Archive for March, 2014

#burgermadness round 2…

March 31st, 2014 by Richard Chudy


Here we go, same as last time, voting will be up for two days, limit one vote per hour. Good luck!

The Ketchup Bracket


The Bacon Bracket


The Pickles Bracket


The Cheese Bracket

Round 1 of Burger Madness…

March 30th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

Burger Joint

Some surprises, some not-so surprising, but round one of #burgermadness is in the books. Number one seed Tasty Burger was somehow knocked off by number sixteen Lucky’s Lounge, number thirteen Silvertone beat number four and last year’s runner-up Harvest, giant chain 5 Guys overtook local favorite Catalyst and number twelve seed The Butcher Shop got past upstart Kirkland Tap and Trotter. Here are the rest of the results: ROund two starts Monday…

– Silvertone over Harvest 65% – 35%

– Craigie on Main over Christopher’s 76% – 24%

– JM Curley over Four Burgers 83% – 17%

– R.F. O’Sullivan’s over Eagle’s Deli 73% – 27%

– Lucky’s Lounge over Tasty Burger 64% – 36%

– Coda over Back Bay Social Club 63% – 37%

– Eastern Standard over MET Bar 75% – 25%

– Shake Shack over The Fireplace 76% – 24%

– The Gallows over Green Street Grill 76% – 24%

– Highland Kitchen over Bobby’s Burger Palace 75% – 25%

– Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage over Burger Dive 74% – 26%

– Russell House Tavern over Grass Fed 63% – 37%

– Toro over All-Star Sandwich Bar 55% – 45%

– The Publick House over Flat Patties 55% – 45%

– Lineage over Wild Willy’s 60% – 40%

– Strip T’s over The Haven 56% – 44%

– Boston Burger Company over Garden at the Cellar 56% – 44%

– The Butcher Shop over Kirkland Tap and Trotter 59% – 41%

– Lincoln Tavern over Local 149 82% – 18%

– The Blue Ox over Five Napkin Burger 68% – 32%

– Alden and Harlow over Drink 53% – 47%

– Ten Tables over Beacon Hill Bistro 69% – 31%

– Five Guys over Catalyst 64% – 36%

– The Bristol Lounge over Wahlburgers 53% – 47%

– Citizen Public House over Neptune Oyster 59% – 41%

– Park over Trina’s Starlite Lounge 74% – 26%

– The Abbey over 51 Lincoln 50%-50% technically but The Abbey won by 1 total vote!

– UBurger over Abigail’s 50-50% technically but UBurger won by 1 total vote!

– Stoddard’s over Miracle of Science 66% – 34%

– Sullivan’s (Castle Island) over The Beehive 65% – 35%

– The Druid over The Avenue 59% – 41%

– Washington Square Tavern over Olde Magoun’s Saloon 55% – 45%

#burgermadness Round 1!!!

March 27th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

Please vote for your favorite burger, you can vote once per hour and the voting will run for two days at a time. Good luck to all the burgers out there!!

The Ketchup Bracket


The Bacon Bracket


The Pickles Bracket


The Cheese Bracket

Burger Madness 2014

March 26th, 2014 by Richard Chudy


The 2014 Burger Madness tournament is upon us!! Last year, JM Curley edged Harvest and took down the crown of best burger in Boston as an overwhelming number of people voted throughout the 64-burger bracket. It wasn’t easy determining the burgers to be included, with so many great places out there I wanted to cover as much ground as possible. The rankings are based on a combination of burgers that I’ve had and liked, popularity and trends. The only burgers on this list that I haven’t reviewed for the blog are: Alden and Harlow and Drink. Alden and Harlow I have had but not reviewed and that will not be out just yet but I wanted to include it for obvious reasons. Drink I reviewed for Boston Magazine last year so I felt that deserved to be on the list. Otherwise, if I haven’t had it, it did not make the cut. Clearly this will spark some debate, and while a lot of thought went into it, a great deal of it is somewhat random as well, it’s not necessarily a run-down of the top 64 burgers in order but merely a reflection of what I like, what readers like and what people are talking about. Good luck to your favorite burger out there and let the games begin!! Please feel free to use the hashtag #burgermadness when referring to the bracket. Below is the full bracket, voting will begin in the first round starting tomorrow. Each round will be live for two days, then it’s onto the next…



Kirkland Tap and Trotter

March 21st, 2014 by Richard Chudy


At this point, we all know about the legendary burger at Craigie on Main. The problem with that burger, and really the only issue, is/was the accessibility. Yes, it’s deliciously beefy and probably the most interesting and clever little burger I’ve had, but with only a very limited number available nightly (18 I believe, more on Sunday brunch) who the hell can ever actually get to eat this burger? I have no problem with burgers that are only served at the bar or at certain times of the night, but to have to make a reservation just to eat a burger is a little extreme. Still, the Craigie burger is my highest ranked burger for many reasons, and when news broke that Chef Tony Maws would be opening a new, more casual spot with a seemingly more casually priced and more readily available burger, we burger nerds were giddy with anticipation. Enter Kirkland Tap and Trotter, in Somerville but literally on the Cambridge border, where things are not as casual, at least on the pricing scale, as one might have been led to believe.
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Grass Fed

March 13th, 2014 by Richard Chudy


Sometimes I think we need to step back and appreciate a burger for what it is and what it is trying to be. Is Flat Patties supposed to be high-end? I think not. Is the Back Bay Social Club burger meant to be served and wolfed down like a fast-food burger? Of course not. Grass Fed in Jamaica Plain isn’t trying to hide behind anything; they are a neighborhood burger joint serving up fairly simple burgers in an easy-going fashion. That’s it. Everything is served a la carte, with single burgers starting at around $6 and climbing up to over $8 in some cases. Fries are on the pricey side: $4 for a small and over $6 for a large, but the small can certainly be a shareable serving size for two. Milkshakes, both adult and regular, round out the focus of the menu (along with other sandwiches and hot dogs), so the sky is literally the limit and will dictate how much you end up spending on a meal. continue reading »