Elephant and Castle
Fish, chips, and stock tips
On the Cheap by Liz Zack
When you get hired by a downtown investment bank, three things come with the
job: guaranteed long hours, a fat paycheck, and directions to Elephant and
Castle. The clientele at this English-style restaurant and pub is a virtual
who's who of corporate Boston, and if you've ever wanted to meet/hit on/dine
with the hordes of women who look like Ally McBeal, this is your place.
Space at the bar is scarce after work on a Wednesday or Thursday, partly
because Elephant and Castle boasts 18 beers on tap, 65 bottled beers, and
22-year-old Scotch. Within its dark and spacious wood-paneled interior all
vices are permitted: you can have a cigarette, puff on a cigar, and get the
digits of upwardly mobile members of the opposite sex.
The surprise is that an English pub with a well-funded clientele would
actually have good food for cheap. The shepherd's pie, with seasoned ground
beef and mashed potatoes, is a good bet for $7.95, but even better is the
hometown cooking, starting with a bowl of the creamy clam chowder ($3.95).
Borrow the salt and pepper from your neighbors as an excuse to start
conversation, and then splurge a little on the lobster wrap ($9.75), with big
chunks of lobster inside a tangy tortilla. When you come for dinner, you'll
want to buckle down for the evening, because -- who knows? -- you may be
foraging through fish and chips next to the lawyer of your mother's dreams.
Elephant and Castle, located at 161 Devonshire Street, in Boston, is
open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday
from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Call (617) 350-9977.
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