Fenway Park serves as a rite of passage for any Bostonian. From the mouth-watering, sizzling Fenway Franks to the ice cold drafts, a day at Fenway will cost a pretty penny. As the Boston Globe reports, Fenway Park takes the gold for one of the most expensive places to catch a baseball game. A family of four can expect to pay up to $300, if not more, with the cost of tickets, food, drinks, and the inevitable souvenir or two.
To (hopefully) celebrate a win and save some dough, here are a few restaurants within walking distance that are sure to satisfy any and all hungry Sox fans:
1301 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
Mon-Sun 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
As the “official burger of the Boston Red Sox”, Tasty Burger is the ideal place to take any group of people, whether that be the kids or a group of college buddies. The prices are as good as it gets in Boston with burgers and sandwiches ranging from $4 to $7 – though beware: fries and onion rings are extra (the investment is worth it).
One of the more distinctive qualities of the restaurant is the seating arrangement: you can choose to sit restaurant style on the inside or sit on one of the benches outside and pick up your food via pickup window. If that isn’t enough, Tasty Burger boasts a free* parking lot – a downright commodity in the Boston area.
*for paying customers only
132 Brookline Ave, Boston MA 02215
Mon-Sun 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Call it the new craze sweeping the nation – sweetgreen has been making headlines around the country for its satisfying and healthy salads.
Now, here me out. I would be the first to snort at the idea of eating a salad, especially after a baseball game. With combinations like “guacamole greens” and “spicy sabzi”, at least one of these creations are sure to catch your eye. The portion sizes are larger than you would think, though the calorie count stays well below 600 cal. The different proteins will help keep you satisfied for a while.
After a cool draft or two at Fenway, sweetgreen is the right move for those working to stay healthy while having a good time.
El Pelón Taquería
92 Peterborough St, Boston, MA 02215
Mon-Sun 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Authentic Mexican food on this side of the country? Rare. As a native Angeleno, I can tell the difference. The closest I’ve gotten to the taste is at El Pelón Taqueria.
They carry a variety of dishes including quesadillas, enchiladas, tortas, tacos and burritos – none of which cost over $8. Whatever you do, be sure to get an antojitos (snack) of plantains. The plantains, after being fried to a nice golden brown, are served with their signature fire roasted salsa. Seems like an odd combination, but the mix of sweet and spicy is downright delightful.
If you’re looking for food that packs a punch of flavor, this is your place.
88 Peterborough St, Boston, MA 02215
Mon-Sun 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Conveniently located next to El Pelón Taquería, Gyro City takes you on a trip to Greece with its Greek fare. Not only will the employees teach you to pronounce the names of delicious Greek foods, but they will also send you off with a plate of fresh, handmade food.
The gyros – filled with your choice of meats, veggies and tzatziki – serve as perfect post-game food. You don’t even have to order fries on the side! The fries are stuffed into the gyros for a very Greek experience.
If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to order some of their homemade baklava or sample some of their Greek yogurt.
132 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Mon-Thur, Sun 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Yes, Wahlburgers as in the reality show featuring chef Paul Wahlberg and his brother and actor Mark Wahlberg.
This restaurant is a must for any Marky Mark fan. The actor graced the restaurant with his presence at its opening, so really, you’ll be taking the same steps Mark Wahlberg took. Oh, and the burgers are definitely worth a visit.
Here’s an insider tip: skip the fries. Instead, go for the house specialty, crispy and golden tater tots with a side of their house “wahl” sauce. For those less keen on meat, Wahlburgers makes an excellent haddock sandwich or portobello sandwich.
Given the name, this restaurant is on the pricier side but worth it if you’re craving the “burger experience”.