Where to Eat in The Fenway Neighborhood

Filed in Food & Dining, Headline, Sports by on June 12, 2009 0 Comments

boston-fenwayBoston’s Fenway neighborhood is, of course, most famous for its proximity to the famous baseball park. But since I moved here two months ago, I’ve learned that there’s a lot more to Fenway than the Red Sox and Fenway Park. Whether you’re looking for a pre-game beer or something a bit more sophisticated, my ‘hood has you covered.

Here are some of my favorite spots:

Cambridge 1: This upscale pizzeria originally opened across the river in Cambridge (hence the name). But I’m happy that the restauranteurs behind Cambridge 1 (and also Tory Row, Audobon Circle, Middlesex Lounge and Miracle of Science) chose the Fenway for their second location. I have a special place in my heart (and my stomach) for their fontina and potato pizza.

Audobon Circle: Brought to you by the people who created Cambridge 1, this restaurant bar and restaurant is delightfully chic and contemporary but also unpretensious. Menu items include pan-seared tuna, house-made bean burger, and sausage and white bean soup. Be sure to look up at the cool architectural detailing on the ceiling!

Boston Beer Works: A classic spot for a pre or post game burger and beer, Boston Beer Works features a staggering selection of seasonal brews and FOURTEEN page menu of food with an entire page devoted to different types of fries. If you hate crowds, then consider coming when the Sox aren’t playing a home game.

Trattoria Toscana: Tucked away on a quiet block of Jersey Street, this cozy Italian restaurant is the ideal date restaurant. The gnocchi and risotto come highly recommended.

Church of Boston: Don’t be fooled by the name, Church is actually a dark, trendy restaurant and bar that also doubles as a music venue. It plays up the church comparison by calling its appetizers “Altar Offerings” and basing its cocktails on the “Seven Deadly Sins” (for instance, the “greed” cocktail uses diced cucumber and Henderick’s Gin). They also have a patio area, which is usually packed for Sunday brunch.

La Verdad: With Chef Ken Oringer at the helm, La Verdad serves tasty Mexican dishes like Oaxacan wings, garne asada, chile verde, and crispy tostada. It’s very close to Fenway, so it gets crowded on game days.

Sadly, a row of restaurants on Peterborough burned down last year, but word on the street is that they plan to rebuild.

Tell us! What are your favorite Fenway-area restaurants? And what neighborhoods would you like to see profiled next?

Flickr photo courtesy of wallyg

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A contributing writer/blogger for DirectoryofBoston.com, Susan Johnston lives and writes near Fenway Park. She loves exploring the city and has also contributed to The Boston Globe, DailyCandy.com, and many other places.

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