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Jan 4, 2008 06:50 AM

Best Burger in Worcester?

About a year ago one of my favorite's- Joe Joe's on Grafton Street shutdown, mostly due to horrible location I think. Im on a mission to find a good burger in Worcester. Any suggestions?

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  1. My favorite is the beer burger at Brew City on Shrewsbury St. They'll cook it the way you want, and you get nice caramelized onions on top too - yum.

    1. You can't go wrong with a burger at the Boulevard Diner on Shrewsbury Street. Also, Wild Willie's (a small chain with roots in the Portland, Maine, area) just opened their newest restaurant on West Boylston Street. They made me a fine burger, but being newly opened, they still need to work out a few kinks. And of course, in the evening, the best burgers in town are found at at Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner at 95 Prescott Street.

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      1. re: man of salt

        I second Ralph's, the atmosphere alone makes it a GREAT place to have a burger!

        1. re: Jeremy01506

          Ralph's. Doesn't that bring back memories of my years at WPI. :)

      2. I miss Joe Joe's every day... :( It was the only place I've found with New Orleans style roast beef po' boys, gravy and all. And the potato salad and sweet tea were out of this world. Plus it was 2 blocks from my house. So, so sad.

        On to best burger - my favorite is at the bar at Ralph's. Only if you like them medium rare to rare, though. Too thick to cook all the way through.

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        1. re: Eatin in Woostah

          Ralph's is Great! the burgers are out of this world. they also carry Dr. Gonzo's pepper relish which is a flavorful kick to anything. Kudos to ralphs for keeping up a great wootown tradition!

          1. re: chadwick77

            ooh man, I'm going to have to bug some friends in worcester for a get-together and stop in at Ralphs some time to get a burger and a brew.

            More recently I have been less and less in the worcester area. :(

            1. re: Keithel

              OK, now I'm inspired. Tomorrow night we have a babysitter and we're going to Ralph's instead of some new upscale spot. Some of the best times and meals are always Ralph's or Coney Island anyway.

        2. There is a new contender for Best Burger in Worcester! If you haven't tried it yet, head to Wild Willy's on West Boylston. (I think it's in the building that used to be Barber's Crossing.) We went last night for the first time. Completely satisfied my burger craving. Fresh hand-made patties, cooked as requested (medium rare), not too thick but not too thin. Fantastic array of toppings (I had the Canastoga - raw red onion, tomato, lettuce, thousand island dressing), and great fresh hand-cut fries. Onion rings were fantastic too - obviously not the frozen variety - tasted homemade. My husband had a burger with bbq sauce, cheese, bacon, and grilled onions. He loved it. Daughter had a fish sandwich - the biggest piece of fish I've ever seen on a sandwich. She had to eat it with a fork, but loved it.

          They had draft rootbeer, which my daughter described as "sort of creamy, sort of spicy" and really tart and good lime rickeys. And a nice beer selection - I had a Wachusett draft. Drinks included it was about $30 for three sandwiches, one large fry, and one large onion ring.

          My daughter's comment, "Wow, this is the best food I've ever tasted. Can we come back for lunch tomorrow?" (This from the kid that asks to go to BaBa Sushi every other night.) I'll end up at 300lbs if we keep that pace, but it might almost be worth it.

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          1. re: Eatin in Woostah

            Where is the new Willy's in WB? Am somewhat familiar with the area, know where O'Connor's is and Finders... and, we are always looking for a good burger.
            Is the one we pass on 1 up on York, ME the same owners?

            1. re: Lilibet

              Hi Lilibet,
              It is in Worcester on West Boylston Street where the old Barber's Crossing used to be. Exit 1 off of 190 toward the Greendale mall. Keep going past the mall (on the right), over the highway, and it's on the left near a chinese restaurant. Don't know if it's the same as the one in York.

              1. re: Eatin in Woostah

                I believe they are all the same owner. Add to the list, one in South Portland and one in Waltham, I believe. Best burger I have had with a great selection of toppings. I wish more restaurants had this concept of doing one thing and doing it well. Now if only a chain of duck confit restaurants would open...

                1. re: Eatin in Woostah

                  EIW -
                  Thanks so much for the correct location. so it's a little further down route 12. We know the location. Now, if they'd just take over the Barber's Crossing in Sterling we'd be all set!

                  Noreaster - thanks to you too. So, WW's has a common owner; we have always wondered about the one in York. Would have stopped but it was closed (for the season?). The "concept of doing one thing and doing it well", just like Flo's! Good burgers and dogs in the same area - heaven!

                  1. re: Lilibet

                    Yes, just found it online.

                    Sort if disappointed that it's a chain (though with no real reason.) If an In 'n Out burger were to open here I would certainly welcome that! So hurray for good burgers!

                  2. re: Eatin in Woostah

                    Actually, I believe Willy's is in the former Eddy's Pub and last I saw (month or two ago) the Barber's Crossing there is still vacant.

                    1. re: Eatin in Woostah

                      It is where Eddy's Pub used to be, not Barber's. My dad says Barber's has the best burgers around in Sterling. Bennies at the summit, Finders and Biagios all have very good burgers, all very reasonably priced too.

                2. I haven't been to (but am interested in) wild willy's, but for now I have to Third the nomination for Ralphs Burgers (cheeseburgers). I take mine with plenty of catsup and a Captains and Coke.

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                  1. re: monkeymaster

                    When I lived in Worc. it was always Ralph's Diner..I'd eat meat again to have one right now.