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Strip-T’s in Watertown, Massachusetts sits on a typical, gritty Bahston block that looks like a couple of small towns strung together to form a city.  On the corner is a convenience store, while Strip-T’s sits on a driveway littered with children’s toys.  It even looks like a diner left over from the 80′s.

Because it is.

When Chef Tim Maslow, who spent six years working in David Chang’s Momofuku empire, decided to return home to Watertown, he took over his father’s tiny diner.  This sandwich shop with the funny name and outdated exterior belies the progressive menu inside that will blow your Red Sox off.

  • Oysters on the half shell ($15, pictured) arrive on a silver tray with fried green tomato garnish, plump and glistening, punctured with a tangy crunch.
  • A generous portion of whole-leg buttermilk fried chicken ($18, pictured) comes with “marshmallowed” sweet potatoes and a big “f–k you” depending on which way your plate is facing. Pair it with a crisp, fruity 2011 Malvazija from Slovenia ($11)!
  • Quite possibly the best you’ll ever have, the meaty slab of dark, beer-battered white fish and chips ($18) comes with a tangy dill tartar sauce for dipping.
  • The apple cider donut ($8) is more cake than donut, moistened with white chocolate, diced apples and Cheddar.

Photo via justaddcheese.com

93 School Street
Watertown, MA 02472