Joe Sent Me
Eat easy, drink easy, speakeasy
by Mike Miliard
The sign out front says EAT * BEER. They don't mince words at Joe Sent Me, and
you'll probably be too busy munching on huge burgers and guzzling pints of Sam
Adams to do much talking anyway. This corner bar, which has been open less than
a year, has a '20s and '30s speakeasy theme that fits the back-to-basics menu
of munchies and 10-ounce burgers. "Joe Frazier's Blackened Blue" is a
Cajun-spiced number topped with blue cheese; "Joe'seppe's North Ender" has
onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Both are $6.50. The bar snacks are
custom-matched to cold beer: try Bazooka Joe's fried pickles ($5) -- a plate of
warm kosher spears embedded in golden-fried batter -- or "Joe Cousteau's Crispy
This being the People's Republic, there are also vegetarian dishes, such as
"Josephina's Fresh Veggie Plate" and "Mean Joe Green's House Salad."
Hard-livin' Dean Martin, grinning down from the wall, might not approve, but
he'd feel right at home among the couches, classic beer signs, and other
old-timey kitsch (be sure to notice the bitchin' Budweiser lamp). It feels like
a secret swinging bachelor pad. Check it out. And tell 'em Mike sent ya.
Joe Sent Me, at 2390 Mass Ave, in North Cambridge, is open Monday through
Thursday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Friday through Sunday from noon
to 1 a.m. Call (617) 492-1116.
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