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Why can't more of these places be like Highland Kitchen?

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Why can't more of these places be like Highland Kitchen?

Blumie | May 29, 2011 05:44 PM

So there's no shortage of bars/pubs in the area that attempt to create gastropub experience. Most of them suck. Why is that? Is it that difficult to execute a decent pub menu? Below are some of the winners and losers in my book. Do you agree? Am I wrong that more should be able to do it right?

Winners:

Highland Kitchen
The Druid
Eastern Standard

Not sure yet:

Russell House Tavern

Losers:

Cambridge Common
John Harvard's
The Local
O'Hara's
Paddy's
The Biltmore
West Street Tavern (I think I praised this place in a recent post. After two more visits, I've changed my mind)
Tommy Doyle's

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The Biltmore
1205 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

Cambridge Common
1667 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Highland Kitchen
150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Tommy Doyles
349 Watertown St, Newton, MA 02458

Russell House Tavern
14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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