Mr. Bartley’s

Eclectic | Hamburgers | Sandwich Shop
One of the best

Mr. Bartley’s is a Cambridge institution and a longtime favorite of mine. They have a pretty extensive menu and of particular note are their sandwiches and burgers, which are named after politicans, celebrities and sports stars from the Boston-Cambridge area. When I lived in Boston, I’d often find myself taking the Red Line T (subway) to Harvard Square and waiting in line to tuck into a Conan O’Brien (hot covered turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes). Their subtly sweet and soft baked beans are the standard by which I measure other versions.

I hadn’t been a big fan of their burgers in the past, but on a recent visit I had a “Mitt Romney” burger with Swiss cheese and grilled onions. Cooked medium and topped with BBQ sauce, at my request, it was incredibly beefy, juicy and one of those dishes that just got better with each bite. And it comes with a side of their thin, wispy batter-dipped and very addictive onion rings. Be sure to ask for some sweet pepper relish to spoon on your plate for dipping. An inspired choice suggested by my waitress on my last visit.

An ideal beverage to wash this down would be one of their classic frappes which is New England lingo for a milkshake. On the lighter side, a raspberry-lime rickey made with raspberry juice, simple syrup, lots of fresh squeezed limes and crushed ice, is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

In addition to great food, Mr. Bartley’s has an atmosphere that really draws me in. It can get a bit loud with the staff calling out orders and sometimes giving sass to some of the customers, but that’s just part of the charm. The walls are covered with posters, signs and artwork that really put the Boston-Cambridge culture on display. Just steps from the scenic Harvard University campus, people from all walks of life make their way here for a burger and then some. Hopefully, I’ll see you among them soon.

What to Eat
Mr. Bartley’s, Raspberry Lime Rickey
Raspberry Lime Rickey
A most tart and refreshing mix of raspberry juice, simple syrup, fresh squeezed limes and seltzer water.
Mr. Bartley’s, Baked beans
Baked beans
Some of my most favorite baked beans in the Boston-Cambridge area.
Mr. Bartley’s, The Mitt Romney Burger
The Mitt Romney Burger
This 'Mitt Romney' burger had Swiss cheese and grilled onions, my addition of barbecue sauce put it over the top for me. It was one of those foods that got better with each bite.
Mr. Bartley’s, Grape Nut Pudding
Grape Nut Pudding
I've always wanted to try it here and while it was good and reminded me of flan, I do prefer my pudding warm.
Mr. Bartley’s, The Conan O’Brien Sandwich
The Conan O’Brien Sandwich
I do so love a hot covered turkey sandwich and Bartley's gets it right.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Tuesday12pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday12pm - 7:30pm
Thursday12pm - 7:30pm
Friday12pm - 8pm
Saturday12pm - 8pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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