Goody Glover’s: An Irish Pub in Boston’s North End

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What’s an Irish pub like Goody Glover’s doing on the edge of Boston’s Italian North End? Serving absolutely amazing drinks and fat, juicy burgers, that’s what.

After our adventure through Boston’s Haymarket open air market yesterday, the Lady Otter and I needed a little refreshment. She suggested Goody Glover’s, and I’m so glad she did. It’s one of her favorite places, and it may just be one of mine now, too.

Named after the last woman to be hanged as a witch in Boston, the inside architecture alone is worth a visit. With prime real estate on the corner of Salem Street, one of the North End’s main drags, they also have one of the key draws to Boston summer dining: a patio. But since it was a pretty steamy day, we headed inside to escape the heat.

We passed the small downstairs bar, and headed up a narrow staircase to the second floor. Lined with windows, the upstairs is slightly gothic but very airy and bright at the same time.

It’s spotted with beautiful heavy wood pieces that would be just as comfortable in a castle or cathedral as they are at Goody’s. The bench on one side of our table looked to be an actual church pew.

Sunlight floods in from above through the giant stained glass window.

The Food
The food was great. We each had bacon cheeseburgers with thick cut fries sprinkled with flakes of salt. The burgers were the juiciest I’ve seen in a long time, with slices of freshly fried, crispy bacon. The best part? They make their own ketchup. With just the right balance of salty and sweet, it’s just divine.

Go see for yourself
Goody Glover’s
50 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 367-6444

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.