11.13.2010

Is Boston's Best Burger At The Bristol Lounge?

Is this Boston's Best Cheeseburger?
In what is fast becoming a weekly Friday ritual, I met up with the burger expert himself, Richard, from Boston Burger Blog yesterday for some cheeseburgers.  This time, we went all out and right for what has been rumored to be Boston's best burger, The Bristol Burger, located at the Bristol Lounge at the Four Season's Hotel.  Best burger?  We'll see....

Hopes ran high and anticipation built as we waited for our burgers.  "What if this is it?" I excitedly asked Richard.  "What if today's the day that you eat the best burger in Boston?"  Richard, being a little more modest, responded casually with, "I don't know that it will be the best burger in Boston, but I'm sure it will be good".  If you've read Richard's blog, you know he's a tough critic and being considered "good" is a big deal.  But he was right, the burger was "good".  Except to me, it was the best cheeseburger that I've had in Boston.

The Bristol Burger - The Bristol Lounge
I won't go so far as to say it's the best cheeseburger in Boston because, well, I haven't had every cheeseburger in Boston and a statement like that just isn't realistic.  What I will say is that when this cheeseburger were presented to me, I swear I heard sweet music.  Or maybe it was angels singing or it could have been complete silence, I don't know. It all happened so fast.  One minute I was chattering away (about food I'm sure) and the next minute, there was a juicy, beefy burger stacked tall and regally poised on top of a cushy bun and sitting before me. Accompanying my cheeseburger on the glistening white square plate was a haystack of thinly-cut truffle fries.  Wanting to ease my way into the meal, I started first with the truffle fries.  As I popped one into my mouth, I chewed it slowly, letting my taste buds dissect the flavors.  They were seasoned well, crispy and salty with a hint of truffle flavor.  As I worked my way down to the bottom of the pile, the truffle flavor got deliciously more intense.

Truffle Fries - The Bristol Lounge
And then there was the cheeseburger.  I removed the bibb lettuce and slice of red onion from my burger, slathered some Dijon mustard onto one of the buns, stacked the two tomato slices and twin homemade pickle slivers and placed the bun on top.  And then I panicked.  How the heck am I going to fit this thing in my mouth?  Here I was at the Four Seasons surrounded by a classy bunch of people and I had to figure out a way of eating this mammoth creation without making a complete mess (or idiot) of myself.  I took a dainty little bite.  It was like a whoosh of perfectly charred cheeseburger flavor punctuated by the briny pickles.  I was in love at first bite and from that point on, I stopped caring where I was (or maybe I just forgot?) and I dug into that burger with such gusto, heartily enjoying every last bite of it.

Not to diminish the fantastic magnitude of this stellar burger, but I did have two small gripes.  The first being the tomato.  It is November and there's no way around, tomatoes are terrible right now.  They're mealy and flavorless and it's not anyone's fault.  That being said, I don't think tomatoes shouldn't be on any burger at this time because they just aren't at their best. (I ended up removing mine).  Secondly, there was a little too much bun for my liking and I ran into the issue of how to squish everything down to fit into my mouth without letting precious burger juices escape.  Obviously not a deal breaker, but I mean, look at the size of this thing!

That's one tall burger!
That aside, this burger was outstanding in every which way and it ousted Eastern Standard from their number one spot on my personal list of best cheeseburgers in Boston.  At $21 a pop, this certainly is a special occasion burger and although it's a hefty price tag, to me, at least you really do get what you pay for: a high quality cheeseburger experience and the first rate service of the Four Seasons.

Okay, so the big question, where should we go next week?  Any suggestions? Have you had the best burger?  Do you think you make the best burger?  (At this point in time, only Back Bay/South End restaurants, or those that aren't far from there may apply.  It's not discriminatory, it's just due to the location of my office and the fact that I get an hour for lunch :)

Bristol Lounge on Urbanspoon

12 comments:

Betsy said...

I think the best burgers in Boston are actually in Cambridge- at Cragie on Main and Garden at the Cellar!

I know that doesnt help your week-day search though!

Alicia said...

I'd love to know how the burger at Barbara Lynch's Butcher Shop stacks up!!

Her's comes with grafton cheddar, bacon, spicy remoulade and onion rings...

I know you can't resist the BACON!

Chocolate Freckles said...

That burger sure looks fantastic!

Kathleen said...

I wish I could have one of those incredible burgers right NOW!!!

burgerboy said...

this Richard guy is a hack!

freefoodboston said...

This is one debate I cannot lend an opinion on. I can however comment on those gorgeous fries. I think a search for Boston best fries is in order. I'd be down to try out some golden haystacks any time :)

Daisy said...

I just love Richard's blog. how fun you two are doing lunches!

This burger looks phenom. I must try! My faves are Radius and The Oak Bar. The Oak Bar would be perfect since it's right by you in the Fairmont Copley! yayyy.

Boston Food Diary said...

THAT is one HECK of a burger! And now-thank you Katie- I am starving the starve that only a burger can satisfy..thanks lady :-)

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Hi Katie, it was nice meeting you yesterday!

My fave Boston burger is in Cambridge (Craigie on Main) so I know that doesn't help you much. But I also like the burger at KO Prime - is that close enough to your office? It comes with foie gras :)

Lizzy said...

Have you been to Radius? I just blogged about it a couple weeks ago- best burger EVER!!!

christine said...

that's such an honor to munch on a burger with the burger king himself! thanks for the beefy eye-candy. i would recommend the burger at TORO - available during lunch [http://www.bostonburgerblog.com/2010/04/reviews/toro/]. sorry to hear about the pathetic tomato. however, sometimes they can be "ripe and in season" in the wintertime, thanks to new-fangled technology in maine: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/dining/31tomato.html

burgerboy said...

when are you gonna join us Christine??

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