Food & Drink

The Liberty Tree

The American Revolution defied an oppressive monarch, ushered in a shining era of republican governance, and gave Mel Gibson the opportunity to ditch the broadsword and butcher his enemies with a hatchet. That's freedom, baby! Now, the Revolution's inspired a restaurant: The Liberty Tree.Named for the Boston Common elm under which the Sons of Liberty tarred n' feathered a colonial tax collector, Tree's a quaint, 38-seat eatery with a small bar bordering an open kitchen, and walls covered with portraits of Revolutionary-era leaders, documents, as well as slogan'd posters like "Don't tread on me" -- a bit off-theme, because everyone knows Metallica's a royal pain in the ass. Much of the grub is Mass-holey, with Atlantic seafare like Fried Chatham Cod, a garlic butter-drizzled lobster roll, the white wine butter Lobster & Scallop Pot Pie, and Brick Oven Roasted Little Necks, who aren't even bummed about being eaten after years of depressingly unsuccessful shrugs. For land-grubbers, Matchbox's former exec chef is brick-ovening pizzas like a meaty linguica/prosciutto/pepperoni joint, and the double pepperoni/banana peppers "G Special"; earth-entrees include the Maple Glazed Boneless Pork Loin (w/ bacon lardons in an apple cider reduction), and sandwiches like the smoked gouda/roasted red peppers Liberty Chicken (the Bald Eagle was considered, but was ultimately judged too gamey/felonious). In addition to 15 wines, Tree's muzzle-loaded with 35 bottled beers, including 4 styles from Sam Adams, and 2 from Harpoon -- a weapon that, if America's truly free, Mel will soon be inexplicably fending off an army of Mexicans with as he defends the Alamo.