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Best Burger (and fries) not in Boston, Cambridge or Somerville

There have been a lot of best burger discussions and almost always the best are always in Boston, Cambridge or Somerville. Problem is I spend most of my time in and around Needham, Newton, West Roxbury, Dedham, Natick, etc. I have had many fine burgers and fries but nothing that I would label as sensational. I have tried Five Guys, Halfway Cafe, Center Cafe, O'Hara's, Dunn and Guerhins, The Local, Wild Willy's, and probably several others. Is there a great burger and fries outside of Boston, Cambridge or Somerville? As I know there is a ton of burger discussion, I did do a search for best burger west of Boston and burgers west of Boston but there was nothing specific on burgers outside of Boston.

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

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  1. Some of my favorites include Grumpy White's in Quincy, Cappy's Tavern in Readville (I know that's part of Boston but ...), Lewis' in Norwood, and the Dudley Chateau in Wayland.

    Grumpy White's Restaurant
    211 Sea St, Quincy, MA 02169

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      Lewis's is great, you can also get a good cheap roast beef dinner there, and it feels like 1956!

    2. While I'm not thrilled with the bread, I do like 51 Lincoln's burger (Newton).

      51 Lincoln
      51 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA 02461

      1. Back in the day, I used to hit Lewis' for a Lewis burger, do they still exist? I wasn't a bad burger, althought the place was on the rough side.

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        1. re: treb

          Lewis' is still around (I go there every now and then), and yes, there is still a "boulevard of broken dreams" feel to the place, especially on the left side of the space.

        2. I'm quite fond of Lee's Burger Place in Newton Center...

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          1. re: Kremti

            Do you know if their fries are fresh or frozen? I once had a burger at their predecessor, Flippin Burgers, and their burgers were pretty good but I hated their fries.

            Flippin Burgers
            216 Sumner St, Newton Center, MA 02459

            1. re: bakerboyz

              Fries at Lee's are frozen for sure. I don't typically like any fries that aren't fresh and/or on the very thin side, but I like Lee's fries for some reason and they are generic looking frozen fries. Maybe it is just the fact that I like to dip them in their "special" sauce.

          2. If Hyde Park is not outta your way, give a look at The Hyde. It's premium quality beef, seasoned well and cooked in its own fat on the flattop, and plopped on a good bulkie. A very, very successful mashup of a pub-burger and diner-burger. Half-pounder. Grillman knows what bloody means. No fries, however.



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            1. re: Nab

              oops, that is NOT the link I meant to post up there, but I shall leave it be. :)

              this is the previous mention of The Hyde burger -


              1. re: Nab

                "What did mustard ever do for me?" -- hah love it!

            2. Bison County in Waltham is my go to spot lately. Always cooked as ordered - and its usually the same guy cooking them on a gas grill and he does it right, only flipping once and not touching it otherwise. Regular fries are the ubiquitous battered fry, but the sweet potato fries are the best I've had. I also like the option of getting garlic mashed potatoes during dinner hours instead of fries.

              1. i LOVE Wild Willy's, in Watertown. Great hand-cut fries too.

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

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                1. re: twentyoystahs

                  I like Grassfields in Danvers (the price is certainly right) and also, surprisingly, the one at The Newbridge Cafe in Chelsea. I had never ordered anything but the tips in the past but deviated from that the other day and found the burger, cooked with BBQ sauce, to be pretty good.

                2. I'm particularly fond of the burgers at Casey's Diner in Natick. No fries, but a wonderful historic diner with terrific not fancy burgers. They grill them to the point where they have a lovely crust and will grill in onions too, if you ask. They seem to be known for their hot dogs, but it's the burgers that really shine.

                  1. I had my first White Hut burger with onions grilled in, at the Big E in West Springfield (maybe further west than you had in mind). Apparently they have two storefront locations in western Mass. Very unique, very juicy and oniony. Cheese was plain American white cheese, but somehow held it all together. Had I not gorged on many fried foods, I woudl have tried the excellent looking onion rings, and probably two more burgers (they are small). Fries did not look special.

                    1. I was out in the Peabody area yesterday and stopped in at Century House on rte 114, an old school american comfort food place. The place was packed with cars, turns out it's a popular blue hair place that offers keno etc. Sat at the bar, in the tavern , they had a build your own burger, it's 8 oz with LT&O for $6.50, add on's are $.50 each. I ordered with swiss and bacon, med rare. They also offer a choice of buns or breads, I ordered it on sour dough. The burger came out as ordered med rare. It was juicey and had a good beefy flavor, bacon was crisp as were the LT&O, fries were nothing special, pretty standard stuff. Overall, a real solid burger and with a Sam's Winter draft, perfect lunch.

                      Century House Restaurant
                      235 Andover St, Peabody, MA 01960

                      1. The burger with smoked miso and lemon aioli at Strip T's in Watertown is top notch. Lots of deep, interesting flavors. The regular chuck burger is very good, also. Fries are solid if unremarkable hand-cut, not shoe-string.