Food & Wine’s “Top 25 Burgers” List Leaves Northern New England in the Cold

by chubbywerewolf on 17 March 2011

Recently, Food & Wine released its list of the Top 25 Burgers in the U.S. Not surprisingly, the selections are heavily biased in favor of California and New York which—combined with Chicago, IL—make up nearly half of the list (12 entries total).

New England has just four restaurants listed, equally split between Boston (Green Street Grill and Craigie on Main) and Connecticut (the steamed burgers at Ted’s and Louis’ Lunch, the latter of which seems to be perennial favorite for no reason other than its oft-disputed claim of being the “birthplace” of the hamburger). Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire (as well as Rhode Island) are ignored entirely.

I’ve been vocal about my difficulty in finding a true standout burger (at least at a casual dining joint) in Maine, but to claim that there’s not a Top 25 burger ANYWHERE in Northern New England suggests to me that the Food & Wine writers didn’t do much along the way of research. Adding to the bewilderment is the fact that the publication named two chains to the list (Shake Shack and In-N-Out Burger, both of which are good… but neither of which is Top 25 material), as well as a seared Ahi tuna burger (from Gott’s Roadside in CA). With regard to the latter, I suppose that F&W’s claim would be that they never said the “burgers” had to be hamburgers, but when the other 24 entries on the list are all made with beef, featuring a tuna burger seems like more of a novelty than anything else.

So, is the list just an example of lazy, uninspired writing that plays favorites? Or is there truly not a “Top 25” burger to be found in Northern New England? What say you, reader?

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Malcolm March 18, 2011 at 10:10 am

Ridiculous. The inclusion of Louis’ Lunch speaks volumes about where this writer was coming from. That’s just lazy.


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