Grub Guide: Where to Avoid the Drunks on St. Patrick's Day

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There are plenty of terrific lists out there telling you where to imbibe this weekend, but we've come up with a handy roster of places that (gasp) don't serve alcohol just in time for what promises to be a bacchanalian weekend here in Boston. Dine in peace and wake up feeling spry on St. Patrick's Day, straight ahead.

Dok Bua: Boston Restaurant Talk's Marc Hurwitz recommends this exceptional Thai restaurant in Brookline. Not only will you save money not drinking, but dinner specials (which include soup, rice, fried pork dumpling, and an egg roll) are just $10.95.

Gustazo: Boston's best Cuban restaurant is located on a quiet little Belmont corner. There's BYOB. Atmosphere is date-y.

Kareem's: Watertown's finest Middle Eastern restaurant is back on the weekends, and his Sh'aybiyyatt Pastry bil Jubn (Syrian cheese pastry, pistachios and orange blossom syrup) is better than any cocktail we've tried lately.

La Posada: This homestyle Mexican restaurant in Arlington Heights has excellent chilaquiles and great service, too.

Pepper Sky's: It's a Thai sensation! Tucked off Central Square, far from the maddening fray, this restaurant serves the best, and possibly only, "pork muddy curry" in town.

Punjabi Dhaba: Indian street food in Inman Square. They don't hold back on the spice; their heaping combo platters are best washed down with a mango lassi.

YoMa: A delicious Burmese hideaway in Allston, with a very large vegetarian menu (don't worry, there's also a carnivore's menu).