The Celtics underachieved in the 2018-19 regular season; the Bruins overachieved in the 2018-19 regular season; both begin their journeys toward playoff glory this week. There are many excellent places to eat in the general vicinity of the TD Garden, but you’re trying to get to your seats on time, and so general vicinity won’t do. Here’s where to eat just next to — and inside — the Garden.Read More
Where to Eat in and Around Boston’s TD Garden
Chow down, then watch the Bruins and the Celtics in the playoffs
Alcove’s focus on the Massachusetts “farm coast” means lots of seafood — try some local oysters or clams, or an entree such as the whole branzino — but the availability of dishes like burgers and roasted half chickens means there’s something for everyone at this classy new addition to the West End.
2. TD Garden: Frito-Lay Test Kitchen
This concession stand serves the jalapeño Cheetos waffle chicken sandwich you didn’t know you needed.
3. TD Garden: North End Butcher
Nothing fancy here: sausages with peppers and onions and hot dogs, but done better than the average stadium version.
4. TD Garden: Sal’s Pizza
The massive slices at Sal’s look like pennants. Grab a slice of pepperoni, and head to one of the many bars inside TD Garden offering local, juicy IPAs. (Juicy IPAs and pepperoni pizza are, weirdly, a near-perfect couple.)
5. TD Garden: Taqueria
The carnitas tacos at Taqueria are surprisingly passable-to-very-decent. There are three to an order, and they are much bigger than tacos should be, so maybe share them with a friend.
6. TD Garden: Lucky’s Chicken
This is a great spot if you’re feeding a bunch of hungry kids: Lucky’s offers a family bucket, which comes with 10 pieces of chicken and fries.
7. TD Garden: Back Bay BBQ
Barbecue chicken, pork, and brisket sliders in a sports arena? Sure, why not!
8. A&B Burgers
There are burgers at this new import from the North Shore — duh — but there are also other fun treats, like scotch eggs and chorizo mac and cheese.
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9. Tasty Burger
Tasty Burger is Boston’s In-N-Out Burger. Tasty Burger is better than In-N-Out Burger. Eat a Big Tasty, and wash it down with a local beer or two.
10. Tavern in the Square
If it’s crowd-pleasing apps and cheap beer you’re after, the West End location of location chain Tavern in the Square is a can’t-miss stop before a Celts game.
11. Ward 8
Ward 8 offers a selection of salads and American bistro fare, like grilled salmon and steak frites. Have a fancy cocktail while you’re at it.
12. Halftime Pizza
Halftime’s slices are big and greasy and perfect for padding the stomach before getting soused inside TD Garden during a playoff game.
13. The Fours
The Fours is best known for being a Bruins bar, but it’s not all sticks and pucks at this Canal Street spot. Diners can enjoy a large menu, including classic New England seafood options like scrod, fish and chips, and broiled scallops.
Beerworks has a varied appetizer menu — think poutine, spring rolls, flatbreads, and wings — and serves up its own brews. This is one of seven locations for the local chain.
15. West End Johnnie’s
Head to West End Johnnie’s for appetizers like wings, fried calamari, mussels, and crab cakes. The West End staple recently expanded to Fenway, too.