on January 20, 2002
The Purple Shamrock was named after the biography of James Michael Curley, an Irishman once elected governor of Massachusetts as well as four time mayor of Boston. It is a sports bar with tiled floor, big screen TVs, and blue cloths on the tables. Hanging Tiffany lamps made me think of Applebees. Our Boston Rough Guides informed us that this bar has "one of Boston's better straight singles scenes" thus it gets crowded weekend evenings. We, of course, are boring and married, so this was not the prime attraction. We stopped into the Shamrock at a quiet time--lunch--because it was near our hotel. We enjoyed crab cakes to start--more bread and less crabmeat than my grandmother's, but most restaurants don't stack up to her standards. The main menu was heavy on Irish fare--bangers and mash, etc... I had an Irish coffee but stuck with a good old hamburger smothered in cheese and mushrooms for lunch. My husband took advantage of a wonderful weekend special: lobster and fries for $12. Our waitress was delightful and quick. The food was good. And our bill was reasonable. A decent place for lunch. Or, if you're single, you might want to check out the live entertainment at night (They hire bands, too.).
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