Best of Boston

2000 Best Soup, Affordable

Oxtail Soup, Matt Murphy’s Pub

Cynical James Joyce said that Irish art was “the cracked looking glass of a servant.” Obviously, he never took the Green Line to Brookline for a pint of Guinness and a bowl of Matt Murphy’s unique oxtail soup, a divine example of Irish artistry. Spicy beef broth, inch-thick carrot wedges spinach, onions, and Idaho potatoes make it a soup that truly eats like a meal.

14 Harvard Street, Brookline, 617-232-0188,