The Ultracreative Landmark: Mr. Bartley's
The Fat-Free Summary: The humble setting belies Mr. Bartley's legendary 50-plus-year reputation as a burger paradise with dozens (plural) of varieties and a quirky setting strewn with movie and music memorabilia.
What's Well-Done: Depends. What day is it? Most ingredients stay the same, but names change often to reflect everything from local politics (the "Marty Walsh" boasts horseradish chive cheddar cheese, coleslaw and Dijon) and pop-culture personalities (care for a "Mark Zuckerberg"? The "richest geek in America" gets a sandwich with boursin cheese and bacon). Don't worry. There's rarely a dud in the bunch.
Why It Sizzles: We love our history, and after half a century, Mr. Bartley's is the grandfather of the local burger scene. He's watched plenty of whippersnappers come and go, but has been unwavering to his formula for success: a lack of pretension and juicy burgers that are designed to satisfy.
Our One Beef: Look, we could lie and pretend that the cash-only policy lends to the hole-in-the-wall charm. But let's not kid ourselves. It's 2014: Mr. Bartley's is now an icon, and most of us prefer to debit our dinner. So take our plastic, please.