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Good food in Worcester with a TV

We'll be in Worcester next Sat. and would like a late afternoon meal at a place showing the football game. Not a full on sports bar, good pub food, tapas, new American or gastropub, hopefully able to sit right down at the bar and have some good beers on tap. We've gone to Ritual a couple times and enjoyed it but want to try something new. Thanks.

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  1. I like the Boynton. Their sour cream dill salad dressing is worth the trip alone. Sit in the booths and there is a huge TV to view. I know, I watched the game Saturday lunch time. It is what it is, Joanie..I am pretty picky and like it very much.

    1. I agree the Boynton's a good choice, especially as they have an excellent selection of beers -- something like 50 on tap. The food is nothing spectacular, but it's reliable and can even be creative at times. And it's all TV all the time there.

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      1. re: Rick_V

        I looked around and found some places that sound good food and drinkwise but not sure of the TV/crowd situation at the bar. What about EVO, Armsby Abbey or People's Kitchen? Does 111 Chophouse serve burgers? Thanks.

        1. re: Joanie

          I cannot comment on EVO but I did go to People's Kitchen two years ago. I would not run back. I am dying to try Armsby Abbey. Their menu is amazing but I think they have mostly high top tables? Joanie, I thought you have been to PK?

          1. re: phelana

            I think I tried to go to PK one time we were in town but it was too crowded. I've only gone to Ritual recently and a nice restaurant that closed a couple years ago whose name escapes me. It was in some historic building.

              1. re: phelana

                The first time it was really good. We got maybe 3 small plates, a flatbread, grilled octopus maybe, one other. All tasty altho the octopus was a little tough. They had a $5 lychee martini that was good. Next time was fine not quite as good. Have only shared small plates and flatbread. Kind of a cool room, service fine. Convenient to the Palladium which is one of the main features.

          2. re: Joanie

            The Chophouse is not a bar/TV kinda place. Not sure whether they have a TV, but Armsby is definitely those high bar tables which I don't find comfortable after a while. What about 2 Ovens in Shrewsbury (right over the Worcester line on Rt 9). I was there for lunch a couple of weeks ago and they were great. Solid burgers/pizzas and plenty of TVs/craft beers/cocktails.

            1. re: Joanie

              Armsby Abbey, to their credit, does not have TV. Well, they have one in the corner but they don't turn it on. The Abbey, EVO, and PK all have pretty good food but none of them is really a place that's going to be good for watching football.

              Brew City is a good suggestion.

              1. re: Joanie

                Armsby Abbey is excellent but you WILL NOT find a sports tv there or at the dive bar.

                1. re: trufflehound

                  What dive bar? I actually think we'll probably end up at the bar of 111 Chop House but we'll see. Funky Murphy's (besides having a horrible name) looks a little too basic and sports bar like. It's hard finding a good combo of decent TV and decent food.

                  1. re: Joanie

                    The Dive Bar is on Green Street and is owned by the people who opened Armsby Abbey (Dive Bar came first). Dive Bar is known for it's high-end beer selection, probably the furthest thing from a 'sports bar' that this city has to offer:

            2. I know I had a burger at 111, it was a couple of years ago, but I don't see it listed now. I know for sure because I only eat well done, no comments please, and it wasn't.

              I've only been to Brew City once and had a good burger,
              I know they had TV, but it might only be in the smallish bar area.



              1. Funky Murphy's has several tv's and pretty good food.

                1. The Boynton is the best place. Good amount of beers on tap and decent pub food.AA is to snobby for a TV. Only Hipsters go there that snob at their noses at sports , TV's, and kids. EVO is good food but not a great place to watch the game. The peoples kitchen is not open on Sat afternoons , I don't think, again not a place to watch the games.Chophouse again is not open on Sat afternoons. Burgers only at the at the bar I believe(late night). Try brew city if you can get seat the bar. Funky Murphy...very average food but great place to watch the games. I haven't been to the Water St restaurants in awhile so try Gumbo? Center bar?

                  1. We ended up at 111 Chophouse and it worked out perfectly. Got there early (4:30) so had a good choice of seats for TV viewing. They have lots options from sandwiches and apps. to dinners with sides to the typical piece of steak and you order extra sides. We just got a burger w/ cheddar and sauteed onions, which does not come with fries, so we got a side of the portobello fritters. Man, those things are huge, 6 big pieces of fried mushrooms for about $7. The burger was really good, served on a brioche bun. They have three cocktails for only $6, I had a cosmo and also got a pear/ginger martini while my friend drank Harpoon. We split a decent choc/caramel bread pudding w/ ice cream for dessert. Good service, friendly people at the bar, and now the Ravens have to come to Foxboro. Fingers crossed.

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                    1. re: Joanie

                      Thanks for reporting back! I wouldn't have thought that as a good spot to watch a game, but it's great to know!

                      1. re: Science Chick

                        Well to clarify, it's not the best if you want a giant screen and/or the sound going. But to eat decent food with a TV available on each side of the bar, it served the purpose.

                        1. re: Joanie

                          sounds like the best of both worlds to me!