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Jul 28, 2009 11:28 AM

Bartley's Featured

Uh oh...Mr Bartley's Burger Cottage is getting featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives....why do I feel as though Im going to have to find a new favorite Boston burger now?

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  1. I'm a Bartley's fan, but it's not as though it's not listed in every Boston guide book already!

    1. I know what you mean, fx...I already avoid the place all summer! Luckily, if I am in the area and feel like a burger, Flat Patties serves up a decent one in the Garage.

      Is Bartley's considered a "Dive"? I never thought of it that way, but it doesn't fall into the other two categories of the show's title.

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      1. re: pickledtink

        It's not exactly hip. I haven't been in a few years but it was dated then.

        1. re: trufflehound

          I guess I am just "used" to it, having grown up and lived near Harvard Square for years. It was a good place to grab lunch on senior skip-days. Not that I ever skipped school :P

        2. re: pickledtink

          I actually prefer Flat Patties to the Burger Cottage. It's a pretty good griddled burger.

          1. re: pickledtink

            Yeah-I was thinking it would be a "dive" as well...its certainly not a drive in :-)

            It definitely is a tourist trap-but now I can just see the lines down the block reciting "too cool" catch phrases.

            1. re: fmcoxe6188

              Yes, it is best to stay away from restaurants which are praised by the major Food-oriented media outlets. If they like it, it probably means it's overrated. What do they know? In fact, most of the restaurants I tend to frequent are places that the general public has never even heard of. Many of the restaurants I go to are so under the radar, they haven't even been built yet.

              1. re: thebestatfood

                I will come to DDD's defense here, by saying that I tried a place he profiled, in my Dad's hometown of Westport, CT. It was excellent in every way, and it was exactly as it was portrayed on the show. I don't think they "hype" has hurt it at all, and if it brings them more customers and more business, I think it's great.

                1. re: mwk

                  Agreed! There is a small, out of the way place near Clearwater, FL that I saw on the show some time back. We ate there on our Florida trip last March and it was one of the best meals of the trip! Thumbs up to DDD!

                2. re: thebestatfood

                  Ha ha, best thing I've read here in ages.

                  1. re: Joanie

                    Agreed, I think I'm going to borrow that "so under the radar...." line for my friends.

                  2. re: thebestatfood

                    "Many of the restaurants I go to are so under the radar, they haven't even been built yet."


                    1. re: Dax

                      Gawd Dax -- were your ears burning? Was just talking about how much fun you are at a pig roast.

              2. I also heard that he may have hit Sam LaGrassa's as well.

                I'm pretty sure that filming for that show doesn't guarantee that it will actually make it to DDD. I recall Fieri saying once that not every place he visits makes the cut. So maybe he has several places he's visiting around Boston, and will only feature the ones that he thinks deserve it. But I'd say there's a very good chance Bartley's will make it onto the show.

                1. DDD has featured a few MA places since it started - Kelly's Diner in Somerville, Mike's Diner in Boston, JT Farnham's in Essex and Charlie's Diner in Spencer.

                  This trip to MA along with Bartleys, he's hitting Morin's Diner in Attleboro. Not sure where else.

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                  1. re: ChocolateMilkshake

                    I haven't made it over to any since their episodes-has anyone noticed a change in crowds?

                    1. re: fmcoxe6188

                      Let's just say Kelly's in Somerville didn't get mobbed after the show.

                      1. re: yumyum

                        Ha! Exactly yumyum. I think its great for a local place to get highlighted, especially one that I like, and am not understanding the negativity here.

                        1. re: CreativeFoodie42

                          I meant no offense- the negativity is purely based on the cheesiness of the show- in my opinion, and a fear that if Bartley's gets even more popular with tourists than it already is as a "novelty" stop then quality may suffer in light of demand. A valid concern.

                          Of course its wonderful when local area eateries and chefs are recognized for their talents, especially to a national, or even international audience. Im sure no one would dispute that.

                          1. re: fmcoxe6188

                            I'm pretty sure the people who operate Mr. Bartley's aren't going to change their ways because Guy Fieri walks through the door. After 40 years of turning out high quality, interesting burgers, they're not going to do anything differently if more tourists start making the place a stop on their visits to Harvard Square. If they're serving burgers to Harvard Students or families from Omaha, the product is still going to be the same. The lines may be longer at some times because of the exposure, but in the end, it is only a good thing when a deserving restaurant gets national exposure.

                            1. re: thebestatfood

                              And being featured in a fast-edited five-minute slot on a cable TV show isn't the same as being splashed all over the front page of CNN. I dare say the kind of person who watches that show and takes notes is the kind of person who would have "found out" about Bartley's and more besides if they were planning a trip to Boston.

                              1. re: chickendhansak

                                I think THAT is a good point. It's not like Bartley's is some secret place no one knows about. It holds a place in many folks' top 5 burgers in town, including my own.

                            2. re: fmcoxe6188

                              I wonder if he'll exclaim "that is money," or "off the hook," or "funky cold medina," or some such other annoying 90s catch phrase. He is the "Poochie" of the food network.

                              I do like me a Bartley's burger now and then, despite the reactionary names. My brother once ate a macho burger, which is a fairly impressive amount of meat.

                              1. re: nsenada

                                I bet he'll say "winner, winner, burger dinner" at some point. Heh, I wonder if he tried both the Professor Gates burger and the new Sgt. Crowley burger. (Probably not.)

                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                  possibly one could recieve " a masters degree at flavortown university!". yeah, sure, the guys a tool. but watching just the cooking parts of the show (which can be viewed in about 10-12 minutes per show with fast forward) i got an astonishing recipe for a nested homemade fettucine with clams, roasted jalepenos, and house made pancetta. there is worse cooking on the t..v.

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