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Lincoln in Southie, Park, Magoun, Lineage : Amazing Burger ?

opinionatedchef Dec 10, 2013 04:17 PM


I try to keep current with Rich Chudy's Boston Burger Blog because he covers so well the details of his subject. We were all set, with my encouragement, to drive to Southie today to try this burger at Lincoln in Southie, but we decided to opt for caution and go on a no snow day. Has anyone had this burger? Does Rich's review describe what you thought about their burger (and pizza?


And plse also tell me what you think of the burger at Park, Magoun's, and Lineage.I've winnowed these out of the rest. Thx much!

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    bclarke25 Dec 10, 2013 05:46 PM

    The burger at Lincoln is one of the best burgers I have ever had. Good meat, great char on the meat, good bun, carmelized onions, cheese and a mayo sauce. Comes with a Spicy Dill from Grillo's.

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      tysonmcneely Dec 11, 2013 08:17 AM

      I had this last Sunday. It was quite good, especially for $12, although I wouldn't necessarily consider it a "destination burger."

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        ebone Dec 11, 2013 09:34 AM

        I had this burger and was not impressed. It was overcooked and the toppings just didn't quite live up to the promise they had in reading the description (for details, the bun was too big for the burger and it slid around inside the bun while trying to take a bite. I think I took 3 bites before I hit burger. The toppings were kind of soupy and ended up oozing out of the back of the burger by the end of it.). In hindsight I probably should have sent it back for not even coming close to the medium rare I ordered, but it took so long to get to me I didn't want to risk waiting another hour.

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      kimfair1 Dec 11, 2013 06:58 AM

      haven't had the others, but I love the burger at Lineage, especially after a dozen $1 oysters at the bar! (5-7pm nightly).

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        addiez Dec 11, 2013 07:46 AM

        I had the Patty Melt (I think that's what he reviews) at Park, and was unfortunately disappointed. I'm a patty melt lover, but it was just too greasy for me. At least when I had it, the grease really overwhelmed everything else.

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          bear Dec 11, 2013 08:06 AM

          I found it a little greasy, but it brought me back to the (very) old days when the patty melt was the real reason to go to Friendly's. I would order it again. It is pretty rich, though. The burger was probably medium to medium-well.

          I sure wish they'd give you fewer fries and serve them hot and crispy, though.

        2. C. Hamster Dec 11, 2013 08:16 AM

          I have not tried the burger at Lincoln yet but everything else I've had there has been great. I've put the burger on my list to try.

          I just wish it was a LITTLE LESS LOUD. It is seriously the loudest restaurant I've been in for a long time.

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            MC Slim JB Dec 11, 2013 09:39 AM

            Agreed. It has to be one of the loudest rooms in town, and it doesn't even need to be close to full to be painful.


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              opinionatedchef Dec 11, 2013 12:53 PM

              so glad you 2 told me this. we'll try around 2-3pm and hope for the best. p.s. i wonder if 20-30 somethings ever complain about loud restnts.

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                C. Hamster Dec 11, 2013 04:00 PM

                The crowd is older than that the times I've been.

                I've usually been in on the early side, like 6:30 and it can be insanely loud, even, like MC said, the place is only half full.

                Should be better at 2.

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                  MC Slim JB Dec 12, 2013 09:30 AM

                  Note that Lincoln Tavern is only open for lunch Fri-Sun. I presume Sunday (and possibly Saturday) starts with the brunch menu, but the burger is on that, too.


              2. Alcachofa Dec 11, 2013 08:34 AM

                I've had a couple bites of Mrs. A's "patty melt" a couple times, and agree with rchudy's assessment.

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                  phatchris Dec 11, 2013 08:41 AM

                  If your ever in the Marblehead area and in the mood for a burger in a pub like setting give the Barrelman a shot. Very good grass fed burgers, fries and sandwiches.

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                    teezeetoo Dec 11, 2013 12:20 PM

                    I really like Lineage but have never had the burger: I'm drawn to the excellent seafood and usually go Fireplace or Washington Square Tavern when I want a very good burger.

                  2. opinionatedchef Dec 12, 2013 03:08 PM

                    Well we made it there today at 3pm but we almost didn't make it. Because, we found out, they are not OPEN for lunch except Fri-Sun. And today was Thursday. But they were hosting a special party in the back and they were sweet enough to let us sit in the front. Salad, Lincoln burgers, pizza. I thought the pizza was v.good; good crust and marinara and fontina and toppings. V good thin fries but way oversalted. Unsalted ones were just fine- fresh, crunchy outside and creamy inside.HUGE pile.

                    Burger came with caramelized onion, cheese, bacon aioli and pickle. Why have I never seen bacon aioli before? Brilliant, imo, and excellent flavor. And crazy as it may seem, I was wicked impressed by the BUN. Yes, the bun.IIRC, they source it from Piantedosi. Beautiful texture ( not spongy cardboard) topknot dusted with flour. My Love found his burger to be a major work- hefty and delicious. Grease was dripping down his fingers from the mess of onions and aioli.
                    I tried mine naked at first because i wanted to really taste the beef (which was a bit overdone for medium rare.) Without the toppings, the beef was lean, not fatty/oozing fat.
                    I think i either have something wrong with my tastebuds or maybe it was grass fed beef and maybe i don't like grass fed beef (and something is STILL wrong with my tastebuds?) Anyway, delicious for him and "mealy, grainy" to me. go figure. But we had a good time; many things to admire, and the women were all as nice as could be. Easy to see why Lincoln is so popular.

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