Mr. Bartley's

1246 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02138
(617) 354-6559
Categories Food

Since 1960, Mr. Bartley's has been serving 7-ounce, freshly ground burgers to hoards of hungry Harvard students. Bill Bartley still mans the grill after more than 30 years, and his parents, founders Joe and Joan, still run the front of house. Fresh-ground chuck comes in from a local butcher daily, and the patties are formed using a special contraption that doesn’t compress the meat too much. They’re seared on a ripping-hot griddle, and the cheese is griddled separately and eased onto the patty before it’s served. The burger selection is enormous, but you’re going to want to try The Viagra, which is topped with blue cheese and bacon. Wash it down with a lime rickey with some onion rings on the side, and take in a place where time seems to stand perfectly still. Unless there’s a Red Sox game on. - Dan Myers

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