Reviews written by Anna Burgess, Devra First, Sheryl Julian, Matt Mahoney, Anne V. Nelson, Barbara Pattison, Jason Pontin, Rachel Travers, Eileen McEleney Woods and Lisa Zwirn.
THE 80 THOREAU BURGER
Tucked into the corner of a cozy atelier, 80 Thoreau’s bar is a great place to enjoy the gourmet burger. Dressed with aged Grafton cheddar, mayo-based house sauce with grainy mustard and a hint of cayenne, and served on a tender brioche bun, the burger comes with exceptional fries, homemade ketchup, and assorted pickles (currently baby turnips, carrots, and radishes). The bar feels like a club. It can be hard to flag the bartender, but when you do, he’s attentive, and the reward is on the plate. — S.J.
80 Thoreau Street, Concord, 978-318-0008, 80thoreau.com
HOUSE-MADE BEAN BURGER
A well-seasoned patty made of black beans, pinto beans, corn, barley, and corn chips spiked with garlic and ancho, among other seasonings, this veggie burger doesn’t pretend to be beef. It comes with lettuce, chipotle mayonnaise, and tomato-cilantro pico de gallo on a French bread roll, soft on the inside, a touch of crust on the outside. Crispy roasted potatoes with house-made spicy ketchup round out the plate. — R.T.
838 Beacon Street, Boston, 617-421-1910, auduboncircle.us
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