You voted Wahlburgers Boston’s best burger
Maybe it’s the connection with Dorchester’s most famous son, or the cheeky family dynamic between chef Paul Wahlberg and his celebrity brothers in the A&E reality series. But it’s more likely the oversize Pat LaFrieda Black Angus patties served on Hearth Bakery buns and topped with the signature Wahl sauce.Time Out Boston readers chose local-born chain Wahlburgers from a list of 25 restaurants serving primo patties, including some of the city’s best restaurants. The upscale-casual burger joint beat out such meaty competition as Tony Maws’ legendary grass-fed-beef version at Craigie on Main and Alden & Harlow’s sellout “secret” burger. The winning burger is even better washed down with an “adult frappe” from the South Shore location’s full bar. Haven’t tasted it yet? Until the Fenway outpost opens, catch the ferry (or drive if you must) to Hingham.
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Mare Oyster Bar
Part of North End restaurateur Frank DePasquale’s local empire, Mare’s calling card is its crudo menu, best enjoyed on the sleek patio with fire pits and a retractable roof (making year-round alfresco dining possible). The kitchen preps a variety of Italian-accented seafood dishes. A handful of non-seafood options (chicken, pork, veal, steak) appeals to landlubbers.
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