American Taverns & Neighborhood Eateries in Boston

bowery burger

Boston is known for its Irish pubs– which are plentiful. But it also has some of the best classic American taverns around. These are just like your local neighborhood bar, but serving a nice juicy IPA instead of a stale Bud Light. Here are three perfect spots for a casual date night or for watching the game with the boys.

The Bowery Bar (Dorchester)

With one of the best patios in Boston, Bowery is a must-go when the weather starts to turn. It boasts an outdoor bar and TVs, so you can catch the game while getting some fresh air. The food here is also killer, with everything you can expect from a local bar and kitchen, but at an elevated level.

In our eyes, a true American tavern needs to have a quality burger. Bowery burgers are the type that you look at and wonder how you’re even going to fit your mouth around it. It all starts with the puffy brioche bun, which is the perfect carrier for the extra-thicc patty in between. If you’ve read our other blogs, you know we like it saucy– and these burgers are drenched in a top-secret sauce, A.K.A. homemade Big Mac sauce.

Bowery’s fried chicken sandwich was also a pleasant surprise. It’s a must-try for any fried chicken connoisseur. It’s dipped in hot honey, providing the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. The chicken is fried to perfection making it crispy and crunchy. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

Cafe Martin West Street (Newton)

If you’re looking for a cozy spot to grab some elevated bar food, Cafe Martin West Street is your place.

During our visit, we saw everything from a friends meet-up, to a first date, to the local townies who are the lifeblood of the establishment. The menu features classics like wings and nachos, but they also have a Mediterranean plate with homemade hummus.

When we saw the loaded onion rings we knew had to try them… but they were unfortunately out of onion rings, so we got loaded tots instead. Come hungry, because these portions are generous. The loaded tots could have easily fed a table of five. Loaded with pulled pork, cheese, and sauces, they did not skimp in any department. The fried chicken sandwich here was also stellar. The homemade pickles and Alabama white gravy made it better than your average. We just wish there was more gravy!

Article 24 (Lower Allston)

There’s always something going on at Article 24— whether that’s open mic night, or an underground comedy show. But, they are also famous for their combos. Our favorite is the Brighton– a shot of tequila and Miller High Life for $8. Now, that’s a deal thats hard to beat.

Actually… it’s only beaten by another one of their combos– PBR and a house shot for 6 bucks.

On the food front, Article recently hired a new executive chef who is revitalizing the menu with crushable Big Mac sliders among other great daily specials. It’s always a fun time at Article 24.

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