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Jan 10, 2010 04:15 PM

Anywhere in Boston to get a hamburger where they grind their own beef?

After recently watching Food, Inc. (highly recommended), I've vowed never to eat another hamburger with ground beef that comes from one of the big packing houses, so it's "grind your own" or nothing for me. I know that in California, In 'n Out grinds their own, but I don't know of any place around here that does. Any suggestions?

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  1. Flat Patties in Harvard Square, Cambridge.

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    1. re: robertlf

      ...which also has my vote for the best "well-done" style burger in town.

    2. Celebrity Pizza, Watertown

      1. Sounds like you're looking for a restaurant and I'd guess Craige does, especially given the variety of cuts used.

        You'll have to cook it yourself but Sulmona's Butcher Shop on Parmenter in the NE grinds their hamburger to order. Really a huge improvement over supermarket ground beef.

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        1. re: 9lives

          I'm glad to hear that Flat Patties grinds their own--I know they're working on an In n' Out model, but I've always gotten the chicken sandwich there. I wish they were somewhere else besides the Garage.

          I'm actually looking for any suggestions in both restaraunts and more casual places, but also really appreciate the tip on Sulmona's. I had an old Italian butcher shop near my house in SF, and they ground hamburger to order--I didn't know anywhere out here that did it. Any others?

          1. re: winedude

            B.Good, a small local chain grinds their own. They have a couple of locations- in Harvard sq, and there's one in brookline, fairly close to Clear Flour.

            1. re: cpingenot

              Also one near the Back Bay MBTA station. Wild Willy's has a grass-fed Hardwick Beef burger, though I don't know if they grind it themselves. I think Fuddrucker's may grind the beef fresh daily.

              1. re: cpingenot

                too bad the b.good burgers have no flavor...

              2. re: winedude

                You're going to get your wish, winedude. They're moving to the space formerly occupied by Calliope (children's clothing store) on Brattle Street, next to Brattle Florist. I've confirmed this fact with the owner of Crema Cafe, who is the daughter of the owner of Flat Patties. I don't know how long renovations will take at the new site, as Calliope didn't have kitchen facilities as far as I know, but I can tell you many of my colleagues are thrilled with this move.

            2. smith & wollensky, radius, craigie st.

              1. UBurger. Belond of Chuck & Sirloin. Better than Flat Patties IMHO.