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Thank you for joining us at The Cue and Battle of The Burger on August 9 and 10, 2016. Check out our party pic albums from both events below.

For more information or to get involved with The Cue and Battle of the Burger 2017, please contact Leah Palone at

2016 Winners

The Cue:

Champion: Jared Sadoian, The Hawthorne
1st Runner Up: Phil Ford, Trade
2nd Runner Up: Kevin Mabry, Capo

Battle of the Burger:

Champion: Joe's American Bar and Grill
1st Runner Up: Wheelhouse
2nd Runner Up: Roxy's Grilled Cheese

See scenes from The Cue 2016 here:

Photography by Melissa Ostrow

See our All Access video from The Cue 2016 here:

See scenes from Battle of The Burger 2016 here:

Photography by Melissa Ostrow

See our All Access video from Battle of The Burger here:


Welcome to The Cue! The first night of the event is geared to attract cocktail lovers near and far. Inspired by our first "Best Bars" issue, The Cue is all about celebrating the craft of the cocktail. This classy event is a cocktail connoisseur's dream, bringing the best bartenders in the city together as curated by our award-winning food and beverage editorial team. This year, Jared Sadoian from The Hawthorne took away the winning prize.

The Cue 2016 Competing Mixologists

See below for the top 12 mixologists who mixed up their cocktails at our live competition on August 9, 2016.


Kevin Mabry


Curtis Hancock

Granary Tavern

Mike Lanno


Patrick Leonard

Stephi's in Southie

Alex Carregal

TAMO Bistro & Bar

Sonya Borges

The Hawthorne

Jared Sadoian

The Palm Boston

Patrick Foley

Tip Tap Room

Nick Giannotti


Phil Ford

The Cue 2016 Participating Restaurants

Tickets to The Cue include delicious food from the following restaurants:

For more information or to get involved with The Cue 2017, please contact Leah Palone at


Burgers, burgers, and more burgers — Battle of the Burger is all about bringing the heat to a summer menu classic. At the event, chefs battle it out as they prepare their best burger recipes for guests, all in the hopes of being named the best. As the chefs bring their A-game, guests enjoy endless samples of mouthwatering burgers from all over the Boston area and vote for their favorite. This year, Joe's American Bar and Grill ultimately took away the prize at the end of the night.

Featured Chefs

Check out the Top 25 vote recipients for 2016 below, all of whom competed live at the event on August 10.

5 Napkin Burger

Korean BBQ Burgerby Andy D'Amico

Fresh ground beef, kimchi slaw, fresh chilis, sriracha mayo, cilantro, sesame seeds

A&B Burgers

Sweet & Salty Cow by Kwasi Kwaa

Beef slider on a brioche roll with fig spread, Leidy's Bacon, arugula, and burrata cheese

ArtBar Cambridge

ArtBar Lamb Burger by Brian Dandro

Lamb burger with whipped feta and chimichurri

Bastille Kitchen

Bastille Burger by Adam Kube

Burger with blue cheese, onion strings, bacon jam, lettuce, and tomato on a black pepper brioche bun

Boston Burger Company

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by Paul Malvone

80/20 certified angus beef with homemade mac and cheese, pulled pork, onion ring, homemade BBQ sauce, and Grillo's pickles

Burtons Grill & Bar and Red Heat Tavern


Ground andouille sausage and beef burger with creole seasoning, boiled crawfish tails, Old Bay beer aioli, josper roasted green tomato and corn relish, celery leaves on a potato bun

Cafeteria Boston

Cafeteria Burger by Antonio Perez

Grass-fed beef burger with sharp cheddar and Cafeteria Sauce on a griddled bun

City Streets Restaurant

Mac and Cheese Stuffed by Rob Shanahan

8oz all beef patty split in half and filled with cavatapi pasta, cheddar, and fresh mozzarella cheese, pressed, then grilled and topped with housemade mac and cheese sauce, served on a burger bun, with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle chips with a side of steak fries

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

Davio's Steakhouse Burger by Rodney Murillo

Burger with white truffle cheese, arugula, and rosemary aioli

Dillon's Restaurant & Bar

The Destiny Burger by Eric Wilkinson

Ground short rib, brisket, and chuck beef topped with gruyere cheese, roasted crushed walnuts, grilled bartlet pear, and Donkey sauce (mayo, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, roasted garlic, cracked black pepper, kosher salt)

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Fleming's Prime Burger by Nick Laganas

Prime beef topped with peppered bacon, Wisconsin cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion

Grill 23 & Bar

The Bar Burger by Eric Brennan

Grilled Grass Run Farm ground chuck from 100% grass fed beef served on a buttered and griddled brioche bun with melted Grafton truffle cheddar, black garlic duxelle, oven cured tomatoes and Cabernet vinaigrette dressed arugula

Joe's American Bar & Grill

Smokin' Granny by Chef David Forbes

A perfectly seasoned burger, fire-grilled, topped with Nueske's thick-cut maple-Cajun bacon, aged cheddar, smoked blue cheese, and diced Granny Smith apple relish served on a brioche bun

KC's Classic Burger Bar

The SuperSport by Jason Pacheco

Beef patty grilled with Cajun seasoning, topped with pepper jack cheese, deep-fried jalapenos, and smothered in our homemade KC's Hot Rod spicy garlic mayo. Piled with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a buttery potato roll

Precinct Kitchen + Bar

The Green Muenstah by Olivier Senoussaoui

Dry aged sirloin, caramelized onions, muenster cheese, cage-free fried egg, basil truffle mayo, and bibb lettuce on a brioche bun

The Red Bird

French Onion Burger by Dan Stokes

PT Farms ground beef, caramelized "French" onions, gruyere, gouda, lemon-coriander aioli, arugula on a brioche bun

Roxy's Grilled Cheese

Justin's Burger by James DiSabatino

Burger with housemade pimento cheese, Grillo's Pickles, caramelized onions, and spicy mayo on a Portuguese sweet bun


Saloon Rodeo Burger by Shayne Nunes

USDA prime blend with maple smoked cheddar, whiskey BBQ, and crispy shallots on a brioche bun

Shake Shack

Roadside Shack by Mark Rosati

American cheeseburger topped with malted vinegar dusted pork cracklings and Shack Sauce

TAMO Bistro & Bar

TAMO Burger by Robert Tobin

Burger with white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, lettuce, Backyard Farms beefsteak tomatoes, a Jett's Mild pickle on a brioche bun

Tasty Burger

Tasty Battle Burger by Brian Reyelt

Griddled burger with fried jalapenos, fried pickles, and fried onion strings with Tasty's smoky BBQ sauce

W Hotel

Boylston Burger by Derek Barragan

Prime beef stuffed with Serrano-lime bone marrow compound butter, brioche, lettuce, tomato, sharp cheddar, and caramelized onions


Donnie's Favorite BBQ Bacon Burger by Paul Wahlberg

1/3 lb. burger with white cheddar cheese, bacon, fresh jalapenos, housemade BBQ sauce, and avocado spread

Wheelhouse Boston

The Man Cave by Jon Chase

Griddled beef patty topped with crispy house made bacon, bourbon glazed onions, jalapeño beer cheese, and chopped pickled cherry peppers

For more information or to get involved with The Battle of The Burger 2017, please contact Leah Palone at


Interested in becoming a sponsor for 2017? Contact your account executive or Leah Palone to learn more about how you can get involved next year.

Want to volunteer at The Cue and Battle of the Burger? Submit your information below and we will be in touch!


Q: When will information be available on The Cue and Battle of The Burger 2017? A: We are working on details for next year’s event right now. Please check back in the coming months for more information. Q: What is The Cue? A: The Cue is a mixology competition, featuring some of the best bartenders in the Boston. Twelve of Boston’s best mixologists will be mixing cocktails live on August 9th, where a select group of leading BBQ chefs in Boston will feature their famous dishes. During the event, guests will place their final vote for their favorite cocktail. Q: What is Battle of the Burger? A: Battle of the Burger is the ultimate burger showdown—featuring 25 of Boston's best burger battling it out for the top spot. Guests are able to sample burgers from the competitors and vote for their favorite.

Voting ends in early July and the top 25 finalists have one month to get ready! The Battle takes place at the epic one-night cook off August 10 where 2,000 guests will be able to sample burgers from competitors and place their one vote for the best burger in Boston.
Q: What if I don't eat red meat? A: While there may be a veggie burger or two voted into the top 25 competitors, there are always many side dishes to enjoy as well. From grilled corn to mini cupcakes, there is something for everyone! Q: What is included in a VIP ticket? A: A VIP ticket will grant you early entry to the event, allowing you to be first in line to try the delicious food and drinks. In addition, you will have access to the exclusive VIP lounge, featuring additional tastings and bars. At the end of the night, you will also walk away with an amazing gift bag filled with goodies from our sponsors. Q: W​hat happens if it rains? A: Cue and Battle of the Burger are both rain or shine events. In the case of rain, we will likely move the majority of the event inside. Q: I lost /forgot my ticket, what do I do? A: Your ticket can be reprinted through Eventbrite. If you have any issues, please contact Q: Can I buy a ticket at the door? A: Tickets will not be available for purchase on-site. You must have a printed ticket for event entry. Tickets to both events sold out last year, so be sure to buy yours early! Q: What should I bring to Cue and Battle of the Burger? A: You should bring:
  • Your ticket
  • Non-professional film and digital cameras
  • Valid Driver's License or ID
  • Your appetite!
Q: What is Share Our Strength? A: Share Our Strength is the non-profit beneficiary of The Cue. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to support their mission. Share Our Strength provides vulnerable kids with nutritious meals, so they can focus on being kids—not being hungry. To learn more about Share Our Strength, click here. (link to Q: What is Family Reach? A: Family Reach is the non-profit beneficiary of Battle of the Burger. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to support their mission. Family Reach is a lifeline for families fighting cancer. To learn more about Family Reach, click here. (link to Q: How can I apply for a food booth? A: We typically do not accept additional food vendor applications, as we are seeking out specific food vendors, food trucks, and other purveyors, but if you are interested in being considered, please email us with your company/business name, full contact and company information, and detailed information on the food items/dishes you would like to serve. Q: What happens if the event is cancelled? A: In the event the event is cancelled, ticket holders will be notified of cancellation and refund policy. Q: How can I get to the events? A: Cruiseport Boston in South Boston is accessible through public transportation and by car. By train transportation, take the SL2 Silver Line toward Boston Marine Industrial Park to Drydock Avenue at the Design Center Place stop. Q: What if I drive—where should I park? A: There is public parking at the garage located across Drydock Avenue. Q. Can I purchase bundled event tickets for the two-night event? Or do I have to buy separate tickets for each night? A. Tickets are available for each night separately (night 1: The Cue, night 2: Battle of the Burger). Q. Are there any ticket giveaways? A. Every time you vote for your favorite burger or mixologist, you are entered to win a pair of tickets to the event. We will contact the winners of the voters sweepstakes on July 11th after voting closes. Q. How can I get to the events? A. Cruiseport Boston in South Boston is accessible through public transportation and by car. For train transportation, take the SL2 Silver Line towards Boston Marine Industrial Park to Dry Dock Avenue at the Design Center Place stop. There is public parking at the garage located across Dry Dock Ave. Q: How do I get involved? A: For volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please click here. Q: What do I wear? A: Since the Cruiseport is right on the water, we recommend ladies staying away from flowy dresses due to wind! We also recommend comfortable shoes since the venue is rather large! Close

The Cue Partners 2016

Battle of the Burger Partners 2016