Two things will always remain true of Bostonians: our passion for our sports teams and love of a great meal. We rounded up some of the hot spots where athletes (both on Boston teams and otherwise) have been spotted chowing down in the city.
Gronk himself, New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, generally orders the “Rosetta’s Famous Meatball (a blend of beef, veal, Parmesan cheese) topped with house pomodoro and Chef Salvatore’s Chicken Parmigiana. He has been known to substitute once and a while (after a big win, perhaps?) and will order the Bone-In Ribeye Steak served with caramelized onions and roasted potatoes.
New England Patriots Running backs James White and LeGarrette Blount, retired lineman Matt Light, safety Patrick Chung, and defensive back Devin McCourty as well as Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas, and Bruins’ Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak have all dined on the fine cuts of meat at the Seaport steakhouse.
Remember when Shaquille O’Neal was a Boston Celtic?! When the towering basketball player lived in the area he was often seen dining at Tangierino Brasserie in Charlestown before enjoying the hookah lounge with friends downstairs.
When he isn’t sinking baskets for the Boston Celtics, Isaiah Thomas and his wife often eat at this trendy restaurant at the Boston Park Plaza. They’ll dine on chef Farouk Bazoune’s braised short rib appetizer (squash, sweet potato, soy glaze, radish, cilantro), tenderloin flatbread with truffle mashed potatoes, fontina and parsley, and filet mignon and salmon.
When the football season kicked off this year former Patriots player Wes Welker was in town to play catch with Tom Brady. Afterwards he dined at Capo and Patriots owner Robert Kraft happened to be there for dinner at the same time and they caught up over martinis from Beverage Director Kevin Mabry and Italian dishes from chef Tony Susi.
The Boston Harbor Hotel’s iconic restaurant (those views!) often hosts athletes when they are playing the Bruins and Celtics at TD Garden, but this fall chef Daniel Bruce cooked up something extra special when David and Tiffany Ortiz came in to celebrate their anniversary with a five-course tasting menu.
The restaurant played host to a Thanksgiving meal for coach Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs when they were in town for a game against the Celtics. The team dined on slow-roasted hand-carved turkey, giblet gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, goat cheese whipped potatoes, sweet potatoes, creamed spinach, green beans, and pumpkin pie and New York cheesecake for dessert.