With vaulted ceilings and hanging lights, Democracy Brewing kind of feels like a cave, except it has beer and pizza bagels instead of prehistoric etchings and arguments over the difference between stalactites and stalagmites. Grab a flight and the bacon cheese hand pie - this is a solid pre-theater or post-work option in Downtown Crossing.
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Boston Chops is Downtown steakhouse that looks and feels very much the way you expect a downtown steakhouse to.
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Southern Proper is a big restaurant in the South End that serves excellent hushpuppies.
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Trillium is a brewery in the Seaport. The line out the door will be full of people coming for the beer, but the food is actually really good, too.
Alden & Harlow
Alden & Harlow in Harvard Square serves good, not great American small plates in a fun underground space with excellent cocktails.
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