There are a lot of burger places in Boston — probably too many, if we’re being honest. But the Boston Burger Company is a cut above any of the other burger joints in the city. We’ve been hearing a lot about the BBC’s over-the-top burgers, loaded fries, and crazy milkshakes for a while now, and we finally got the chance to try it for ourselves. And let us tell you, it was worth the hype — like, SO worth it.
There are three Boston Burger Company locations — one in Davis Square, one downtown, and one in Harvard Square. We headed to the Harvard Square location — it was small and really crowded (mostly with students, but they were pretty well behaved considering it was a Friday night) with cool Boston-themed art that really set the vibe.
After perusing the menu and regretting not being able to order one of everything, we decided to start with a “Freak Frappe” because you only live once, and being an adult means having the freedom to eat dessert first even though it inevitably will spoil your dinner. Each frappe — they have everything from classic Oreo to a S’mores Frappe that has AN ACTUAL SMORE ON TOP!!! — looked outstanding, and the pictures in the menu made the decision even harder since it was impossible not to want to try them all. We debated between the S’more Than You Can Handle frappe (a fan favorite at Boston Burger Company) and the November flavor-of-the-month, which was pecan pie-flavored and came with an actual slice of pecan pie on top.
I will repeat that in case you didn’t catch it the first time — the frappe came with an actual whole piece of pecan pie on top. The frappe itself was sweet and creamy, with a vanilla custard undertone that complemented the flaky pie crust and the sweet potato fries and candied pecans that adorned the glass. How could we possibly be expected to care about spoiling our dinner when our “appetizer” was this amazing?
The burgers are on a whole other level. Every single one sounded incredible. It was almost overwhelming looking at the menu of 30 burgers all decked out with extravagant toppings — from the Kitchen Sink, which comes decked out with fried egg, ham, bacon, sautéed peppers, mushrooms, onions, American cheese, cheddar cheese, provolone cheese, and house-made BBC sauce, to the Rundown, which comes with fried pickles, potato sticks, horseradish sauce, cheddar cheese, pickles, and BBQ sauce. The hamburger itself doesn’t even matter here. It’s all about a ton of seemingly unrelated toppings coming together to form the perfect dining experience.
Nate went with the 4:20 Burger, which came with fried mozzarella sticks, fried mac & cheese, onion rings, fries, bacon, sweet golden BBQ sauce, and American cheese all on a grilled, butter bun. It was pretty much a heart attack-on-a-bun and quite possibly will take a few years off your life, but it was also completely and totally worth it.
I went with the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which came topped with juicy pulled pork, creamy mac & cheese (seriously great mac & cheese — like I could have just eaten that on its own and been totally happy), a giant fried onion ring, pickles, and sweet BBQ sauce. It was delicious, slightly more healthy than Nate’s choice (probably not, but maybe…?), and more than satisfied Nate’s and my never-ending quest for good barbecue in Boston.
Obviously dessert was off the table since we started our meal with a literal pecan pie milkshake, but we decided to head over to Miracle Bar, the holiday pop-up bar in the lobby of the Klimpton Marlowe Hotel along the Charles River in Cambridge. Open now until Christmas, Miracle is small but very festive with a plethora of cheeky and spirited holiday decorations (including a single, lone menorah…go Chanukah!). We tried three cocktails: the Bad Santa, which was a mix of mulled wine, tawny port, orange liqueur, spices, and golden raisins served hot in a winking Santa mug; the You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out, which came with pumpkin spiced rye whiskey, Budweiser, marshmallow syrup, and egg;
and the Christmopolitan, a mix of vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, rosemary, lime, and absinthe mist.
The rest of the menu features similarly punny cocktails and with plush couches, table-toppers that look like the tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas (they just need a little love), and an endless loop of funky and classic Christmas music playing in the background, Miracle is a must-visit spot for anyone in the mood for a classy Christmas treat.
Between the burgers, the frappe, and the holiday bar, it was pretty much a perfect night.
TL;DR: For some of the biggest, best, most unique burgers that the city has to offer, visit the Boston Burger Company…but be sure to bring your stretch pants.