Better burgers, and a good jukebox, too
On the Cheap by Jason Weinzimer
Everyone knows the Four Seasons makes an incredible $14 burger. But for
less than a third of that price, an unassuming South End neighborhood bar a
10-minute walk away sells burgers so richly flavored they don't even need
ketchup. At $4 for a hamburger -- $4.25 with cheese, and $4.75 with bacon and
cheese -- you can go with a friend, throw yourselves a party, and leave full
and buzzed for less than $25, including tip.
Along with the hockey-puck-size burgers, a good choice is the generous
thick-cut French fry and onion ring combo ($2.50); it perks up well with the
house hot sauce. Crisp $1.50 Bud drafts make a fine accompaniment to all the
cholesterol. Between bites, check out the clientele: located on the edge of the
South End, Tim's draws local barflies, Back Bay office workers, off-duty cops,
and neighborhood artists. It's great people-watching. Factor in an eclectic
jukebox heavy on funk, disco, and R&B, and you may have the perfect
laid-back bar -- one that also happens to have food worth traveling for.
Tim's Tavern, located at 329 Columbus Avenue, in Boston, is open Monday
through Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight. Call 437-6898.
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