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Potbellies Kitchen IS AWESOME (other post got off topic, so i'm starting new!)

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totallyfedup Dec 9, 2006 12:27 AM

I've lived on the "west side" of South Boston for over 5 years, and am finally feeling like my little neighborhood is coming together - much thanks to Potbellies Kitchen. Here's the whole deal, for all you wonderers...
It's on A Street at West 2nd- kitty corner from Williams Tavern/My Diner building.
It opened the week of Thanksgiving. They are open Monday - Saturday, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
It is owned by a nice husband and wife, Peter & Natasha, - Peter was the original chef at Silvertone.
They do not have beer & wine license (yet?!) but are working dilligently to get one.
The prices are very fair and affordable -

I have only been for dinner, so can only comment on that -but the food is absolutely and completely what our neighborhood needs... Simple, but full menu, lots of options from burger and fries to pan roasted Kingfish special ($12 - DEAL!) to club sandwich....Fresh everthing, cooked to order - fish, pork chops, steak, sausage and peppers, calamari, salads, vegetables, hot sandwiches, burger, deli sandwiches... My partner and I have been a few times already, and with friends, too - so we have tried a number of dishes...I am not a food critic, and do not pretend to be, so I will not disect every dish we've had, but will tell you - the bolognese was perfect, simple, and delish, the fish sandwich is the yummiest mcdonald's knock-off ever, and the fact that he makes a different hot vegetable side every night appeals to our healthy selves... all the main dishes are served with choice of two sides - pick btw. salad, hot veggie, fries or (dreamy) mashed potatoes.

I am thrilled to have a place like this open in my neighborhood.

I have never posted on this site before now, but was so irritated by the conversation about Potbellies, that I was compelled to return the focus. It is not about apostrophe or no apostrophe, from what I understand, Chowhounders are supposed to be helping steer people in the direction of good food, Potbellies Kitchen is a perfect example of good food - good food that people might not just come across on their own. So - jump on the Red Line, take it outbound one stop PAST South Station (broadway) and go see our friends, Peter and Natasha, they'll make you some good food, and with passion...

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  1. Aromatherapy RE: totallyfedup Dec 9, 2006 01:09 PM

    Welcome, and thanks for the post!

    The apostrophe thing is a running joke, by the way. Please stick around.

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      Fort Point RE: totallyfedup Dec 9, 2006 02:20 PM

      Had the Cuban sandwich ($7)for lunch yesterday and it was excellent. As I recall the place has four tables and a small sit down counter area. The sandwich was not on the regular menu but was listed on the blackboard. I had the sandwich as take out. He does have an open sign on the door now.

      1. hiddenboston RE: totallyfedup Dec 11, 2006 12:49 PM

        I got over there the other day and loved it. The two folks who work there are great, and they definitely seem to put some thought into everything. Love the blues music being piped through the speakers, too!

        It is what it is--cheap eats with a few interesting dinners entrees--so if you're looking for upscale dining or beautifully presented food, look elsewhere. But I could easily fall in love with this place, since it's simple, off the beaten path, unpretentious, and friendly.

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          tatamagouche RE: hiddenboston Dec 11, 2006 12:52 PM

          It's counter service, not full service, yeah?

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            hiddenboston RE: tatamagouche Dec 11, 2006 01:04 PM

            No, it's full service. All the specials are written on the boards above the tables, but there is an everyday menu, and they do come over to take your order.

            Word has it they will be getting a liquor license very soon (perhaps this week?).

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          Win RE: totallyfedup Dec 12, 2006 01:14 AM

          Peter and Natasha: I'm so happy to find you again. My Calamari and Burger with fries brought tears to my eyes; I've missed the real thing for these many months. NOW! To The The Meatloaf! I'll be back Very Soon.

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            plt3012 RE: totallyfedup Dec 12, 2006 07:49 PM

            My wife and I stopped in last evening. We're glad we did. The Spicy Green Beans were outstanding. So was the Macaroni Salad, not heavy on mayo, just right. We both had Roasted Eggplant Soup, also very good.
            We were told that they were expecting a decision on a beer and wine license soon. Hopefully that'll work out. It's the only bad thing about the place.
            We are lifelong residents of South Boston and an establishment like this would be a welcome addition.

            Good luck and Welcome to South Boston!!

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              hiddenboston RE: plt3012 Dec 12, 2006 08:00 PM

              Just look around at all the great independently-owned restaurants that have closed over the past few weeks, and it seems like more and more of a good idea to support the good "ma and pa" places like Potbellies. I know I'll be going back whenever I can. Yes, best of luck to the owners of this terrific little spot.

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              food1 RE: totallyfedup Dec 14, 2006 10:56 PM

              I love this place! The scampi is fantastic, and I love the choice of fresh sides. The owners are warm and welcoming without being pushy. A great place to come with a date or alone, you can sit at the bar and watch the chef fry your steak.

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                fire RE: totallyfedup Dec 15, 2006 05:12 PM

                Potbellies Kitchen is fantastic- finally a place just around the corner in home sweet Southie, and rather than the same old uninspired food that most of the hood has to offer, Potbellies' fare is fresh and flavorful, simple but gourmet, cozy dishes that are brilliantly prepared with lots of attention to detail. The pasta bolognese, topped with freshly snipped basil, is beautifully presented in a shallow bowl. The burger, succulent with charred exterior, comes in a basket with just the right fixins and fries. The salad [side and entree] has a perfect [dijon balsamic?]dressing tossed with a mix of miniature lettuces, string beans, tomatoes. The sausages with onions and peppers deemed 'deliciously fennelly' by my fellow diner. Roasted eggplant soup a gorgeous concoction thick and hearty, tomato-herb touches served with lofty bread. So too the restaurant's intereior - ochre walls bedecked currently with a very hip mini-christmas tree, above which a specials-chocked blackboard boasts the concise menu, and bluesy music pipes into background. The proprietors so friendly and welcoming - upon finishing our meal and ordering some tea [wine+beer license arriving imminently], we were surprised to be presented with a plate of ice cream goodies - klondike bar, ice cream drumstick, classic vanilla/chocolate sandwich all diagonally cut and stacked, elevated to delectability in the soft candlelight. New favorite place to dine, a must in South Boston.

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                  Pegmeister RE: totallyfedup Dec 15, 2006 05:38 PM

                  Ok, you peaked my interest. I like places that are T accessible and often get off at Broadway to go to the Quiet Man or the Six House. How far is Potbellies from the Broadway station?

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                    Fort Point RE: Pegmeister Dec 15, 2006 05:51 PM

                    Just continue up West Broadway to A Street. Make a left and Potbellies is one block down on the right; just past Amhriens.

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                    Pegmeister RE: totallyfedup Dec 15, 2006 06:30 PM

                    Thanks for the directions. I'm thinking I'll try to get there sometime next week.

                    1. Food4Thought RE: totallyfedup Jan 27, 2007 07:03 AM

                      Ok, now I have 2 reasons to venture out into my otherwise gastronomically desolate hood (The other of course being Cafe Polonia)

                      Despite better judgement and against the wife's pleadings we ventured out into the 5 degree night. Potbellies seats 12 with another 4 counter seats. Upon arrival it was about 1/2 full, 2 adults and Damien sitting behind us, but despite the chill and the youngster's shrills we tried not to let it get us down (did I mention it was a small space)?

                      We started with the Antipasto ($9) and the Calamari ($9) Slices of Genoa salami, Mortadella (not the cheap-ass oscar mayer bologna substitute), roasted peppers, pickled red onions, a variety of cured olives, sliced hot peppers, wedges of sharp provolone, crisp, blanched green beans, pickles ( a little uncharacteristic), chickpea spread and thick slices of italian bread. This was a meal in itself.

                      The calamari was the best I have had in recent memory. To me calamari is kinda like pizza. You can find "acceptable" renditions at every corner, but outstanding examples are few and far between. A very light batter and lightly salted with fried peppers and a chunky marinara, but just a spritz of lemon was good enough for me. This was the stand out dish.

                      The flat iron steak special sounded good but I have been on a beef bender lately and needed a little detox. The pork chops were my second choice but then I spied a Cuban on the chalk board (all sandwiches are available during dinner) A nice variation on the theme with roasted peppers and pickled red onions along with the typical roast pork, ham pickle, mustard and swiss, this was press toasted on Rye. While it was tasty, I am at heart a purist when it comes to this sandwich, so I doubt that I would get it again, but that is just me. They gladly substituted the veggie of the day (brussel sprouts, really good) for the fries.

                      The wife had the Caesar salad. A good portion, but not so large that it undermines the point of getting a salad in the first place. A really nice dressing with a tangy finish and generous slivers of parmesan, another winner.

                      The place filled up quickly while others waited and there is not too much room to wait comfortably. My suggestion if in this situation would be to give the waitress your cell # and go around the corner to the bar at Amerheins (or if you are the adventurous type, across the street to William's) . Service was attentive and accommodating. This is a neighborhood joint with good food, service and value and it is good at what it does.

                      A destination? I'm not sure for the greater Hound populace, but for those of us in Southie, hells yeah!

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                        janzy RE: totallyfedup Jan 27, 2007 09:16 AM

                        Lunched there last week on a Cuban sandwich and a bowl of Asparagus soup, while my wife had the pastrami. Everything was excellent and we hope business thrives for these very nice people.

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                          cervisiam RE: totallyfedup Feb 25, 2007 04:54 AM

                          my friend and i went last night a little before 7. a family of 4 was just finishing up, and a couple was huddled by the window. we opted to sit at the counter so we could overlook the kitchen. ravenous, we decided on the bolognese, calamari, spicy green beans, and mussels marinara. loved the spicy red and green sliced peppers that were fried with the calamari, and the green beans were crisp and flavorful. (peter shared with us that he uses sriracha sauce for spice) the bolognese was simple, comforting and delicious, and mussels were fresh. although we are two women who can eat a LOT, we were stuffed, and obviously had to have dessert. :) we topped off the meal with a slice of moist chocolate cake with whipped icing from the sweet tooth bakery. service was friendly and attentive, and we left with enlarged bellies and VERY happy.

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