We’re as sad as anyone that the baseball season is over, especially such an incredible season as this one. There is, however, one notable plus about the off-season: restaurants around Fenway Park are a lot less crowded. During the postseason, it’s been damn near impossible to get a seat at some of our favorite area spots, so we’re very much looking forward to things returning to their low-key winter state. For your edification, we’ve created a guide to your best options.
•Some of Boston’s simplest yet most luxurious food can be found at Kenmore Square’s Eastern Standard. Don’t miss the roasted chicken paired with mushrooms, foie gras, and spaetzle or, for that matter, the stellar cocktails.
•Ken Oringer’s taco joint La Verdad has only gotten better since its opening in April and now that the baseball crowds have thinned out, it’s a surprisingly mellow spot (as long as its not prime clubbing hours, that is). The guacamole is stellar and we can’t stop thinking about the chorizo y papas taco.
•The Lower Depths Tap Room has two important credentials: a burger containing bacon fat and the best Fenway Frank outside of the park itself. Go buckwild and top your dog with guacamole and pair it with a selection from the extensive beer list.
•Pretending you’re in Paris while dining at Petit Robert Bistro is so much easier without swarms of behatted Sox fans surrounding you. Indulge in escargots, steak frites, and a good glass (or a bottle…whatever) of red wine. There, now, the off season isn’t so bad, now is it?
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