What's New to Eat In and Around Fenway Park

By Scott Kearnan  |  April 2, 2014

Take us out to the ball game. But peanuts and Cracker Jack? You can do better than that. With the Red Sox home opener coming up on Friday, April 4, we're already daydreaming about summer nights at Fenway Park - and perhaps more importantly, the game-day grub that comes with it. So to celebrate, we've sussed out what's new for concessions inside the park, and offered some suggestions on nearby favorites. 

  • What's New Inside Fenway: 

    Where: Third base deck. The burger options just got better: this season sees the addition of a new Tasty Burger stand with patties (pictured) and tater tots from Boston's small burger chain, which has its original location nearby. There will also be shakes, including (of course) the “Green Monster” with mint ice cream. 

    Where: Yawkey Way. With its new show Dining PlaybookNew England Sports Network (NESN) integrated more food coverage to its programming roster. That will extend to its presence at Fenway, where the NESN Zone, home of the Pregame Show, will now have a refurbished "Budweiser Bash" bar loaded with flat-screen TV’s and a NESN-themed specialty grill inspired by the station's on-air talent. 

    Where: Right field roof deck. Fenway Franks and sausages won't be going anywhere, but the ballpark is expanding in other edible directions too. Joining the concession options are an open-faced beef tenderloin sandwich, fish 'n' chips, Maine crab cakes, a breakfast burger with fried eggs and mozzarella cheese and a poutine with chicken, gravy and shredded cheese. 

    Where: Big concourse. New items here will include Bavarian pretzel twists, a made-to-order "Fenway Fries" stand with choice of toppings and a new vegetarian sandwich with grilled portobello mushrooms, arugula, tomato jam and crispy fried onions.

    Where: Right field concourse. A new carving station will serve made-to-order, hand-carved sandwiches, such as a sliced turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy, and a roast beef sandwich with au jus and horseradish sauce.

  • What's Nearby: 

    BashoSuper-sleek, somewhat stark modern decor is the backdrop for decadent sushi, tempura and robata-style grilled meats at this Japanese brasserie (pictured). (1338 Boylston St.; 617-262-1338) 

    ChurchStandout New England comfort food like cider-braised pork shank, buttermilk fried chicken and one killer mac 'n' cheese makes us say: hallelujah. After you've indulged in a list of (strong) specialty cocktails based on the Seven Deadly Sins, make your way to the adjoining rock club for a little debauchery. (69 Kilmarnock St.; 617-236-7600)

    Citizen Public House & Oyster BarYou wouldn't know it by appearances, but this handsome haven for whiskey lovers (there's an especially extensive selection) and whole animal fans (the pig roast is legendary) is actually a sibling spot to the diner-style Tasty Burger across the street. (1310 Boylston St.; 617-450-9000)

    Eastern Standard. Quality, consistency and a kick-butt cocktail program (the creation of Boston mixology guru Jackson Cannon) are the touchstones at ES, where a big sidewalk patio also allows for fantastic people-watching on game days. (528 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-532-9100)

    India Quality. Don't let the generic name fool you. A hidden gem right in the middle of Kenmore Square, this spot offers some of the best Indian cuisine in Boston. Might be a little spicy before or after nine innings of brew, but somehow, at some point, plan to visit. (484 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-267-4499) 

    Island Creek Oyster BarSelected by surveyors as the second-best restaurant in the city during our 2014 Boston Restaurant Survey, obviously seafood is the big draw here, particularly the eponymous oysters, named for the Duxbury farm that produces them, which have become ubiquitous among high-end eateries in a seafood-loving town. (500 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-532-5300) 

    Lower DepthsThe beer list isn't just large - it's one of the best in the city. But don't let the extensive selection of craft suds distract you from some really solid pub-style food, from loaded nachos to super-creative hot dogs. (476 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-266-6662) 

    Mei Mei. What started as a popular food truck concept now has its own brick and mortar where Chinese-American food shines. Must-try: the aptly named Double Awesome, one of the best sandwiches in the city. (506 Park Dr.; 857-250-4959)