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Where to find a West Coast burger in an East Coast town

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est Coast-style burgers are griddle-pressed and served on grilled brioche buns. And there’s a place you can get them in the intellectual capital of the East Coast: Harvard Square’s Flat Patties, which delivers thin-patty West Coast-style burgers with fixings and a house sauce. Cheap and fast, these burgers are crusty on the outside, faintly pink in the center, and drip with flavor. Other menu highlights include the shredded pork sandwich and the vegetarian-friendly grilled portabella mushroom sandwich. Moravek



The East Coast may make thicker burgers, but Massachusetts has America’s second-lowest rate of obesity (behind Colorado), and fourth-highest rate of health-club memberships.