Five Cozy Places To Eat In Boston That You Haven’t Tried Yet

With the weather taking a considerably colder turn this week and my continued hunt for cozy things to do in full effect, I decided to round-up some of the best places for dates, drinks and dining in general. Keep reading to find out where Bostonians everywhere escape the cold, sip on tasty drinks and enjoy being city-dwellers during one of the coldest months of the year!

The Fireplace, Brookline

They have a gluten-free dessert menu. Sold yet?
They have a gluten-free dessert menu. Sold yet? (Via BC for Rusted Revolution)

Centrally located on Beacon Street in the Washington Square neighborhood, this spot is easy enough to find whether you’re seeking it out for Sunday brunch or live music on a Wednesday night. The butternut squash bisque and scallops with pork medallions is a favorite of Rue La La while the cheese assortment and burgers seem to please everyone.

1634 Beacon St.//(617) 975-1900

Patron’s Mexican Kitchen, Allston

Here they have 80 craft beers on tap so any beer connoisseur should be able to find something they like.
Here they have 80 craft beers on tap so any beer connoisseur should be able to find something they like. (Via Thrillist.com)

Tequila flights, $4 margaritas and foosball…oh my! What was good about this restaurant as BIG City has only been made better with the familiar pool tables and an enhanced lounge-like atmosphere. If beer isn’t your thing, give the sangria a try and if you’re here on a  Tuesday, you might as well take advantage of the weekly $1 Taco celebration.

138 Brighton Ave.

JP Seafood Café, Jamaica Plain

"Korean items on the menu are just as good as the sushi."
“Korean items on the menu are just as good as the sushi.” (Via JP Local First)

Having recently become quite the mango fanatic, I was excited to learn that a popular dish here is the Mango Tango maki. Also intriguing; the buzzed about saketini, the salmon teriyaki box and japchae noodles but don’t just take my word for it!

730 Centre St.//(617) 983-5177

Grendel’s Den Restaurant & Bar, Cambridge

It might be cold outside, but i's very inviting inside the Cambridge spot!
It might be cold outside, but it’s very inviting inside this Cambridge spot! (Vintage photo via The Cambridge Historical Society)

If you haven’t already stumbled upon it, Grendel’s Den Restaurant & Bar is the ultimate twenty-something‘s dream. With half-priced food everyday from 5-7:30pm (and 9-11:30pm Sunday through Thursday, a reverse happy hour if you will) and reasonably priced cocktails (see also: Dark ‘n Stormy), this is the only place you should be going if you’re a Bostonian on a budget. Veggie burgers, exceptional whiskey cocktails, spiced cider…shall I keep going?

89 Winthrop St.//(617) 491-1160

The Squealing Pig, Boston

There's a Coffeehouse Porterhouse on tap here so if I ever go missing you know where to find me.
There’s a Coffeehouse Porterhouse on tap here so if I ever go missing you know where to find me. (Via The Blueberry Files)

If you look this place up on Foursquare, even PUMA has something nice to say (about the Melted Mars Bar sandwiches specifically). Toastie sandwiches, tuscan fries (whatever that means) and specialty chili are all raved about and as far as pubs and their victuals are concerned, Bostonians are experts.

Do you know of a cozy spot somewhere in the city? Frequent a watering hole that could use some extra attention? See if it’s made my list on Foursquare, tell me about it in the comments below or message me on Facebook. I look forward to all of your recommended adventures!

xo, Vanessa

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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

4 thoughts on “Five Cozy Places To Eat In Boston That You Haven’t Tried Yet”

  1. These are a combo of some of my fav places and some I’ve never heard of! Looking forward to trying them soon, thanks for the recommendations. Always fun to discover new hidden gems 🙂

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