Neighborhoods value their pubs as a place to socialize, just as they value the ends of their rainbows as a place to find extra parking-meter change. Enjoy camaraderie at close proximity with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of American fare at Sea Dog Brew Pub in Woburn or Sea Dog Steak & Ale in Northborough.
Touting numerous beer awards, Sea Dog’s posse of pubs enhances its critically lauded libations with distinctive menus of seasonally inspired eats. The culinary wizards in Woburn crank out comfort-inducing collations with contemporary twists, such as the chipotle mac 'n' cheese with chicken ($13.95). The Steak & Ale’s caboodle of upscale fare opens with appetizers such as lobster tempura with honey wasabi ($17.95) before introducing tongues to elegant entrees such as an apple-brandy pork chop ($16.95). The fried haddock sandwich ($8.95) is one of many dishes that underscore both menus, bridging the gap between the two towns like a tin-can telephone smothered in citrus-caper mayo.
Like Prohibition-era police lockers, both Sea Dog eateries feature sizable selections of libations. Though this Groupon does not cover alcohol, thirsty patrons may choose to stick a crazy straw into one of the breweries’ eight house suds, such as the Rate Beer–approved Old Gollywobbler brown ale.
Sea Dog Steak & Ale
Sea Dog Steak & Ale's menu catalogs hearty pub food and a deep well of beer. Every item on the menu pairs almost perfectly with one of the pub's 10 locally crafted brews served on tap, whether it's the milky Sea Dog Stout and the marinated grilled steak tips, the malty Winter Ale to wash down the chorizo-crusted haddock, or the crisp flavor of the Raspberry Wheat Ale as a palate cleanser after dinner. Sea Dog's chefs also grill 8-ounce filets mignons, which are as heavy as Willy Wonka minus his candy weight. The patties of seven specialty burgers blend ground beef, short rib, chuck, and brisket, all piled with toppings ranging from balsamic-marinated onions to root-beer barbecue sauce.
The alehouse's nightly crowd adds to the convivial ambiance of the pub by sharing drinks on its outdoor patio or in its rustic wood-paneled, chocolate- and almond-colored dining room. Frequent visitors can join the wine or mug clubs, which toss in benefits such as personalized mugs, T-shirts, and a spiritual connection with America's most famous beer drinker: Benjamin Franlin, the inventor of both mugs and T-shirts.