Food & Drink

Hot Dog

2017 Winner: The Automatic


Esteemed bartending pooh-bah Dave Cagle’s new Kendall Square bar is a throwback in all the right ways, working nostalgic midcentury tropes like your grandpa’s rec-room wood paneling, precisely composed but fun cocktails, flatteringly dim lighting and a menu from the iconic Chris Schlesinger that supports the drinking, not vice versa. Nevertheless, it’s an exceptional bar-food roster, epitomized by the classic “Messy” New England Frank: a Pearl frank on a split-top bun with chili, onions and cheese.

The Automatic

50 Hampshire St., Cambridge • (617) 714-5226

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