Boston, MA - In New England, the end of October means haunted hayrides out in the suburbs. Leaf peepers from around the globe crowding hotels and bed & breakfast inns alike. Oktoberfest—celebrated at any given faux Irish bar. Pet parades. And of course... tourists, tourists, tourists.
Yep. I think that about covers it for October in New England this year.
We can’t lie to you. Your chances of finding a nice quiet space to wine and dine during the World Series anywhere in Boston is about as likely as spending less than a mortgage down payment on a pair of tickets to a single game. Especially in the Neighborhood Formerly Known As Kenmore Square. But perhaps you’re dead set on the idea of braving the crowds. Foolhardy enough. You’re definitely in luck, and there’s no need for you to settle on a Fenway Frank and a plastic cup of warm Sam Adams at the Cask ‘n Flagon. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Pro-tip #1 for first time out-of-towners: Boston sports fans can be… a little exuberant, shall we say. Ear plugs are your friend. Pro-tip #2: Those bleacher seats you scored for $60 from a nice gentleman named “Junior” outside Fenway Park? Take a real hard look. If it seems like they’re printed on the back of Monopoly money…. Chances are, they’re not legitimate.
Fool’s Errand foolserrandboston.com
Tiffani Faison—late of Tiger Mama and a guest spot on Top Chef—may have only opened up her newest venture back in August, but it’s already garnered plenty of buzz. Sure, there’s numerous places to get traditional and non-traditional tapas in Boston; but when was the last time you had a finger sandwich of smoked beef tongue and raclette? Or a king crab tostada?
Fool’s Errand is located at 1377 Boylston St in Boston and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 5:00 pm - 1:00 am.
El Pelón Taqueria elpelon.com
If you’re going to get street food before a game, you might as well do it right. Arguably, the best cheap Mexican in Boston (a statement itself a bigger can of worms than any starting line-up,) El Pelón has been a Fenway staple for tacos, burritos and enchiladas for over twenty years now (no small feat for the neighborhood) and remain as fresh and satisfying and remain ans fresh, reliable and satisfying as the did when they first opened.
El Pelón is located at 92 Peterborough St in Boston, and is open daily from 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Eastern Standard www.easternstandardboston.com
Don’t let the effusive Zagat reviews and high end cocktail list fool you (although we’d love to ask Jackson Cannon if he’s ever actually read Under the Volcano or simply has an incredibly morbid sense of humor.) Eastern Standard is as much a neighborhood restaurant as Kenmore is likely going to get these days (we didn’t say we remember Nemo’s fondly; but we remember it.) However, it’s executive chef Matt Garland’s indomitable menu which steals the show. Expect anything from smoked duck Merguez to scallop ceviche to a short rib sandwich—all alongside a small but impressive raw bar selection.
Eastern Standard in located at 528 Commonwealth Ave in Boston and is open Sunday - Thursday from 7:00 am - 11:00 pm and Friday - Saturday from 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Loretta’s Last Call www.lorettaslastcall.com
Yes, it’s a “authentic Southern food” restaurant smackdab in the middle of the former Boston nightlife epicenter of Landsdowne St. And yes, it’s live country music. Which might make for a remarkably unamusing sitcom if it wasn’t for the fact that the food is brilliantly executed. Andouille-stuffed baked oysters, hush puppies, fried catfish sliders and chicken and waffles sit beside numerous vegetarian and gluten free options (including a vegetarian etouffee) without seeming in the least bit out of place. Just like Loretta’s.
Loretta’s is located at 1 Landsdowne St in Boston and is open Monday - Friday from 11:30 am - 2:00 am and Saturday - Sunday from 10:30 - 2:00 am
Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen popeyes.com
Haven’t had your fill of Southern cooking yet? Go to Popeye’s. Because it’s Peopeye’s, that’s why.Popeye’s is located at 21 Brookline Ave in Boston and is open daily from 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar www.citizenpub.com
We’d love to tell you about Citizen’s stellar raw bar. Or the steak frites. Or the Ahi tuna burger. Or the fact that they can arrange (with three weeks advance notice) to roast an entire suckling pig for ten or more people, complete with trimmings and accompaniments. In fact, we could, But frankly, we’re still working our way through a six-page list of over 200 whiskeys. No one said this was a thankful task.
Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar is located at 1310 Boylston St in Boston and is open Monday - Saturday from 5:00 pm - 2:00 am and Sundays from 11:00 am - 2:00 am