Washington Sq. Tavern, Washington Sq., Brookline
A very serious burger, cooked perfectly, great balance of meaty flavour and drippy greasiness. Good dense bun. Crisp, golden shoe string fries. Definitely one of the best I've had. Not outrageous at $13, certainly shames the version at the Bristol Lounge. Advantage of having the burger here is having a juicy earthy shiraz to drink with it ('03 Gatekeeper, iirc). Nice wine list that seems fairly priced by restaurant standards.
Ali's Roti, Roxbury, Boston
Tender oxtail with penetrating tomato-paste flavour, a fairly aromatic goat curry pleasantly spiced, savoury yellow rice dotted with frozen mixed vegetables, warmly flavoured cabbage cooked to a light yellow (tumeric?). A hearty satisfying lunch, nothing mind blowing, but certainly affordable.
South End Buttery, South End, Boston
Nice chocolate cupcake, moderately moist. Buttery frosting. In the realm of fine but not exceptional.