If you want to start a fight among foodies, throw down the “_____” has the best burger gauntlet and watch the sparks fly. R loves Bartley’s Burger Cottage in Harvard Square. I like Bartley’s a lot, but as time goes by, I think I prefer my own burgers. Another favored contender in the best burger fight is R.F. O’Sullivan’s in Somerville. They offer ½ pound ground sirloin burgers and the menu tells you that they will take 20 minutes, so don’t get impatient. R had the “out of the blu” burger which has blue cheese stuffed in to the patty and the bun and is then topped with bacon. I had a bacon cheddar burger. The burger came thick and towering. The kind of burger that there is no way you could fit you mouth around it. It was perfectly cooked; but I thought it was underseasoned. I think burgerwise, Bartley’s has a slight edge over O’Sullivan’s; but let us not forget there is so much more to a dining experience. I have never liked Bartley’s onion strings and their fries are mediocre, whereas O’Sullivan’s sides are sublime. They have big, beautiful, sweet onion rings with the perfect amount of breading. The fries are potato wedge, thick, well-seasoned and a perfect ratio of crispy outside to fluffy potato goodness on the inside. Whoever is on the fry station knows their stuff.
Plus, we can not discount ease of parking, especially during lunch. You can circle 3 parking orbits in Harvard Sq and still not find anything. On Beacon St in Somerville? Easy as pie. Speaking of pie, after you are done with your burger, cross the street to Petsi’s pie for dessert. That’s what we did, and now there’s a chocolate pecan pie waiting to be eaten.