Where to Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill, a new arrival at Somerville’s Assembly Row. It’s named for Red Sox hero Tony Conigliaro, and baseball-themed photos line the walls.
What for Appetizers, dipping sauces, burgers, beer — and a generous helping of big-screen TVs.
The scene Jam-packed with families, toddler apparatus, and energetic small children. While under normal circumstances a place known for pints might seem unsuited to the pint-size set, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is steps away. And so a patient hostess, wielding an iPad like a shield, repeats, “20 minutes. About 20 minutes,” to a succession of desperate-looking groups. For those who make it into the cavernous dining room, there are comfortable booths, fast-moving servers, and a four-sided Jumbotron display tuned not to “Frozen,” but football.
What you’re eating Snacky stuff you might want to serve at your own Super Bowl party. There are generously sized starters designed for communal munching, like crispy calamari and Philly cheesesteak wontons. Sandwiches, accompanied by fries, cover the standards: turkey clubs, grilled chicken Caesar wraps, lobster rolls. There are also burgers for $15 and under. The #25 (above) — a giddy marriage of Vermont cheddar, crispy pork belly, fried egg, and hoisin sauce on sesame brioche — is probably not approved for a pre-game meal. Yes, there’s a kids’ menu.
Care for a drink? There is lots of draft beer here, all for under $10. You’ll find Sam Adams, Pabst Blue Ribbon (just $3!), and Bud Light, of course, but there’s also Slumbrew Flagraiser and Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union IPA. A compact dossier of specialty cocktails includes a $35 pitcher of red or white sangria.
Overheard Parental pleas and musings over Bill Belichick’s love life. “Ava! Stop!” cries a harried mother as her child flings herself onto the floor, mittens akimbo. A hostess flashes an iPad at a stooped fellow. “Is this your phone number? We’ll text you when your table is ready. Twenty minutes,” she promises. “Good thing we ate early!” a woman tells her husband, zipping her coat and eyeing the ocean of hungry hopefuls swarming the host stand. “Did you see Bill Belichick’s girlfriend? Has he been married before?” asks a woman, settling her cherubic son into a booth. Her mate shrugs. The woman glances at the televisions suspended above the bar and grimaces. “I don’t know what to think, but this lady was wearing velour.”
699 Assembly Row, Somerville, 617-666-8282, www.tonycssportsbar.comKara Baskin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org