Best bars for dinner.
Looking for a new spot to eat at the bar. Looking for reasonably priced food & great atmosphere. Live in the South End and have eaten at many of the bars here whether trendy or divey, though the dives are too rare in my opinion. Love to eat at these bars The Delux, Anchovies , Toro, J..J. Foley's, Red Bones, Union, East Coast Grill, Giacomo's. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks,
My favorite bar to eat at is Blue Room for the many reasons I have enumerated in as many posts. Reggie and Mary provide excellent service. The grilled meats and fish are consistently delicious. The sides, pastas, cheese plates and antipasto round out what is always menu chock-a-block full of flavor and depth. I have NEVER been disappointed. OH - excellent wines by the glass AND conveniently paired for you with current menu items. Can't go wrong! :-D
B-Sides is fun for bar food that is well prepared. My faves are Baked Gouda in a Skillet & their salads are great too. There choco fondue is fun to eat with a group. When all else fails there are the free hardboiled eggs that they have at the bar.
I like the following dining-at-the-bar spots for the attentive nature of the staff and the nice conversations I've gotten into...
-Eastern Standard (though it can get crowded)
-Bin 26 Enoteca
-Tryst (way better than the dining room)
-Aquitaine (small, but lovely)
I really enjoy eating at the bar when its just me and my husband. I find that its actually easier to talk to each other side by side as opposed across from each other. Two of my standbys for bar eating are Eastern Standard (they have a late night menu which is a bonus) and Rivergods near Central Sq.
It never occured to me to eat at the bar at East Coast Grill but maybe I'll give it a try. I agree with you on Toro. There was a long line when we went and we just lucked out by getting those seats (I swear I wasn't doing the annoying hover either!)
I agree heypielady, the bar is the best place to eat and to watch the activity of the place, plus the bartenders take real good care of you, sometimes better than the regular waitstaff. Tenders often give samples of wine, remnants of bottles, special drinks etc., nice touch. I'll take a seat at the bar over a table at almost any great steakhouse.