Not our usual type of restaurant review but while spending a weekend in Boston, we decided to visit a historic landmark for America’s most celebrated game - Boston’s Fenway Park. The oldest baseball stadium in America, it’s been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912. Since then, 16 presidents have come and gone; Haley’s Comet passed earth…twice; and the Titanic was built, set sail, sank, was discovered, and became the reason everyone loves Leonardo Dicaprio, but we digress.
Now with all that history what could make such an iconic stadium better? A unique and casual eatery called Bleacher Bar nestled into the outside of the iconic Green Monster – a 37 foot high wall that’s been knocking down home runs for 102 years.
The entrance to Bleacher Bar looks a little like a garage door however immediately upon entering, we saw a sight that would make any baseball fan’s knees shake – a breathtaking view to the inside of Fenway Park. Only a metal grate separates you from where legends like Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski used to effortlessly snag ambitious line drives out of the air. While resembling most sports bars with casual decorations including various player and baseball statistics, wood tables and chairs, Bleacher Bar definitely plays on its exceptionality through guests being seated only 6 inches from the outfield grass of the park. If a game is not in progress, relaxing tunes favoring classic and alternative rock can be heard over the speakers.
The staff was pleasant and efficient, with great knowledge of the menu offerings. In terms of beverages, options consisted of the usual standards (light beers and IPA’s), Boston’s classic beers (Sam Adams and Harpoon) and an appropriately named beer called The Green Monsta – a tasty, smooth and lightly hoppy English Ale playing on Boston’s quirky accent.
For an appetizer we chose a classic New England favorite, Boston Clam Chowder, which arrived at our table piping hot and beyond delicious. It was perfectly seasoned and sprinkled with just a touch of Old Bay. The broth had good consistency conveying the very essence of what a true clam chowder should taste like.
Solid in classic Americana food favorites we decided to order a variety of sandwiches.
Corn Beef & Pastrami - A healthy serving of shaved corn beef and pastrami piled high on toasted classic white bread with a generous dollop of spiced deli mustard. The meats were lean and the mustard tangy.
Portobello with Tomato Goat Cheese & Arugula on Ciabatta - Tender and lightly grilled Portobello mushrooms topped with thick tomato slices and a flavorful mix of crisp arugula and creamy goat cheese. The bread was fresh out of the oven toasted.
Meatball with Provolone, Prosciutto & Arugula on Ciabatta - The meatballs tasted hand mixed and the prosciutto was thinly sliced contributing to a uniquely salty alternative to the usual meatball sub dripping with sauce.
All sandwiches were accompanied by lightly salted in-house made kettle style chips and a dill pickle spear.
All in all we very much enjoyed the experience and our spontaneous trip to the Bleacher Bar won’t soon be forgotten. Please comment below if you’ve visited the bistro at Fenway Park. We’d love to hear what you thought as well.