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Boston — By Maria Olia on June 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm
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Down Some Boston History With Your Beer at Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale

There are lots of good stories to be told at Stoddard’s Fine & Ale, the much-talked about newcomer to the Boston restaurant and bar scene.  The building at 48 Temple Street dates from 1868 and is one of the oldest structures in this part of the city. The architecture and decor is vintage hip, and the throw-back menu of “new” early American cuisine features dishes that are inspired by ingredients that Bostonians would have actually eaten in the mid- 1800’s.

History buffs in particular will appreciate Stoddard’s interior. There are vestiges of the building’s past all around you. There are fun corsets along a wall which harken back to the day when  Chandler’s Corset Store was the building’s first tenant . New Englanders may remember the building’s long-time occupant Stoddard’s Fine Cutlery- the shop’s original sign has pride of place across from the bar. And this bar is impressive- it’s an over sized, hand-carved oak and mahogany beauty from England . Serious beer drinkers will appreciate Stoddard’s impressive array of American ales and lagers like  Mayflower Pale Ale and Clown Shoes Black IPA.  The cocktails are expertly mixed too and made with hand-chipped ice.

And although the bar is fairly lively, you can sup well at Stoddard’s too. Appetizers are really meant to be shared and there are some great choices here.  The humble charcuterie plate (Market price $15-$18) is totally home-made and  a must-order. The selection of pates, terrines and other tasty tidbits varies but you may find duck bacon, a rabbit terrine, mini salami sandwiches served along with toast and pickles. The aged gouda and cask ale fondue ($10) comes with house -made pretzels and crudite.  Chef Mark Cina’s entrees choices are deceptively simple, but feature big flavors . The grilled pork loin with smoked ham grits, wild mushrooms and fava beans ($23)is sturdy fare . Looking for a more refined choice? The skillet roasted cod ($23)  is perked up with a fennel puree, piperade and crispy ham. The dessert  menu is limited and the offerings are evolving-  but both a chocolate terrine with blueberry compote and a seasonal panna cotta both have excellent potential.

Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale (48 Temple Place, Boston)(Map)

Image Credit: Stoddard’s

PlanetEye Boston received a complimentary meal to review.

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