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Eating meat again and I want a burger

weathermasta Sep 17, 2007 01:39 PM

So after 18 years of being a vegetarian, I have decided to integrate a little bit of meat back into my diet. Now I don't want just any burger, and my reasons for not eating meat are still haunting me a bit, so I will need the best burger in the Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area, from a place that is conscientious about where/how they obtain their meat (not looking for a political debate, just some ideas where I can rest easy on this).

Thanks!

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    ginnyhw Sep 18, 2007 08:59 AM

    If you want to have a good burger at home see if you can pick some up at the farmers markets. The Brookline market on Thursday has River Rock farm. You have to buy 2 lbs but it is really the best hamburg I've tasted in a while and they definitely meet your other requirements.
    http://www.riverrockfarm.com/

    1. Bob Dobalina Sep 18, 2007 07:21 AM

      You might search for meat CSAs and whether they source to any local restaurants.

      1. MC Slim JB Sep 18, 2007 07:01 AM

        Can't comment on the sustainability aspect, but I have had excellent burgers very recently (past few weeks) at J.J. Foley's Cafe (South End), Coda, and Audubon Circle.

        1. Joanie Sep 18, 2007 05:28 AM

          Lunch at Abe & Louie's, blue cheese burger.

          1. sailormouth Sep 17, 2007 05:05 PM

            How about one of the big steakhouses, like KO Prime, Ruth's Chris or the Moo at 15 Beacon? You could shell out for a wagyu burger that gets treated better than most children (probably deservedly, but that's another topic).

            Some really like the burger at Harvest, I find it not to my taste.

            1. digga Sep 17, 2007 04:40 PM

              I wonder if places like the Miracle of Science group, Deep Ellum, Bukowski's, River Gods, B-Side, or Atwood's, just for examples, places of that ilk use humane sources of meat without pretentiously waving that flag? Might be worth to ask at your favorite local neighborhood joint, particularly ones that have any number of veg-friendly items on the menu.

              1. trufflehound Sep 17, 2007 04:14 PM

                It's foliage season. Take your bike and hop on the train to Concord and take a bike ride to Nancy's Airfield Cafe in Stow for a locally raised lamburger.

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                  rosie17 Sep 17, 2007 01:59 PM

                  The Grille Zone near BU comes to mind - they've gotten great reviews on this Board, and they are overall very environmentally/animal conscious... if you do a quick search on this board, and check out the recent Globe Cheap Eats review, I think you'll find they meet your criteria... even if it doesnt have a pub-type ambience.

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                  1. re: rosie17
                    gini Sep 17, 2007 02:03 PM

                    Ack, I keep meaning to try this place but never seem to get around to it. They use certified Hereford beef, by the way.

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                      hoplover Sep 17, 2007 02:42 PM

                      Eastern Standard has an excellent burger. For your first time I would go there. Then once you are comfortable again eating burgers go to Bartleys.

                  2. yumyum Sep 17, 2007 01:47 PM

                    Oh welcome back, my friend. Unfortunately all my favorites are at places that you FOR SURE know they aren't getting sustainably raised/organic/free range meat. (Bartley's, O'Sullivan's, Druid are at the top of my list.) So I'd suggest you flip the question ... find a restaurant that does organic sustainable etc and see if they have a burger. Henrietta's Table immediately came to mind but I have no idea if they serve the old juicy. Anyone else know of politically correct burger options?

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                      gini Sep 17, 2007 01:52 PM

                      yumyum's point is right on - many of the area's best burgers are in no way locally raised, grass fed, non-hormone treated little patties of tastiness. I know Christopher's in Porter Square serves Coleman naturally raised beef - no hormones, no antibiotics, no preservatives, only veggie fed (corn, in this case, I think). They're out of CO. I really liked Christopher's when I was a vegetarian a few years ago and still like their burgers and other bar nibbles.

                      1. re: gini
                        finlero Sep 17, 2007 02:29 PM

                        Johnny D's in Davis also uses Coleman beef. For my money, they also have more consistent fries and better hamburger rolls than Christopher's.

                        That said, I prefer nearly everything else on the Christopher's menu to Johnny D's, including the fries when they're fresh.

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