Chef Jim Solomon in front of Brookline Village's The Fireplace

Chef Jim Solomon in front of Brookline Village’s The Fireplace

It was a very tight competition with almost 10,000 votes cast, but if you’ve ever eaten at The Fireplace Restaurant in Brookline Village, the results were no surprise. This month, the local favorite was named ‘The People’s Choice for the Best Burger in Boston’ in an online contest sponsored by Boston Magazine and Amstel Light.

“This is a tremendous honor not only for The Fireplace, but for chef-owner Jim Solomon and for Brookline,” says Harry Robinson, Executive Director of the Brookline Chamber of Commerce. “Jim and the Fireplace represent not only the best burger around, but also what it means to be a successful business person in Brookline – who also gives back to the community in so many ways. The Chamber is delighted to celebrate the success of one of its own.”

This competition was no walk in the park. Fifty-seven contestants competed, each showcasing its own spin on the timeless favorite. “I like simple food with integrity, and I’m always a sucker for a good burger,” says Solomon. “I went with the best versions of some pretty simple ingredients, and a bun that doesn’t take over, so you can taste them.” The Fireplace entry – a Shelburne Farms cheddar stuffed grass-fed Vermont burger with thick cut bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and a house brined dill pickle on a homemade English muffin – ranked in the top ten from the very start, but faced a heated race to first.

“I’m psyched that we took first, because we’re a locally owned and operated green business, not a chain,” said Solomon. “We’re committed to using what’s local and in season in our restaurant and in our catering. It’s about integrity for me, and it’s a nice affirmation that that’s what diners want too.”

Solomon and the Fireplace Restaurant will now compete against 19 other finalists in a cook-off on August 7, with the winner receiving a trip to Miami to compete in the “National Burger Competition’ February 2012.

Before the next leg of competition, however, The Fireplace is throwing ‘Burger Bash 2012’ on Sunday, July 29 from noon to 8pm to thank everyone for their support. Free parking will be available at the Driscoll School across the street. The event is family-friendly and includes a burger and non-stop entertainment, includes live music, dancing and street performers, for the price of admission. Reservations are required, but fortunately space is still available. The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. To reserve your spot call The Fireplace at 617-975-1900.

“We hope to make Brookline proud – and we’d love folks to come out to the Fireplace to taste why our burger won.”

By Catie Hayes, Editor