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Foodie_BBQ Feb 20, 2014 10:58 AM

I'm meeting up with friends tonight and found myself suggesting my old Fenway favorites: Sweet Cheeks, Audubon, and ICOB. Anything else I'm missing on the Fenway/Brookline line?

My parameters are a good bar that we can eat dinner at when we finally get hungry. I've eliminated Eastern Standard and Ribelle since I don't think that level of food is what they would like. We usually meet at Publick House, but I've always felt the menu is limited there (it's great for beers though). Reagle Beagle is a thought, but I think of it as more restaurant than bar. Others?

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    Multibeast Feb 24, 2014 08:17 AM

    I second Lower Depths. Awesome beer selections and they have a very creative food menu that is always changing. It's nothing crazy past your common pub fare but they do it extremely well. Only set back for me is that it's cash only there.

    1. Boston_Otter Feb 22, 2014 06:03 AM

      The food is typical bar-pub type stuff (burgers, chicken) with some oddball outliers (shark skewers), but I've enjoyed the beer at Beer Works.

      1. Bob Dobalina Feb 22, 2014 04:45 AM

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        1. digga Feb 21, 2014 05:07 PM

          Love "Le Dugoût," not necessarily for food but for cheap pizza and beer, cozy off-the-beaten-track atmosphere, and no-nonsense, friendly service.

          Been going there since the early 90s!

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            C. Hamster Feb 21, 2014 10:41 PM

            The Dugout on Comm Ave across from BU?

            Yikes!

            I started hanging out there in the 70's (albeit the last months of them).

            I haven't set foot in the place in 25 years.

            Back in the day it was dark, cheap, sticky and underage.

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              jgg13 Feb 22, 2014 08:41 AM

              I hung out there a fair bit in the late 90s and early aughts (some friends were BU grad students). I found that as with many low end bars near college campuses that it changed every year. One year it would be the gritty bar with local yokels and no students. The next bar it'd be packed to the gills with underage students. Then it'd be uncool the following year, and so on and so forth.

              Unless it has changed drastically, it's not a place I'd send someone for this type of stuff but for a dark place to down a bunch of cheap (still?) pitchers of swill this is a good place to go.

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            phatchris Feb 20, 2014 01:34 PM

            What about Cornwalls?

            1. nsenada Feb 20, 2014 01:21 PM

              Lower Depths is great, they have a decent beer selection, and I love their different tot plates (one is like a poutine, the other has spicy mayo on it). Very good hot dogs and sandwiches. I also like Tasty Burger in that area, though I haven't been in a while. They had some good beers, and I did enjoy their burgers (and fries with cheese, and sausage gravy).

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                ebone Feb 20, 2014 01:38 PM

                I second these two options. Both have good to great beer selections for the area and both have good and inexpensive food. I would give the edge to LD as far as a place to hang out and drink for a while (more of a bar than TB).

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                  kimfair1 Feb 21, 2014 09:06 AM

                  Just FYI Lower Depths is CASH only.

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                    nsenada Feb 21, 2014 03:54 PM

                    Yes, I always forget that.

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                David_A Feb 20, 2014 12:48 PM

                I'll get grilled for this but I don't care. Based on your description, you should go to the Yardhouse. Good beer list, casual atmosphere, decent food.

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                  LStaff Feb 21, 2014 06:36 AM

                  You shouldn't - a respectable choice for beer in the Fenway area. Even severely affected beer geeks will give praise to their beer specials menu - anyone else should be happy to choose from the plethora of everyday options available. I usually go for the house beers which are supplied by Firestone Walker. And except for the calorie count, I have been happy with the food I have eaten at the Yardhouse. Beer and food is much better than Beer works imo.

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                    jgg13 Feb 21, 2014 09:58 AM

                    One complaint I do have (which isn't unique to Yardhouse) is that everything comes out ice cold even when that's completely incorrect for style

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                      bellegardbastos Feb 23, 2014 12:04 PM

                      Sure, you can admire the fact that they sometimes have nice beers on the specials menu, such as Slumbrew's Snow Angel this month. But what's the point if the beers always come out several degrees below temp, in improper glassware, and worse of all, not fresh? That place has way too many taps and not enough craft-seeking clients resulting in a lot of the better beers just sitting there for too long. Lower Depths is a vastly superior option for beers in Kenmore Square.

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                    rknrll Feb 20, 2014 12:29 PM

                    Edit: Oops, didn't see Citizen was already mentioned a couple times.

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                      tartandfit Feb 20, 2014 11:40 AM

                      The Abbey in Washington Square would work.

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                        tysonmcneely Feb 20, 2014 11:38 AM

                        I think you pretty much have all the good places covered in that range.

                        There's also Fenmore but I don't think the reviews on it are very good.

                        A step lower and there's Remy's and Yardhouse. I would not suggest any of these over your current list.

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                          Foodie_BBQ Feb 20, 2014 11:46 AM

                          Agreed on Remy's and Yardhouse. I've eaten at both more times than I care to admit. Remember when Remy's had a smoker and did decent BBQ in their first year? Ahh, the memories.

                        2. C. Hamster Feb 20, 2014 11:12 AM

                          Ribelle and Reagle aren't near Fenway but if youre willing to travel that far into Brookline, maybe try Fairsted kitchen.

                          Or in Fenway maybe Citizen Public House

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                            huuvola Feb 20, 2014 11:23 AM

                            Agreed that Ribelle and Regal Beagle aren't near Fenway. If you're willing to go that far away from Fenway, Deep Ellum in Allston might be a good option. Great beer list and pretty solid food. Or go downtown and hit JC Curley for a decent beer list and great food.

                            For Fenway proper, Citizen Public House is a good suggestion. Lower Depths Tap Room has a good beer list, but the food is not high-end (maybe start there and move to ICOB, which is just a block away). You've covered the other Fenway options I'd suggest.

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                              Foodie_BBQ Feb 20, 2014 11:39 AM

                              I live / work on 128 and this group travels from Southie, Dorchester, Comm Ave in Brighton, and Dedham. That's why Brookline / Fenway is desired. I lived in Coolidge Corner for 5 years and understand the geography. Citizen Public House is a good suggestion - I forgot about that place. Deep Ellum may be too far for the Southie and Dot contingent, but you're on the right track. I haven't been to Fairsted, but will have to check that out soon - looks good. Probably not for this crowd though. Others?

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                                C. Hamster Feb 20, 2014 11:55 AM

                                Allston is probably easier to get to than Kenmore from Southie, thanks to the Pike.

                                Theres another place on Brookline Ave that I cant think of the name of .... give me some time ....

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                                  Foodie_BBQ Feb 20, 2014 12:54 PM

                                  Copperfields is the other place on Brookline Ave, but I don't think of it as a place to eat. It's fine for beers before a game. Lots of others fit that description as well. Anyone remember PJ Kilroys? That was my favorite terrible bar in the whole city. I swear their pitchers hadn't been washed in years.

                                  Thanks for all the suggestions!

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                                    L2k Feb 20, 2014 01:19 PM

                                    Boston Beer Works isn't a bad choice food and beer wise, in that neighborhood

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