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Mar 19, 2008 03:57 PM

Best Boston Burger

My sister is running in the Olympic Trials for the Marathon (which is Boston the day before the Boston Marathon.) We have about 15 family and friends traveling into town from California and I need to make a reservation for our group after the race.

My all-American sister has requested a her post-race meal be an "amazing hamburger and french fries." Any suggestions on where to go? We want to celebrate, so I think we'd almost prefer a low-key bar setting to a restaurant. We are staying near the Prudential Center and, since there is a group of us, we don't really want to travel too far.

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  1. Believe it or not the Bull & Finch Pub has a pretty good Hamburger, yes it is the tourist trap Cheers, but that has since subsided a bit although on marathon day it will prove to be a zoo, as will anyplace down there will be.

    1. If it's lunch time, I'd go to Abe & Louie's or The Palm. Both are nice steak places that only serve a burger in the afternoon, but good ones at about $11. Lots of people say the best burger is at the Bristol Lounge, that sets you back about $18. And Radius just won best burger in the country, $17 and in the financial district. All celebratory places. For a lower key burger and if the Sox aren't playing, Eastern Standard in Kenmore Sq. would be fun. Or much lower key, UBurger across the street.

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      1. re: Joanie

        I've said many times on this board that I think the Radius Cheeseburger is the best anywhere. Here's the link to the latest Radius burger topic.

        Though that's particularly close to you and might be hard to reserve for a large group.

        1. re: Joanie

          If you are looking for the best burger in Boston, DO NOT go to UBurger, REPEAT, DO NOT go to UBurger. They do have very good fries, though. Abe & Louies would be right near the Pru but not low key (typical steak house atmosphere); Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square is a good suggestion or right outside Kenmore Sq. on Beacon Street is Audobon, they make a very good burger, very low key but small so you might want to call ahead to make sure they can seat 15 of you.

        2. If you want to get out of the post-Marathon throngs, take a short trip via taxi, the T, or the #77 bus on Mass Ave across the river to Miracle of Science in Central Sq, Cambridge - it's a fun, casual low-key bar setting with amazing burgers cooked as you order (get the Ronnie if you like spicy) - but alas, only with really good roasted red potatoes, no french fries. They also have a sister spot, Audobon Grill near Kenmore Square, but I can't vouch for a burget there based on personal experience. That area may be crowded with Marathon traffic, however.

          Flat Patties in Harvard Square is another popular Cambridge option (with fries) easily accessible via T or taxi (longer bus ride in this case).

          1. Whenever I do the Walk for Hunger (which ends pretty near the Marathon, over at Boston Common), I always seem to end up at MJ O'Connor's in Park Plaza. I love their burgers, and the fries aren't too bad. It's usually pretty quiet there, too. Other places nearby that I like for burgers include 75 Chestnut (Beacon Hill) and Audubon Circle (Kenmore).

            1. Well, since Tim's is gone...(okay, I'll give up this whining eventually folks).

              Let's see, bar setting, good burger...

              Well, the burgers at Crossroads (just off the corner of Mass. Ave. and Beacon) are pretty darn good. And a short walk from the Pru.

              For a really cheap burger, go to Bukowski's. I think they're $1.69 from noon until 5:00. Fun bar, too. Spin the "wheel of indecision" to determine your beer.

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              1. re: Bostonbob3

                The buck 69 burger at Bukowski's is available until 8 pm. Don't know how the burger at Lower Depths is, but the fries are pretty damned good.

                1. re: Bostonbob3

                  Tim's replacement, Coda, is low key and makes a nice burger.

                  I have become quite partial to Fat Cat's in Quincy, though.

                  1. re: Bostonbob3

                    why on earth would anyone step foot into Bukowski's?

                    1. re: tomgaroo

                      I really like Bukowski's, the beers are great, the dogs and burgers are good, and I like the atmosphere (esp in Back Bay).

                      1. re: tomgaroo

                        Good beer selection, good atmosphere, super cheap burgers at some points of time.

                        1. re: jgg13

                          In my experience, Bukowski's burgers range from good to kind of blackened and over done, but yeah, they are cheap. As for the atmosphere, the ultra loud music gets to be a pain if you want to talk, not yell, to your date across the table. A Pavement CD that skipped was on rotation in there for what seemed like years, I hope they've retired it.

                          1. re: wontonton

                            Are you talking about the Inman sq one or the original?

                            I find the inman one to be the louder of the two, but I'm super loud anyways so it never really bothered me ;) I tend to go to the inman one a lot more frequently than the other just due to convenience.

                            1. re: jgg13

                              I used to live a couple blocks away from the Back Bay location and went fairly often for a year or so, but the loud music got old, or maybe I got old.

                        2. re: tomgaroo

                          Incredible sweet potato fries; decent mac & cheese; the white trash dip and the beer!

                        3. re: Bostonbob3

                          Tims is gone, but the Cantab has taken their burgers out of the ashes.

                          1. re: jgg13

                            I think they've stopped serving food there. At least the last I heard they had. (Nice sentence construction, huh?)

                            1. re: Bostonbob3

                              A friend of mine stopped by a few weeks ago and said they they were "closed for renovations". I don't know if said renovations are done.