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

http://www.publican.com

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.

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      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:
              http://www.thecrowbarcdm.com/index2.html

              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.

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                  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!

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          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.

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              Highland Kitchen
              150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

              Ten Tables
              597 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130