Literary lush life
On the Cheap by Jason Weinzimer
With black-clad, multiply pierced bartenders serving more than 100 kinds
of beer, and with a loud and funky soundtrack by bands who will never play
MixFest, Bukowski's is a welcome relief from most of upper Boylston Street. The
name might sound a bit contrived, but this cheap, laid-back bar named after a
famous boozer is the real thing -- a fun, unpretentious hangout that happens to
be as serious about its food as it is about its music.
Six-ounce burgers arrive perfectly cooked, and a plain one is just a buck
between noon and 4 p.m. weekdays. Toppings range from typical (cheddar) to
bizarre (peanut butter); the bacon-blue cheese ($6.25) is especially yummy.
Also try the Buk ($6.25), a soon-to-be-classic that tops roast beef, turkey, or
ham with melted cheddar, horseradish cream, and French fries, all sandwiched
between two slices of buttery garlic toast.
Four-cheese mac and cheese ($6.25), studded with either chopped
linguiça or mushrooms, tastes (almost) like something from Mom's
kitchen; more-adventurous diners might like veggie kebabs over basmati rice
($6.95) or smoked-salmon carpaccio ($7.50). The Bukowski Banger ($5.95), a
veal-and-duck-sausage specialty, comes with sauerkraut or spicy apple
With a full menu available until 1:30 a.m. and what may be Boston's
latest last call, Bukowski's is a great late-night find. Its extensive beer
list includes all the fussy microbrews as well as "Cannery Row" -- old standbys
such as Schlitz, Pabst, and Genesee, for only $2.25.
Bukowski's, located at 50 Dalton Street, in Boston, is open daily from
11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 437-9999.
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