Wild Willy's Burgers in Watertown MA
Yes, Maine's best burgers are now available in the greater Boston metro area. I found out about this through a review in Cheap Eats in today's Calendar section of the Globe, and apparently so did everyone else, because the place was packed even at 2 p.m.
The big surprise for me -- and the reason why we went straightaway after reading the review -- is that one of the things on their menu is what they call the Rio Grande Burger, and what we New Mexicans know as a green chile cheeseburger. I'm not going to claim this was the best green chile cheeseburger I've ever had, but it was entirely credible, and it's certainly far better than I had any right to expect in Watertown, Massachusetts. (One of the few flaws in Boston's dining is that it's really hard to get a decent burger in this town.) The chile is proper Hatch chile sludge, piled liberally on top of a medium burger with a slice of melted cheddar. The chile is unfortunately exceedingly mild. While I don't think the local palate could tolerate the average Owl Cafe burger, I think they should at least offer a choice of mild, medium or hot to please us expats without frightening the locals.
Sides were some truly excellent hand-breaded onion rings and a draft root beer that had a strong vanilla note but was otherwise agreeably spicy. My wife got hers as a float, with proper vanilla ice cream from Gifford's. Overall, an entirely satisfactory lunchtime experience. I might explore further in the burger menu next time round, just to see what else is there, but for the most part, I'm just happy that there's a good burger to be found just a single bus route from my house!
Wild Willy's Burger's is at 46 Arsenal Street -- just outside of Watertown Square -- in Watertown. Credit cards accepted.