Beefing up the burger debate
Readers weigh in on the $20 hamburger, and the best in Boston at any price
Devra First: We recently ran a story on burgers approaching, or even exceeding, the $20 mark. What do you think about $20 burgers? Worth it, or downright anti-burger?
Nelly: In a restaurant, I look at the price of a burger vs. a meat entree. Many times, the entree is only $10 to $15 more. So I will choose the entree.
Maureen: I was surprised the Druid burger wasn’t mentioned in the burger story. I do agree that the Craigie on Main is worth the money. Fantastic.
Xcmbex: Maureen — my thoughts exactly. The Craigie burger is out of this world.
D.F.: Other favorite burgers around town? What are your thoughts on the Radius burger? I think it’s a delicious total package, though less meat-focused than some other expensive burgers.
Sarah B: I would have to vote for Bartley’s or B. Good. I like having the choice to swap out a veggie or turkey patty and still get fun toppings.
Marc H: I’d probably pay $20 for a burger with bone marrow added (Craigie on Main), but would otherwise stick to much cheaper burgers from places like Mr. Bartley’s, O’Sullivan’s, or Flat Patties. By the way, the burgers at Cappy’s Tavern in Readville are very tasty, and pretty cheap. I wouldn’t recommend it on a first date, though.
D.F.: I’ve never understood the O’Sullivan’s burger, which I want to love but don’t. It’s just so . . . round. That Craigie burger is really good, as is the Back Bay Social Club burger. I’m less impressed with the Bristol burger, which I also wanted to love, just because it’s fun to eat it in that setting.
Xcmbex: Have you tried Tasty Burger in the Fenway? I’d like to hear people’s thoughts.
D.F.: I tried it before they switched over from tenderloin to chuck. It was fine. I didn’t realize you could add onion and pickles, and that would have made a big difference. I love that you can get half fries, half onion rings in an order. Every place should do that. It should be a law.
Carl: I did go to Tasty Burger, and I do like the half fries/rings combo. I thought the burger was good, but not as good as Bristol, and you know I still love O’Sullivan’s.
Nelly: Eastern Standard makes a great burger with cheddar on brioche and fries for $12-$13.
Xcmbex: I have to disagree on the Eastern Standard burger — I’ve ordered it several times, and only once did it have any seasoning. The other times the burger was completely bland. That’s OK, though, because I like pretty much everything else on the Eastern Standard menu.
D.F.: We’ll soon have more great (I hope) burgers. I’m excited to try the 5 Napkin burger, a New York import.
Matt: The Draft in Allston makes a great big burger with fries, and they are only 5 bucks for weekday lunch. Good turkey burger too!
Schatzie: Miel at the InterContinental Boston has a great mini-burger trilogy — a lobster burger, beef burger, and tuna Nicoise burger. Different buns for each too. Good stuff!
Matt: I like the vegan burger with gorgonzola at Deep Ellum, but I get bacon on it for the irony!
Marc H: Has anyone been to the Fifties Diner in Chicopee? I swear their burgers have a 60-40 meat-to-fat ratio. Every time I bit into their burger, my significant other had to duck. One of the best burgers I ever had . . .
Iliketoeat: Coolidge Corner Clubhouse has a great burger menu — huge burgers, a ton of fries or onion rings. One of my faves in the city.
Steph: GREAT veggie burger at Houston’s.
Guest: Best burger and value is at the Choate Bridge Pub in Ipswich. It takes two hands to handle this burger, along with their homemade onion rings.
Marc H: Perhaps my favorite burger in the Boston area was the one at Zon’s in Jamaica Plain, which unfortunately closed a while back. I really miss that place, though I hear that The Haven (which moved into that space) is a nice little spot.
Xcmbex: I totally agree, Marc! The Zon’s burger was great! The fish supper at The Haven is a solid replacement.
Sarah B: I remember Zon’s. My husband and I went there on one of our first dates. We shared a chocolate stout float for dessert. I knew he was a keeper.
D.F.: Aww. Nothing says forever like beer and ice cream! A happy marriage.