Boston Restaurant Blog -- July, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
I've been hearing some good things about the food at a place in Brockton called Doyle's Pub and Grill, so I gave it a try earlier this week. There were certainly some highs and lows during my visit there, but overall, it seems like a spot that is worth going to, as long as you know what to order.
From the outside, it is difficult to tell whether Doyle's Pub and Grill is a takeout place, a restaurant, or a dive bar. It is probably a bit closer to the latter, with a dark front room dominated by a wraparound bar along with a few booths, a small and slightly tired-looking back room that serves as a dining area, and an outdoor deck further back that has a surprisingly private feel thanks to the relatively high walls that fence it in. This place is not related to Doyle's in Jamaica Plain, by the way; word is, it may have been connected to Doyle's Bar and Grill in Easton, though I believe this may no longer be the case.
It was a nice evening weather-wise when we went to Doyle's, so we sat out on the back deck and had it mostly to ourselves (at one point we were the only ones out there). Our server took our drink order (a round of Blue Moon beer) and put in an order for a couple of appetizers. The chili was just ok, with the tomato base being a little watery with a slightly harsh acid taste, while the potato puffs were crunchy, not greasy at all, and quite tasty (as tater tots tend to be). Our meals came out before we finished the apps, with the lobster roll being outstanding and the steak and cheese calzone being a disappointment. The former was overstuffed with tender lobster meat and had just a touch of mayo, while the latter was, to put it bluntly, a greasy mess that could not be finished. While we were eating our meals, our server brought over our next round of beers and got one of the orders wrong (another Blue Moon instead of a Guinness), but this was a minor issue and she was great for most of our meal, being friendly and funny throughout. Prices were fine for the most part and the atmosphere was really quite interesting, with the clientele ranging from young couples to construction workers to barfly types to roughnecks to office workers, to name a few.
Though our experience at the place was certainly mixed, I do plan to return to Doyle's in Brockton again, this time ordering what others have said are their best dishes--the burgers, steak tips, and wings--while avoiding the calzones, chili, and pizza (which I heard is just ok). And hopefully when I return the weather will be good once again, as their back patio really is a nice place to spend some time.
If you want the address for Doyle's Pub and Grill, here it is: Doyle's Pub and Grill, 327 North Pearl Street, Brockton, MA 02301. The phone number is (508) 588-3450.
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