No Beef On Who’s Burger Boss!

Chef Matt O’Neil of The Blue Ox in Lynn wins Boston Magazine’s 3rd annual Best Burger Battle in Boston, Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (Photo by Melissa Ostrow/courtesy of Regan Communications)


In a moment of steer delight, chef Matt O’Neil owner of The Blue Ox in Lynn, was crowned Battle of the Burger champion Wednesday night at Boston Magazine’s third annual beef beatdown. More than 20 restaurants, including Union Bar and Grille, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar, Wahlburgers and Saloon faced off at Cruiseport Boston.

Guests were caught in the delicious crossfire and snagged samples, including those of O’Neils winning “The Sin Burger.” That vegan-converter consisted of a prime beef burger topped with applewood-smoked bacon, truffle aioli, tomato and lettuce on a brioche bun.

Among the noshers were Celtics newbie Kelly Olynyk, car czar Herb Chambers, local band Sweet Tooth and the Sugarbabies, and event MC 92.9’s Jason Rossi. Joe’s American Bar & Grillfinished in second place, and Lincoln Tavern took third.

I don’t know if anyone’s ever called Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey “cool,” but he earned “chillin’ like a villain” street cred yesterday as he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with help from members of the Boston College football team.