Cheer on the Red Sox with These Playoff Specials
After an uncertain start, a slew of F-bombs, and some fortunate victories, the Boston Red Sox have made it to the postseason. That being said, your chances to cheer on the team—and David Ortiz’s final season—are dwindling. What the team needs now, more than ever, is the support of Red Sox Nation rallying behind them. While the Sox fight to win it all this postseason, show your pride on your plate (and in your pint) with these themed food and drink specials.
The Boston-born burrito shop is offering a limited-time special inspired by Ortiz himself. Dubbed Big Papi’s Kitchen burrito, each order comes with guac, hot sauce, pinto beans, and Big Papi’s Kitchen salsa. The restaurants plan to keep the special around until the day Ortiz retires, but that day is drawing close.
Boloco, 1080 Boylston St., Fenway, 617-369-9087, and other locations, boloco.com.
New England’s prominent coffee chain is still pumping out #34 doughnuts. Each 99-cent pastry is adorned with white icing, and filled with apple raspberry jam. You can also show your support by wrapping any iced beverage in an Ortiz koozie, which features his iconic jersey and the Red Sox logo.
Idle Hands Craft Ales
Watch the game with a “robust porter for a robust player,” as the Malden brewery puts it. The 6.7 percent ABV dark beer, appropriately called “#34,” has a strong, sweet flavor that pays homage to Big Papi’s personality, owner Chris Tkach told Boston.com. Throw back a pint of it while cheering on the Red Sox at the brewery’s taproom, or at area bars like Game On Fenway that are stocking it during playoff season.
Idle Hands Craft Ales, 89 Commercial St., Malden, 617-819-4353, idlehandscraftales.com.
Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Game 3 coincides with Hot Dog Monday at the Somerville restaurant. While the special isn’t directly linked to the Red Sox, you can still nosh on chef Tony Maws’s gourmet frankfurter and put down a few drinks in the team’s honor, with the game on TV. Because nothing screams baseball like a hot dog slathered in mustard and relish.
$16, 425 Washington St., Somerville, 857-259-6585, kirklandtapandtrotter.com.
Puritan & Company
The Inman Square restaurant is scooping out a Rally Cap sundae exclusively for this year’s postseason. Each scoop of vanilla comes with peanuts, beer cracker jacks, hot fudge, whipped cream, all with a cherry on top. Sounds like a steal.
$7, Puritan & Company, 1166 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, 617-615-6195, puritancambridge.com.
Ortiz has his own namesake wrap at Jody Adams’s Fenway joint, a permanent menu addition made in honor of his final season. Each Big Papi sandwich is stuffed with loukaniko, a pork-based sausage, along with pickled slaw, feta, roasted red pepper-sesame, and added fixings like tomato and onion. After baseball season, you can grab it at the Greek concept’s forthcoming store in Cambridge, too.
Saloniki Greek, 4 Kilmarnock St., Boston, 617-266-0001, salonikigreek.com.
If you’re looking for a short stop before heading to Fenway Park, Tapestry is offering a playoff combo of booze and Neapolitan-style pizza. Choose from any pie and beer on the menu, as well as a complimentary shot recommended by the bartender to suit your tastes.
$16, Tapestry, 69 Kilmarnock St., Boston, 617-421-4470, tapestry.restaurant.