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Nov 29, 2006 02:26 PM

Where in the South End...?

We're visiting Boston this weekend from Montreal, and I was wondering what everyone might recommend for dining in the South End. Something funky, not over-the-top expensive. Maybe "modern American" style food...

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  1. Laurel on Berkeley Street is good. Decent prices, mostly New American cuisine, and a decent vibe to the place.

    The Dish on Shawmut Avenue is another good option. A mix of comfort food and New American (meat loaf, wood-fired pizza, lamb chops, cod, beef tenderloint) and pretty funky, though rather tight quarters, so you might want to get there early.

    1. I really like the Franklin Cafe. The menu is limited, but nearly everything I've tried there was really quite good. My only beef with the place is that it is *so* dark at the tables, making it difficult to get a good view of my lovely dinner. :)

      1. The South End has lots of great options. One of my favorite spots is Franklin Cafe which is just down the street from Dish (mentioned by hiddenboston). It's a very small funky place with really good food at reasonable prices. It does tend to get quite crowded especially on the weekends but I always have fun having drinks at the bar while I wait for a table. Another good spot is Delux on Chandler St (near Clarendon). It's also tiny with pretty good food and extremely reasonable prices. I am pretty sure they are cash only.

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        1. re: lissy

          In addition to the above, I like Columbus Cafe, even tho my last meal there wasn't the best. But they definitely made up for it and the previous one was great. Fun little spot, a little off the beaten track. And Tremont 647 might also fit the bill, lots of posts about its improvement lately. They just talked about the Deluxe on Chronicle last nite, might be even more crammed than usual.

        2. There are several wonderful places that fit the bill. Pho Republique and Masa come immediately to mind as two of the funkiest places. Metropolis Cafe is wonderful, one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. It's a tiny little chic place. Franklin Cafe is also quite good (with an atmosphere like that of Billy Kun on Mont-Royal in Mtl, sans the ostrich heads) but it gets packed so be prepared to slurp down two or three cocktails before having dinner. While I agree that Laurel and The Dish have great food, I wouldn't consider them "funky" (especially by Montreal standards).

          1. You're off to a great start by choosing South End; it's full of the kind of restaurants you're looking for. B&G Oyster Co. and Butcher Shop are across the street from one another and both owned by chef Barbara Lynch, who also runs the famed No. 9 Park. Both restaurants are intimate and beautiful, B&G is seafood and Butcher Shop is charcuterie and bistro-style, both excellent. Toro is a very hip new tapas restaurant, also small and can get packed (no res), but if you can hang at the bar waiting for a table it is absolutely worth it. And there's a new Venezuelan restaurant called Orinoco that is truly special, on Shawmut Ave. No reservations and it can packed, but again worth the wait.