Thursday, November 27, 2014

Keep It Simple

Get back to the basics at Simpli Bar & Bites

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You're either a Superman fan or you're a Batman fan.

Because from here on out, there can only be one.
 
Search your soul before choosing your side at Simpli Bar & Bites, an oasis of coffee, booze, and straightforward tranquility now open in Jamaica Plain.
 
If you're in the Bruce Wayne camp, the day starts early. Do Alfred proud and head in for a simple breakfast: iced coffee and a bagel. Maybe some pushups, too.
 
But if you're in Clark Kent's camp, you're going to straddle the line. The solitary alien will appreciate the aptly titled, aptly strong 22-oz. BBC Lost Sailor IPA in peace. If you're looking to preserve the ol' secret identity, you'll want to grab a seat at the marble bar and mingle with your happy hour pals over a Diablo cocktail (tequila, triple sec, lemon, lime, and bitters).
 
Additional benefit: booze will ease the sting of stabbing your five-year-old self in the caped back.

Once the drinks start flowing, move outside to the outdoor garden patio to regain some perspective. Look at the stars. Look into the shadows. Look into plates of lamb chop lollipops (served with Greek-style dipping sauce), rustic flatbreads, and pretzel pucks slathered in spicy mustard
 
Because if you have an undying allegiance to any hero, it's probably finger food.

Simpli Bar & Bites simplibarandbites.com
3840 Washington St., Jamaica Plain
(617) 522-2400
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Orange Line to Forest Hills
Best bets: Lamb chop lollipops; pretzel pucks, pork flatbread
Simple sips: BBC Lost Sailor IPA; Boulder Mojo IPA; El Diablo
Nearby: Doyle's Cafe; Midway Cafe; James's Gate

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