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Dec 3, 2009 08:35 AM

Radius Burger

Planning on going Saturday. On the website it says they don't do lunch on the weekends. Can I only eat the burger at the bar? How early do I need to get there to get a spot?

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  1. They do serve the burger in the main room as well, but they don't advertise it.

    1. They're pretty flexible but, I'd call and ask.

      1. I also think you'll be happier if you bring low expectations to it.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          my expectations are already through the roof.

          1. re: rchudy

            I say that because I bought the awards hype, too, and was let down. Not in the same class as cheaper burgers at Craigie or Toro, in my book.


            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Agreed - I did like it quite a bit when I had it a year or two ago, but on subsequent visits, it just wasn't doing it for me. The texture was too dense, and the whole thing was way too salty.

              What's the Toro burger like?

              1. re: nsenada

                Kenji has a nice, systematic approach to rating burgers: he steered me to Flat Patties, which I agree is pretty damned tasty as fast-food-type burgers go. I'd say he liked the Radius burger a lot more than me, though.

                Here's his top five burgers in Boston, with great descriptions and pictures:

                Definitely agree with Mr. Lopez-Alt that you should order the Toro burger "messy".


                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  Well, now I know where I'm going to lunch tomorrow. Must have cotija cheese short rib burger...

                  1. re: nsenada

                    You should plan for a post-prandial Fernet, or nap, or both.


                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Getting my under-desk nap area ready now - just had the Toro burger, so far second only to the Craigie burger, in my book. Loved the bun, it looked like a standard wonder bread one, which is a welcome change from brioche or ciabatta. Tasted a little anise in there somewhere, maybe the pickled onions. The only complaint I might have about it might be that it was almost too juicy.

                      That was my first time there, so I got "The Corn," which was so damned good it it overshadowed even the awesome burger.

                  2. re: MC Slim JB

                    I'm surprised to see Tory row on this list. And since when did he become Lopez-Alt? I missed that.

                    1. re: yumyum

                      Tory Row stands in for all of that mini-chain's burgers (which have long been faves of mine, too): Miracle, Audubon, etc. He used Tory Row's version because it has bacon on it.

                      I just noticed the hyphenate, too: must be something he started since moving to NYC.


                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        I think he and his wife each took part of the others name, pretty romantic I think. I have corresponded with Kenji regarding burgers in the past, and we generally agree. I'm a big fan of both Miracle of Science and Flat Patties.

                        1. re: rchudy

                          Funny, I was going to guess that about Kenji's new surname but didn't dare. A very cool idea.


                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            Yep - we both changed our names when we got married. So now when I write my by-line, it looks like my Japanese mother and American father invited over a Latin couple on the night of my conception. Or something like that.

                            For the Tory Row burger, it is ust a stand-in for all the others. I actually would have stuck in the Middlesex burger, but it was closed on he day I was taking photos, so I gave Tory Row a shot, found it to be nearly identical (except the bun), which was good enough for me.

                            1. re: kenjialt

                              What's with the bun at Tory Row? I like the Miracle of Science burger and bun but do not care for the home fries.

                              I am fully on-board with your choosing Tory Row for the bacon btw.

                    2. re: MC Slim JB

                      I am sorry but Flat Patties needs to be taken off this list A.S.A.P! It's only a hair above the two large, national, fast food burger chains. If you want a great burger, go to the Druid in Inman SQ.

                      1. re: garthorama

                        Totally disagreed. If you are fan of griddled "West-coast" style burgers, Flat Patties is the best place in Boston. It's a surprisingly tasty burger, and I first heard about it from another article Mr. Lopez-Alt wrote on the subject for AHT sometime last year.

                        Now, if the rumored Shake-Shack-on-the-Common opens, then I will gladly agree that Flat Patties should be bumped to make way for that burger.

            2. the Toro burger (weekday lunch only iirc, sliders at other times) is not only better than the Radius burger, it's half the price

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