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Two Boston Restaurants Were Named to Food & Wine’s List of Best Gastropubs

admin on March 25, 2014 - 8:30 am in Food
Unlike the traditional English pub, which might serve great beer but just basic cold dishes or the standard “pub fare,” the gastropub (or gastrolounge) is both a bar and restaurant that serves high-end beer and food. The term “gastropub” was coined in 1991when David Eyre and Mike Belben took over The Eagle pub in Clerkenwell, London, reinvigorating pub culture and British dining in general. The gastropub phenomenon took off here in the United States in the early 1990s. Both Stoddard’s Food & Ale and The Gallows, two Boston-based gastropubs, made the coveted list of “Best Gastropubs in the U.S“, put out by Food & Wine. The Gallows is in South Boston, but Stoddard’s is right in Downtown Crossing, just a few blocks from the Devonshire. According to Food & Wine, “the only thing more impressive than the bar at Stoddard’s — which stands 15 feet high and 30 feet long and was imported from the UK — is the beer list.” Follow Stoddard’s Pub on Twitter! As restaurant critic Mat Schaffer reported; Once upon a time, Bostonians used to apologize for their food—but no longer. The city’s culinary revolution began in the early 1980s with a cadre of young chefs, encouraged by Julia Child, who lived across the river in Cambridge. Within a decade, the restaurant scene had exploded… Boston is now a city of great dining. The “land of the bean and the cod” has gone the way of the Red Sox’s World Series losing streak But if gastropub cuisine doesn’t sound like your sort of thing, there are plenty of other award winning restaurants here in downtown Boston for you to try!


The Marliave is Boston’s fourth oldest restaurant and was voted BEST Downtown Restaurant by Boston Magazine in 2013. It was also voted as the Diner’s Choice-American by OpenTable diners for 2014. The Marliave also has a 23/30 rating on Zagat for food. And for you seafood lovers, the Marliave offers dollar oysters and clams are offered from 4 to 6 p.m., and 9 to 10 p.m., daily. Check out what other restaurants made the Best of Boston list for 2013.

Piperi Mediterranean Grill

If you are looking for something a little more casual but still utterly delicious, Piperi Mediterranean Grill has a perfect 5 stars on Yelp, with over 110 reviews! TripAdvisor reviewers ranked it #67 of 2,772 restaurants in Boston (not bad for a little joint!) and urbanspoon.com gives it a 97% rating.

B & G Oysters

Boston seems to run on a never ending supply of chowdah, be it summer or winter we can’t get enough! And while everyone’s Grandma and neighbor and best friend may claim to have the best clam chowder in New England, Barbara Lynch’s oyster bar, B & G Oysters on Tremont Street, was voted best clam chowder for 2013 by Boston Magazine.  James Beard Award-winner and Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Barbara Lynch is regarded as one of Boston’s, and the country’s, leading chefs and restaurateurs. What are some of your favorite restaurants in Downtown Boston? Are there any in the surrounding neighborhoods you are willing to trek out to for a bite?

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