This Is Framingham

This Is Framingham
Life in the 'ham


April 4th, 2007

At 666 (!) Waverly St. is a bar called Bruburger’s. I wasn’t sure what to expect, if it was going to be like a restaurant-bar like the Chicken Bone or more bar-bar like the Happy Swallow.
My “drinking buddy” Mike and I ventured in and found it to be more on the bar-bar side. ?????? (????)   Which is good because Mike is always looking for places like this.   This was what I like to call an “old-man bar”, from the vintage Clydesdale Budweiser display above the bar to the classic jar of pickled eggs, it’s hard to find places like this around here.

The crowd here at first glance seems like it could be kind of rough but the bartender was very friendly and later in the night a guy who had a enjoyed a few beers bumped into Mike, said excuse me and then recognizing we weren’t regulars, started telling us about 25¢ wings on Mondays and half price burgers on Sundays but “you can’t take them with you, you have to eat them here”.  As he was walking backwards from our table to the bathroom, he went on about how “it’s a good…good crowd here” and that we should come back.  Then he finally vanished into the bathroom.

We both got burgers and Guinness, which the bartender made the effort to draw shamrocks in the foam.  I got a mushroom cheeseburger and Mike got one with Canadian bacon (mike’s picture didn’t come out). 

 I have to say, I didn’t know what to expect, even with the word “Burger” in the bar’s name, but they were excellent.  The buns were really good too, nicely toasted on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside- that was another thing the friendly drunk guy told us, is that they get the buns from The Framingham Baking Co.
Mike with his burger: Me with mine: (See Mike, I posted our pictures!)

Much like the Happy Swallow, the bathrooms had some character as well.  I liked this little note by the toilet:

My favorite part is that it says “So freakin’ DON’T!” (Note to Ethan:  I’m going to say this all the time so get freakin’ used to it!)

This is a great place.  Would I send my mom here?  Maybe not, but we had a great time and I’ll definitely go back. ????? ??? ????


  1. Look at the craftsmanship in that sign! Somebody really enjoyed making it:) You’ll have to go back there some time with me. It looks like a fun place. BTW: This little bit (quoted below) struck me as especially picturesque writing. Nice job.

    “As he was walking backwards from our table to the bathroom, he went on about how ‘it’s a good…good crowd here’ and that we should come back. Then he finally vanished into the bathroom.”

    Comment by Ethan April 4, 2007 @ 9:34 pm

  2. Very cool! I’ll have to stop by and try this place…

    Comment by Chad April 5, 2007 @ 2:23 am

  3. My experience was slightly different. I went with my wife and another couple back in December, on a Sunday, for two for one burgers. I agree that the burgers are great. However, I felt like we were looked at as outsiders, as not one of them. AND there was a guy that was completely wasted and tried to say something to us in a slur that I don’t think was very nice.

    Oh yeah, and we played darts. Good fun. Burgers are indeed excellent though. Worth the adventure!

    Comment by scott April 5, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

  4. When I was in my twenties I once went to a bar in cambridge that looked similar. When I sat at the bar the regulars scattered to some tables in the corner. The bartender asked me for my badge and I said I’m not a cop. He then pointed to the regulars huddled in the corner and said they think I am. This was just after I had go a haircut.

    Comment by Rich April 6, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

  5. When I was a kid we used to go to a restaurant on Waverly St. called the Casalinga. Great Italian food, a little out of the way from the rest of dowtown Framingham. It was in an old building, and I think it might have been this one. How long has the place been Bruburgers, I wonder? A lot has changed since I moved away.

    Comment by Catherine December 18, 2007 @ 11:17 pm

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