Say Hello to Three New Burgers in Downtown Boston
Our apologies to Meatless Mondays, but sometimes there are just moments where nothing but a big juicy burger will do. And we’re more than happy to tell you where the beef is with this hat trick of Downtown Boston’s newest burgers. You’re welcome.
Townsman (120 Kingston Street): Located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, this is the place you’ve been hearing so much about, where Chef Matt Jennings cooks nose-to-tail fare. Their newest burger, appropriately named The Townsman, was introduced to the menu the second week of April (along with the rest of the late night bar menu and lunch service). This eight-ounce burger blends beef navel, neck, brisket, and chuck and comes topped with house pepper jack cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, pickles, and “combat sauce.” The gribiche is a war zone of flavor made of kewpie (aka Japanese-style) mayonnaise, minced cornichons, red onion, and gochujang (a Korean condiment made from red chili, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans and salt). All this is served on a house-made potato roll with a side of spicy “dirty fries.” Don’t hurt yourself.
Wheelhouse (63 Broad Street): The early bird catches the breakfast burger (yes, it has a coffee crust). We’re not kidding. This eatery is only open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, making it a literal first stop of the day for 9-to-5ers as well as their obvious go-to lunch place. Between a soft and squishy bun, you can have The Purist (with just cheese) or get down and dirty in your The Man Cave (Jalapeño beer cheese spread, bourbon glazed onions and chopped bacon). Tempt those tastebuds with the Creole Burger (a blackened patty, andouille sausage, cheddar, creole sauce, Tabasco fried onions) or the Boom Goes the Dynamite (a spicy patty, jack cheese with pickled onion and a garlicky jalapeño hot sauce).
Legal Crossing (558 Washington Street): When a restaurant has a culinary portfolio heavy in the bounty of the sea, it might not lead you to believe there’s a good burger on its way. Trust us. There is. Not only is this local seafood giant’s beef burger known to be a tasty patty that you can embellish with a slab of bacon, gruyere, a fried egg, avocado, smoked onion rings, or sautéed mushrooms, but there’s a new burger in town. Like a secret handshake that gets you into a hush-hush hotspot, it’s not on the menu. You have to ask for it by name. Another caveat: it’s only available late at night at the bar. Their secret brand new lobster burger is covered with wasabi mayo and tempura avocado. Let’s hope the word doesn’t get out because there are also only a certain number available every night. Give it a try between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday or 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Once you’ve enjoyed these three hotspots for burgers, you can go back to experiencing your week sans beef. But we’re not so sure you’ll want to.