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hungrytommy Jan 22, 2014 08:30 PM

So I am a little embarrassed to say I watched Wahlburgers. The show is pretty horrible. Has anyone been to the restaurant? Is it as bad as the show or is there something redeeming about it?


  1. Locutus Jan 23, 2014 04:46 AM

    I have. Its the same burger as all these other burger joints.
    shake shack
    tasty burger
    burger dive
    bobby flay

    they are all the same. eatable BUT only once

    8 Replies
    1. re: Locutus
      mkfisher Jan 23, 2014 05:56 AM

      I've never been to Wahlburgers (or Bobby's Burger Palace and Burger Dive), but I think it's incredibly off base to say these places are all the same. There have been several discussions on this board about thoughts around Shake Shack, 5 Guys, Tasty Burger, Flat Patties etc.

      1. re: mkfisher
        hyde Jan 23, 2014 06:44 AM

        Have to agree thats tarring with a pretty broad brush.

        Like it or not, the difference between the shake shack burger and the burger at five guys is fairly substantial, even if you are not a burger fan.

        1. re: hyde
          Locutus Jan 23, 2014 06:48 AM

          Sorry guys. i m a huge fan of burgers and have been to all the places mentioned. To me they are the same. lacking in flavor and texture. Lousy bread and even worse fries

          1. re: Locutus
            mkfisher Jan 23, 2014 08:19 AM

            You really think the Shake Shack burger lacks flavor? I would have to respectfully disagree. I can totally understand not liking their crinkle cut fries (haven't tried the new hand cut fries yet).

            1. re: mkfisher
              mikeinboston Jan 25, 2014 01:12 PM

              I had a bacon cheese burger at the Harvard Square store - it may have been the combo of the bacon and cheese slice plus some grill seasoning, but that burger was SALTY, and I rarely am freaked out by salt.

              The hand cut fries were fine (I actually didnt mind the commercial crinkle cuts at the other stores), but the seating is a fiasco - the food was ice cold by the time we finally got a table.

        2. re: mkfisher
          Boston_Otter Jan 23, 2014 07:07 AM

          I've been to all of the places mentioned here except for Walhburgers, and they vary massively in quality, service, options, pricing, toppings, environment, etc. For my money, Tasty Burger's the best of the batch.

          That said, if I'm near my local locus of burger places (Harvard Sq), I'll head to Mr Bartleys or Charlie's Kitchen first. I like they way they season their meat, and I like the environment and beverage/side options.

          1. re: Boston_Otter
            ebone Jan 23, 2014 08:24 AM

            I agree on Tasty Burger, I am a fan of their stuff. It doesn't hurt that you can also get a can of good craft beer with your burger either...

        3. re: Locutus
          Neely08 Feb 21, 2014 07:58 AM

          i concur, these are all cooked on the griddle? seems all the same to me. these are not your traditional pub burgers, least not for me. I still enjoy eating these lil jr. burgers

        4. xo_kizzy_xo Jan 23, 2014 09:15 AM

          We ate at Wahlburgers a few months ago. Nothing special, IMO. I've had tastier burgers elsewhere.

          1. Bugsey34 Jan 23, 2014 10:46 AM

            I ate at Wahlburgers last month. The Hingham Shipyard area it's in is very cute with lots of shops. I had a burger served on Texas toast-ish bread. It was quite good, reminded me of a Shake Shack burger (but without the confidence in the meat provenance and quality). Everyone else in my party had burgers on regular buns and were unimpressed.

            Tater tots were good but not different than the ones you buy frozen from the supermarket.

            It was also packed even though we were very late for lunch, I think we got there around 2pm or 2:30pm. It doesn't have a ton of seating so I can imagine the wait is pretty long during a busy time. As a plus in terms of a comparison with Shake Shack, it has a bar and serves cocktails.

            1. black_lab Jan 23, 2014 12:35 PM

              It's fine if your in Hingham, but certainly not worth a special trip.

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              1. re: black_lab
                Bugsey34 Jan 23, 2014 12:47 PM

                Exactly. I live far from Hingham and I definitely wouldn't make the trip just to go eat there.

                1. re: black_lab
                  hungrytommy Jan 23, 2014 06:17 PM

                  That's kinda what I expected. I just wanted people to talk me out of it before I made a bad decision.


                  1. re: hungrytommy
                    Bellachefa Jan 24, 2014 09:25 AM

                    When the weather is nice, a road trip to Almanovea might be nice, but the burger joint -meh.

                2. b
                  bostongal Jan 25, 2014 08:47 AM

                  Why no love for Wahlburgrers? My sister lives in the Shipyard and we hit this place all the time. Consistent, tasty...and Paul is always in the restaurant, running back and forth between his two restaurants...
                  The tater tots and crispy and yummy....and the harbor location is lovely. Stop the hate...in my opinion much better than Five Guys and their bag of inedible, greasy and limp fries.
                  The only issue with the Shipyard is that parking is starting to become problem, believe it or not.

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                  1. re: bostongal
                    catsmeow Jan 25, 2014 11:21 AM

                    I agree. I don't like 5 Guys at all. Wahlburgers is several steps above. I like the sweet potato tots and the Patty Melt(don't remember if that's what they call it). Liked the show too. :-)

                    1. re: bostongal
                      CapecodKid Feb 20, 2014 01:56 PM

                      No comment on Wahlburgers...haven't been. 100% disagree with take on 5 Guys, in particular their fries. I find them to be fantastic and of all the places mentioned in this thread (that I've been to) best in class by a long shot.

                    2. r
                      rachgrn Jan 25, 2014 10:47 AM

                      I liked the show. I think Paul is a pretty stand up guy and works his tail off running between the two restaurants all day long. These people came from absolutely nothing and it's nice to see some locals who have made it - in different ways. If I'm ever in the area I will try the Wahlburger .

                      1. d
                        Duxdad Feb 13, 2014 03:03 PM

                        Been to Wahlburgers a bunch of times with my college age kids. Absolutely love there ultra thin red onion onion rings, never had better, love their malted frappes and really like there OFD burger.
                        For me it's a 20 - 30 minute drive and worth it as far as I am concerned .

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                        1. re: Duxdad
                          C. Hamster Feb 13, 2014 05:11 PM

                          I am suspect because I'm not OFD. Seriously.

                          I plan to get there at some point...

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                          marilu Feb 21, 2014 08:20 AM

                          Someone recently mentioned to me that they would be opening a new place at the Lynnfield Marketplace.

                          We were at the plaza last night and the parking lefts much to be desired although we do go to eat there once in a while.

                          I assume everyone will think it's a welcome addition.

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