September 15, 2015

The BIGfish Team’s Favorite Brookline Eats


There’s no denying that Boston has lots of delicious restaurants: Tavern Road, The Salty Pig and Bostonia Public House are a few of our personal faves, but on any given day, you’ll most likely find us at a local Brookline establishment grabbing lunch, celebrating a birthday or having a holiday party. Whatever the occasion, there’s always a delicious option right around the corner. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below:
Sandwich Heaven
Like we’ve said before, “Brookline Village reeled us in with its charm and hooked us with its food.” We’re lucky to work so close to so many quick and delicious lunch spots. Looking for a traditional lunch (think sandwich, soup, salad, etc.)? You’re going to want to head to Cutty’s.
This tiny little shop (that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, BTW), packs some serious flavor into its sandwiches, salads and soups. According to their Twitter, they serve up “tasty-ass sandwiches and snacky goodness,” and we can’t disagree.
The Roast Beef 1000, which features slow-roasted beef, crispy shallots, 1,000 island dressing and sharp cheddar piled on brioche, is a popular item among team members. Cutty’s sandwiches are king: people – including our president on more than one occasion – literally line up around the block on one Sunday per month to get their hands on the “Super Cluckin’ Sunday Fried Chicken Sandwich,” before they run out.  But, if you’re looking for something a little lighter, you need to try the fennel + peanut salad with the zesty house vinaigrette – the aged gouda and crunchy peanuts will have you coming back everyday! Their unique daily specials are always changing, so that means you have to come back often to make sure you don’t miss out (P.S., the Fork-n-Knife Grilled Cheese with thick, juicy, local MA tomatoes and spicy mayo may or may not be worth getting every day – just kidding, it totally is). Still not convinced? On Wednesdays they have a delicious broccoli rabe special, with loads of mozz, a little evoo and tomato jam (tomato jam? yes, tomato jam); if you’re feeling fancy, add some bacon to take it up a notch.
Don’t forget to round out your order with Cutty’s famous limeade, the perfect accompaniment to your meal on a hot summer day.
Birthday Festivities

One word: Pomodoro. This charming Italian joint located right across the street from us is serving up fresh, flavorful and seasonal dishes. Pizzas, pastas and prosecco (what’s a birthday celebration without that?) – oh my! While the menu changes seasonally, there’s a few staples that we love: brodo (literally, broth) is packed with shrimp, clams and mussels with a tiny hint of tomato, it truly warms the soul; and bolognese – need we say more? The chewy bread and rich olive oil served at the beginning of the meal ensure you leave full and happy. Why fly to Italy when you’ve got Pomodoro so much closer?  
Ethnic Cravings
For a more cultural adventure, have no fear, Brookline has you covered there as well. Right here in Brookline Village we’ve got some south of the border faves: Baja Betty’s & El Centro. For a quick burrito or nachos on-the-go, Baja Betty’s is perfect. They also have fountain soda, so you can’t beat that. If you’re looking for a sit-down place (and perhaps a margarita), you’re going to want to swing by El Centro. The guac can’t be beat and the cozy atmosphere is warm and inviting. If you want something from the far east instead, check out Pon Thai. The recently-opened spot is serving up some Thai classics, like, you guessed it, pad thai, chicken satay and pineapple fried rice. If Szechuan is more your style, Sichuan Garden on Washington Street is right around the corner. If you haven’t been there yet, it’s worth the trip – it’s practically famous! (you do remember the Ben Edelman overcharging incident that happened last year, don’t you?) If you’re feeling like sushi, head on over to Gari (or better yet, they deliver). Their lunch specials are great – two different rolls, a salad and a soup for under $10? You can’t go wrong. Plus, if you make it a big order, they’ll throw in some specialty rolls free of charge. Finally, if you want to venture outside of BV, head on up to Coolidge and visit the Paris Creperie. Our former copywriting intern Kelly took us there for her last day lunch and we were all blown away. Inventive flavor combinations and an adorable français vibe had us all saying “oui, oui!”
Special Celebrations
Whether it’s a holiday party, a fall party or an onboarding a new employee party (yeah, it’s a thing), Barcelona Wine Bar is our go-to. The Spanish tapas joint in Washington Square has refreshing sangria, salty meats, creamy cheeses and of course – paella. The family-style presentation and lively atmosphere just scream “party!” There’s a lot of tapas and charcuterie options on the menu, but if you don’t get the cana de cabra, jamon serrano, potato tortilla and grilled hanger steak (with truffle vinaigrette, because obviously why not?), then you’ve made a terrible mistake. Trust us on this one.
Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!
Working in tech public relations, we’re busy people. When we’re not jetting off to the other side of the country for a press event (looking at you, CES), or embarking on a journey to Iceland, we’re in the office and we need to stay fully caffeinated. Fortunately, Brookline Village has us covered in that department, too. Recently, we told you about KooKoo, the quirky little shop on Station Street that’s serving up the highest quality George Howell coffee, but there’s another spot that’s quickly becoming a team favorite: The Middle Gray. This new spot is part cafe, part bar and part live performance space all wrapped into one. With unique dishes like carne arepa, bread pudding and perfectly crafted coffees, The Middle Gray may soon be our new hangout spot. Plus, it’s one of the only places in Brookline Village that has outdoor seating. I know we certainly plan on taking advantage of it during the remaining days of summer!

Are we missing anything? What’s your favorite place to eat in Brookline? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @BIGfishPR!

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