21st Amendment

Put down the politics and eat
By LIZ BOMZE  |  May 31, 2006

One might figure that after a long politics-filled day, a hot sandwich and a cold brew are in order. And we’re fortunate that someone did.

Steps from the Beacon Hill–perched State House sits the 21st Amendment. But on the other side of the heavy Gothic door and crimson curtain, you have your choice of more than just booze. The tavern-like dining space is relatively small, but the food options are generous — and all cost less than $10. The cracker-crisp thin-crust grilled pizza topped with sliced portobello mushrooms and baby-spinach leaves ($8) packs more spice than expected, and the zesty tomato sauce is welcome under a generous layer of fresh mozzarella. Spanning the grilled, the panini-pressed, and the wrapped, sandwich choices are abundant, and what fills the buns, bread, and tortillas is hardly skimpy, either. Consider the piles of thinly sliced smoked turkey and slabs of Applewood bacon, cut with tart Granny Smith apple and honey mustard ($8). Those with more-modest appetites can stick with the back of the menu, where soups and salads live — the mozzarella-and-sun-dried-cranberry spinach mix ($7) is especially tasty thanks to the red grapes — but such diners can still expect to go home with leftovers.

21st Amendment, 150 Bowdoin Street, Boston | daily 11:30 am to 2 am | 617.227.7100.

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