Food & Drink

The 7 best whole-animal feasts in Boston

Published On 12/18/2014 Published On 12/18/2014
Julie Cerick
Tavern Road
Heloisa Fitzgerald 
Belly Wine Bar
Ashmont Grill 
Posto
Michael Piazza 
Citizen Pub
Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
1. Tavern Road 343 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210 (Fort Point Channel)

South Boston’s Tavern Road is a frenetic cacophony of diners enjoying New American cuisine in small plates, large plates, and, for larger parties, “Street Feasts,” an option for the indecisive who’d prefer the chef to structure their meal. Though the crowd favorites are the chickpea frites, the menu also encompasses tacos, vegetables, charcuterie, fish, meat, and oysters. The main attraction of the dining room is an accent mural in warm reds and burnt oranges, one that sums up the Tavern Road experience: loud, busy, and, above all, lovely.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
2. Liquid Art House 100 Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116 (South End)

This grand experiment is equal parts restaurant, gallery, showroom, lounge, and online platform. The food is just about as artistic as the pieces they're showing off on the walls: handmade dumplings with duck cracklings, Brussels sprouts, aged Gouda, and Asian pear; or Maple Planked Arctic Char with baby potatoes, quail eggs, dill pickles, sour cream, and roe.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
3. Belly Wine Bar One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Kendall Square)

Tucked inside the lower level of a 19th-century mill sporting wood-beamed ceilings and porcelain-tiled floors, Kendall Square's Belly Wine Bar is a gorgeous, Italian-inspired gem with a small but expertly curated wine list and a food menu that's as comforting as the space itself. Belly offers seasonally inspired plates including charcuterie, duck confit legs, and roasted chicken with polenta. Best of all, in colder months you can order s'mores for dessert and roast your marshmallows over an outdoor fire as snow falls gently onto the twinkle-lit patio. It's as romantic as it sounds.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
4. Ashmont Grill 555 Talbot Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124 (Dorchester)

This neighborhood grill joint boasts a sweet patio and fresh takes on American classics.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
5. Pizzeria Posto 187 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144 (Porter Square)

From a chef-turned-first-time owner eager to break the location's curse (four spots in five years), PP's a modern take on the "classic Italian wood-fire pizzeria and enoteca" plating a mélange of small bites, pastas, and pizzas in an airy high-ceiling'd "woodsy-meets-industrial" themed space replete with exposed brick/stone accents, floor-to-ceiling windows, a black/dark grey slate bar, an exposed wood fire oven, and a private dining room behind dual sliding doors.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
6. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter 425 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143 (Inman Square)

Tony Maws' Somerville gastropub is more laid-back than its upscale sibling, Craigie on Main, but the food is just as good. Inspired by English neighborhood pubs, KT&T wants to be the kind of place you can go every night of the week, so it serves an American comfort menu that will have you begging for more. Both brunch and dinner are a meat-lover's paradise, and the kind of amazing grass-fed cheeseburger is available on both menus.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
7. Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar 1310 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

From the guys behind Tasty Burger/Franklin Cafe, this upscale neighborhood tavern's outfitted with vintage-esque black/grey damask print wallpaper, brown leather booths, exposed wood ceiling beams, and a 100-year-old fireplace.

Clickbait

close

Learn More