In my defense, I had no original intentions of getting a burger today.
To be perfectly honest I was supposed to be eating what Grace had so eloquently described as “something with peppers and stuff.”
Instead my good friend The Peter Norman (heretofore known as TPN) sent me a Facebook message indicating a desire for dead cow at a popular Cambridge burger joint known as Mr. Bartley’s.
What ensued was another notch on my burger belt, the intake of thousands of calories, the use of political figures’ names in jest, TPN losing his Bartley’s virginity, and an overwhelming desire to snap the neckbone of half a dozen frat guys.
All of this was followed by some beers (most of the low calorie variety to offset the meal), some Nerf guns, and plenty of helpful zombie killing tips.
Additionally, there was a brief display of Grace’s education system-fueled rage. All-in-all, good times were had by all.
Here be the burger rundown…
What: “The Health Care Bill” (toppings include: BBQ sauce, grilled onions & bacon)
Where: Mr. Bartley’s in Harvard Square
When: March 23, 2010
How (was it): It was pretty solid.
As is often the case with Bartley’s burgers, the big draw is the toppings more than the burger itself.
It was a perfectly acceptable patty cooked to a perfect medium—unlike TPN’s drastically more bloody “medium”—and it was hot and juicy and meshed great.
That’s just how Mr. Bartley’s works, the focus is on the toppings and not the burger itself. The patty is good. The toppings are great.
Good BBQ sauce. Not too sweet. Not too tangy. Just right. It mixed perfectly with the grilled onions, which—as you can see from the all-too-blurry photo—were overflowing from the burger.
Toss in bacon and you’ve got yourself a winner.