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lunchout Jan 22, 2014 05:44 PM

So, I have to go to court on New Chardon St. downtown Boston tomorrow. I am thinking that I would love to soothe myself with a burger and salad, or a good roast beef sandwich, or steak kebab lunch...

mostly thinking good hamburger: suggestions?

  1. b
    BBHound Jan 23, 2014 03:55 AM

    Red Hat, 9 Bowdoin St, for pub food.

    1. BostonZest Jan 23, 2014 04:23 AM

      My regular jury duty treat is to go over to Neptune Oyster for a lobster roll after the release me. You could try the Neptune burger and report back.

      A guy next to my husband and me at the bar devoured it one day and raved but I haven't tried it.

      Penny
      http://www.bostonzest.com/

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        Madrid Jan 23, 2014 03:29 PM

        too late for your court date today, but that burger at Neptune with the fried oysters is awesome. Also the appetizer with the fried oysters on top of pork confit. For years I did volunteer GAL work with children in foster care, and when a case ended, I always treated myself to Neptune.

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        total13 Jan 23, 2014 04:23 AM

        If you want to go the kebab (or schwarma) route, Zo's right by the courthouse is great and one of those places you can only hit if you're a downtown worker (weekdays only, closes at 3).

        Kinsale has a decent burger. Maybe Scollay Square?

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          C. Hamster Jan 23, 2014 04:20 PM

          Wrong courthouse ... But not that far.

          I live zo's but they don't have kababs that I know of and there is basically no inside seating so it's a take out place.

          Does JM Curley do burgers at lunch? That where I'd walk to.

          1. re: C. Hamster
            MC Slim JB Jan 23, 2014 04:27 PM

            Curly does a lunch burger, a smaller, griddled number vs. the bigger, grilled dinner burger.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

        2. Matt H Jan 23, 2014 04:25 AM

          + 1 for Neptune. Another option is JM Curley for their burger. It's about a 10min walk or a couple stops on the orange line.

          1. MC Slim JB Jan 23, 2014 05:47 AM

            Grotto does a lunch menu with a very good egg-topped burger and several salad options.

            Not steak, but the "original" (pork) gyros at Zo (the one near the Suffolk Superior Court behind Center Plaza is closer to you) is wicked, and they have nice salads, too. When I want to feel fake-virtuous, I get the gyros on top of a salad instead of in pita. Chicken gyros is excellent, too, as is the lamb chili.

            Saus over by Faneuil Hall does a nice frikandel and several kebab-like options; their frites are worthwhile, too.

            Garden Halal on Blackstone Street does lovely shwarma: just be sure to ask for it on flatbread, or they'll put it on a dopey sub roll.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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              joth68 Jan 23, 2014 06:25 AM

              Silvertones might be a good option. Great steak tips with greens and I'm sure they do a nice burger.

              Since it seems you are looking for hearty fare, Sam Lagrassas is right there as well.

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                mkfisher Jan 23, 2014 06:26 AM

                I'm going to say it. I'd go to Hillstone and get the veggie burger. I'm about as far from as a vegetarian as it gets, but I just love that sandwich for some strange reason.

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                  addiez Jan 23, 2014 07:01 AM

                  My boyfriend swears by Hillstone's French dip. That could work too.

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                    lunchout Jan 24, 2014 05:51 PM

                    Hey there and thanks!!

                    I was a vegetarian from 19 years old to 40 years old, and now I'm 41 so: right on with risking this rec. I never liked a veggie burger, except for the good condiments. However, given this recommendation, I'll give it a shot

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                    Snowflake Jan 23, 2014 06:56 AM

                    The Hill Tavern has a good burger (beef from Savenor's).

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                      lunchout Jan 24, 2014 05:49 PM

                      Hello! I can't figure out how to enter a reply that says thanks to everyone.

                      I've got a list of places to try - and more sad court dates to come. I went to Uburger. I hoped for a pretty good good burger and a salade - here's what I got:

                      Bun: nice, good texture, grilled

                      burger: bummer over cooked, over salted (? who does that?)

                      pickles onions lettuce: skimpy

                      le sigh

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                        bear Jan 24, 2014 06:47 PM

                        Thanks for the follow-up. It is fun to read and helps for future recommendations. Too bad the burger wasn't that great.

                        Good luck with the future court dates, and please keep us posted about your other lunch experiences!

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