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rchudy Mar 23, 2010 12:09 PM

Anyone have any great burgers lately not from Craigie or Toro? Please don't even think about mentioning O'Sullivan's...

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Toro
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

  1. nsenada Mar 23, 2010 12:18 PM

    I had a burger at O'Hara's in Newton, that eerily reminded me of the Craigie burger, for literally half the cost. I've blanked on the fry format, but I do remember them being really good. The place is impossible to get into on a weekend, though, not sure about weeknights, and it seems like the kind of place that people settle into for the entire evening (well, it is a pub).

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      rchudy Mar 23, 2010 12:19 PM

      I used to go to O'Hara's as a kid, haven't been back in years.

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        bakerboyz Mar 23, 2010 12:25 PM

        I returned last week after perhaps a 10-15 year drought. Place was wall to wall people on a Thursday night until about 9 PM. I had a burger and it was very good, fries...not so much (frozen variety, I think). Prices are still very reasonable. Oh, and the calamari and buffalo wings were real good, too.

      2. re: nsenada
        fmcoxe6188 Mar 23, 2010 12:26 PM

        Im at O'Hara's a fair amount on weeknights- it can get really busy- similar to weekends- but it is hit or miss. Sometimes you can walk right in and get a seat-others your dodging people just to stand and wait.

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        Karl Mar 23, 2010 12:34 PM

        I like the burger at Kingston Station, how can you go wrong with bacon cheese and a fried quail egg. Also, had a really good duck burger at Lucky's recently.

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        Kingston Station
        25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

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          CreativeFoodie42 Mar 24, 2010 06:36 AM

          I'm a huge fan of the Station burger at Kingston Station...plus their fries are highly addictive!

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            Karl Mar 24, 2010 06:53 AM

            I agree, those fries are insane, I even love just getting the truffle fries appetizer, it's a massive bucket of deliciously salty crisp fries with some melted cheese on them and an awesome aoili to dip them in.

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              bella_sarda Mar 24, 2010 07:28 AM

              I found the melted cheese aspect of Kingston's truffle fries to be rather offputting, dare I say disgusting, because it solidified as the fries sat, and the whole thing became a gluey mess. I'd say stick to the plain fries, or ask for truffle fries w/o cheese. As for burgers, can't comment.

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            rchudy Mar 24, 2010 12:17 PM

            I love Lucky's, I've become good friends with the head chef over there. I just haven't reviewed it yet because it seems like a conflict of interest, I will not become the phantom gourmet.

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              joth68 Mar 24, 2010 02:54 PM

              Can't vouch for the burger, but I everything have had at Lucky's has been very good. Love their brunch and mac n cheese.

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            Pegmeister Mar 23, 2010 04:54 PM

            I had a really nice burger at Burtons in Hingham the other day. Cooked to order with bleu cheese, caramalized onions and applewood smoked bacon. I was surprised at how much the bacon added to the flavor of the sandwich. Fries on the otherhand were way overly salted.

            1. meaganl Mar 23, 2010 05:19 PM

              The burger at Highland Kitchen was my favorite until I tried Craigie's.

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              Highland Kitchen
              150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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                pemma Mar 24, 2010 05:32 AM

                I was pleasantly surprised by a burger I had recently at the Temple Bar in Cambridge.

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                  yumyum Mar 25, 2010 11:38 AM

                  Second the Temple Bar burger -- it's on the brunch menu too in case pancakes and eggs aren't your thing. Central Kitchen does a very good burger at lunch too.

                  I didn't enjoy the burger at Garden at the Cellar. Brioche bun oddly chewy, grass-fed beef not juicy enough. Disappointing.

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                  Central Kitchen
                  567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

                  1. re: yumyum
                    rchudy Mar 25, 2010 02:13 PM

                    The Cellar was ok, I thought, but agree that brioche is and always will be a crime on top of a burger. Speaking of, I found the high-rise bun at central kitchen to be too much as well, overall a disappointment.

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                      elbev Mar 29, 2010 09:15 PM

                      That brioche *is* a problem. The sliders at the Cellar, however, are awesome.

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                    greenzebra Apr 21, 2010 02:11 PM

                    I had a burger for lunch today at Russell House Tavern, which was quite good (I have not had the burger at Temple Bar, but given that Temple Bar seems to do a good burger it is perhaps not surprising that Russell House Tavern does as well). It was served on an English muffin with bacon, cheddar, and slightly charred grilled onions. Cooked perfectly to medium rare. Fries are okay, nothing special, but the burger was worth going back for, IMO.

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                      CreativeFoodie42 Apr 21, 2010 02:33 PM

                      I haven't had a chance to check Russell House yet. They opened last week, right? Any other impressions of the place?

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                        greenzebra Apr 21, 2010 02:51 PM

                        I've been once for lunch and once for dinner, and quite enjoyed it both times. More detailed comments here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/700288

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                        FoodDabbler Aug 16, 2010 07:24 PM

                        I took a burger out from RHT tonight. Not the best thing to do with a burger, I know, but I was busy. It was quite good, even after having been stored for a while -- beefy, juicy, and correctly cooked to the doneness I wanted. (I'm a rare man, but wanted it medium for the takeout version.) The fries were well executed, too -- crisp and greaseless. This is a place that demands further exploration.

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                      Dan Boston Mar 24, 2010 07:41 AM

                      I’m a fan of Wild Willy’s in Watertown. It is in no way a gourmet burger or restaurant, but it is not entirely fast food either. You place your order at the counter, a waitress brings the food to your table on a tray, and the burgers are wrapped in tinfoil. The burgers themselves are not the humungous burgers you get at R.F. O’Sullivans, nor are they thin fast food patties. I’d guess they are about 6 oz. You have a choice of the standard patty or a grass feed beef. I always opt for the grass feed, and it’s juicy and delicious every time. I order it medium rare and it’s never overcooked. There is a wide selection of toppings, including Vermont cheddar and in the summer they even offer locally growth tomatoes (organic I think). There is nothing particularly noteworthy about the burgers. They are not made of short ribs, stuffed with foie gras, or topped with truffles. It is just really good solid burger for $6-$7.

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                      Wild Willy's
                      46 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                        MParente Mar 24, 2010 08:40 AM

                        Lucky's has a duck burger on their menu. It's also had dressed field greens on it and it was delicious. I was definitely pleasantly surprised.

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                          bakerboyz Mar 24, 2010 09:10 AM

                          How much is it after you get an order of fries with it...$10 or $11. For a burger that's around 6 oz, that is somewhere north of a fast food burger but south of a good pub or gourmet burger, I would say is a bit too high. In this economy where value should be at a premium, IMO Wild Willy's is not a good value.

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                            Dan Boston Mar 24, 2010 12:18 PM

                            About $10 with fries, but to be honest I would not recommend the fries. While the dinning atmosphere is casual it is not really a fast food burger. The ingredients and quality of the burger are far superior to any fast food place.

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                              Eatin in Woostah Mar 25, 2010 06:52 PM

                              I disagree - I really like the fries. They're hand cut, and delicious when fresh. They do sog up a bit when they cool (but I like that, too.)

                              In this world where most median priced decent burgers seem to come with frozen, battered fries, the fresh fries at Wild Willy's make me happy.

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                              Wild Willy's
                              46 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472

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                              LStaff Mar 30, 2010 07:42 AM

                              If you know of another burger joint that serves a green chile burger, please let me know - better value or not.

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                                Gabatta Mar 30, 2010 09:10 AM

                                The roni burger at Miracle of Science is close (they put jalepenos in the burger).

                                I think it runs around $10 with potatoes on the side. Value is subjective, but it is one of my favorite burgers around.

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                                  Eatin in Woostah Mar 30, 2010 07:27 PM

                                  If you're willing to drive, Ralph's in Worcester offers Dr. Gonzo's green chiles on their burgers.

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                                    Spenbald Mar 30, 2010 08:37 PM

                                    I'm not sure if you were responding to the Willy's posts or not, but they definitely have one. The Rio Grande has, as their menu states "Roasted green chiles from New Mexico and Cheddar cheese (medium to hot)."

                                    I've said it before regarding Willy's: They charge an extra $1.50 to make any of their burgers with local, grass-fed beef. This seems like a very small price to pay for a smart, sustainable practice. For $10-11 total, with hand-cut, fresh fries, I find this a fantastic value, actually.

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                                    tamerlanenj Apr 15, 2010 05:37 AM

                                    To assume that "gourmet" or "pub" burgers aer better than fast food style burgers are default is wrong on so many levels.

                                    Best burger in Boston right now is probably Flat Patties or UBurger, both FF style.

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                                    Flat Patties
                                    81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                      rlh Apr 15, 2010 01:34 PM

                                      Sadly, as of this past weekend (at least) Flat Patties is closed - reported to be transforming into Indian quickserve outlet - bummer.

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                                      Flat Patties
                                      81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                        chickendhansak Apr 15, 2010 01:36 PM

                                        Not so sad! It was reported some time ago on the Boston board that this is a planned move to a space elsewhere in Harvard Square, near Crema Cafe.

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                                        Crema Cafe
                                        27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                          MichaelB Apr 15, 2010 02:58 PM

                                          Yes, no need to fear - one of my colleagues is obsessed with Flat Patties and the owner told her that they are moving to a better space - I assume it's that storefront where Brattle begins, a few doors down from Crema. I think they were supposed to open already but that space was still boarded up earlier this week - hopefully soon. I'm just wondering where Felipe's is going to make their flour tortillas now - whenever I go into Flat Patties they're making a batch to bring around the corner.

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                                            rlh Apr 15, 2010 03:03 PM

                                            Thanks for that good news that I had missed - isn't there an ownership and/or management connection between Flat Patties and Crema (or is it Felipe's?) as well - makes sense that they would move closer and where there is even better visibility and foot traffic - more people need to know about those burgers and fries!

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                                            Flat Patties
                                            81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                            Crema Cafe
                                            27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                              MichaelB Apr 15, 2010 03:11 PM

                                              I'm not absolutely positive, but I think that Felipe's and Flat Patties have the same owner, and I believe his daughter is one of the owners of Crema. All three places do a good job of keeping prices low and quality quite high, so it's nice to see them doing well.

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                                                BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 15, 2010 06:45 PM

                                                Felipe's and Flat Patties are definitely owned by the same guy -- met him a couple times at FP, nice guy -- but I had not heard about a connection to Crema.

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                                                Flat Patties
                                                81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                                Crema Cafe
                                                27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                      celeriac Apr 12, 2010 04:25 PM

                                      OK, I have to chime in here. Curious at the prospect of a solid, simple mid-range burger made with grass-fed beef (an din search of a quick dinner) I stopped into Wild Willy's.

                                      I ordered a basic grass-fed burger medium-rare with onions and pickles--fairly typical for me. The burger architecture was quite pleasing: roughly 6 oz patty, nice looking toasted white bun, good proportion of condiments. Unfortunately the patty itself was more problematic. It had that distinctive puck shape, like an overpacked pre-formed burger. Even more troubling, most of the exterior was a pallid gray. It did have pronounced hash marks from their grill.

                                      One I bit in, it became clear that they'd made good beef into a mediocre burger. it was overcooked, to somewhere above medium--still pink, but very light pink. The texture was too dense and too finely ground. the beef had some juice left, but that tight texture left no room for a pleasurable juicy crumble. it's clear that they're packing their meat way too tightly, overworking it, and that their grills don't get nearly hot enough.

                                      On the upside the beef itself had a very nice, clean flavor. It was obviously came from a better place than feedlot cattle. And the bun was actually one of the best I've come across, just slightly realer-tasting than squishy supermarket ones (which I also love), well toasted and just elastic enough.

                                      I wanted to love the burger at Willy's, but I just can't do it. One more demerit for a goofy interior that makes me feel awkward for being there without a little kid.

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                                      Wild Willy's
                                      46 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472

                                      1. re: celeriac
                                        rchudy Apr 12, 2010 04:57 PM

                                        they never cook it properly, it can have nice flavor, at times, but that's not always the case. The fries are never crispy, hand-cut is fine and all, but learn how to make a proper french fry and get back to me.

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                                          L2k Apr 13, 2010 01:43 PM

                                          Which Willy's did you go to? Because the one in Watertown is exactly as you said, but the one in Needham is . . . ok, exactly like you said.

                                          I keep meaning to "upgrade" to the Buffalo burger, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.

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                                            rchudy Apr 13, 2010 04:33 PM

                                            I've only been to the Watertown location.
                                            www.bostonburgerblog.com

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                                              robertlf Apr 13, 2010 08:55 PM

                                              I didn't like Wild Willy's. Flat Patties or Uburger are much better.

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                                              Flat Patties
                                              81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                              Wild Willy's
                                              46 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472

                                              Uburger
                                              636 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215

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                                              celeriac Apr 13, 2010 07:08 PM

                                              Yeah, I was referring to the Watertown location.

                                              Based on my experience, I find it hard to believe that buffalo would be an upgrade. That burger needed every ounce of fat it had to combat its inept handling.

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                                                Eatin in Woostah Apr 14, 2010 08:09 PM

                                                Except the one in Worcester is much better. Go figure.

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                                            veggielover Mar 24, 2010 08:52 AM

                                            I had a great burger last weekend at Sel de Terre at the Natick Mall, of all places. It had cheddar cheese, grilled onions and possibly a chipolte mayonnaise. The bun was a brioche like roll. Nice amount of fat.

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                                              Soxfan49 Mar 25, 2010 06:57 AM

                                              I know the Sel de Terre burger has already received plenty of praise on this board, but I'm just going to have to keep adding to it, the burger is amazing. The flavor of the beef is outstanding, cooked to perfection, and with a great crust. When I talked to the chef at the burger bash he said the meat was all sourced from one farm in Maine. It really stands out, even with the pepper remoulade the main flavor that comes through is the richness of the beef. Just a great burger all around.

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                                                rchudy Mar 25, 2010 02:15 PM

                                                I also loved this burger at the burger bash, can't wait to try it at the restaurant.

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                                                  Niblet Apr 23, 2010 06:48 AM

                                                  Had the Sel del la Terre burger yesterday and it was awesome. The smokey flavor is perfectly balanced. I couldn't resist taking a picture.

                                                   
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                                                    CreativeFoodie42 Apr 23, 2010 06:52 AM

                                                    I had a burger at the Boylston Street location a few weeks ago. I thought it was decent burger but a little heavy on the salt. But that photo looks pretty drool-worthy!

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                                                      Niblet Apr 23, 2010 09:14 AM

                                                      This was at the Long Wharf location. You know, I think whoever's in the kitchen at Boylston does have a heavy hand on the seasoning. I noticed the same thing with salt, also I was in love with their Za'atar spiced potato chips until one time they doused them to an inedible degree. I haven't been able to order them since.

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                                                      yumyum Apr 23, 2010 07:03 AM

                                                      Holy mother of snake-jaw! What made it smokey? Please say bacon.

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                                                        Niblet Apr 23, 2010 09:07 AM

                                                        It's...bacon! Described as house smoked. Also Vermont cheddar and aioli. The juices dripped onto the bottom bun and I could not stop eating that thing.

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                                                        nsenada Apr 23, 2010 07:07 AM

                                                        That's not fair! I skipped breakfast today...

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                                                  heypielady Mar 24, 2010 09:15 AM

                                                  Had a great burger at Rivergods on Friday. They get it right 75% of the time. They got it right on Friday... perfectly medium rare. I also like that I can get a salad with my burger instead of fries. I know to some that may sound like blasphemy but try their peanut chili dressing before you doubt me.

                                                  In a perfect world MR would order a side of fries and I would order a side salad and steal a few of his fries for a salt fix. Unfortunately, he's addicted to the peanut chili dressing too.

                                                  1. gansu girl Mar 24, 2010 10:18 AM

                                                    I haven't had a burger in a while, but Jamie Bissonnette was Tweeting about a jalapeno burger at Charlie's the other night and he was *loving* the thing. Haven't been there in years.

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                                                    http://www.semisweetonline.com

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                                                      rchudy Mar 24, 2010 12:21 PM

                                                      eh. Charlies' is all about value and frozen patties. Good late night eats with a few pints? Absolutely, but not a great burger.

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                                                      momoftwo Mar 24, 2010 10:34 AM

                                                      I'm ready for the doubters onslaught...I really love the burger at Shay's pub in harvard Square, its a large burger with any toppings you like (they never say no unless they don;t have something) and the fires are actually wedges of potato that are cooked perfectly. I think the whole plate is around 8 bux.

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                                                        fmcoxe6188 Mar 24, 2010 11:09 AM

                                                        I've only had the burger once-and it was YEARS ago-but I will heartily give my support to Shays for any reason- I love that place!

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                                                          momoftwo Apr 2, 2010 03:56 AM

                                                          Thanks, it seemed like for a while whenever I mentioned Shay's it stirred up lots of mixed (read negative) feelings about the place. I love it there, I love the feel of the place, excellent wine selection and the food is notches above "pub" fare. The outdoor pation is a plus too

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                                                            StriperGuy Apr 2, 2010 07:20 AM

                                                            I absolutely LOVE Shay's. But NO WAY the food is "the food is notches above 'pub' fare." Half decent Bar food, but there are a many pubs that serve better food in the Cambridge, Allston, Watertown, Somerville nexus...

                                                            Here are just a few that come to mind.

                                                            Buff's for Starters
                                                            The Druid
                                                            Miracle of Science
                                                            Conley's
                                                            Ohara's if you want to go to Newton
                                                            Audubon Circle
                                                            Silvertone (pub food plus)

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                                                        Parsnipity Mar 24, 2010 12:02 PM

                                                        I had Gargoyle's burger a few weeks ago. I can't remember what's on the current incarnation topping-wise (I want to say some sort of fried onions, but the truth is I don't even look anymore because it's always good) It always comes with homemade pickles and ketchup and a huge portion of waffle fries. For $10 I think it's a deal.

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                                                          rchudy Mar 24, 2010 12:25 PM

                                                          my burger list grows by the day, love all the input.
                                                          www.bostonburgerblog.com

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                                                          phatchris Mar 24, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                          Neptune has a great burger....Fried oysters, garlic aioli, and relish.

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                                                            joth68 Mar 24, 2010 03:16 PM

                                                            I realize Fuddruckers is a chain and not uniquely Boston but I eat at the one in saugus about once a month and it is remarkably consistent. The bun is always nicely toasted, the patty is always cooked perfectly to order and juicy, and toppings at the condiment bar are always fresh.

                                                            I like the burgers at PJ Ryans as well.

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                                                            PJ Ryan's
                                                            239 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

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                                                              catsmeow Mar 29, 2010 06:52 PM

                                                              I agree. After not going for several years, I had a burger at Fuddruckers last night and had forgotten just how good it is. Cooked perfectly med/rare (the way I ordered it) on an excellent grilled bun.

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                                                                tamerlanenj Apr 15, 2010 05:39 AM

                                                                You can definitely do a lot worse than Fuddruckers.

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                                                                  Gabatta Apr 15, 2010 06:12 AM

                                                                  You can do a lot better than Fuddruckers as well.

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                                                                    nsenada Apr 15, 2010 06:15 AM

                                                                    I can't go in there (or drive past the sign) without laughing since watching Idiocracy.

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                                                                      Eatin in Woostah Apr 16, 2010 02:08 PM

                                                                      Same here. Glad I dislike the burgers so much there. I find the meat too compact and not properly juicy/greasy.

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                                                                food_lubber Mar 25, 2010 09:13 AM

                                                                I always quite enjoy the burger at Magoun's Saloon in Somerville. Consistent and delicious. They have one topped with habanero and jalapeno peppers which is my ultimate fave. The fries they serve it with are rather meh, (steak fries), but sometimes, that is just what I am in the mood for...those burgers never disappoint, IMO

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                                                                  yumyum May 18, 2010 08:07 AM

                                                                  Turns out there is still more to say about burgers! Who knew???

                                                                  I tried the Olde Magoun burger last week. They have a lot of choices, and I went with the simplest, "the sharpie" which was burger topped with sharp cheddar. Served on a slightly fluffy bun with the standard lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle garnish. Lots of choices of sides; I went with the cole slaw.

                                                                  First of all, this is a massive burger -- 10 oz., hand packed, and generously seasoned. Not a burger ball like at Sully's, but a thick old burger for sure. The guy who cooks there (who also does the wacky Wednesday night specials) knows his way around the grill, because it was perfectly medium rare as ordered. He came over to check on me, always a nice touch. But here's the thing ... it was way too big for me. Even though it's apples and oranges, the 5 oz. Toro burg is way more my style at lunch. After this monster I needed a nap.

                                                                  Don't get me wrong ... if you are looking for a big burger at a reasonable price ($10 or so) this is a good spot to try, especially if you like lots of toppings options and a cold Dos Equis to wash it down.

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                                                                  1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                                                                2. massgirl Mar 29, 2010 02:40 PM

                                                                  I really really love the Sally Burger at Sally O'Brien's in Union Square. It's my favorite burger in the Boston area (the best burger I ever had was at Bar 89 in NYC). It has swiss cheese, bacon, sauteed onions, and mushrooms. So freakin good. I want one right now :)

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                                                                    rchudy Mar 29, 2010 03:53 PM

                                                                    nice!

                                                                  2. maillard Mar 30, 2010 06:57 AM

                                                                    My favorite burger is still at Washington Square Tavern (though that might be because I haven't made it to Craigie yet). They overcooked it once, but otherwise it's always been perfect. I love the skinny french fries as well.

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                                                                    714 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446

                                                                    1. BobB Mar 30, 2010 08:19 AM

                                                                      Had the Eastern Standard burger a couple of nights ago - it was as good as ever (which is to say, very good indeed), perfectly cooked to medium rare, but the fries were not as fresh & hot as they've usually been.

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                                                                      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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                                                                        tamerlanenj Apr 15, 2010 05:40 AM

                                                                        I hate the ESK brioche bun. blech. I don't need to eat my burger on cake.

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                                                                          BobB Apr 15, 2010 03:10 PM

                                                                          You probably want to avoid the Marliave burger too then. I don't find the brioche too sweet at either place, but chacun à son goût.

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                                                                          10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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                                                                            Joanie Apr 16, 2010 03:58 AM

                                                                            Oh man, I could just eat that Marliave bun alone, grilled w/ mayo, and be very happy.

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                                                                      2. ScubaSteve Mar 30, 2010 07:04 PM

                                                                        i recently enjoyed the bacon double cheeseburger at Green St in Cambridge. it was cooked perfectly to order with decent bacon, i wasn't loving the chips that came with though. i think it was $11.

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                                                                          rchudy Mar 31, 2010 09:31 AM

                                                                          had it at the Burger Bash but wasn't in love. Of course that was such a small sample who knows how it will ultimately taste.

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                                                                            ScubaSteve Mar 31, 2010 11:42 AM

                                                                            i liked it, but then again i was really there for the Cocktails, of which i had more than a few.

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                                                                            StriperGuy Mar 31, 2010 12:12 PM

                                                                            I had it just last night and I was unimpressed. Why a double burger instead of just one patty? Also, I ordered med-rare and got well, and the bar tender was so un-attentive as to be ridonculous, oh well.

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                                                                              ScubaSteve Mar 31, 2010 12:58 PM

                                                                              wow! i've had it two times and it was spot-on MR both. i like the double patty as it adds another level of surface with crunchy bits and a place to add condiments.

                                                                              i'm also new to Green St bartenders, i followed a couple of Deep Ellum staff there, so i've got some friends behind the Bar.

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                                                                              477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

                                                                          3. Joanie Apr 13, 2010 05:42 AM

                                                                            i had cheeseburgers both days this weekend with varying success. As in the Wild Willy review, I feel like the meat was packed too hard or something. Started with one at the bar of Beacon St. Tavern around 6:45 on Sat. (after being told Regal Beagle was a 45 min wait) Place was jammed but we got a couple seats and had a tasty special cocktail of rum/ginger beer/tea/simple syrup. Friend's painkiller was a little too girly for me (if you can believe that). We split a salad of grilled endive, greens and some nuts which was a good size and the grilled endive was great but too much boring greens. The Beacon burger comes with cheddar or blue cheese and caramelized onions. We went with cheddar and got it cooked medium. It had good flavor but had that semi meatball shape and was really hard to cut thru. I would have preferred more width, it looks small at first but has that extra height. I had to use a fork and knife it was so cumbersome but the onions were amazing. Came with some pickles and great homemade chips for $11.95. So pretty good but the consistency was weird. I do like the bar at that place tho and that cocktail for $8 was a relative bargain.

                                                                            I figured I'd try some place new so got a basic cheeseburger to go at Boston Burger in Davis Sq. on Sun. They were pretty busy, took a while to get the food. It's a pretty good deal, $7.75 with homemade chips and a side of slaw or baked beans. The slaw was pretty basic, served in the requisite little plastic cup. Chips not as good as Beacon St's, some of them were too hard and not salty enough. Burger was huge, both high and wide. I can't imagine getting one of the specials with stuff on top, I could barely get my mouth around it but it was a bit easier than B St's. But again, the consistency was so hard, it was tough cutting it in half with a plastic knife (saved half for the next day). It was cooked medium but could have had more flavor. The grilled bun was really good and I am curious about some of the combos, plus the guy working there was very nice and they've got cute t-shirts for only $10, so when I make my way back to Davis Sq., I'll try it again.

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                                                                            46 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472

                                                                            Regal Beagle
                                                                            308 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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                                                                              jpfoodie1969 Apr 13, 2010 05:55 AM

                                                                              Bartley's in Harvard Square has the best burgers I've ever had. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. Lots of interesting toppings; they names their burgers after famous people, mostly politicians. It's been years, I've got to get back there. I also remember their yummy cajun sweet potato fries.

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                                                                                robertlf Apr 13, 2010 08:57 PM

                                                                                I find Bartley's to be grease burgers quite frankly.

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                                                                                  tamerlanenj Apr 15, 2010 05:41 AM

                                                                                  Ya want a burger without grease? Come on!

                                                                                  Spare me the grill and break out the griddle, please!

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                                                                                    lipoff Apr 16, 2010 01:20 AM

                                                                                    I just had one earlier tonight (the People's Republic of Cambridge -- a burger with russian dressing and cole slaw) and found it to be delightful. Moist, flavorful, and very much medium rare. I prefer R.F. O'Sullivans by a smidge, but Bartley's remains one of the best places for food in Harvard Square. My only complain is that the Raspberry Lime Rickey was far too sweet. Their Lime Rickeys are more consistent.

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                                                                                      nsenada Apr 16, 2010 05:03 AM

                                                                                      I like them, too, but my main complaint is the ridiculously "partisan" burger descriptions. Makes me want to "shop blue" when I read a description like, "The Pat Buchanan - served with honest American cheese, truth and glory lettuce, die you liberal scum, etc."

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                                                                                        ac106 Apr 16, 2010 06:26 AM

                                                                                        ahhh but would you be upset if they were "partisan" in the opposite direction?

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                                                                                          nsenada Apr 16, 2010 06:45 AM

                                                                                          Actually, yes (as a proud "unenrolled voter") - there's something profoundly wrong about mixing politics and food. Same with music - most political songs really bite.

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                                                                                            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 16, 2010 02:28 PM

                                                                                            I actually find the burger names and descriptions at Bartley's to be rather endearingly tongue in cheek, especially given the place's location deep in the heart of what way too many right-wingers seem to think of as enemy territory.

                                                                                            My issue with them is that the burgers are grease bombs that attempt to hide a near-total lack of beefy flavor with absurd topping overkill. They're just gross.

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                                                                                          erwocky Apr 28, 2010 07:09 AM

                                                                                          Just tried Bartley's last night for the first time, and while the burger was cooked a proper medium rare, it was somehow not juicy and not properly seasoned or beefy-tasting. On the inside, at least; I did enjoy the greasy topping overkill, and the onion rings were very good. I should have gone for the plain lime rickey--the raspberry version was indeed like a liquid Skittle.

                                                                                          The Elvis frappe, on the other hand, was delicious.

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                                                                                            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 28, 2010 10:53 AM

                                                                                            Believe it or not, the folks at Bartley's actually brag that they don't season their beef, like that's a good thing.

                                                                                            While I don't care for heavily seasoned burgers myself, the judicious application of a bit of salt and pepper as you're forming the patties is crucial. Not doing that is like not salting french fries as they come out of the fryer: the customer can add all the salt they want at table, but it's not going to help.

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                                                                                              erwocky Apr 28, 2010 11:02 AM

                                                                                              Ah...that would explain it. I am rather heavy-handed with the salt in my own burgers, which probably made it even more noticeable for me.

                                                                                              I was worried the NYC salt police had infiltrated the People's Republic, but glad to see that's not the case (yet).

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                                                                                                rchudy Apr 28, 2010 11:48 AM

                                                                                                yea, I remember seeing that on TV before, why boast that you don't know how to season your food?

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                                                                                                  nsenada Apr 28, 2010 12:01 PM

                                                                                                  Maybe they figured it's a salt cost savings - if most of their burgers are buried under two pounds of toppings and sauces, your average customer can't tell the difference. I usually get one there of that very type, where the beef is almost an afterthought. Of course, next time I'm anywhere near there and feel like having a burger, I'll probably hit Flat Patties, which I have yet to try.

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                                                                                                  81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                                                                                    rchudy Apr 29, 2010 06:18 AM

                                                                                                    You're probably right. I just hate that, too often, the beef is an afterthought.

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                                                                                        joth68 Apr 13, 2010 08:17 AM

                                                                                        The baked beans are far better than the slaw there imo.

                                                                                        BBC has a bit of a problem with consistency. If the very large guy is on the grill then your burger will be cooked perfectly to order. If anyone else is working it, prepare for disapointment. I've been liking the "Portuguese Breakfast" which is topped with linquica, a fried egg, cheese, and grilled onions.

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                                                                                          Joanie Apr 13, 2010 08:35 AM

                                                                                          I saw that Port burger on the specials board. How the heck do you get your mouth around that?

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                                                                                            joth68 Apr 15, 2010 12:51 PM

                                                                                            I have the dagwoodesque ability to crush a 4 foot sandwich into something bite size.

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                                                                                        teezeetoo Apr 13, 2010 06:32 PM

                                                                                        if you are in brookline around lunch, try the burger at Fireplace Grill. I like it and their fries are good too. I prefer their lunch to their dinner and the value at lunch is excellent. Same neighborhood, evening, the burger at the Washington Square Tavern is darn good. also good fries.

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                                                                                        714 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446

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                                                                                          tamerlanenj Apr 15, 2010 05:42 AM

                                                                                          I hit up the new UBurger on BU West Campus near Packard's Corner last week. Fantastic. I've completely come around on them from my early position of skepticism. Yes, the burgers are overcooked...but, somehow it doesn't matter. Best fries in Boston, too.

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                                                                                            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 15, 2010 06:47 PM

                                                                                            Because with a flat-patty burger, "overcooked" is a meaningless term! Great to hear that you've come around, though -- I remember many an impassioned debate on this topic back in the day.

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                                                                                              southie_chick Apr 15, 2010 06:55 PM

                                                                                              Still waiting for the UBurger to open on Tremont Street - anyone know when that's gonna open? : )

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                                                                                              418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

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                                                                                                9lives Apr 16, 2010 06:28 AM

                                                                                                I live nearby and haven't noticed much progress on the UBurger.

                                                                                                They just started working on the new Sal'sPizza, 1 block South.

                                                                                            2. BobB Apr 16, 2010 10:21 AM

                                                                                              It's out of the area (I'm out in Vegas this week) but i just had what was possibly the best burger of my life last night at Bradley Ogden's. Tender, juicy, fresh-ground perfection, with fries to match!

                                                                                              OK, it's not relevant to the Boston board, but it's like the joke about the old Jewish guy who goes to confession and tells the priest he just slept with a gorgeous 19-year old girl. "You're Jewish, why are you telling me?" asks the priest. "I'm telling EVERYONE!" says the old guy. (Insert rim shot here).

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                                                                                                Gabatta Apr 16, 2010 10:34 AM

                                                                                                So many excellent burgers (multiple In-n-Out locations off the strip; BLT burger in Ceasar's; Burger Bar at Mandalay) in Vegas. Enjoy...

                                                                                              2. RGreenstein Apr 16, 2010 10:38 AM

                                                                                                I had a burger for brunch at the Butcher Shop in the South End and it was delicious!

                                                                                                I also have to say the burger at Stephanie's on Newbury is pretty tasty too. She puts cheddar cheese on it and I love that traditional combination of a great medium rare burger and cheddar!

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                                                                                                552 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118

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                                                                                                  twentyoystahs Apr 16, 2010 05:12 PM

                                                                                                  I saw the Butcher Shop was offering a burger....mind if i ask how much? I'm guessing $18?

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                                                                                                    RGreenstein Apr 19, 2010 05:25 AM

                                                                                                    You are correct--$18 was the price...not a cheap burger but I would say worth the splurge.

                                                                                                2. MC Slim JB Apr 19, 2010 06:44 AM

                                                                                                  Had a burger ($9) before the Sox game at Audubon Circle the other night. Great as always, with the caveat that they have no deep fryer, so it has home fries (good ones) on the side. Added a big slice of grilled portobello this time ($1), which I really liked.

                                                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                    bakerboyz Apr 19, 2010 01:04 PM

                                                                                                    Had burgers and fries at 3 spots last week: U Burger, Not your Average Joe's and Wild WIlly's. U Burger: Decent, not great, fast food burger, better than McD's and the King but not great; The fries at U Burger were excellent: fresh and crispy; Not your Average Joe's: Poor: Frozen fries and what seemed like a pre-formed frozen patty with no flavor; Wild Willy's: I have always panned WW for having decent burgers but poor value and maybe it was because the other 2 burgers this week were so poor but the WW burger was by far the best of the 3; it was cooked a perfect medium, it was large, and it had excellent beefy flavor. The fries were fresh and good but not crispy enough and the onion rings were very tasty but a tad to greasy. I will definitely return for their Cheeseburger @ $6.50.

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                                                                                                      annamcporter Apr 21, 2010 10:07 AM

                                                                                                      Splash Lounge near South Station has a good variety of burgers, and all are available as a single large burger or 3 sliders. Not sure if it qualifies since isn't beef, but the crabcake sliders with mini brioche buns were yummy. The other options sounded tasty too. Fries were EXCELLENT.

                                                                                                      On a non-burger note the ricotta pillows with truffle butter were fab also. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are packed crowd but if you go on a tuesday night you'll probably have the place to yourself.

                                                                                                      NOTE: this place is a lounge and bar only - no actual tables. comfortable couches and coffee-table height tables. They do have a roof deck!

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                                                                                                        rchudy Apr 21, 2010 10:57 AM

                                                                                                        interesting. never even heard of it before.

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                                                                                                          nsenada Apr 21, 2010 11:06 AM

                                                                                                          I think it's where the old "News" used to be, near the South Street Diner.

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                                                                                                            fmcoxe6188 Apr 21, 2010 11:46 AM

                                                                                                            Splash is a Frank De Pasquale "venture" (same guy who owns Mare, Bricco etc)-supposed to be a Miami style lounge...in Boston

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                                                                                                            241 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

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                                                                                                              annamcporter Apr 21, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                                                                              Axactly - although I had never been to 'News', but many people have used that reference.

                                                                                                        2. yumyum Apr 21, 2010 12:07 PM

                                                                                                          The burger at Tory Row is good, very good, perfectly cooked and well seasoned. It has a little too much salad and stuff on it -- pickles, lettuce, red onion, tomatoes -- and also cheese and bacon. Most importantly, this beauty has maybe my platonic ideal of a roll. It is a substantial bakery style roll* that holds up to all the juices while providing a bit of heft and a light crunch.

                                                                                                          A picture of this burger is on J. Kenji Alt's guide to Top 5 Boston burgers --> http://aht.seriouseats.com/images/200...

                                                                                                          *There is a name for this kind of roll but I can't think of it. Imagine a french baguette in a small boule shape, crunchy on the outside but not hard enough to hurt your mouth. Oy.

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                                                                                                          3 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                                                                                            rchudy Apr 21, 2010 12:21 PM

                                                                                                            I'm with you on all accounts.

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                                                                                                              BobB Apr 22, 2010 10:25 AM

                                                                                                              Old-style bulkie rolls (pre-1980 or so) used to be like that. Nowadays "bulkie" seems to indicate nothing more than the shape of the roll, ones with a good crusty outside are vanishingly hard to find.

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                                                                                                                gourmaniac May 18, 2010 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                I call it a Kaiser roll... some people call it a sling roll...

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                                                                                                                mwk Apr 21, 2010 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                I actually had an excellent burger at Kennedy's Midtown on Province St. last week. It was a large patty, probably 8 oz at least, cooked exactly as ordered (medium rare). There was a nice fluffy bun and a fresh tomato slice and a big thick slice of red onion as well. I ordered the blue cheese burger and it had actual blue cheese crumbles on it, not just dressing.

                                                                                                                The fries were also excellent. I'm sure they were probably frozen ones, but they were cooked well, nice and brown and very crunchy. Overall, a very tasty meal.

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                                                                                                                44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108

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                                                                                                                  fmcoxe6188 Apr 22, 2010 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                  Thats good to hear. I love Kennedy's for drinks, but usually head there after eating at Marliave. This will make the bf very happy as he always wants to reverse our order :-)

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                                                                                                                  10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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                                                                                                                  deglazer Apr 22, 2010 03:53 AM

                                                                                                                  Wouldn't call it great but had a very good burger at Andre's Cafe http://www.andrescafe.net/ on Harrison across from Boston Medical. I had thought of Andre's as a place for good value but nothing spectacular basic food (sandwiches,salads and Middle Eastern). Iit may still be that, but talking to the the newish owner (and observing the cosmetic improvements) gave me a good feeling. Definitely will come back soon to see if it's a place I should put in the regular rotation.

                                                                                                                  Burger is hand formed, big (maybe 8 oz) and cooked to your liking on a charbroiler. HIgh quality and fresh basic topings (lettuce, tomato, onion etc.) Roll was good. It's that type you see with the slash marks on top (possibly par-baked from someone like Piantadosi) . Not a bulkie, not a potato roll, not brioche. A bit of chewiness without being too dense. Burger came a perfect medium but was a tad underseasoned and not possessing superlative juiceiness or beefiness. But still pretty darned good. Got the sweet potato fries upgrade, and portion was huge. Not really a big fan of sweet potato fries, but these were excellent. Liked how they were cut - sort of strips, I guess you could say. Oven-baked fries are in development, so now the options are spicy fries or sweet potato. I think it was 9 bucks with the $1 sweet potato upgrade. Good value, IMO. So all in all I'd say it's not a burger geek destination spot by any means, but really good. Counter service so no stupid tip.

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                                                                                                                    threedogs Apr 22, 2010 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                    Counter service, as in - you're sitting at the counter, like at a diner?

                                                                                                                    Just wondering if that be so - why no tip? You're still being served.. (most likely by those who are severely underpaid).

                                                                                                                    If not, I apologize for my rant...

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                                                                                                                      BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 22, 2010 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                      No, I believe "counter service" means you walk up to a counter to place your order and pay, then retrieve your order when your number is called.

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                                                                                                                        deglazer Apr 22, 2010 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                        What Barmy says. At least that's how I think of the term. Like at a sub shop or fast food joint.

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                                                                                                                          threedogs Apr 23, 2010 10:09 PM

                                                                                                                          OK - I always just think of it as take-out.

                                                                                                                          Sounds delish. Boy, I have to stop reading CH at 1am. Now I'm hungry...

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                                                                                                                    celeriac Apr 22, 2010 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                    OK, I've requested intel on the Lord Hobo burger in the past, with minimal luck. Well, as luck would have it, I wound up at the Hobo for the Celtics game without having had dinner last night, so I decided to go in. I ordered it medium rare. I don't remember if their menu description was exactly the same as the website or not, but the web indicates "all natural 8oz hand packed burger, peppered challah, aged irish cheddar."

                                                                                                                    The general shape and structure were of the “pub burger” school, and it looked like a good specimen. Thick, but not snake-jaw thick. Nicely crusty with a generous amount of perfectly melted cheddar. The patty was topped with a few well-chosen leaves of boston lettuce and a rings of red onion. It sat atop a smear of unadvertised mayo, which I personally didn’t mind, but it does seem like a mistake to apply it without warning. Finally the roll appeared to be neither peppered nor challah, which is confusing but also merciful, as neither attribute really appealed to me.

                                                                                                                    As I bit in, I found a pleasing combination of textures – a slightly crusty, well grilled roll, nice fresh veggies, creamy cheese and mayo and a well-seared burger that gave way to a moderate burst of juice. Nice. The bun in particular impressed me – I tend to prefer more generic ones (as I tend to prefer smaller griddled burgers) but this one suited the pub style perfectly, crisp and substantial without being too tough. The beef was good. I have a feeling it’s the same Meyer Ranch blend that many of the “natural” burger in town tout lately. Maybe I’m wrong about that detail, but either way I found it to have a mild-yet-beefy flavor that borders a bit on the bloody end of things. The pack was not too dense, and it maintained reasonable succulence throughout.

                                                                                                                    I was surprised that the slightly undercooked fries were my biggest disappointment on the plate, because I’ve had excellent fries at Hobo in the past. I’ll chalk it up as a onetime fluke. Ultimately, it’s the best thing I’ve eaten at Lord Hobo thus far, but at $13 it’s far from a great value. I’ll certainly eat it again when I’m drinking beers and watching a game, but if a great pub burger is the main goal, then I’m headed to Highland Kitchen.

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                                                                                                                    150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

                                                                                                                    Lord Hobo
                                                                                                                    92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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                                                                                                                      Eatin in Woostah Apr 22, 2010 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                      "snake-jaw thick." Nicely played.

                                                                                                                    2. yumyum Apr 22, 2010 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                      Who's tried the Ten Tables burger? According to a tweet today:

                                                                                                                      Humanely raised beef, Farmhouse cheddar, our signature A10 Sauce & bacon aioli!

                                                                                                                      Obviously the question is ... what's the bun like?

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                                                                                                                      5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                                                                                                        rchudy Apr 22, 2010 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                        hmmm, didn't know they had a burger. I would guess it's a brioche bun, seems like the kind of place that would do so. Just had a burger at Savant Project myself, not memorable or very good at all.

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                                                                                                                        1625 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120

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                                                                                                                          Joanie Apr 23, 2010 05:32 AM

                                                                                                                          Someone said the beef had a weird flavor or texture to it, can't remember who/when.

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                                                                                                                            OLDCHEF Apr 23, 2010 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                            savant burger or ten tables had funny texture?

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                                                                                                                              Joanie Apr 23, 2010 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                              I was replying to Yum Yum's 10 Tables question.

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                                                                                                                            meaganl Apr 23, 2010 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                            Joanie, I was the one that thought that the Ten Tables burger was weird: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6986...

                                                                                                                            I'd love to know what others think of it.

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                                                                                                                              yumyum Apr 23, 2010 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                              Oh I remember that now. I didn't enjoy my burger at Garden at the Cellar, and I think that is also grass-fed humanely raised blah blah blah. The texture was as you described ... breakfast sausage patty-like.

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                                                                                                                            Gordough Apr 23, 2010 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                            anyone know if Flat Patties is open in their new location yet?

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                                                                                                                              BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 23, 2010 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                              Not as of Tuesday night.

                                                                                                                              It's like Galleria Umberto in July: I haven't eaten at Flat Patties in weeks, but now that I don't have the option, I'm dying for one of their burgers!

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                                                                                                                              81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                                                                                                                            2. yumyum Apr 25, 2010 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                              Now you're all going to think I've a) lost my mind or b) I'm totally fickle, but the burger I had yesterday at South End Buttery was served on my new FAVORITE bun.

                                                                                                                              Bun preference is such a personal thing, and some people are perfectly fine with a brioche bun or a plain backyard cookout style bun (and I liked this just fine on the Toro burger) but I like my bun with enough heft to soak up the juices and to offer a little crunchy bite as well. The kaiser roll at SE Buttery is really perfect. They don't make it in-house, and our bartender couldn't remember where it came from, but it's got a crunchy crust that's hard to beat. Golden brown and delicious, but easy to eat and not stodgy.

                                                                                                                              The rest of the elements were perfect harmony ... Grafton cheddar for tangy bite, thick cut bacon crispy and smokey, some butter lettuce, a few roma tomato slices and onion jam. (I had them hold the onion jam.) Cooked perfectly med-rare and juicy. I didn't detect any specialty cuts (no marrow, no shortrib) and I think it's just good old 80% chuck. Lightly seasoned, I needed to add a little salt, but a very good burger specimen and one I would gladly return for. It's $13 ZOMG but I think it's worth it.

                                                                                                                              Much like Wimpy, I've come to realize that my favorite burger is the one that is in front of me at any given moment. Fickle.

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                                                                                                                              1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                                                                                                                              South End Buttery
                                                                                                                              314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

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                                                                                                                                barleywino Apr 25, 2010 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                how are their fries? i can forgive a bad bun if the fries are good ;)

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                                                                                                                                  yumyum Apr 25, 2010 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                  You know the fries didn't look very good. The guy next to me at the bar left his pile, and they almost looked battered (??). I opted for the salad instead and was happy with the tangy lemon vinaigrette in between bites of beef.

                                                                                                                                  But, tell me again about the hamburg set at Mami? Cuz that's where I think I'm going next...

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                                                                                                                                    barleywino Apr 25, 2010 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                    thanks for the tip on the fries/salad option. haven't had the hamburg set at Mami for ages now so can't comment (I always seem to end up with the boneless fried chicken curry or occasionally the chicken katsu curry), except that it seems very popular especially with the optional fried egg, house tomato sauce (I think) or curry on top. i'll have to retry it one of these days...

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                                                                                                                                      rchudy Apr 26, 2010 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                      Good report yumym. We need to grab a burger together, you seem as obsessive as I am. My blog is now re-launched, actually looks like a real website finally!
                                                                                                                                      www.bostonburgerblog.com

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                                                                                                                                  Gabatta Apr 26, 2010 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                  I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

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                                                                                                                                  skordalia Apr 27, 2010 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                  Happy to report that the burger at the Rox Diner in West Roxbury (formerly Auntie B's) is still exactly the same- excellent. And an insane bargain. I hadn't been there since they changed the name and I was worried that it might be new owners. Not so, thankfully. I've tried quite a few of the burgers talked about in this thread, and for me, whatever they call it, the Rox Diner still makes my favorite burger I've had in the Boston area.

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                                                                                                                                    Joanie Apr 28, 2010 03:54 AM

                                                                                                                                    Shoot, I almost went there on Sun. but got take out from MJ's instead. Probably would have gotten breakfast anyway but good to know about the burgers. I wonder why they changed the name.

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                                                                                                                                    LStaff Apr 29, 2010 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                    Wife and I recently had burgers at Bison County in Waltham and we think we may have finally found our burger place. Wife had the beef burger and claimed it to the best burger of her life - she couldn't stop talking about how good it was - even the next day. I got the bison burger and although not the best burger of my life, it was really, really good. We watched the guy make them - just threw them on the hot grill, and only touched them once to flip. Wife's burger was cooked a perfect medium rare, but even though I asked for mine medium rare too, came out closer to medium - but still juicy.

                                                                                                                                    Now I'll always be torn between the spicy carolina wings or a burger when I'm there.

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                                                                                                                                      YoChief23 Apr 30, 2010 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                      Great thread, it inspired me to search out a burger in Harvard Square this past week. If Flat Patties were open I probably would not have been able to try something new but I was free and clear.

                                                                                                                                      I ended up in the bar area of Harvest restaurant, the burger came perfectly cooked medium rare as ordered, good bun to burger ratio, cheddar cheese, homemade pickles on the side. The burger had a nice smokey taste, pretty good beef flavor, maybe could have used a bit more seasoning for my tastes.....also very good fries, especially if you like them more on the less crispy side.

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                                                                                                                                      81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                                                                                                                                        rchudy May 1, 2010 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                        Cool. You prefer less crispy fries??

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                                                                                                                                          YoChief23 May 2, 2010 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                          I actually like a crispy fry but my significant other likes them that way. That reminds me, it's almost time to get take a Summer drive to DuckFat in Portland.

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                                                                                                                                            CreativeFoodie42 May 3, 2010 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                            The fries at Duckfat are so amazing. I had them for the first time a few months ago....seriously heavenly.

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                                                                                                                                              nsenada May 3, 2010 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                              Yeah, they are unbelievable. The beignets are pretty awesome, too.

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                                                                                                                                                rchudy May 13, 2010 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                Brighton Beer Garden on Tuesday, one of worst burgers I've had in the past year.

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                                                                                                                                                386 Market St, Brighton, MA 02135

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                                                                                                                                                hondodog Aug 17, 2010 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                I ate at Duckfat twice recently...on the way up to Bar Harbor and on the way back. Both visits, of course, included eating-of-fries.

                                                                                                                                                While the fries there are good, they're not awesome. The most serious deficiency of their fries is their unexceptional texture. Their fries appear to only be cooked once. They're not crispy, there's no tension in their texture, they don't have great mouth feel and so they're just not fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                Don't get me wrong...they do Good Stuff, but they don't do Great Stuff.

                                                                                                                                                (BTW We visited twice cuz, with all raves on this board, I figured that I was missing something or they were having an off day on my first visit. But they were consistent across the visits...so I would say they're just not as fantastic as they're painted.)

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