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Phantom Gourmet’s Picks for Play With Your Food

We all know the Phantom loves food and fun. Here are eight places where you can get a little bit of both.

Beat Brasserie
13 Brattle St., Cambridge, Mass.

Come here for live jazz served with deliciously different dishes like crispy tuna spring rolls and tasty spareribs slathered in a smoky chipotle barbecue sauce. And if you like burgers, you’ll love its version topped with cheddar cheese, port wine aioli and crispy fried onions.

Brass Union
70 Union Square, Somerville, Mass.

You can play with an oversized Jenga set, board games and even a 14-foot-long shuffleboard table while you wait for your order. The menu features items like an Argentinean-style hot dog topped with chimichurri and a burger topped with Cabot cheddar, onion marmalade and an herb aioli.

Chianti
285 Cabot St., Beverly, Mass.

Traditional Italian dishes like frutti di mare and pasta Bolognese mingle with creative offerings like zucchelini, twirly zucchini ribbons that stand in for standard pasta. It’s all served by chef Richard Marino, who also takes the stage to play live jazz for customers.

Double Chin
86 Harrison Ave., Boston

Named for sister owners Gloria and Emily Chin, this restaurant serves Asian-American fusion-fun, including dishes like crab Rangoon with sweetened cranberries and waffle fry poutine topped with cheese and kimchi. For dessert, try cube toast – a block of hollowed-out brioche stuffed with ice cream, candy and fruit.

Kings
Boston, Burlington, Dedham and Lynnfield, Mass.

Kings takes food and fun to a whole new level with high-definition TVs, high-tech bowling alleys and action-packed bars. The menu offers all the things you love to eat when you’re knocking down some pins, like chicken wings slathered in Buffalo, barbecue or sesame-ginger sauce and nachos piled with melted queso, jalapenos, sour cream and guacamole.

Pinz
Milford and Kingston, Mass.

Knock down some pins, shoot some hoops and play all the arcade games you love. After you’ve worked up an appetite, feast on dishes like delicious burgers, addictive wings, plate-tipping nachos and munchable tacos.

Quarters
8 Railroad St., Hadley, Mass.

This casual spot popular with local college students features 20 vintage arcade games that range from the late ’70s to the early ’90s. So, while you’re chomping away on pulled pork sliders and sweet potato fries, you can help Pac-Man chomp on some dots and ghosts.

Showcase SuperLux
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Combine dinner and a movie all under one roof. This state-of-the-art theater sports comfortable seating, table service and a sophisticated menu offering up crispy calamari and piping hot steak-and-cheese spring rolls.

Catch the “Phantom Gourmet” on TV every weekend. For listings and times, visit www.phantomgourmet.com.

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