Boston’s Burger Craze

In Retail Thoughts on October 26, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Hi Friends. CityRetail has been really busy lately. I have a lot to write about and hope to roll out 4 or 5 posts in the next few weeks. For now though, let’s focus on something of utmost importance to the Boston/Cambridge retail scene: burgers. Yeah, seriously, hamburgers.

The last couple of years has brought an explosion of hamburger obsessed/themed quick serve restaurants to Boston. The reality though is that it’s not just a quick serve trend — some of the city’s best and most acclaimed full service restaurants are paying attention to burgers too… Craigie on Main’s burger showed up on the cover on Bon Appetit Magazine in September and the Boston Globe just did a long piece on Boston’s burgers (link). CityRetail’s friend, Gary Strack of Central Kitchen, is opening a restaurant at One Broadway (Kendall Sq) in 2011 and has apparently been on a year-long investigation into the burger. Down the street in Central Square is Four Burger, which is rumored to be looking for add’l locations. Over the summer in Harvard Square Flat Patties moved out of the Garage and into a prime-time spot on Brattle Street. Burger developments in Boston trump Cambridge of late though: B.Good just opened on Washington Street; UBurger will follow suit a couple blocks away on Tremont Street next month; 5 Napkin Burger will open at the Prudential Center shortly; Tasty Burger opened last month on Boylston St. near Fenway; Art of Burger will soon hit Commonwealth Ave. just off of BU’s West Campus; and Five Guy’s has been actively looking for spots…(read more) It’s crazy and noteworthy.  But hey, Americans love their burgers – we always have.

For more (and better) related reading check out Boston Burger Blog, which ranks the top table service burgers in Boston to be from Eastern Standard (Boston), Toro (Boston) and Craigie on Main (Cambridge); top quick serve burgers from Flippin’ Burgers (Newton), Flat Patties (Cambridge), Four Burger (Cambridge), Mr. Bartley’s (Cambridge) and Wild Willy’s (Watertown).

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