Ashmont/Shawmut T stop area for dinner
Any place besides Ashmont Grille near either of these T stops for dinner and cocktails. Just moved to the area and am not quite ready to go to the Irish bar on Dot Ave. Reminds me of what Sligo Pub in Davis Square used to be like when I was a kid (probably still is but the storefront is improved) that you used to cross the street so you wouldn't have to pass in front of it.
The Common Ground is good, whole food. Be careful of the staff though. They're a cult of some kind. Nice people, but they'll try to recruit you.
Mrs. Jones Southern Food is a great new place - very few chairs, mostly take out.
I hear D-Bar is very good. Supposed to be alternative.
At least three top notch Vietnamese restaurants - Pho 2000, Pho Boston 1, Ahn Hong
My favorite is C.F. Donovan's on Savin Hill Ave.
Great ice cream at Ice Creamsmith.
The Blarney Stone on the Shawmut side of Fields Corner is close to you. Good spot for drinks. Decent food and a nice patio. They've changed the menu since I've last eaten there so I don't have any specific rec's
Layden's is an OK pub on the ave in that area, no food. I avoid the Peabody and place on Center St.
try DBar on Dot Ave - adequate bartending with well made cocktails, imaginative menu- I preferred the appetizers vs. the entrees here, but thats just me. By far the best food in that stretch in terms of dining w/ cocktails. As a matter of fact, I believe it is the only place on that stretch. Blarney Stone on Dot ave almost makes it- it has a more casual vibe (not that i consider dbar formal) but big screen tvs, more oriented toward tap beers vs. cocktails- and the menu seems to lean toward casual/comfort foods; decent burger; Tips; etc.
note re: dbar; mixed crowd earlier in the evening, however around 10/11 or so they move tables and break down the dining room for dancing and DJ spinning for a mostly alternative crowd- which can be fun unless you happen to be still eating at 10 pm and they take away every table but yours (doh!)
"The" Irish bar on Dot Ave. Which one? There are only 800 or so. :-)
Crossing the street so you won't have to pass in front of it could describe a great many. Particularly The Emerald Isle.
Problem is that there really isn't much else than the Ashmont Grill around there. And not to beat a dead horse, but I can't stand the place.
If you need T accessability, then CF D's and the Blarney are pretty decent.
If you have a car, dBar, Shanti, and the vietnamese places ... or the quick drive to JP.