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Boston Blackies - 47 Reviews - 164 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (312) 938-8700

Boston Blackies

164 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 938-8700
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Ah, Boston Blackies. I haven't been there in years, but it all came back to me in a flood of memories of some of the best basic burgers I've had.



It's good...not great.

Burger? 2/10/2009

Back when this restaurant first open it was the best burger in town. Now not so much. The quality of the burger has changed in a not so good way. It does not taste fresh anymore. The last several visit it was inedible in a really bad way. more

A Bit of a Let-Down 1/17/2009

A chef friend in Chicago suggested I go to Boston Blackies for a good burger. On one visit in the past I was out-voted and had to go elsewhere, but this last visit I was on my own. The place seems like a nice, friendly bar (I don't drink), not too dark, not too loud. I was really looking forward to a burger. The let-down was in the bun. What I got was a store-bought, run-of-the-mill, light, tasteless, limp. I once worked in a restaurant where we baked our own buns, and they really make a difference in the burger experience. Maybe I should have asked for the Kaiser roll, but the wait staff was not good about offering options, and weren't that attentive anyway. The atmosphere was pleasant enough, but as for the food, there are national chains that offer a better experience. Pros: Ambience Cons: Service, buns more

decent food not worth incredibly rude service 10/21/2008

I will admit, I used to love Boston Blackie's. A few years ago, I might have posted one of those great reviews you'll see here. That all changed for me this past weekend. Pros: food comes quickly Cons: you'd better be able to order off the menu, no questions asked more

Good Burgers, Not Great, but Good Enough 7/22/2008

Eh - I wasn't amazed by the food, it's not the best but it hits the spot for a random burger craving. The service is friendly, but you really have to ask for your food to be out fast otherwise they'll take their time with it. I'd go back, just not on the night that a movie opens at the AMC around the corner - it's way too crowded. Pros: movie theater around the corner, easy to walk to from hotels in the Gold Coast area more

GREAT burgers, just off Michigan Avenue 4/14/2008

Ah, Boston Blackies. I haven't been there in years, but it all came back to me in a flood of memories of some of the best basic burgers I've had. more

consistent! 9/2/2007

Get great burgers and fast service. Always cooked to order and just what the doctor ordered! Perfect ""huge "" and very good side dishes. Overall excellent... Pros: Fast great burgers Cons: not that freindly, but fast more

Damn, that's a good burger! 6/27/2007

Between Navy Pier and Michigan Ave, this tiny joint serves MONSTER burgers that make your mouth water just thinking about it. My Blackie-Burger comes out on a plate that had a tomato slice about as thick as a burger patty at some other ""so-called"" hamburger joints. They also serve it with a cup of cole slaw that was delicious - and I normally despise cole slaw. The buffalo wings were great. Just a great experience. Pros: Everything about the place. Cons: Can't come up with one. more

It's exactly what I expect out of a place like this. I g... 6/11/2007

It's exactly what I expect out of a place like this. I go mainly to people watch. more

It's exactly what I expect out of a place like this. I g... 6/11/2007

Caroline Provided by Partner
It's exactly what I expect out of a place like this. I go mainly to people watch. more

Just an overpriced burger joint... 5/26/2007

If you want a true review, here you go?Overpriced burgers in a bar atmosphere. Food is average at most and the service is not worth mentioning. This place is just too old fashioned without any character. Not sure if this place wants to be more of a bar (projection TV) or a nicer restaurant (Can?t wear baseball caps)...Don't ask the owners, they won't know either... Too many nicer restaurants in Chicago to waste your time at this depressing burger joint. Pros: It wasn't crowded... Cons: Average burgers and average service... more

OK. 4/10/2007

It's good...not great. more

OK. 4/10/2007

G Provided by Partner
It's good...not great. more

Unique Restaurant/Bar just off the Boule Mich 3/18/2007

This neighborhood styled bar and restaurant is unique in that most of the sounding establishments are significantly more upscaled and trendy. The food here is simple but very well prepared. The grilled Pork Chops rule. They are a great value and are nicely complimented with the house BBQ sauce and side of their wonderful coleslaw. Another house favorite are the potato skins. These are truely loaded and are dangerous for anyone over the age of thirty, but they really are scrumptous. more

Best Burger in Town! 1/17/2007

I have always heard great things about Boston Blackies, but I didn't realize how great this place was until last Friday. I met a friend after work for a quick dinner before we went to a movie. The location is perfect because you are only two blocks from the movie theater on illinois and a block away from the shops on michigan ave. The burger was delicious, cooked exactly the way wanted it. I opted to get a side salad instead of the fries and the salad dressing was wonderful. My friend got a side of the dressing to dip her burger in. I will definitely be back for another burger! Pros: Burgers are delicious, Salad Dressing is good, Great Location more

A place to avoid 12/12/2006

This is an email I sent to Boston Blackies. I never received a resposne. more

Incredible Burger - Incredible Atmosphere and GREAT Carry-out! 11/9/2006

I'm a frequent traveler, and seek out great meals, at whatever cost. The burgers here are outstanding - and who would've thought that we could order it from the hotel (we were staying at the Conrad Hilton, around the corner), walk down and pick it up immediately after hanging up the phone - it was ready when we arrived. I wish we'd eaten it in-house because the place is so inviting - dark woods, almost appears as if it'd be an expensive steakhouse. But the bleu cheese and the bacon, on that juicy burger. Hands down the best burger I've had in all my years (and I was with someone who's been in upscale food & beverage for almost all of his life - he recommended it). Yes, you can go to TRU or wherever, but if you are really in the mood for a burger, try this place, especially if you think you've already had the best burger in the world. Pros: They offer takeout - excellent prices, and SO fast Cons: If you're not downtown, I GUESS it'd be an issue to go there. more

Chicken sandwhich and Burgers! 8/15/2006

You know amazes me that 90% of the reviews here are SO great...but yet there are always a FEW picky bodies that have to whine and moan. I just don't get it? This is a FANTASTIC and FUN atmosphere that brings you in for the food and keeps you coming back. Of course it is full...the food is THAT good. It is NOT the Four's not intended to be. If you want a quiet peaceful dinner, go home and eat. This is hands down the best! Live it...LOVE IT!. WINNER. more

Best Burgers in Chicago 5/11/2006

If you enjoy sipping on the juice extracted from each bite of a hamburger then this is the place for you. Normally ranked 2nd best in Chicago by CitySearch, this joint ranks number 1 by anyone who knows a real burger. These buns full of joy are large, juicy and melt in your mouth. The french fries are a great side but the onion rings are better. And even though the rings are large enough to share we recommend hoarding them all for yourself. Pros: Inexpensive, Parking nearby Cons: Lunch & Dinner rush more

Best burger I've had in Chicago 5/11/2006

Blackie's doesn't look like much on the outside, but on the inside it looks like a place that Bogart would have haunted in the 40s. Great ambience & super-fast service. The hostess is a little haggard, but probably because there's such fast turnover! The waitresses are sweet & to-the-point. And the burgers..oh the burgers. Just juicy enough, just the right size, and cooked just right. Fantastic onion rings! I keep meaning to try the Garbage Salad but every time I go I can't pass up the burgers! And so inexpensive! Pros: Fast service, Atmosphere, To-die-for burgers more

Disappointed 3/3/2006

I read some good reviews but ended up being disappointed. The so-called ""best burger"" around was average to below average. I have had better burgers at small town diners that have gone out of business. The bun was tasty and the meat seemed quality, but the tast was average and the toppings were bland. The atmosphere is nice, with a retro movie-themed lounge feel. It's nothing special, but nice. Overall, I found the price of the food did not match the quality, and I wish I would have spent my time at a better restaurant for lunch on my last day in Chicago. You can get burgers like this at any diner anywhere. Last note: the fries weren't very good (tasted like something you'd buy & bake from a frozen section at your local grocery store) Cons: Poor value, Overrated burger more
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  • In Short
    Customized 1950s B-movie-esque posters line the walls at this dark, classy hamburger restaurant just off Michigan Avenue. Suits and in-the-know visitors make tracks here for the...

  • 9/18/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Payments:

    American Express, Carte Blanche, Diner's Club, Discover, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central, Near North Side