Old favorites in Boston
CAFÉ MARLIAVE was the place for bohemians in the late 1880s to talk poetry, art, and politics, and dine for 75 cents. This historic spot near Downtown Crossing was renovated three years ago by current chef-owner Scott Herrit. The second-floor terrace is enclosed with stylish floor-to-ceiling windows, but the first floor retains an old-time pub feel, with tin ceiling, tiled floor, and long, white marble bar. The menu hearkens to Marliave’s original French and Italian roots with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. There is something for everyone, from escargot to mac and cheese, traditional onion soup to sophisticated salads, plus pasta, pizza, burgers, and meat and seafood entrees. Classic cocktails use fresh squeezed juices. “We have a purist philosophy here,’’ said Herrit.
Tip: Pay only $1 for local oysters and littleneck clams on the half shell every afternoon from 4-6 and from 9-10 at night. 10 Bosworth St., 617-422-0004, www.marliave.com