Want to know a secret? We love eating at a fine-dining establishment’s bar, where we get the same great fare and ambiance sans obsequious servers. And the best spot in town is Clio, which offers selections from the main menu as well as superlative bar-only options (togarashi-spiced fried chicken, fall-apart duck drummettes). Of course, the best part of the experience just may be picking the brain of bar whiz Todd Maul (his burnt-cherrywood Old Fashioned, by the way, is amazing).
Clio | 370A Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA | 617-536-7200 | http://cliorestaurant.com