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Sep 22, 2011 11:52 AM

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!