It was my birthday weekend so I decided to treat myself to a double-down burger extravaganza. First up was Tasty burger, which I really enjoyed. The double with bacon and cheese was way too big (why didn't I just order a single?) and the bartender didn't ask how I'd like it cooked. I assumed they cook it to medium, and that's exactly what I got. I like my burgers bloody so this wasn't my ideal, but the meat was tasty and well seasoned and had that awesome craggy hand-packed texture. Fries would have been great if they were hot, but they were just warm and I didn't feel a need to send them back since I was only able to manage about 5 with my burg. I sat at the bar and had a glass of Tilia Malbec for $7 that was a good pair with the meaty lunch. I liked the vibe in there, and the bartender Len was very warm and welcoming. I'll definitely go back.
Then I was compelled to try the Back Bay Social Club burger after hearing it proclaimed as worthy by a visiting burger savant. Yes, it's $21 and yes, that offends my sensibilities too. But turns out it was worth every penny. The meat is where it's at, with a juicy mixture of chuck, short rib and sirloin (?) packed not too tightly and nicely seasoned. I asked for the smothered onions to be on the side so the massive patty came simply adorned with sharp cheddar. The bun is a sturdy white roll, floury on top, and held up well to the drippy juicy meat, all the way until the end. Served with a little paper bag of hot crispy frites, and served on a board. My bartender suggested a nice cab to go alongside and the experience was more like eating a very good steak than a burger. If that's not one of the best burgers in town, it's definitely in the running.
Two very different experiences, with a wiiiide gap between prices and styles, but both worthy burgers. Below is a crappy Droid picture of the BBSC beauty.
Back Bay Social Club
867 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116