I kind of miss the rough-around-the-edges "What do you want,
captain?" days of Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage in Cambridge, Mass., but
that's OK. What remains are the amazing burgers and loud
student-food-hall-meets-diner atmosphere that has been so appealing at
this third generation Harvard Square restaurant -- right across the
street from Harvard University -- since 1960.
- Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage Business Partnership
Why I Still Prefer the Timeless Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage in
Cambridge, Massachusetts Over Trendy Burger Chains
Article and photos by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article created on June 24, 2017.
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Although the comfort food menu has expanded through the years, the best
Mr. Bartley's dining experience is to stick with the basics: homemade
burgers, onion rings, French fries, frappes, and lime rickeys. By
the way, the burger selection is incredible including around 30
specialty seven-ounce, ground fresh daily versions offering toppings
from onion, lettuce, tomato, bacon and cheeses to guacamole, grilled
sauerkraut, Boston baked beans, sriracha, maple syrup and pineapple
Lines frequently go out the door to sample the delicious burgers that
Guy Fieri from the Food Network's Diners,
Drive-ins and Dives, Wall
Street Journal and other major media have designated in the past as one
of the best burger places in America. Bill Belichick, Adam Sandler, Bob
Dylan, Al Pacino and Katie Couric have been some of the famous guests
dining here, but on any given night you'll see all walks of life --
students, professors, the wealthy, the poor and families at its
front-to-back and four-seat tables surrounded by walls with posters,
humorous signs and bumper stickers. Servers yell out orders to the
cooks and the sizzle of the grill sometimes competes with the loudness
of the collective clientele.
Mr. Bartley's is one of the few Harvard Square eateries that doesn't
take credit cards, but that keeps the prices down and the slight
inconvenience is worth experiencing what we feel are the best tasting
burgers we've tried in eastern Massachusetts.
Mouthwatering burger from Bartley's!
Sure, the words "Gourmet Burgers" and "Salads" on Mr. Bartley's
storefront sign and the summer outdoor cafe suggest a newer version of
this Massachusetts landmark, but the culinary song remains the same.
This is a true "local" place that sticks to its original restaurant
roots and actually seems to draw better crowds than some of the more
trendy, chain burger places that seem to be popping up all over the
place. Most of those chains do a fine job, but I'll respectfully stick
with a proven, one-of-a-kind townie place like Mr. Bartley's that is
still as good as ever, and works so hard in a humble, no frills working
class fashion to keep thriving.
I hope you get to enjoy this fabulous burger joint, captain!
Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage is located at 1246
Mass. Ave., Cambridge MA. Tel. (617) 354-6559. Also be sure to check
out the Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage Facebook Fan page
for updates and some mouthwatering photos!
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