, better known simply as Doyle’s, offers plenty of pub grub to wash down with a frosty Sam Adams or Guinness but the landmark bar, founded in 1882, also has full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Although many of the entrees are traditional favorites like Steak Tips or a New England Boiled Dinner, vegetarians might be pleasantly surprised that they need not go hungry at Doyle’s.
Doyle’s has a wide selection veggie breakfast dishes including Pancakes ($5.25 or $5.95 with fruit), French Toast ($5.75), or a number of meatless omelets including the Sun Dried Tomato, Mushroom, and Cheddar Cheese, or Spinach, Tomato and Feta Omelet (both $7.95). Omelets are served with home fries, and toast or an English muffin. The Vegetarian Omelet ($7.95) that we tried was hearty and well prepared, bursting with green peppers, broccoli, spinach, onions, tomatoes, artichokes, and cheddar cheese.
For late risers, there are numerous vegetarian appetizers and salads to choose from including Garlic Cheese Bread Sticks ($5.95), Hand-Battered Onion Rings ($5.95), Sweet Potato, Garlic, or Classic French Fries ($5.95). Served with a Marinara dipping sauce, the Mozzarella Sticks ($5.95) that I shared with a group of friends were delicious, both crispy and gooey at the same time. The hefty Vegetable Platter ($5.95) is a plateful of fresh veggies big enough to serve at a party. It included black olives, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, celery, summer squash, and a Ranch dressing dip.
Doyle’s also offers a House Salad ($3.95), Greek Salad ($6.95), or Baby Spinach Salad ($6.95). The Baby Spinach Salad that we tried was a bounty of fresh spinach with a sprinkling of thin-sliced mushrooms, hardboiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, and red onions.
Although hardly Hibernian, Doyle’s also serves very good pizza ($8.95 small or $9.95 large). The bar’s pizza is of the thin crust variety, lightly sauced, and without too much cheese. Veggie toppings (only 25 cents each) include roasted garlic, spinach, onion, green pepper, tomato, mushroom, broccoli, and black olives.
There are two veggie sandwich options to choose from. We tried both the Garden Burger and the more unique Meatless Reuben (Both $6.95). The veggie burger comes on a French roll with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and fries. (Our server, Joyce, told us that Doyle’s uses Morningstar brand burgers.) The meatless Reuben, while not for every taste, was more interesting. The mixture of sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and dark rye bread did not suffer for lack of corned beef. Vegetarian diners who wish a more substantial sandwich can also order the meatless Reuben made with one of the Morningstar patties.
Although Doyle’s menu options for vegetarians are not extensive, the traditional restaurant should be commended for its effort to accommodate non-meat eaters. Everything that we sampled was fresh and well cooked. Doyle’s has a friendly, diverse atmosphere where workers and members of political dynasties can meet for a drink at its legendary bar. Service is prompt and courteous. And there is plenty of free parking available. With its worn floors, creaking booths, and collection of Boston memorabilia, its historical ambience is unrivaled. And of course, beer is veg-friendly.
Located at 3484 Washington Street, F.J. Doyle’s Braddock Café (617-524-2345) is open daily from 9 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. Reservations are accepted. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Lunch is served from 11.am.until 4 p.m. Dinner is served from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. Pizza is available all day until midnight.