Party Earth Review Steps from Fenway Park, Tasty Burger provides refuge for that rare breed of hipsters who like sports – even though they’ll probably never admit it – as well as anyone in need of classic greasy grub and a few cans of cold... ... read full review
1301 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Green Line: Fenway
Fenway / Kenmore, Boston –
Steps from Fenway Park, Tasty Burger provides refuge for that rare breed of hipsters who like sports – even though they’ll probably never admit it – as well as anyone in need of classic greasy grub and a few cans of cold beer.
The cinderblock walls and jumbo sliding doors hark back to the restaurant’s former days as a gas station/garage, but the new incarnation is all about Americana diner flair, right down to the thick chocolate shakes and large mural of Samuel L. Jackson’s Pulp Fiction character saying “Mmmm…a tasty burger!”
Punky kids in knit hats clutch their koozie-jacketed PBRs as they shake one of the Magic 8 balls littered across the bar, as amicable bros who wandered in hungry from the area’s jock-heavy bars keep their eyes on the multiple flat-screen TVs.
In the back next to the Warhol-style painting of Jim Belushi, bearded dudes wielding worn cues settle scores at the pool table, while an alcove housing an enormous chalkboard displays the night’s scribbles and tic-tac-toe battles.
The chill daytime crowd quickly expands as Red Sox lovers amble in to rehash the innings over a beer, with many fans lingering until last call.
While most customers who file in past the retro neon sign wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a jersey, Tasty Burger is the kind of place where die-hard fans and people who’d rather die than be fans can all find something to love.
Hipsters, students, working-class Joes, sports fans, families, and Fenway attendees, early 20s to late 30s with a few kiddies mixed in during the day.
Soundtrack of mostly 80s power ballads and one-hit wonders. Several flat-screens show all Boston sports and other major games, with one TV always tuned to cartoons. Pool table. Digital jukebox.
Diner-style hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, milkshakes, slushies, and rotating daily food, beer, and wine specials. Outdoor patio. ATM on site.
Salads/sides $3–$8, burgers/hot dogs/sandwiches $4–$12. Beer $4–$6/glass, $13–$20/pitcher, wine $5–$8, slushies/floats/shakes $3–$4.
Casual: plaid, ripped jeans, V-necks, hoodies, baseball hats, t-shirts, simple dresses.
Any night to catch a football, hockey, or baseball game and grab a wonderfully greasy burger, or any night to grab a wonderfully greasy burger, ignore the game, and play pool instead.
A staple for Boston sports fanatics, The Baseball Tavern (1270 Boylston Street) features a staggering number of flat-screens and a very popular roof deck that overlooks Fenway Park.