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Jul 4, 2009 07:43 PM

Good Food before Red Sox game?

We are going to Red Sox game Saturday night. Does anyone know a good "dinner before plan"? We love food but would like it to work with going to the game. Thanks!!

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  1. Eastern Standard Kitchen is an easy walk into Kenmore Square. Try doing a search on the board for Kenmore - you should find a few options.

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    1. re: Eatin in Woostah

      Interestingly, there have been some negative posts about ES recently. Although personally, I've always had great meals there. Any place that serves things like bone marrow is great in my book!

      1. re: Tir_na_nOg

        I've noticed, but we went about three weeks ago and it was as fab as always. I shared the bone marrow and pate apps with the table and they were both universally loved. My cassoulet was delicious, and everyone enjoyed what they ordered as well. Shame that others have had some less-than-great experiences lately, though. We were even there on a game night (though at 7:30 just as the crowd died down.)

        1. re: Eatin in Woostah

          Best time to go to Eastern Standard is during a Red Sox game - you can usually just walk in and get seated immediately. Then as soon as the game lets out there's a line out the door and down the block.

        2. re: Tir_na_nOg

          I had the ceviche and steak tartare 2 weeks ago and both were excellent...

          1. re: ritcey

            I tried their ceviche a few months ago and it was disgusting.

            I love the stuff and would willingly give them a second chance.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              Huh - take my entry with a grain of salt, then, as my ceviche experience is limited, but I had been way over-served the night before and the ceviche was just a perfect way to recover =) Dunno if it makes a difference, but we probably had the first bowls of the day, as the server had to check to see if it was ready yet (and they were indeed 'bowls' - quite a large portion)

              1. re: ritcey

                Over-served? I hope that's a TIC way of saying that you drank too much.

                1. re: FNG96

                  Indeed it is ;-) group birthday dinner + old friend in town + knowing the bartender = yikes!

      2. We went to La Verdad, right next to Fenway Park, and had very good Mexican. Decent price, nice patio and location can't be beat for the game.

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        1. re: nader

          Taberna de Haro on Beacon St. is an easy walk as well, and some of the best tapas in Boston.

          1. re: nader

            I hit La Verdad pre-game recently as well. A pacifico, some grilled corn and a taco plate (you can do a combo of any 3 selections, I did a fish, carnitas, and chorizo/potato, with the fish and chorizo as the stars) certainly hit the spot for me. And the price was reasonable too.

            1. re: ebone

              While I enjoy La Verdad when its on- too often it seems to be "off" which is disappointing. That said though- it doesnt really stop me from going (in fact-Ill be there tonight pre-game), though usually thats the decision of my game companion more than me, because the menu is definitely easy and the prices are right. But a warning- it is DEFINITELY hit or miss...and a little dirty in my honest opinion....

              1. re: ebone

                We hit the take out window at La Verdad before a game last week. Although there was only a very small line (3 parties), we waited over 15 min for our food. The eats were fine, but the wait laughable.

                1. re: Gabatta

                  Wow! Seriously? Ive always been shocked at how fast they are with their food on game days. Thats awful! But then again- another example of a "miss" I guess....

                  1. re: fmcoxe6188

                    I agree, it was definitely a first and out of character. I posted the experience is it is another example of their variability. I could understand it more if they had been busy. I am not there enough to know, but I wonder if they have a lot of staff turnover.

                    Not a big deal, it just reaffirmed that I should stick with what works (Sausage Guy) when I make it to a game.

            2. Trattoria Toscano on Jersey St. is a short walk from the park and has good italian.

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              1. re: Monty

                Is that the same Toscano that is on Charles St.?

                1. re: Alica

                  No. Monty meant Trattoria "Toscana".

                  1. re: Alica

                    No relation between the two, and they are rather different in style. Toscano is more upscale, creative Italian-American with some fancy pizzas and wood-grilled steaks and chops. Trattoria Toscana is much more modest, actually lives up to the trattoria name, and seems far more authentic in its take on Tuscan cuisine to me, though it also does fine rustic pasta dishes.


                2. Audubon Circle is a good spot before the game. For such a small menu, there is impressive variety. I can recommend the potstickers, either burger, any sandwich, the mussels as well as the schnitzel. If you get there around 6:15, seating shouldn't be a problem.

                  Audobon Circle Restaurant Bar
                  838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215

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                  1. re: nathanP

                    We normally love Audubon but our last visit post-Fenway (so it was not too busy) was disappointing. The black bean burger, usually a favorite of ours, was mealy/mushy. The mussels smelled of fish the minute they came out of the kitchen. We were so sad. But that won't keep us from returning.