The Burger Next Door

 Text and photography by Lannan M. O’Brien
Pictured above: the Over the Bridge burger with Vermont white cheddar on a brioche roll

Enter the pink Victorian on Sandwich’s Jarves Street, and you’ll be greeted by an atmosphere of reggae music, fine art and high-top tables. Once seated, your eyes will be drawn from the Mason jar candleholder filled with corn kernels to the metal tray in a passing waiter’s hand, atop which rests a beautifully plated cheeseburger and fries. Suddenly, you’re overcome by the feeling that you might not be on Cape Cod anymore.

While the locally themed menu items reassure you that you didn’t accidentally leave town, your reaction is not uncommon. Describing about 20 customers who visited the Next Door Burger Bar during its first week in June, owner Christopher Wilson says, “They couldn’t believe they were in Sandwich.” If they were familiar with his other restaurant, the next-door (hence the name) Belfry Inn & Bistro, or the former Painted Lady, which was once housed in the burger bar space, they hopefully wouldn’t be as surprised by the quality of the food. Plus, as Wilson says, “Who doesn’t like a burger?”

Homemade with a blend of fresh ground chuck and short rib—which the menu guarantees comes from hormone- and antibiotic-free cattle in the Northeast—each burger comes tender and juicy on a soft brioche bun. No-fuss diners will go for The Boardwalk, a simple eight-ounce burger without any fixings. A breakfast lover’s dream, The Butchers Burger is topped with Great Hill blue cheese, shaved Prosciutto, tomato and arugula, apple-smoked bacon and a sunny-side-up egg. And yes, there is a healthy option: The Healthy One, a bunless burger served with goat cheese, baby arugula and marinated heirloom tomato. Can’t-miss extras include the addicting truffle and Parmesan fries and homemade milkshakes, including alcoholic versions.

Next Door Burger Bar, 8 Jarves St., Sandwich, 508-888-3746

Waffle fries with truffle and Parmesan

The Healthy One: an eight-ounce bunless burger with local goat cheese, baby arugula and marinated heirloom tomatoes

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