A Quieter, More Personal Shake Shack
At the end of a small strip mall on Route 38 is WuBurger, a new entrant into the fast casual burger arena. That's a pretty crowded field at the moment, but Woburn (the "Wu") is a location that could use one. You place your burger order at the ice cream counter, pick it up at the grill window across the way, then eat at a comfy table. The look is retro, featuring bright red and white diner booths, cheerful colors on all the walls and signage that highlights the sourcing.
The menu is compact but versatile, offering the preconfigured Wu Burger as well as a build-your-own option with different cheeses and toppings. A hot dog, a veggie burger and sandwiches with fried chicken, roast beef, roast turkey and eggplant present some diversity.
The sign says "featuring Mr. Charlie's ice cream," but Mr. Charlie always had Richardson's ice cream. That's still the case here, and it's not a bad choice.
Think of WuBurger as a quieter, more homespun and more personal version of Shake Shack. The beef might not be as sophisticated, but the execution—especially the toppings—shows more tender loving care.
See the full run-down of burgers, chicken, hot dog and fries in the full review here:
December 8, 2015 WUBurger
The restaurant is outfitted with retro booths and had plenty of seating.
In addition to burgers they have a variety of other sandwiches, such as a grilled cheese, a roast beef, a crispy fried chicken and a house roasted turkey. You can get a hamburger or a WUBurger, which comes topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and wusauce.
WUBurger has a variety of toppings that range from complimentary to $1 per topping:
Complimentary Toppings: Lettuce, Tomato, Raw Onion, Pickles, Relish, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, BBQ Sauce, WuSauce
Regular Toppings ($0.50): Grilled Onions, Grilled Mushrooms, Jalapeno, American Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Swiss Cheese
Premium Toppings ($1.00): Applewood Smoked Bacon, Blue Cheese, Fried Egg, Crispy Fried Onions, Homemade Chili
I had a cheeseburger with swiss cheese and a fried egg on the potato roll (they also offer a sesame seed bun). I really liked this burger and the egg was cooked perfectly, over easy, so the egg yolk broke and added some creamy goodness to the burger.
The sign out front says that they serve Mr. Charlie’s ice cream, which is really Richardson’s ice cream. Love it! I had the Tollhouse cookie ice cream with Reese’s Pieces. Waiting for them to get their new peanut butter warmer, because this girl loves her some peanut butter sauce on her ice cream!
How do you top your WUBurger?