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rchudy Dec 3, 2009 08:35 AM

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?

  1. ecwashere7 Dec 3, 2009 08:51 AM

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

    1. t
      treb Dec 3, 2009 08:51 AM

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

      1. MC Slim JB Dec 3, 2009 09:17 AM

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

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        1. re: MC Slim JB
          rchudy Dec 3, 2009 09:19 AM

          my expectations are already through the roof.

          1. re: rchudy
            MC Slim JB Dec 3, 2009 09:56 AM

            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.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

            1. re: MC Slim JB
              nsenada Dec 3, 2009 10:04 AM

              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
                MC Slim JB Dec 3, 2009 10:14 AM

                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: http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2009/11/top-5-kenji-lopez-alts-favorite-burgers-in-boston-ma.html

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

                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                1. re: MC Slim JB
                  nsenada Dec 3, 2009 10:22 AM

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

                  1. re: nsenada
                    MC Slim JB Dec 3, 2009 10:42 AM

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

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                    1. re: MC Slim JB
                      nsenada Dec 17, 2009 09:22 AM

                      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
                    yumyum Dec 3, 2009 10:23 AM

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

                    1. re: yumyum
                      MC Slim JB Dec 3, 2009 10:41 AM

                      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.

                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                      1. re: MC Slim JB
                        rchudy Dec 3, 2009 11:20 AM

                        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
                          MC Slim JB Dec 3, 2009 05:56 PM

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

                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                            k
                            kenjialt Dec 4, 2009 09:36 AM

                            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
                              yumyum Dec 4, 2009 09:45 AM

                              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
                      garthorama Dec 4, 2009 06:01 AM

                      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.

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                        bobot Dec 4, 2009 09:44 AM

                        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. barleywino Dec 3, 2009 05:13 PM

              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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              1. re: barleywino
                Jolyon Helterman Dec 6, 2009 06:13 PM

                i think the Radius burger is terrific.

              2. rchudy Dec 22, 2009 08:51 AM

                went over the weekend, finally. Very good, but flawed

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                1. re: rchudy
                  rchudy Dec 23, 2009 09:01 AM

                  what's the best burger of the year?

                  1. re: rchudy
                    nsenada Dec 23, 2009 05:33 PM

                    I vote Craigie

                    1. re: nsenada
                      k
                      kimfair1 Dec 24, 2009 04:57 AM

                      I second this vote.

                      1. re: kimfair1
                        rlove Dec 26, 2009 06:49 AM

                        Third! The Craigie burger is excellent.

                        Runner ups include The Butcher Shop's "TBS" burger, Green Street's double bacon, and Garden at the Cellar's burger.

                    2. re: rchudy
                      rlh Dec 23, 2009 08:32 PM

                      Mine was definitely the bacon double cheeseburger at Green Street.

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