Chef/owner Michael Scelfo’s “Secret Burger” is hardly hush-hush. At this point the patty—available nightly in limited quantities—is practically a bona fide Boston-area icon. False advertising aside, it deserves its fame. Even after he introduced a strong contender for its crown, a similarly scarce “WP Burger” at sibling spot Waypoint, we keep going back to Alden for Scelfo’s signature Creekstone grind of brisket, short rib and beef plate. We bow to the burger king.
Alden & Harlow
40 Brattle St., Cambridge • (617) 864-2100
2014 Winner: Craigie on Main
In an utterly done-to-death category, the bar at Tony Maws’ celebrated nose-to-tail bistro still serves the ne plus ultra of local burgers...
- 853 Main St., Cambridge
- (617) 497-5511
2015 Winner: Drink
Nowadays, every new restaurant thumps its chest with a signature burger, each patty permutation wilder than the last…...
- 348 Congress St., Boston
- (617) 695-1806
2016 Winner: Little Big Diner
Newton Centre’s beloved Sycamore got a bratty, talented kid sister this year in Little Big Diner, with its tight menu of noodle soups and rice bowls with pristine slabs of proteins...
- 1247 Centre St., Newton
- (857) 404-0068
2017 Winner: Brassica Kitchen + Cafe
Bright and bold young culinary talents Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta first wowed crowds as Wink & Nod’s inaugural guest chefs...
- 3710 Washington St., Boston
- (617) 477-4519