Haute Secrets Boston: Former New England Patriot Troy Brown

In honor of the New England Patriots making it to Super Bowl LI this weekend, we checked in with former Patriot Troy Brown. The #80 wide receiver played his entire 15-year career with the Pats winning three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX).

Troy BrownPhoto Credit: Russ Mezikofsky Photography

Since retiring in 2008, TB80 was elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame, wrote a book entitled Patriot Pride: My Life in the New England Dynasty, is a spokesman for Narragansett beer, a Comcast football analyst, and mentors inner-city Boston youth.

He can often be found speaking throughout Massachusetts with the Boston Police Department for their Road to the Right Track program helping guide kids to make good decisions.

We caught up with Brown recently to find out what he loves most about Boston.

Where were you born: Blackville, South Carolina

How long in Boston:  Since 1993, going on 24 years

Neighborhood: Foxboro

Occupation: Former New England Patriot and 3x Super Bowl Champion

Favorite Restaurant: A new favorite is Michael Schlow’s new restaurant, Doretta, with Chef Brendan Pelley

Best Sushi: I don’t do sushi!

Best Italian: Strega Waterfront

Best dessert: Anything at Modern Pastry or Caffe Vittoria

Best place for a romantic date: Top of the Hub

Best Sunday brunch: West End Johnnies

Best place for a power business meeting: South End Buttery

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Westin Copley Place

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Any place on Newbury Street

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: David Yurman

Best Spa: This is a little outside of Boston, but my favorite is The Right Touch in North Attleborough

Favorite Charity Event: Matt Light’s Celebrity Shoot-Out at Addieville East Farm in Rhode Island

Favorite Cultural Event: The Big E

Favorite Cultural Institution: The Boston Center for the Arts

Best Steakhouse: The Capital Grille

Best Pizza: Santarpio’s East Boston

Best Lunch: Del Frisco’s

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: The Oak Square Y is doing great work with the Boston Police Department in our community

Best Massage: Any massage at The Right Touch

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Emerald Square

Best Museum/Exhibit: Boston Children’s Museum

Describe Boston in three words: Diverse, Enriching, Loyal

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: The Freedom Trail

All-around favorite spot in Boston: Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Also, the Boston Harbor area is a beautiful place to walk around.

Best Aspect of Boston: The T (transit system) – most cities don’t have a system like the T and we’re fortunate it’s so easy to get around the city. Another one of my favorite aspects is the creation of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway; it’s such a great and fun way to use space in Boston with something for everyone with food trucks, the carousel, free events, and concerts.