Mr. Bartley’s Gourmet Burgers
A stalwart of Harvard Square since 1960, Bartley’s is the quintessential college town burger joint. They keep up to date with cute names for the burgers that change with the election returns and pop-culture trends. Thus the current Scott Brown (bacon, American cheese, grilled onions, jalapenos, and fries) and Sarah Palin (grilled onions, cheese sauce, and fries). All the burgers are based on well-salted, inch-thick 7-ounce patties of beef ground fresh daily. The favorite is the Jersey Shore (bacon, cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms, onion rings). Runner-up is the John Kerry (Swiss cheese, mushrooms, lettuce and tomato, potato salad).
$9.85-$17. No credit cards. 1246 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-6559, mrbartley.com