Sitcom Surprise

Great starters at a restaurant named for a TV bar

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he Regal Beagle gives new meaning to the term “date night.” That’s because it serves a combination you’ve probably never imagined, but which will keep you coming back forever: gorgonzola-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon, just one of the standout starters on a menu of creative comfort food at a restaurant so tiny you would likely miss it if you didn’t know where to look (run by the same people who ran the late, lamented Church). Don’t be put off by the cloth napkins and the red velvet curtains at the entrance. The atmosphere is hip and laid back and the prices are reasonable, attracting in-the-know locals to the bar in the back or at a table for such other funky standouts as pumpkin hummus, entrees including a great mac ‘n’ cheese and a particularly good burger, and unique cocktails. Twardzik

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Boston-born actor Paul Ainsley played Jim, the bartender at the Regal Beagle, for 11 episodes of the sitcom Three’s Company—the truly awful ’70s sitcom from which, yes, this restaurant unfortunately gets its name. The “beers” he served on camera were a mix of flat 7-Up with a little Coke for coloring.

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