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Food while watching the last regular season Pats game

Joanie Dec 29, 2009 10:58 AM

I know there's a similar thread about "where to watch the game and eat well" somewhere but I can't find it. I'm looking for inspiration cuz I feel like I've hit a bunch of places. Good Life, Temple, Corner Tavern, Thirsty Scholar, Gaslight, Audobon. Meeting someone around 1:30 or 2, would be nice to have breakfast/brunch options, greater Boston area, not too painful for parking, not overly crowded. I'm thinking Eastern Standard but what else is there?

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  1. barleywino RE: Joanie Dec 29, 2009 11:11 AM

    Spirit Bar north of POrter square? Or (this is *probably* not what you had in mind, but...) Jade Garden on Tyler st in Chinatown (twin lobsters, ribs, beer etc)

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      ginnyhw RE: Joanie Dec 29, 2009 12:17 PM

      We had a good time watching the 1pm game at Doyle's a few weeks ago. Best home fries in a long time plus it really has a nice crowd.

      1. Bob MacAdoo RE: Joanie Dec 29, 2009 01:20 PM

        Joanie, ES is not your best option unless you go real early and score seats at the bar in front of the TV.

        Personally, I'm a big fan of the sports bar scene (obviously lowering my chow expectations) and love the Four's at N. Station. (which is never really crowded during Pats' games unless there is an event at the Garden.)

        A viable non-sports bar option is the Waterfront Cafe on Commercial Street. They have plenty of TVs, a great pubby menu of pizza, burgers, tips, fish&chippies, etc. It's really casual, but the food is pretty good. The beer selection is very good as I recall. Parking should not be a problem on a Sunday.

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          bear RE: Joanie Dec 29, 2009 02:03 PM

          Found the other thread thanks to Google, Joanie. No luck with the chow search.


          1. hiddenboston RE: Joanie Dec 29, 2009 02:03 PM

            I agree re: Spirit in Cambridge and the Waterfront Cafe in the North End. Also, Barlow's in South Boston is going to be starting brunch (possibly as early as this week--call first) and they have a really nice atmosphere, being in an old mill building in the Fort Point area. I wasn't totally happy with my food when we went last week, but definitely worth it for the beers, TVs, and old-Boston feel.

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              jgg13 RE: hiddenboston Dec 30, 2009 08:30 AM

              The only gotcha with Spirit is that if you're picky about where you want to sit (I am) and have any sort of group with you, you need to show up pretty early. But I do enjoy watching games there.

            2. digga RE: Joanie Dec 29, 2009 02:52 PM

              Another vote for Spirit. Pretty good food and they have the audio. Dave the manager is a great guy. Another place in the same vein is Old Magoun's in Magoun Square in the 'ville. Pub food is above-average and they have the audio as well.

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                Joanie RE: digga Dec 30, 2009 08:10 AM

                Thanks for the suggestions and the old link. I think Magoun's will be best for easy parking, options of breakfast or lunch and old school atmosphere. I'll save the Waterfront for nicer weather and Spirit when someone's not driving, Porter Sq. is kind of a pain. Thanks.

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                  saridt RE: Joanie Dec 30, 2009 08:16 AM

                  Magoun's is in my old 'hood --love the curry fries, yum!

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                    justbeingpolite RE: saridt Dec 30, 2009 08:20 AM

                    If you're in the 'burbs, Masa in Woburn seems like a nice choice.

              2. MC Slim JB RE: Joanie Dec 30, 2009 08:52 AM

                I love the Magoun's suggestion. J.J. Foley's in the South End is another good option, parking not too tough around there, good brunch and lunch food, easy sightlines, rarely crowded for afternoon games.

                I was thinking I might grill sirloins, but then pull them out from under everyone's noses and serve them Salisbury steaks instead, which is pretty much how I expect the lineup to go.


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                  justbeingpolite RE: MC Slim JB Dec 30, 2009 09:19 AM

                  What time should we be there?

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                    Joanie RE: MC Slim JB Dec 30, 2009 09:28 AM

                    Ha ha, good analogy. Esp. for Indianapolis. That was lame.

                    Actually, Indy was more like dog food.

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                      jgg13 RE: Joanie Dec 30, 2009 10:27 AM

                      On the upside, the Colts now can't go 19-0, which would have led me to want to eat dog food

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                        Joanie RE: jgg13 Dec 30, 2009 11:34 AM

                        In a way yes, but I'd be super bummed if I were on that team and wasn't even given the shot. I can hear Mercury Morris now.

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                          winecafe95 RE: Joanie Dec 30, 2009 11:46 AM

                          Has anyone been to "The Pub" in Ball Square yet?? I know that when the new owner took over, he cleaned it up and put in a TON of TVs....but generally I'm just over there for Kelly's Diner.

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                            hiddenboston RE: Joanie Dec 30, 2009 12:24 PM

                            And I can hear the Chowhound Team heading out way, LOL.

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                      jajjguy RE: Joanie Dec 31, 2009 09:32 AM

                      The Independent in Somerville has good TVs. Sunday brunch is not their best moment for food, but it works, and the beer is always good.

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