Did I really just start a post about Baseball Tavern? Hear me out - B had an important football game to watch this past Saturday (the Ohio St University vs. “the team up north”). We attempted to go to the official game watching party at Tony C’s in Fenway without reservations and got turned away at the door (this was a classic “I told you so” moment…I had asked B about it a couple of days prior and he said, "nah’). With 30 minutes to kickoff and a hungry spring onion in tow with wind whipping in our faces, we hightailed it to the Baseball Tavern across the street. We found one other table of Ohio State fans who told us that Baseball Tavern has become their tradition after getting shut out at Tony C’s for previous years. I associate “BT” with meeting up with anything but the food. But I’m here to say that we had very decent pub food. B got the chili nachos - not crazy good, but good enough, and not just to soak up beer. When I see bar pizza on a menu, you know I gotta order it. And this was a competent rendition. Sausage and banana peppers, nice fluffy crust (but with some bite and heft). Spring onion loved his hot dog on a perfectly griddled bun. The hard-working bartender worked the whole room, which started to fill up. And we found out that it’s a Wisconsin bar, so it really started filling up with Badgers towards the end of the Ohio State game.
During the 4th quarter, spring onion started getting antsy, so we walked down to Target down the street. Lots of “fancy” development on that stretch of Boylston. I hardly recognize it from my “yoot.” There’s something that tugged at my heartstrings when we walked back into Baseball Tavern. Truly a hold-out from the “old days” that I used to pshaw or just run into to throw back a beer or two. I just wonder how long they will/can hold out. If they do, it will become our tradition as well.