Plus, a new empanada restaurant in Cambridge
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🍔 Chow down for National Cheeseburger Day
A cheeseburger dripping with melted cheese, topped with bacon, and served on a plate with shoestring fries.
Stop by The Merchant for a bacon cheeseburger topped with black pepper aioli and pickles. | Photo by @merchantBoston
Never underestimate the comfort of a juicy cheeseburger and a piping-hot basket of fries. In honor of National Cheeseburger Day today, we’ve compiled a variety of gut-busting burgers to try throughout town.

From subtle twists on classic cheeseburgers to adventurous new interpretations, here are some starting points for stuffing your face:

The Beehive, 541 Tremont St.
Pair a ritzy take on cheeseburgers with an afternoon of live music at this hot spot for jazz, funk, and blues.

Boston Burger Co., Locations vary
Take advantage of September’s special Bourbon BBQ Blitz Burger, which crumbles blue cheese atop onion jam, barbecue sauce, and mixed greens tossed in citrus vinaigrette. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, try one of the other ~30 burgers on the menu.

Bostonia Public House, 126 State St.
Take a bite of the self-proclaimed “Ultimate Burger,” which piles a prime beef burger with lobster, bacon, serrano peppers, pub sauce, and classic cheddar.

Faccia a Faccia, 278 Newbury St.
The brunch burgers at this upscale Italian restaurant pack the three P’s: Provolone, crispy pancetta, and parmesan-sprinkled fries.

Little Donkey, 505 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Order the Little Donkey Burger for a tantalizing stack of buffalo pickles, onion soup mayo, caramelized onions, spicy chips, and American cheese on your burger.

A hand holding a double-patty cheeseburger in a wax wrapper

Wheelhouse at High Street Place packs their burgers with two patties.


Photo by @highstreetplace

Lola Burger, 11 Fan Pier Blvd.
The signature Lola Burger fills an English muffin with an eight-ounce patty, classic cheddar, red onion compote, and foie gras sauce.

The Merchant, 60 Franklin St.
A brioche bun and black pepper aioli make The Merchant’s burger a sumptuous choice for lunch or dinner.

Wheelhouse Boston, 100 High St. Pl.
Challenge yourself to consume the “Boom Goes the Dynamite” burger, a combination of pepper jack cheese, jalapeno hot sauce, pickled cherry peppers, fresh jalapenos, and chipotle mayo.
Monday, Sept. 18
  • Taste of Chelsea | Monday, Sept. 18 | 5-8 p.m. | Port Park, 99 Marginal St., Chelsea | $35-$40 | Sample barbecue and other local flavors at this fundraiser to end domestic violence.
  • Lauren Mayberry | Monday, Sept. 18 | 7 p.m. | Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston | $35 | The CHVCHES frontwoman brings her solo material to an intimate club setting.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Teenage Wrist | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6:30 p.m. | Sonia, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge | $20 | Hear songs from the L.A. band’s new record “Still Love” on their tour with punk group Spiritual Cramp.
  • Speaking of Crime with Sarah Cailean | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 7-9 p.m. | Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston | An evening of true crime tales from the wildest decade — the 1980s — presented by Sarah Cailean.
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News Notes
  • Green Line service is currently suspended between Lechmere and Union Square through Thursday, Oct. 12. Riders can review a map from the MBTA to find alternate routes on the Orange Line and local bus routes.
  • The Bruins have unveiled three new jerseys to honor the team’s 100th year. Players will wear the commemorative designs throughout the 2023-2024 season at home and away games, as well as at select Original Six matchups.
  • The BPDA has approved a plan for Dorchester Bay City, which will use 36+ acres of land on the Columbia Point peninsula to develop new residential, retail, office, research + development, and cultural spaces. The project will take an estimated 10-15 years to come to fruition. (Boston Globe)
  • Pikalo is now serving empanadas in Cambridge, taking over a space on Harvard Street that once housed Izzy’s Restaurant. This marks the restaurant’s fifth storefront, adding to their locations in East Boston, Jamaica Plain, Lawrence, and Lowell. (Boston Restaurant Talk)
  • The Roslindale Community Fridge has closed at 1 Firth Rd. and is seeking a new location. Businesses, churches, and similar organizers who can offer space for a refrigerator or pantry can email the organization to volunteer.
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🎸The Boston Public Library is ready to rock
The grey brick exterior of the Parker Hill branch, with a blue "Boston Public Library" flag hanging above the entrance
The week of events will take place at the library’s Parker Hill branch in Roxbury. | Photo courtesy of Parker Hill, Boston Public Library
Welcome, leather weather. The Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library is currently hosting Punk Week, a series of events celebrating the subculture’s DIY ethos and rebellious sound.

Unlock your inner rocker at these events:
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Punk isn’t dead — the Boston Public Library said so.

Sure, you can’t fully capture the thrill of an Allston basement show inside a hushed library. But you can foster a sense of empowerment + creativity in young people with DIY projects and timely history lessons. That’s pretty punk rock, indeed.
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