                                                              1. Grille Zone
                                                              2. Flat Patties
                                                              3. Uburger

                                                              1. Small Plates Aug 25, 2007 10:10 AM

                                                                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. s
                                                                  sophie fox Aug 25, 2007 04:14 PM

                                                                  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
                                                                    j
                                                                    joebelt Jan 24, 2008 02:27 PM

                                                                    burgers

                                                                    1. Bartley's

                                                                    Pizza:

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

                                                                  2. MC Slim JB Jan 24, 2008 06:11 PM

                                                                    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)

                                                                    1 Reply
                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB
                                                                      wittlejosh Jan 24, 2008 07:00 PM

                                                                      Burger:
                                                                      1. Radius
                                                                      2. Bonfire
                                                                      3. Laurel

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

                                                                      Lobster Roll:
                                                                      1. B&G

                                                                    2. Food4Thought Jan 24, 2008 07:31 PM

                                                                      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. s
                                                                        Splendid Spatula Jan 25, 2008 08:49 AM

                                                                        Burger:
                                                                        1. Bartleys

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

                                                                        1. b
                                                                          Boston Scene Jan 25, 2008 08:55 AM

                                                                          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. b
                                                                            bobot Jan 25, 2008 10:08 AM

                                                                            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. ebone Jan 25, 2008 10:12 AM

                                                                              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. m
                                                                                mbasnack Jan 25, 2008 10:57 AM

                                                                                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. s
                                                                                  SSqwerty Jan 25, 2008 11:55 AM

                                                                                  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)

                                                                                  2 Replies
                                                                                  1. re: SSqwerty
                                                                                    Bob MacAdoo Jan 25, 2008 12:16 PM

                                                                                    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
                                                                                      t
                                                                                      teezeetoo Jan 26, 2008 10:14 AM

                                                                                      burger
                                                                                      Fireplace (lunch)
                                                                                      Washington Square Tavern
                                                                                      ESK

                                                                                      Pizza
                                                                                      Regina (north end)
                                                                                      Gran gusto

                                                                                      Lobster Roll
                                                                                      nowhere in boston

                                                                                  2. b
                                                                                    bachslunch Jan 27, 2008 01:29 PM

                                                                                    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

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