Avery Bar: located inside the Ritz on Avery Street this bar is incredibly cozy. It has a lit fireplace. The bar itself is a semi circle so you can stare at everyone else at the bar and strike up a conversation if you are so inclined. Service is always excellent and the drinks are impeccable and made with care. There is food as well but I’ve only had drinks there. It’s a great place to start a night or to meet a date,or to hit before or after a show in the theater district. I personally would not go here if I was dressed too casually. It IS the Ritz after all.
Back Deck: located at 2 West Street on the corner of Washington Street is a newcomer to the DTX restaurant scene. It’s owned by Brad Frederick the guy who owns Fajita’s and Rita’s across the street but Back Deck is a completely different vibe. They call themselves a backyard grilling place. It’s like having a barbecue in your back yard if your back yard was an upscale casual restaurant and you were a talented chef instead of….you. They do Smores for desert which blow away the Smores you had as a kid. Personally, I’d sit at the bar, order the Smores or some grilled hot wings. See what’s on the beer on tap list. Try a local brew and enjoy. If you would rather have a Margarita and some cheap fajitas head across the street. I wouldn’t. But you could.
|Many awesome beers on tap at Stoddards|
|Stoddards on Temple Place|
Stoddards : is on the next street over at 48 Temple Place. Temple is quickly becoming the restaurant row of DTX with 3 and soon to be 4 new places to eat. I love Stoddards. I would call this place a true craft beer bar. If you like beer GO HERE but let me qualify this. They also have an amazing drink program and delicious food. The bartenders know what they are doing. I would call them mixologists but then I’d sound pretentious. The charcuterie plate is great. They have cask conditioned beer as well as about 30 or more beers on tap. This place is terrific and has a great after work crowd. There’s a semi-secret separate bar downstairs too. Ask Jamie Walsh about the Friday Club. The building is also very historical. Stoddards was a famous cutlery store for many years and the restaurant itself has a virtual museum of tidbits inside from Filene’s, the MBTA and more. Order the warm pretzels with mustard, poutine, chicken pot pie or steak frites to name a few great dishes.
Barracuda Tavern - 15 Bosworth Street. A relative newcomer to the DTX scene Barracuda is a small place you’d probably miss if I wasn't here telling you to go there. Luka the owner is always saying to “Get Hooked” all over his FB page so I went and I did. He’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and he has an extensive restaurant background so he knows what’s up.
The bar is small so you may have to steal someone’s seat when they go to the bathroom but it’s worth it. It’s sort of like a bar in the Florida Keys except it’s here. There is a boat hanging from the ceiling.I always get the fish tacos and conch fritters and a few beers. They have a lot of other good things on the menu as well. It’s really just a nice little unassuming place. Low prices. Filling food.
Sam Lagrassa’s: 44 province Street. Right next to the Hub Pub. It isn’t a bar at all. It’s a lunch place. It has what is simply the best sandwiches around. Anywhere. They are huge. Two people can split one but don’t do that . If you do that you are dead to me. You aren’t one of those people. Eat the whole thing. It’s really that good. Hot pastrami, turkey, steak and cheese. Check out the specials. They also serve an amazing homemade clam chowder. One of the best places for lunch anywhere in Boston. Like they say on Yelp, "It's to die for!" Seriously.
|Pastrami on Pumpernickel|
Falafel King: 260 washington Street and 48 winter street.
|If you never had one - You have to try one.|
Banh Mi House: 48 Winter Street Food Court. It’s a food hallway really but the Vietnamese sandwich that is its namesake is awesome. They do a few kinds. Try them all.
|One of the greatest sandwiches ever brought to Boston. The Chacarero.|
|Hand Pulled Chinese Noodles.|
|Get your coffee here.|
Boston Brewin: 45 Bromfield Street. My go to coffee place. You can even order a small or large , not a venti or a grande. Also great sandwiches and a pecan pie bar that makes you wanna slap yo mama. (but don't. that's not nice)
|Omni Parker House - Home of the Boston Cream Pie|
JJ Foley's - 21 Kingston Street (great bar - a landmark)
Highball Lounge - 90 Tremont Street at the Nine Zero Hotel (hearing good things)
Pita Kabob - 46 Chauncey Street (another good lunch spot for Middle Eastern food)
|One of the best lunches anywhere.|