Tavern in the Town

Upscale pub grub at State Street's Roast Public House

The counterpart of the English and Irish public house is the American tavern. Pubs and taverns fueled the popularity of beer in the nineteenth century. Today they offer a mind-boggling selection of all things brewed and food that puts the old pub grub and bar snacks to shame. Roast Public House is a downtown bar that specializes in sandwiches, all adroitly made, many from roasted meats that are locally sourced. Besides the imaginative combos like the Gialla Rosa—free-range turkey with brie and cranberry-jalapeno relish—it offers a build-your-own option. At Roast, a twenty-first-century tavern, it’s all about choice. 

Roast Public House
529 State St.
819-6457, roastpublichouse.com

Check out Dan Curd's Small Dishes blog. 

Photo by Martha Busse.

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