Best Of 2018

Best Burger and Bocce Ball: Dutch's

Venturing to Hyde Park on a Thursday evening means Burger Night at Dutch’s. The artisan larder/bar/eatery doesn’t hold back on their one-night-only specialties — these ain’t no American-cheese-and-mayonnaise-topped meat patties. Dutch’s burgers start out with a base of mouthwatering beef cuts, like 30-day dry-age prime ribeye, an all-natural grass-fed strip or a shoulder from a local butcher. After being seasoned with just good ol’ salt and pepper, the burgers are thrown on the grill and brought out promptly at 6 p.m. Get them while you can, because the 70-or-so burgers they prepare each Thursday sell out quickly. They’ve tried more than 150 different burger variations, ranging from the Cordon Bleu, with crispy chicken skin, house-smoked ham, housemade dijonaise and grated Gruyere cheese to a burger topped with shaved asparagus salad, manchego cheese and clam dip. Similar to a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get — and that’s one of the many reasons why these creations offer sheer perfection with each bite. As a bonus, Dutch’s also recently started offering burgers on Fridays during lunch. And, if the weather’s nice, hanging on the back patio and bocce court are an easygoing way to spend happy hour. Dutch’s, 3378 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, dutchs.squarespace.com.