Welcome back food enthusiasts! If you have been following our journey through the streets of Boston you already know that we have discussed several deciding factors when searching for the Best Boston Restaurant. Our journey has lead to the discussion of a restaurant’s name, the host, the decor, and of course the music. As a knowledgeable restaurant hunter you are aware of the fact that there will be many places that leave a sour taste in your mouth, both literally and figuratively. In this edition we will be discussing the next topic to consider while you search for a place that is worthy of your taste buds and your time. This is of course the drink menu and everything it has to offer or sometimes what it lacks.
When going out in Boston I always look at the drink menu before I look at anything else. There are many people that do not care about the quality of their before dinner cocktail, but I on the other hand like to enjoy a nice martini before dinner. In order to have a drink menu that is worthy of my time, a restaurant must have variety, creativity, and also good portion sizes for those shared libations. All of these factors have to be thoroughly analyzed before a drink order is even placed.
In deciding upon the Best Boston Restaurant for your money, variety is important for many reasons. Nine times out of ten I end up going out with a group of people that have very different tastes in what they like to drink. Some of my friends are stone cold beer drinkers and will never sip on anything else. In order to please them, there needs to be an extensive number of options available on tap. They are fans of imported beers and their taste in domestic beers is extremely picky. For some of my other friends, there needs to be wine from as many countries possible. The chardonnays have to be available in both oaked and un-oaked. The merlots have to be aged at least 8 years to please some of my pickier friends. For myself, a nice selection of vodkas is essential. I prefer my martini shaken, not stirred, very dry and absolutely no olives. When my friends and I decide to order a shared drink there is always an extensive discussion as to whether we should order one or two. Some places are very generous when mixing their drinks and the size is always a deciding factor. Ordering drinks is never anything to take lightly so the drink menu that we are provided with gets analyzed more than our bill does.
So there you have it folks, a drink menu is not just a nice looking piece of paper that lists the beverages that you could be consuming before, during and after your meal. It actually holds the key to an epic dining experience between you and your friends. Take the knowledge that you have gained from this week’s edition and apply it to your next group outing, and maybe, just maybe you will stumble upon a restaurant that has a drink menu so epic that it is considered the Best Boston Restaurant.
Tune in next week for our discussion on appetizers and how they can make or break a dinner.