May 19, 2003
If you're in Boston and one of those carniverous fits strikes you, head for Harvard Square, home of the venerable Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage. Bartley's has been turning out tasty burgers for 40 years now, and it still packs in hordes of hungry Harvard students.
Shoulder your way into the dim and invariably crowded dining room and grab a seat at one of the long communal tables, then fix your attention on the menu boards posted behind the counter. Bartley's serves over 20 burgers with names like the Yuppie Burger (boursin cheese, bacon, cole slaw, and french fries) and the Stephen King (muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato, cole slaw and french fries). My personal favorite? The Tiger Woods (cheddar, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, cole slaw and french fries).
For those who don't eat beef, there are a variety of chicken sandwiches and clubs, as well as turkey burgers and salads.
Despite the fact that the burgers come with fries, get an order of Bartley's fabulous sweet potato fries, hot from the frier. They're available plain (with salt) or cajun spiced (my favorite). Then top it all off with a giant Goddzilla Frappe--an old fashioned milkshake made with hard ice cream.
For under $15, you'll have satisfied those junk food demons and be ready to go once more.... Unless you get sidetracked by the awesome Toscanini's ice cream shop down the street.
From journal Boston: On the Tourist Trail and Off the Beaten Path