uandursister (uandursister) wrote in boston_eats,
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Burger Joints & BBQ

It's summer time and that means I crave good burgers and BBQ. And lately I'm looking for good places. The best burger place I know of is Wild Willy's in Watertown. It's low-hassle, easy on the wallet and has parking. The meat is juicy, the buns are toasted, and the combinations of flavors are great. I usually order the Rocky. Plus, they've never hassled me about mixing flavors for milkshakes (i.e. ordering a chocolate-strawberry as opposed to just chocolate or just strawberry).

Lately I've been going to The Waterfront. Their 10z angus burgers are awesome, but way too much for one person. However, I've never been hassled about sharing a burger and they have plenty of TVs to watch the Red Sox on. The service, however, is spotty. Friendly enough, but painfully slow. 

BBQ is much harder to find. Sure, there's Redbones, but I'm rarely in Davis Sq. And there's Blue Ribbon, but there is no where to sit and that stuff gets soggy fast when you try to get home. I need a new place. 

So, where do you guys go for great burgers and coma-inducing BBQ?
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there's also the linwood grill near the fens. not the best, but not bad if you're in the area.

i tried uncle petes in reveah and i was not impressed. it was tasty, but it wasnt very smoky.

i've just been making it myself. it's way way cheaper.

sorry i couldnt be of much help, but i am hoping some others will chime in!
No problem - got any recipes to share?

Re: BBQ

phatmike

10 years ago

Re: BBQ

uandursister

10 years ago

Blue Ribbon is your best bet to be honest. I always eat it in for that same reason though. I really don't care if I have to wait, I do. But let's be honest it is New England so we shouldn't really be that surprised we're not swamped in good Q. I hear there's a few places in East Boston and down in Dorcester that do it right, but those are just way too far for me to get to.
*sigh* guess I need to plan a trip to Kansas City.

archer823

10 years ago

uandursister

10 years ago

archer823

10 years ago

I'm a fan of the burgers and great beer at the Publick House in Brookline. I haven't really found any good BBQ around Boston, though I've heard that there are some good places around Dorchester.
I have had good food at Publick House, but I've also had AWFUL service, including being charged for things we hadn't ordered and then getting major attitude when we called them on it. Kinda turned me off the place.
Soulfire by Harvard x Comm Ave = excellent bbq. They even have a eastern north carolina style sauce :D last time I went they didn't have any south carolina style sauce though :| also, no hush puppies.

Burgers ...

Kobe Beef burger at Oak Bar.
See I'm a fan of mustard based sauces so So Carolina is my thing. Your another person I've heard good things about at Soulfire. I've seen so many places come and go at that location I was thinking it might be cursed. I'll definitely have to try it out ASAP.

How's the ribs? What style of ribs?

phatmike

10 years ago

dillonpuff

10 years ago

phatmike

10 years ago

dillonpuff

10 years ago

dillonpuff

10 years ago

archer823

10 years ago

I like the burgers at Miracle of Science in Cambridge. I used to love the burgers at Houston's but then they started dumping huge amounts of salt on them and now they're gross. Very sad. I agree about the BBQ. Redbones always underwhelms.
They have a pretty great selection of burgers at the Sunset Grill in Allston (along with their fine beer selection, of course). Wild Willy's is my second favorite.

I'm not a huge fan of BBQ, though I have been to Redbones and Blue Ribbon. The only other BBQ place that I've been to is in Burlington called Lester's Roadside Bar. It's a bit of a ways to get to, but they do have ample parking, seating, and a number of TVs to watch the Sox game. If you've seen the place, it definitely looks like the typical BBQ restaurant. They have beer available, too.
Good burger joint in Somerville is R.F. O'Sullivans...

SO good.
Seeing as people are mentioning places as far as Methuen and you have a car, I'll have to recommend Bub's or Holy Smokes for barbecue if you're ever out in Western MA.
There are numerous public BBQ events in the area.

I've been to two of them. The Lowell Rib n' Brews Festival (September 7-8) is a BBQ competition in downtown Lowell with a well-stocked microbrew tent right in the middle. Most of the competitors also sell BBQ there. The New England BBQ Championships (July 28-29) is a regional BBQ championship in Windsor, VT at the Harpoon brewery, so you get BBQ + Harpoon beers. Both have a wide variety of BBQ to sample.
For burgers, check out Bartley's Burger Cottage at 1246 Mass. Ave in Harvard Square. Parking is borderline insane, especially on weekends, but it's easy to get to on the Red Line, and if need be you can park at the Alewife garage.
Best burger I've had in Boston was at Audobon across from Red Sox stadium on Beacon. I think it's a sister to Miracle of Science, but I might be wrong. The burger at Sunset Grill really IS good, but it's too big and they roll their eyes when you ask to split it. At Audobon they bring you a separate plate and a smile.

We tried to go to the Public House once during a cold snap so bad it would freeze the tears in your eyes. We got there 10 minutes before they opened and they were so abusive we left and never went back. No food is worth that.

No great ribs yet, though.