I moved to East Cambridge in the post-Overdraught/pre-Atwood's era. During those lean years, I often dreamed that a new neighborhood pub would open in the space previously occupied by Overdraught, and that they would have a proper beer list and take their pub food seriously. After a few months of going to Atwood's 1-3 times per week, I can say that my dreams have been more or less answered.
Atwood's has a really friendly atmosphere. Sometimes, it feels a little bit more like a living room than a dining establishment (occasionally, the staff blend into the crowd for a little while--it's part of the charm, I think.) The decor is Overdraught-ish: dark wood, tables on barrels and the like. Very pubby.
The beer list is quite strong. Lots of local favorites on tap (three Harpoons, Allagash White on tap, BBC Steel Rail Pale, a couple of Wachusetts, a CBC) plus the standards from the Isles (Guinness, Bass). I think there are seventeen beers on tap.
The menu is, as dreamed, pub food taken seriously. The burger is very good. It doesn't merit inclusion in the perrenial "Boston's Best Burger" discussion, but it is quite a bit better than your average neighborhood pub burger. Very juicy and quite thick. The fries are quite good: hand-cut (no skin, sadly) and thick. Served with tasty little gerkins and always very fresh tomato slices and lettuce.
There are some surprises on the menu: a huge quesadilla with chicken and DUCK along with lots of fresh vegetables. This is on the appetizer menu but constitutes a very good-sized meal. There is also a hanger steak served with mashed potatoes that I haven't personally eaten but have heard good reports about. The salads are also quite fresh and satisfying.
All in all, Atwood's is a great neighborhood joint. I don't suppose it's destination dining for those in the 'burbs, but it's certainly worth crossing over Prospect for those of you in Inman/Harvard/Mid-Cambridge/Harvard. The laid-back atmosphere and friendly staff make it a treat to have in the neighborhood.
Thanks for being my neighborhood bar, Atwoods.