A no-frills, friendly spot straight out of an urban Dublin neighborhood. The cheese platter with soda bread is a meal in itself; and the fish-and-chips comes with spicy ketchup and pickled onions—all of it wrapped in newspaper. Entrées: from $12.
Matt Murphy makes the Irish pork sausage, the soda breads, the fruit pies, and the rest. Guinness and Murphy’s Stout are on tap, of course. ($$) Open daily for lunch and dinner. 14 Harvard St., Brookline Village; 617-232-0188.
At night, this no-frills Irish pub bustles with patrons who come for the pints and the live music. But at lunchtime, this friendly place is peaceful. For a ten-spot, the “Farmhouse Plate” will leave you full-bellied, with a generous mix of pâtés, spiced beef with fennel and applesauce, thick-cut Irish bacon, and pickled cabbage.