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Dirty Water News – Bostonia Public House

They have doughnuts… and vino on TAP… But I will say more

I walked into the new trendy spot on State Street (where the old Kitty O’Sheas used to cause a ruckus) and was completely taken aback. In a good way. The ambiance and décor were open, warm, and welcoming. The staff greeted me with big smiles as soon as I entered the door. I opted to sit at the two-seater offered at the bar and was joined by one of my besties. It was just then, that the experience at Bostonia Public House reallybegan.

Bostonia Bonanza  Offering 48 premium wines by the glass (served on tap, I might add), a diverse selection of micro-brews, and list of classic cocktails with a unique twist will surely leave one with plenty of options. My only issue was deciding on where to start! After a nice conversation with my bartender, Billy Cox, I explained to him that I was in the mood for a Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, yet tired of the same old options. He then asked me to give the Russian River Valley Sauv B they had to offer a whirl to try to expand my more-than-bored palette. I agreed, and was not at all disappointed. I don’t know about you, but I love taking recommendations from a bartender whoactually knows what he/she is talking about. Anywho, let’s move on to the next course, the food.

The menu was put together well to cater to someone in the mood for snacks, apps, soups, salads, or a full-out entrée in a rustic sort-of-manner. I liked it, and the way they mixed their spread reminded me of one of my favorite restaurants on the South Shore. There is a wide variety of food to choose from here, so I sampled my way around. My friend had started with the Braised brisket caramelized onion soup, and I started with the Tater Top Poutine. I had never heard of it before, and well, if you don’t love tater tots, then we simply cannot be friends. This is a must-try. I will not give away all of the delicious details, but I will digress and fill you in on a few other must-have items when visiting Boston Public House.

Because it was mid-afternoon, we had to do the old change-over with our Bartender, so Bostonia Bonanza1we bid adieu to David, and said hello to Chris. This kid had me in stitches from the time he got back there so we kept the tasting going. In my opinion, the bartender can either make or break your experience in a restaurant; Two-Thumbs-up for Chris.

Working my way down the menu, I next sampled the Tuna Crudo. I am a huge fan of tuna, and this item did not disappoint, either. The proportions of tuna-to-avocado-to-cucumber, cilantro, and well, you get the idea, was just insatiable. I would get that time and time again. No lie.

Shame on me, I skipped the salad and entrée portion, but that means two things: I have to go back (shucks) and I only skipped over them to try the Steamed Local Mussels because they caught my eye. Growing up on the South Shore, I am the one to shuck the mussels, let them marinate in the broth, and then attack the bowl; and that’s exactly what I did. The ingredients complimented each other so nicely, that I ate the whole portion myself. Okay, maybe I shared one.

So completely beyond full at this point, but Chris lies out the dessert menBostonia Bonanza2u and tells us how delicious their Espresso Martinis and the DOUGHNUTS are, we had to try the doughnuts! SERIOUSLY? FINE. So, we ordered two espresso martinis that were, by far, the best espresso martinis I have had to-date. Yes of course, we ordered the doughnuts; but in case Chris was crazy, we also ordered the “Bostonia” cream pie, and the Maple & brown sugar apple crisp. Turns out, Chris isn’t so crazy after all. He is genius. So genius that he and his co-worker were more than deserving of one of our doughnuts, so we cheered them on as they took them back during an insane rush-hour on a random Tuesday night. The doughnuts were off the charts! Not to knock the other to equally delicious desserts, but I would have never thought to order those. Well done all around.

To sum it up, Bostonia Public House is perfect for date night, game night, or an after-work drink: Trendy, chic, friendly, and fun. Not to mention, the restaurant includes bars on two floors, event spaces, and private rooms with soft seating, perfect for all occasions! – New Restaurants: Bostonia Public House

Thursday, May 15: New Restauants

In Cambridge’s Kendall Square, a restaurant/market hybrid lets you eat in there or take home what you need to cook yourself. In Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood, communal dining is encouraged for an interactive experience. And a new pub in the financial district opts for two floors, two bars. We check them all out, plus take a trip to the suburbs to sample the fare at an old fashioned, newly envisioned deli.

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Chewy, crusty, real Neopolitan pizza cooked in 90 seconds at 900 degrees is the centerpiece of this new Fort Point Channel eatery. But there’s a whole lot more on the menu at this new restaurant across the block from the Children’s Museum.

In the hallowed space once occupied by Casablanca, Micheal Scelfo’s Harvard Square farm to table restaurant Alden & Harlow is making new memories. The focus here is tapas-style small plates with lots of choices for veggie lovers

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Pastrami piled high, Cuban and Vietnamese sandwiches made with artisanal house made meats. Old world deli comes to Waltham with a modern twist.

A block from the greenway, the brand new Bostonia Public House is a shout-out to the historic charm of our city. Old maps on the walls and a nightly piano player help to create a relaxed ambiance, while the contemporary food of chef Kyle Ketchum provides good eating at this lively after work hangout.

For three and a half years, South Shore meat lovers have been singing the praises of KKaties Burger Bar in Plymouth. Now there’s a second popular KKaties, this one in Marshfield. Here you’ll find eighteen ways to order a half pound mound of all American burger heaven.

Lovers of the Braintree restaurant Sintra know what a talented chef Brian Jenkins is. Now he’s opened a second eatery, this one in Kingston. Port Bistro may be slightly more casual, but the inventive food whipped up by this Culinary Institute of America chef is non-the-less top notch.

Fenway Park’s former chef is hoping to hit the ball out of the park at his new Kendall Square restaurant Commonwealth. It looks casual, but whether for lunch or dinner, the food is seriously tasty. From beet salads by day to whole sea bass by night, the joint is humming. Save room for the homemade ice cream and check out the Sunday breakfast called Marky Mark and the Funky Brunch.

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The Gist: The historic Board of Trade building is now home to Bostonia Public House, a Downtown/Financial District eatery where Kyle Ketchum puts modern spins on New England classics.

The Vibe: Big and buzzing. The two-floor, 200-seat interior boasts a vintage-chic design from HGTV and Restaurant: Impossible personality Taniya Nayak. It’s a sleek and stylish space swathed in cognac and coffee tones, with gleaming white subway tile, marble floors, antique accents and a 100-foot walnut bar. An after-work crowd of smiling suits was already getting thick by 6 PM, but a piano man (there’s live music nightly) cut through the convivial clamor with his tinkling and crooning.

Eat This: Crab-crusted cod ($29) in an asparagus, leek and potato succotash is fresh, light and heavenly: a standout entree. But we’d recommend starting with the superb and flavorful caramelized onion soup ($8) with tender braised brisket, topped with croutons and gruyere cheese. “Bostonia” baked beans ($6) with bacon breadcrumbs are a strong side, but save room for an amazing ending – the sweet potato doughnuts ($9) with a Berkshire bourbon glaze. So good, we’re frightened for the future of our waistline.

Drink This: There’s an impressive wine selection: Bostonia’s 48 by-the-glass selection is being billed as the largest  of its kind in Boston, and the restaurant has produced its own private label of handmade Napa Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. But when it comes to cocktails, we recommend getting to know J. Grady ($15). Named for a pal of the restaurant owners, its a great (strong-armed!) twist on a Manhattan: Angel’s Envy rye with a blood orange slice, mashed maraschino cherry, a brown sugar cube and angostura and orange bitters.

Skip This: We love Bostonia’s intention to put fresh spins on New England favorites, but not everything needs it. There’s a fine idea behind the lobster roll ($24), a buttery brioche roll laden with chilled lobster, avocado, yuzu crema and (again) bacon crumbs. But ultimately the flavors just feel a little overcomplicated.

For Fans Of: Eastern StandardThe MerchantRussell House Tavern

The Verdict: Alongside fellow Financial District newcomer The Merchant, Bostonia is feeding a hungry for elevated dining options that are still relaxed enough to invite post-work mixing, mingling and mealtimes. Service is super attentive and informed, and the live music, which kicks up the energy, is a big, big bonus.

Bostonia Public House, 131 State St.; 617-948-9800 – 4 Wines to Try During Rose Season: Bostonia Public House

What better way to enjoy warmer temperatures than with a nice glass of rosé on the porch? Below, 4 delicious options.

The Urban Grape offers over 140 options to choose from, but we suggest indulging in the May sampler: four bottles of rosé for $50, including the Banshee Rosé of Pinot Noir from California, the Domaine Le Clos des Lumières from Cotes du Rhone, the Sacha Lichine Le Poussin from Languedoc, and the Bieler Pere et Fils from Côtes de Provence. 303 Columbus Ave., 857-250-2509; 7 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, 617-232-4831

Haute French spot Bistro du Midi launches its summer rosé tour this May through September. Visit Nice, Marseille, Toulon, Saint-Tropez, and Cannes through the region’s exemplary wines ($13 per glass with additional pouring sizes). The Heritage on the Garden, 272 Boylston St., 617-426-7878

Bostonia Public House asks diners to sip, sample, and be sociable while enjoying 48 wines by the glass. Head to the patio and savor a glass of NV Laurent Perrier Rosé (#30). 131 State St., 617-948-9800

Clio makes a name for itself by putting it on a bottle of 2013 Blaufrankisch “Clio” rosé from Channing Daughters. 370A Commonwealth Ave., 617-536-7200

Dining Playbook – Pastoral, Bokx 109 Good Spots To Go Before, During, After Games: Bostonia Public House

If you’re looking to grab some authentic Neapolitan pizza before heading to a game, check out Pastoral in Fort Point. The restaurant offers al fresco dining, when the weather permits, and a variety of artisan pizzas. If being at the game isn’t in the plan, check out Bokx 109, located inside Hotel Indigo in Newton, Mass. The bar area offers a trio of flat-screen TVs so you don’t miss a moment of the action. Watch the video above to learn more about where to head after a game.

Passionate, But Not Too Serious

Operating Partner John Fitzgerald and Beverage Manager Joe Corrado invested a great deal of time and expense into crafting a distinctive and diverse beverage program. Top-shelf scotches, rare label wines and 48 wines by glass (the largest wine by the glass program in Boston!) and meticulously fashioned classic cocktails. It’s apparent that the duo of ‘sociability’ are passionate about their trade and intent on impressing a well-heeled clientele. Even though there are exceptional wine offerings with labels like Quintessa and Merry Edwards the wine program and the pairing of Fitzgerald and Corrado don’t take things or themselves too seriously. Case in point, the Bostonia Public House private labels for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – definitely sumptuous juice vinted and bottled by Bread & Butter Wines from Napa.

Have a look at the label…a little cheeky but all in good taste!

Bread & Butter Winery

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