4/11/2012 03:19:00 PM

Red Sox Opener Eats

Lobster Roll at Island Creek Oyster Bar; photo by Michael Piazza
Opening day at Fenway rivals the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. It’s a stampede to the park, where foolhardy fans willingly put themselves in danger of being impaled by the horns of another losing streak. So far, we’re feeling the pain. Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 2:05 PM. To escape, there’s always food and drink:

Cask ‘n Flagon: Beer for breakfast? You betchya, when doors open at 8 AM and WZLZ goes live from this American outpost at the corner of Brookline & Landsdowne Street, a punt away from the park. Can’t get better real estate for people watching before the game (617-536-4840).

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar: Normally dinner-only, this Boylston Street upscale pub opens the doors at noon for the usual - adobo pork shoulder tacos, burger with Stilton, etc., etc. (617-450-9000).

Eastern Standard: This Kenmore Square American/European serves breakfast (as always), which rolls into an early lunch (11 AM instead of 11:30 AM) to accommodate those in need of the house-made pastrami or the Gouda mac and cheese before the first pitch at (617-532-9100).

Island Creek Oyster Bar: Opening day marks this Kenmore Square seafooder’s new lunch hours for home games - for example, lunch starts at noon on Friday, when fans can snub a sausage for the lobster roll on homemade rosemary roll and house-made kettle potato chips (617-532-5300).

Sweet Cheeks: Top Chef Tiffani Faison’s down-home 'cue quarters does it up a la carte with everything from a pulled pork sandwich with a heirloom baked beans to ribs, brisket, chix and everything in between, plus Americana brews like PBR (617-266-1300).

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