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Best pub food?

fara Jul 10, 2013 07:47 PM

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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  1. C. Hamster RE: fara Jul 10, 2013 08:37 PM


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

    What specifically are you looking for ?

    Bar pizza?

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      phatchris RE: fara Jul 11, 2013 02:17 AM

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

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        jgg13 RE: phatchris Jul 11, 2013 06:53 AM

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

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        mkfisher RE: fara Jul 11, 2013 07:12 AM

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

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          ebone RE: mkfisher Jul 11, 2013 07:23 AM

          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.

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            mkfisher RE: ebone Jul 11, 2013 08:10 AM

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

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              ebone RE: mkfisher Jul 11, 2013 08:29 AM

              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.

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                Beachowolfe RE: ebone Jul 11, 2013 07:07 PM

                ...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.

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          bostonfoodz RE: fara Jul 11, 2013 07:35 AM

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

          Washington sq tavern
          green street
          Matt Murphy's


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            C. Hamster RE: bostonfoodz Jul 11, 2013 08:24 AM

            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
            Oak Long Bar

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            Lefty721 RE: fara Jul 11, 2013 08:01 AM

            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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              kimfair1 RE: Lefty721 Jul 11, 2013 08:51 AM

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

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              huuvola RE: fara Jul 11, 2013 09:14 AM

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

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

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                hotoynoodle RE: huuvola Jul 11, 2013 01:55 PM

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

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                  kimfair1 RE: hotoynoodle Jul 11, 2013 02:32 PM

                  It's bigger than Bogie's place!

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                bear RE: fara Jul 12, 2013 10:15 AM

                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.

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