Michael Piazza

Visitors to the greater Boston area now have a new spot to add to their list of favorites, thanks to James Beard Award-winning chef Tony Maws. The force behind the beloved area restaurant Craigie on Main, Maws has made his latest venture, THE KIRKLAND TAP & TROTTER, a more casual, comfortable eatery, serving up tapas-style dishes that are both inventive and affordable. Maws utilizes a nose-to-tail, root-to-stem, fins-to-gills philosophy to create the perfect menu for a wide variety of palates, with simply prepared items like duck-fat Brussels sprouts, sirloin-tip brochette and even crispy-fried Nova Scotia smelts. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter also features a nightly selection of chalkboard specials, along with an extensive list of nearly two dozen microbrews, unusual wines and a bevy of creative cocktails. One to try: the Broken Crown, a blend of Corralejo tequila and apple brandy sweetened with citrus, cacao and grenadine. Walk-ins are welcome, so grab a table or a stool at the bar and soak in the stellar atmosphere — brick walls, exposed ceiling beams and a distinct neighborhood vibe that boasts all the appeal of a British gastropub. It’s the type of place you’ll want to call your own. www.kirklandtapandtrotter.com