Music & Meals: 7 Spots by Boston Calling Festival

September 4, 2013
by Scott Kearnan

Music fans are already plotting out their weekend itineraries. The second Boston Calling Festival will hit City Hall Plaza on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8, bringing over 20 live acts to the stages, like rollicking rock act Gaslight Anthem, indie ironic-prepsters Vampire Weekend, the moombahton movers and shakers of Major Lazer, and Beyonce's soulful little sister Solange Knowles. Though the plaza will be packed with food trucks, those who want a take-five sit break will need to plan brunch-through-dinner meals around the set times of favorite acts. So we've compiled a handy list of nearby spots that should be big hits for food lovers: each is less than a 10-minute walk from City Hall Plaza, and they're all quality spots that still won't frown on jeans and a band tee. Play on. 


You know what pairs well with rock 'n' roll? Waffles and poutine. This cult favorite, which offers that rare combo of fine food that doubles as solid hangover-prevention fare, has an array of creative dipping sauces for dunking your frites. Plus plenty of Belgian and American craft brews, if you want to re-build your buzz before heading back to the show. 

33 Union St.; 617-248-8835

Blue Inc. 

Hell's Kitchen runner-up Jason Santos commands the kitchen at this intimate, uber-contemporary Financial District spot, named in reference to his trademark hair color. But this weekend, you might want to break out some additional neon hues: on Sunday, September 8 the spot is hosting a one-time '80s themed brunch from 11 AM-3 PM, with properly attired staff (two words: acid wash), themed music and movies playing overhead, and a special Breakfast Club menu (like, totally including Snickers French Toast) with everything under $15. Retro prices. Rad. 

131 Broad St.; 617-261-5353

Tip Tap Room

Chef Brian Poe's beacon of meat tips and draught beers, a short walk away on the backside of Beacon Hill, tends to attract a fair share of young professionals during its weekend "Tipsy Brunch." This weekend, music lovers should join the throngs and fuel up with festival-appropriate plates like waffles with beer butter and benedict with beer cheese hollandaise. Also, beer.

138 Cambridge St.; 857-350-3344


For something on the finer side of life, check out chef Jose Duarte's Italian-Peruvian restaurant just across the Greenway near the gateway to the North End. The menu is inventive and sophisticated (we love the grass fed, espresso-coffee-crusted filet mignon) and the cozy space will serve as a quiet retreat from festival crowds. 

210 Hanover St.; 617-720-0052

Silvertone Bar & Grill

Subterranean Silvertone keeps it casual but with quality, rocking a menu of well-done American comfort food (think bistro chicken, mac 'n' cheese and meatloaf) amid an Americana-tinged atmosphere of vintage tin signs and posters. Plus: plenty of craft beer, which just feels in harmony with a day at a music fest. 

69 Bromfield St.; 617-338-7887


Spoiler: your favorite band will save its epic, sing-along fan favorite for the encore. After that, you're safe to take a dinner break at Anthem, one of a relatively small number of Faneuil Hall spots that actually merits a visit from those besides wandering tourists. Big portions, no pretension and a lineup of greatest hits that includes Parmesan-chorizo crusted cod and a "red, white and blue" (pepper, onion and blue cheese-topped) burger. 'Merica. 

101 South Market St.; 617-720-5570


If you need an excuse to check out the new restaurant in the renovated Boxer Hotel, here's one: peanut butter and jelly fritters. Here's another: this band is totally overrated and you need to eat before Solange takes the stage. Fini. 

107 Merrimac St.; 617-624-0202