A Unique Harvard Square Burger Joint

At 1246 Massachusetts Avenue, right next to the Harvard Book Store, is Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage. A perennial recipient of “Best of Boston” awards from The Boston Globe, The Improper Bostonian, and Boston Magazine, the food has been praised by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, and The Food Network. The laundry list of celebrity customers and fans includes Johnny Cash, Jaqueline Onasis, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bill Belichick, Al Pacino, Adam Sandler and Katie Couric.

Leaving all the hype aside, here’s my extremely short review. First, the burgers are very good, slightly too big but made with great ingredients and cooked very well. Second, the onion rings are excellent. Third, the frappes/milkshakes are very, very, VERY good. Fourth, the decor is a kind of intellectual grunge.

Mrs. Bartley is a real professional and very nice too.

Drop by if you’re in the area. It’s worth the stop.

Why Petaluma Once Was So Rich

The land surrounding Petaluma is rich farm country, not only in Sonoma County but in Napa and Marin Counties too. With all that nearby agricultural land, grain, milk, eggs, cheese, and meat was produced all around it in abundance.

Getting these riches to market was solved by the Petaluma River that flowed from the town’s grain silos, mills and food storage warehouses into San Francisco bay. For a brief while Petaluma was the richest community in California.

Currently it’s a bedroom community for San Francisco with a lot of repurposed industrial buildings. It’s old affluence is gone but if you’re looking for good food, you’ve come to the right place.

Bakery Gal

Bakery Window

I’ve been laid up lately and not able to take to the streets with my trusty Ricoh GRII. Today was the first time in weeks that I went into Petaluma with the camera. I had luck with this one as the bright sun illuminated her face very well.

Nice to be back!

92 In The Shade

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It is brutally hot today. Over 90 and muggy enough to bring the strong to their knees. As we are in a city there are always plenty of street vendors around wanting to sell heat relief of one sort or the other but frankly nothing really helps. Today you sweat sitting in the shade.

Silver Fox…Maybe Later

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There are so many stories out here on the street. Of course it is not for me to know what they are but I have a lot of fun making them up.

I like shooting through restaurant windows. If I’m lucky I can catch an enigmatic couple like this one.

Long Haired Reader

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Here’s one guy that you might be surprised to see in a library. On the street perhaps, or maybe in a homeless shelter, but in the main reading room of the Boston Public library? Probably not. However look again if you would please. Could it be what you are seeing is a kind of a costume? A “I don’t give a damn about what you might think of me because under this jaunty hat, I’m a fantastic writer doing research on my book of poetry that will knock your goddamn socks off.” 

I love puzzles like this.