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best hamburger in beantown

PAULSCOHEN Oct 26, 2008 09:21 AM

what resto in boston serves up the best burger ?

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    ameria Oct 28, 2008 06:54 PM

    no one has mentioned casablanca! their burger with apple smoked bacon and cheddar (whether you go for the fries or the salad to accompany) are still my favorite!

    1. galangatron Oct 28, 2008 01:44 PM

      not a traditional hamburger but i'm fond of the hamburg sets at cafe mami in the porter exchange building

      1. rlh Oct 28, 2008 08:48 AM

        The Green Street Bacon Cheddar Double burger with homemade chips (@$11) is amazing and decadent!

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          heathermb Oct 28, 2008 09:13 AM

          I had that last week and have to agree - it was delicious. I was skeptical at first since it is two thin patties and you can't request temperature, but Andy was right - I loved it.

          ETA: While I did love this burger I wouldn't put it on my personal list of Boston's best. Just a caveat.

          1. re: heathermb
            phatchris Oct 28, 2008 10:08 AM

            Marliave's burger is very very very good. I would put it in my top 5 with O'sullivans, 75 Chestnut, Audubon, and believe it or not The Hill tavern.

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              jgg13 Oct 28, 2008 11:50 AM

              IMO the burgers @ the Hill aren't as good as they used to be, although I go there relatively infrequently in the last year or so. I can't quite put my finger on what it is though (also they don't seem to have that pretty spicy mustard anymore)

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          robertlf Oct 26, 2008 07:19 PM

          Flat Patties in Harvard Sq. is the closest we'll get to In 'n Out Burger on the East Coast.

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            Blumie Oct 28, 2008 08:30 AM

            Does that make it a contender for "best burger"? In 'n' Out is great for a fast food burger, but will never be a "best burger" contender IMHO.

          2. hiddenboston Oct 26, 2008 06:00 PM

            Ask 10 people on this board and you'll get 10 different answers. A few of my favorites:

            O'Sullivan's, Somerville
            75 Chestnut, Beacon Hill
            Mr. Bartley's, Harvard Square
            The Druid, Inman Square
            UBurger, Kenmore Square
            Zon's, Jamaica Plain
            Kelly's, Revere Beach
            Grumpy White's, Quincy
            Cappy's Tavern, Readville (just added to my list!)
            Halfway Cafe, Holbrook

            If you asked me for my absolute favorite right now, I'd probably go with either Mr. Bartley's or UBurger.

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              twentyoystahs Oct 27, 2008 01:26 PM

              No Costello's???

              I think it depends on the type of burger you want..griddled flat patty style, definitely Uburger or Flat Patties.

              Real sink-your-teeth-in- with the juice running down your arm style I'd go with Costello's, Zon's, Bristol Room @ Four Seasons, Zon's, and Bartley's.

              1. re: twentyoystahs
                hiddenboston Oct 27, 2008 02:13 PM

                I've had mixed results with Costello's. One burger I had was excellent, and another I had was so-so. Also, the chili cheese fries were much worse the second time I went.

                I like the Flat Patties burger, but the shredded pork sandwich there was so good that it made me forget about the burger.

                Heh, you like Zon's so much that you listed it twice. I like that! ;-b

                1. re: twentyoystahs
                  robertlf Oct 28, 2008 03:50 AM

                  Bouchee' on Newbury St. makes a great "sink-your-teeth-in" burger with fresh fries. Just wish they offered bernaise sauce!

                  1. re: twentyoystahs
                    fmcoxe6188 Oct 28, 2008 09:48 AM

                    Anyone know if Bartleys is re-opened?

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                      hiddenboston Oct 28, 2008 10:01 AM

                      It has.

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                        fmcoxe6188 Oct 28, 2008 11:10 AM

                        Fantastic! Thanks!

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                  hsquare2southend Oct 26, 2008 05:36 PM

                  The Butcher Shop. A fairly recent addition to their menu and definitely a contender for this prized award.

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                    twentyoystahs Oct 27, 2008 01:24 PM

                    Not to beat a dead horse (ooh maybe that expression doesn't work so much when we're talkin' burgers) but does anyone know how much that Butcher Shop burger is? If it is priced proportionally to the onion soup, I'm guessing somewhere around the $20 mark? Maybe a little less?

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                    macadamianut Oct 26, 2008 03:32 PM

                    Eastern Standard serves an excellent burger with delicious french fries too.

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                      omarba Oct 26, 2008 03:05 PM

                      The Sliders at 21st amendment are amazing...

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                        rlh Oct 28, 2008 08:46 AM

                        The sliders (though the White Castle reference is completely inaccurate...) at The Vault are also shockingly good and addictive.

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                          voodoocheese Oct 28, 2008 07:40 PM

                          Also, the veal meatball sliders at Clink are outrageous... not really a burger, but yum!

                        2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Oct 26, 2008 09:24 AM

                          You really should do a board search for this: there have been endless debates on the topic, most of them fairly recent. Here's a good start:


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