Joe’s American… More to the Challenge?

Our latest stop on the Burger Challenge led us to Joe’s American Bar and Grill on Newbury Street. Twas’ a glorious night as eight of us marched through the heart of Boston to devour the burgers we’d been craving all day. We were immediately crammed into a table meant for six but that hardly mattered. We embraced the closeness, not concerned about anything besides the fellowship and the burgers about to be served.

In short, I think the following three photos best sum up our evening…

Wes slowly but surely consumed his burger.


Ben affectionately kissed one of his french fries.


Sean shoveled a piece of chocolate cake after convincing our waiter to give us a free piece for Ben’s birthday.

IMG_4406Although we can agree that we didn’t find the best burger on Thursday night, all of us enjoyed our time together at Joe’s. After all, and if you didn’t know by now, the Burger Challenge is more than simply trying to find the best burger in The Hub. It’s still a goal of course, but I think it’s safe to say a lot more has come out of this epic adventure of ours…

Here’s the review of Joe’s.

Aesthetics of the building: 5/5 … classy place
Atmosphere: 5/5
Staff: 5/5
Fries: 8/10
Quality of Burger Patty itslef: 31/40
Quality of Burger Build: 23/30
Value: 4/5

Total: 81/100

Two for one… A review on Eagle’s Deli and Bartley’s Burgers

Wow, it’s been a while since our last post, and we’ve been to two new fantastic burger joints! A couple weeks ago we ventured into the heart of enemy territory to Eagle’s Deli in Cleveland Circle and then just last week, across the river to Bartley’s Burgers in Cambridge.  One thing is for sure… neither disappointed our crew.

Let’s start with Eagle’s Deli, a place so well known for its burgers that even Mr. Adam Richman from Man Vs. Food had to check it out!

And although Man vs. Food is certainly a show that us men enjoy and trust with all of our hearts, we had to check Eagle’s Deli even if it meant surrounding ourselves with BC folk.



The Ben Castro

Here is my ranking.

Aesthetics of the building: 4/5
Atmosphere: 4/5
Staff: 5/5
Fries: 6/10
Quality of Burger Patty itslef: 30/40 (a little too smokey)
Quality of Burger Build: 28/30
Value: 5/5 (Huge portions for a good price)


Louis, where is your hand?

Total: 82/100 …. and just like that, Eagle’s Deli moves to #1 on my list!  But what about Bartley’s in Cambridge?

IMG_4188I’m not sure anything is going to beat Mr. Bartley’s gourmet burgers in Cambridge.  First, the ridiculousness of the menu is fantastic!  I decided to go with the Joe Biden burger, although I gave serious consideration to the monstrosity that is The Big Papi burger. Denis went for the Viagra, and if Sean Gunning had only been there to order The Tom Brady… there’s no telling what kind of madness could have occurred that night…

That being said, the burger was fantastic, the staff was friendly, the frappes were delicious and even Father Barnes only had good things to say about his burger.

Let’s rank this place.

Aesthetics of the building: 5/5
Atmosphere: 5/5
Staff: 5/5
Fries: 8/10
Quality of Burger Patty itslef: 39/40 (just…. wow)
Quality of Burger Build: 27/30
Value: 4/5 (Pricey but well worth it)

Total: 93/100


Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Bartley’s might just be the burger joint we’ve been searching for.

Mixed Feelings about Shake Shack

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the Shake Shack experience last Thursday night. The burger was fantastic, the fries and milkshake were delicious, and the the fellowship even better!

1238243_10201575777370821_1007800526_nDespite my overall satisfaction with our trip to Shack Shake, one simply cannot completely look passed two of our ranking categories, those being value and quality of the burger build.  Together these categories make up 35 of the 100 possible points in a ranking. This is where Shake Shack will hurt itself because we all agreed that the food was very overpriced for the portion sizes we received. The burger patty itself was also very small, though very tasty.

The Ranking

Aesthetics of the building: 4/5
Atmosphere: 4/5
Staff: 5/5
Fries: 6/10
Quality of Burger Patty itself: 36/40
Quality of Burger Build: 15/30
Value: 1/5

The Burger Total: 51/70

Total: 71/100

Where was the taste?… My Beer Works Ranking

In my expert opinion, I believe the Boston Beer Works ranking given by our dear friend Denis, was drastically overrated. So since I missed the challenge last Thursday night, I decided to venture over to Fenway myself. To put it nicely, I left disappointed.

I do agree that the size of the burger was somewhat extraordinary, however, it was the quality of the burger that I found to be lacking. It just didn’t have enough flavor. That being said, the spicy fries that I finished before even eating half of my burger, were delicious and seasoned to perfection. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed going to Beer Works. The service was great, the atmosphere solid, but when our friend Chris Lynch asked me if I would ever go back there and order a burger… my answer was…. no.

The rating:

Aesthetics of the building: 4/5
Atmosphere: 4/5
Staff: 5/5
Fries: 10/10
Quality of Burger Patty itself: 20/40
Quality of Burger Build: 25/30
Value: 4/5

The Burger Total: 45/70

Total: 72/100

Taste in the Works


For the third stop on our righteous quest for deliciousness as part of our duty to all of humanity to find the best burger in Boston, we went to Boston Beer Works across from Fenway Park. The restaurant is sit-in with waiters. The atmosphere was very exquisite and it definitely felt like you were in a fancy environment, which added greatly to our dining experience, but didn’t exactly feel like a “burger place”. The burger menu wasn’t very extensive, but it was sufficient. The prices ranged from $9.50 for the simplest burger to $15 for the double-patty whammy called the Downtown Burger, which our very own Benjamin H. Castro indulged in. Fries were included with the price. The other four of us (Denis, Louis, Chris, and PJ) each got the Charlestown Burger, which had cheese and bacon. It took a little time to get our burgers once we ordered, but it was well worth the wait. The burgers, at least my burger, was fantastic. The patty was an extraordinary size, which sat well with me. The patty-to-bun ratio was very favorable and the bun itself was of a great texture – soft with some firmness, but not soggy. There was a perfect amount of bacon and the cheese was melted to a great consistency. I was able to actually enjoy my burger over some time instead of scarfing it down. It was a very enjoyable meal overall.

Positives: atmosphere, waiting staff, size of burger, quality of burger, quality of fries, sports on the TV

Negatives: wait time, price

The rating:

Aesthetics of the building: 3/5
Atmosphere: 3/5
Staff: 4/5
Fries: 7/10
Quality of Burger Patty itself: 38/40
Quality of Burger Build: 28/30
Value: 4/5

The Burger Total: 66/70

Total: 87/100

We may have found our top burger so far, but there are still plenty of other places to go.