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Paul’s Burger was originally established in 1989, but visitors to this family-owned burger joint might feel as tough they’ve traveled back much further in time. Checkered tablecloths, black-and-white celebrity photos, and vintage memorabilia evoke a 1950’s vibe, but the biggest throwback is the vintage hospitality. Regulars line the counter to chat with the cooks they know by name, and celebs such as Hoda Kotb and Food Network chef Anne Burrell have even been known to stop by to rub elbows with everyday folks and steal a handful of their fries. Burgers are, of course, the real stars at Paul’s with specialties including the Eastsider burger, a half-pounder crowned with ham, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions. Other incarnations include an English burger on an English muffin, a burger topped with chili con carne, or a raw beef burger taratare adorned with raw egg and capers. Along with burgers, the grillers craft fish filet sandwiches, smother fries with gravy or cheese, and whip up old-fashioned soda fountain specialties including milk shakes and egg creams.