Remember a few years back when Kenmore Square was pretty much a block of convenience stores and coffee chains for Boston University undergrads? The area was so devoid of real restaurants and nightlife there were practically tumbleweeds blowing across Brookline Avenue like an old Western movie. But in the last few years, Kenmore has completely upgraded to a bustling social center that isn’t only known as being home to an oversize Citgo sign anymore.
While Eastern Standard continues to be acclaimed as one of Boston’s most delicious and enjoyable restaurants to visit, there are some other locations that fly under the radar while still managing to up the fun factor. The Foundation Lounge is consistently a playground for the party crowd, but it also continues to impress with its menu of zensai, otherwise known as Japanese-inspired finger foods. Neighboring Great Bay is Boston restaurant-royal Christopher Myers’ magical “Under the Sea” location, where the fish don’t sing and dance but instead find the perfect home on your plate. Continue a few more steps downtown and land in one of the newest additions to the Square, the Lower Depths Tap Room. A small bar known for its’ hearty yet reasonably priced food and rare beers on tap, we definitely think it’s a step in the right direction for an area that is often dominated by stampedes of Sox fans letting out of Fenway. Not that we anything against the multitudes of Sox fans, however. This is Boston, after all.