house crafted sausages
The Gage is conveniently located across from Millennium Park. The 300 seat restaurant feels like a cross between an old school steakhouse and an Irish pub. Portions here are generous (I couldn’t take the sausage plate down) and the beet plate is better than expected.
salt roasted beets
The Garden at the Cellar, a friendly bar tucked between Harvard and Central Squares, serves up some creative plates. You can order anything from foie gras to tater tots and anyone who keeps an egg sandwich on the menu for dinner is genius in my opinion. The menu is available both upstairs and downstairs (“the Cellar”). Most impressive was the foie gras served up with tender and creamy cider donuts!
Pork Belly Bun
Located underneath the Friendly Toast in Kendall Square, State Park is nothing like its sister restaurant Hungry Mother. The kitschy decor, games (arcade, pool, maybe more that I’m unaware of), and cozy booths all make for a laid back vibe. The service is great and the menu is simple. I’ll stress not to expect Hungry Mother caliber food, but the unique atmosphere is worth staying for a few drinks with friends and maybe a round of pool.
Cornmeal Catfish with Hush Puppies
Highland Kitchen, always packed to the brim with people, I really wish they would expand or open up a second location (and maybe, just maybe, expand the draft list). I can’t blame anyone though, the food and service never ever disappoints and today was not an exception.
Buffalo Fried Brussel Sprouts
Left – Black Bean Burger, Right – Catfish Po’ Boy
Local 149 – Darn good food, but the jury is still out on the service.
Pumpkin bread with lamb butter
Tuna Tartare Sandwich
Firebrand Saints in Kendall Square is a reliable choice for a quick bite that’s going to leave you satisfied and without regrets. On Halloween night, we were lucky to stop by during a Pretty Things pint night (you get to keep the glass for each Pretty Things beer you order!). The service is always speedy and the food never disappoints!
Lamb & Sirloin Burger: spicy pickles, frisee & harissa aioli
Beer garden at Franklin Park
Burgers, beer garden, skee ball, photo booth – it’s a crowd pleaser! Dutch Boy Burger and Franklin Park are connected, allowing guests the options of eating at Dutch Boy (diner decor and seating) or at the bar or beer garden at Franklin Park. With winter just around the corner, we decide to park ourselves at a picnic table in the beer garden.
We order a turkey burger, lamb burger, and sweet potato fries. The sweet potato fries with maple mayo are the highlight of the meal. Addictive and not overly sweet, the maple mayo wins me over! The beer list is decent, with plenty of options to please everyone at your table.