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Feb 2, 2008 09:27 AM

Boston's ultimate lime rickey?

As suggested on another thread, a discussion of the city's finest lime rickeys would be useful.

My vote: one of the two remaining Brighams left in the area, at 2 Trapelo Road in Belmont, does the best raspberry lime rickey I've ever had. It's not too sweet, and heavier on the lime than the raspberry, and -- crucially -- it's made with seltzer. This is actually a point of pride at this location. When the Brighams in JP closed, Allstonian and I overheard a couple of the teens behind the counter at the Belmont location talking about the closing. One of them said, "Well, I'm not surprised. They used SPRITE in the raspberry lime rickeys!" It was the tone of "how dare they?" outrage that got us -- would that more employees in ANY restaurant had that level of pride in their work!

I'm telling you, a Great American sandwich and a raspberry lime rickey at the Belmont Brighams is one of my favorite lunches in this entire city, summertime or any other time of year.

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  1. Do you know it the Brigham's in Wellesley has lime rickey?
    Not open yet, but the Dairy Joy in Weston has a great lime rickey. Sure miss Bailey's.

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    1. re: emilief

      Didn't even know there WAS still a Brighams in Wellesley! The only ones I know of are Belmont and Arlington.

      It's one of their signature items, though, so I'm sure they have them.

      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        Brighams in Wellesley is in the same small shopping area with Whole Foods and Quebrada Bakery- Wellesley Hills Square. 2 minutes from Route 9.

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          Brigham's has 19 locations:

          I remember when there were at least six in Newton alone -- Newton Centre, Newtonville, West Newton, Newton Highlands, Auburndale, Chestnut Hill -- all of them gone now!

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            There is also a Brigham's at the mall in Danvers where the movie theater is.

            1. re: taxi

              Turns out there's one in Burlington Mall too. I didn't know that because if I'm at Burlington Mall, I'm heading straight for the Chick-Fil-A.

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                There's one on the Wakefield/Melrose border as well, on Main Street. Actually, they say there are 19 stores around, including on in Boston on HIgh Street.

                1. re: Chris VR

                  It's weird that their website says that the one on High Street is still open, because it's been closed for well over a year!

                  1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                    No, it's the Congress Street location that closed. I have to admit I had forgotten all about the High Street location, as it's in a part of downtown I haven't walked through in years.

                  2. re: Chris VR

                    Its not a Brigham's, but Colleen's in Medford Square used to be a Brighams and has made very few changes to the menu. I haven't had the Lime Rickey in a long time, but will give it a shot again (I do particularly like Bartley's).

                    Also the Mill Street location in Arlington is accessible from the Arlington Center/Lexington section of the Bike Trail which is pretty handy to know for a good refreshment (Arlington Center also isn't far from the trail crossing too).

                  3. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                    I'm going off on a tangent, but THERE'S A CHIK FIL A AT BURLINGTON MALL??!?!?!?

                    I hate malls with a passion but I just may have to stop by sometime!

                    1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                      Just remember to not go on a Sunday - I keep making that mistake. And I should know better, being a "Southern Expat"!

                      1. re: kallis33

                        oh yeah, they're closed for Day of Rest on Sundays, not out of allegiance to the old Yankee Blue Laws!!!

                2. re: emilief

                  I really dislike the one at Dairy Joy - way too sweet and you can't taste the lime! I do love the Dairy Joy though.

                  1. re: gini

                    I love Dairy Joy, too, but it's good for exactly three things: fried clams, onion rings, and soft serve ice cream. Everything else is best avoided!

                3. JP Licks has them. Good but over-priced, as everything is there.

                  The best were at Billings & Stover outside Harvard Sq. But "were" is the word.

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                  1. re: lergnom

                    JP Licks offers raspberry-lime but you can't get a plain lime rickey there.

                    Bartley's and Brigham's are my usual sources. Brigham's still uses it's proprietary syrup to make them. Believe it or not, Red Rock Bistro in Swampscott makes a good one with plenty of fresh lime juice and seltzer and not too much syrup.

                  2. Thank you for this thread!

                    1. I've always enjoyed the raspberry-lime rickeys with my blue cheese burgers at Bartley's.

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                      1. re: chuck s

                        Agree, Bartley's Burger Cottage does a terrific raspberry lime rickey. This summer I was making a darned good one myself with Totani brand raspberry syrup. The store I bought it at sold out of it, so I asked them to re-order it. This time, I will buy several bottles.

                      2. Thanks, BFP - I could not agree with you more. It reminds me of shopping with my grandmother in Downtown Crossing (then just Washington Street) in the mid-60s and heading to Woolworth's after for a hot dog and a lime rickey. It is probably my most nostalgic meal and I recreate the taste today with a lime rickey at Brigham's! YUM! The best. Although I cannot say I have ventured beyond Brigham's for one. I am interested in trying other suggestions! Thank you for this post!!