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Sep 15, 2010 03:25 PM

Boston Gastropubs?

ok...do we have anything like this in the Boston area?


I would love to try something close around here...

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  1. Need to fix the link. Is this a restaurant in Chicago? http://thepublicanrestaurant.com/ ?

    If so try Lord Hobo (good rotating beer list), and possibly the bar @ Craigie on Main.

    1. Take a look at Garden at The Cellar, the Russell House Tavern, and The Gallows for starters.

      If you're talking about The Publican in Chicago, you can expect my recs to be a bit more modestly priced, less glossy in atmosphere, perhaps a bit less elevated in cuisine.


      Russell House Tavern
      14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        I just ate at the Publican over the weekend. I'd agree with Russel House Tavern and The Gallows, with MC Slim JB's caveats. Honestly, I can't think of a restaurant with a similar atmosphere/look in Boston.

        1. re: LeoLioness

          Is the Publican really a gastropub, come to think of it? I don't think they even have a bar to sit at, do they?

          1. re: LeoLioness

            no, it's not really a gastropub. a better example of a gastropub in chicago would be the hopleaf. or highland kitchen in somerville. i haven't been anywhere remotely like the publican in boston. perhaps coppa, from what i've read about it.

            1. re: autopi

              In terms of defining a gastropub, i think Lord Hobo is the best example. Loosen up the definition a little, and Highland Kitchen takes the cake. If you ever find yourself in Corona Del Mar, CA, you can visit my personal golden standard of a gastropub:

              1. re: Nancy816

                Just my opinion, but I don't think the food is enough of a priority at Lord Hobo to make it a true gastropub. I agree with the recs above: Russell House Tavern, Highland Kitchen, Garden at the Cellar, the Gallows. Of those, Russell House Tavern and the Gallows probably have menus most similar to the Spotted Pig/Breslin variety of gastropub--British-inspired, fatty, a little dark in tone. The presence of the Scotch Egg seems to be a good signifier of gastropub-ness.

                1. re: hckybg

                  I'd say The Local in West Newton ,and especially Armsby Abbey in Worcester would be very good representation of the gastropub.

                  Armsby Abbey
                  144 Main Street, Worcester, MA

          2. re: LeoLioness

            And I was there two weekends ago! Great place and indeed unique.

        2. Highland Kitchen!

          Highland Kitchen
          150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

          1. Coda has a changing and interesting beer selection and sources much of their ingrediants from local purveyors and I think they serve nicer bar food than most bars.

            1. I just ate at Ten Tables at the bar in JP last night and I'd recommend it. Perhaps it's a little off from a gastropub and I'm just still smitten after such a great meal and a beer flight which was just perfect -- ending with BBC Imperial Stout at dessert.

              I'd second (third?) Highland Kitchen. You can't go wrong there.

              Highland Kitchen
              150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

              Ten Tables
              597 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130