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Best pub food?

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Dh loves eating at bars, and claims its the bar food. Whatever that means, I still don't know exactly. I'm not talking about Irish classics like sheperd's pie, but I guess American classics. He is generally an adventurous eater but doesn't get enough of this- again whatever bar food is supposed to be. I would love to indulge this without being stuck with a pricey and sub-par burger or salad. What do you recommend in the Greater Boston Area? Preferably Brookline/Cambridge/Downtown. JM Curley's menu looks good, how is it and recs for others?

Thanks guys.

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    We eat at the bar all the time. But the cuisine and price point wildly varies.

    What specifically are you looking for ?

    Burgers?
    Wings?
    Bar pizza?

    1. The Druid in Cambridge, Tavern at the end if the world in Charlestown/Somerville are two that come to mind.

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      1. re: phatchris

        These were the first two I thought. Bull McCabes in union is surprisingly tasty as well

      2. JM Curley, Trina's/Parlor Sports and The Druid are the first places that spring to mind.

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        1. re: mkfisher

          I would mirror mkfisher's sentiment, those are probably my three favorite (JMC at the top).

          I'd also add Green Street, the Cellar, Russell House, Deep Ellum and the Waterfront Cafe. They all offer something a little different so I'd advise checking out the menus and seeing what appeals to him.

          1. re: ebone

            Good call on Waterfront Cafe. I used to love that place when I lived in the 'hood. Solid pizzas and burgers.

            1. re: mkfisher

              They stepped up their beer list game a ton in the last year or so as well. They have a bunch of craft beer, both on tap and in bottles.

              1. re: ebone

                ...and it's cheap. Way cheaper than rip-off Curley's. Their steak tips are also the best in the city and they do a nice broccoli rabe side/app.

        2. good thing since all restaurants seem to be doing that food these days.

          Franklin
          gallows
          citizen
          Washington sq tavern
          curleys
          green street
          abbey
          Matt Murphy's
          coda

          etc....

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          1. re: bostonfoodz

            If you are looking for a place where you can sit at the bar and eat good food and not "pub food," I'd add these places to the list:

            Lincoln in southie
            Steel and Rye
            Salty Pig
            Brasserie Jo
            Tavalo
            Oak Long Bar

          2. I like Lower Depths near Kenmore Square. Nothing outstanding about the food, but it's decent bar food (nachos, wings, etc.) IMO and the prices aren't outlandish.

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            1. re: Lefty721

              Lower Depths is cash only, FWIW. JM Curley's would be my suggestion

            2. I'll add my vote for JM Curley's.

              Also:
              --Deep Ellum in Allston has some great food.
              --Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge is solid.

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              1. re: huuvola

                i wish everybody would stop voting for curley's! it's so damn small!

              2. Highland Kitchen in Somerville is considered more of a neighborhood restaurant than a pub (not sure I really understand the difference, so sorry if this is off-base), but I've really enjoyed eating both at the bar and in the dining room. The food is definitely a cut above.