You are never far from a baseball game or a delicious meal in Boston’s historic Fenway neighborhood. Whether you are headed back from the ballpark or headed out of your new row house and looking for an exceptional dining experience, there are many fine restaurants in the Fenway to choose from. Here are five of the best restaurants in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood both old and new.
1. Sweet Cheeks Q: If you are looking to relax and fill up before the game, or unwind while your son or daughter admires the foul ball they scored (loge box 150-163, right field box 93-97 are the best places to score a foul pop at Fenway, but you already know that if you’re celebrating) look no further than Sweet Cheeks Q. Here you’ll find the best biscuits in the world (according to Forbes) thanks to the masterful touch of restaurateur and 2006 Top Chef runner up Tiffani Faison. BBQ is offered up on trays southern style, or on bulkie rolls (smoked beef short rib, chopped prime brisket, heritage breed pulled pork, and more). Everything is served on family style tables, so roll up your sleeves, sit back, relax and enjoy the BBQ.
2. Hojoko: What happened to all those old Howard Johnson restaurants peppered along America’s motorways? The HOJO hotel in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood was scooped up by restaurateurs Tim & Nancy Cushman. It was cleverly renamed Hojoko and repurposed as a playful take on their fancier O Ya offering in downtown Boston. If you’re looking for Boston Magazine’s winner for best burger, you’ve come to the right place. The Hojoko Wagyu cheeseburger (with dashi pickles and red onion) will make your belly smile. Come back the following day to keep your belly happy with traditional selections of sashimi, sushi, and yakisoba, or perhaps kick it up a notch with a little funky chicken ramen (48 hour chicken broth, soy egg, menma, and robata grilled koji chicken).
3. El Pelón Taquería: A Fenway neighborhood favorite since 1998, their menu is filled with offerings from “light tostadas to burritos so big they could feed a small village”. The authentic Mexican cuisine is prepared fresh daily. Whether you are looking for a delicious and moderately priced burrito for one ($7-$11) or a tray to feed a small village, or office, of 25-50 people, El Pelón Taquería is ready and waiting to serve you seven days a week. The El Guapo Burrito (grilled steak, Mexican rice, black beans, fried plantains, jack cheese, fire roasted salsa, romaine lettuce, and sour cream) is a house favorite!
4. Citizen Public House: You will want to call two days in advance and gather eight or nine friends to enjoy a whole pig roast at Citizen Public House. The whole suckling pig is slow roasted for over fourteen hours and served with seasonal sides. The pig and sides are served family style after you have enjoyed some local oysters and clams from the raw bar (and perhaps sampled the spirits in a whiskey flight). If your crew is out of town, you can stop by for some slow braised lamb shoulder risotto (with aged ricotta salata, lemon zest, parsley, and mint) and take your time perusing the 350+ bottle whiskey list (or perhaps revisit your favorite from a recent whiskey flight).
5. Nathálie: An upscale intimate wine bar, Nathálies opened in 2018 and features small production, natural and female produced wines. This is a place to come and relax with friends while enjoying several glasses of wine and incredibly delicious smaller plates. There is plenty to choose from in the “more than snacks” portion of the menu: from crispy calamari with back garlic mole & garlic mayo to wine braised octopus with rainbow carrots, puttanesca, fried garlic, and mint to feather brook farms chicken with English peas, beech mushrooms, and cardamom. Every plate, albeit small, is a bright, aromatic and visually tantalizing experience…serving its purpose to highlight the bottle of wine it was so lovingly paired with.