There’s a new place to grab a bite in the middle of the hustle and bustle and busy-ness around the Beverly Center. 3rd Street Station is a tiny shoebox of a restaurant, with the feel and design of a European train station pub. LED displays on the wall could be a list of train schedules, if they weren’t alerting diners to the potential schedule diversions of…dessert (make time for the beignets). There are clocks around the restaurant displaying the hour in several different zones, so you can see the time in the UK, New York…and that you need to get a new watch.
The restaurant’s patio is nearly the size of the dining room, but will be a welcome summer pit stop for hungry travelers on a quest for the perfect happy hour spot. With menu items starting at just $3 (duck fat fries with malt vinegar aioli) and $3.50 (crispy brussels sprouts with pork belly, mustard and scotch-soaked raisins; and chocolate hazelnut napoleon with flourless chocolate cake, hazelnut mousse, macerated raspberries and creme chantilly), the budget-conscious will also be able to refuel before heading on their way. The food is actually worth the trip – it’s better than one might expect from such a touristy spot, and is a welcome option in the crowd of restaurant chains in the area.
The wine list won’t feel like a daring journey, but with its pleasant selections like 2009 Clean Slate Mosel Riesling and 2009 Henry Fessey Beaujoias, it is, none-the-less, a comfortable sojourn. The beer list is also safe but enjoyable: Kronenbourg, Peroni, Allagash Curieux, Duvel, Lindemans, Ayinger Celebrator.
3rd Street Station has a full bar, and the Tunnel Vision (Absolut Pear Vodka, Chase Elderflower liqueur, lime, Champagne) and the Chamartin (Partida Tequila Reposado, Briotett Blackberry liqueur, lime, agave) are great summer choices. Alternatively, the more bold can always choose to create their own adventure…
The restaurant is open every day from 11am to 2am and weekends from 10am to 2am. Set your course.