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Dorchester foodie in search of new places to love!

Just moved to Dorchester and I'm curious what people would recommend here? I know Shanti and D-bar are amazing, but there's got to be more good stuff nearby. Thoughts?

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  1. Avenue Grille for American and Italian-American fare, cheap and humble and tasty. Any of several fine Vietnamese restaurants: Pho 2000 is one example with good pho. Blarney Stone for better-than-average pub fare, good patio. Poppa B's for soul food. Mrs. Jones for great takeout fried chicken. Ashmont Grill for significantly-better-than-average comfort food. Cafe Polonia (okay, it's in Andrew Square, Southie, but very close to Dot) for awesome Polish food. Cesaria for Cape Verdean food.

    More ideas in this recent thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/485339

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    1. The Greenhills Bakery in Adams Village is a great place for lunch - great beef stew, soups, sandwiches and of course scones! Also they have all the Irish chocolate bars like Aero's etc. that are hard to find.

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      1. re: cookiezim

        Only 3 tables though and regulars sit in them all day.

      2. Others not mentioned so far:

        -- McKenna's Cafe in Savin Hill for excellent weekend breakfasts

        -- CF Donovan's (across the street) for excellent American food and pub grub

        -- Pho So 1 and Pho Hoa, both in Fields Corner, for good Vietnamese food

        -- Common Ground in Lower Mills for a truly unusual dining experience (healthy, organic food served by a religious group called the Twelve Tribes)

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        1. re: hiddenboston

          Does McKenna's serve a full breakfast? Good to know if true.

          1. re: Patricia

            Oh yeah.

            But be prepared to wait on the weekend.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              Yes. Get there early if you go on a Sunday....

        2. I second Ave. Grille. They do a pretty good job with a very small but decent wine list. I like Ashmont too. I've had some good meals at 224 Boston St., but they're not as consistant as I would like. Good for a change.
          Enjoy,
          CocoDan

          1. Ashmont Grill -- grossly overrated and pricey, IMO

            Drive another 10 min to Quincy and hit The Fat Cat. It's what Ashmont Grill could/should be.

            Also 224 Boston is pretty good, though I haven't eaten (as opposed to cocktails) there in a while.

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            1. re: C. Hamster

              I heartily agree with CH on the Fat Cat- it is fantastic food, a great vibe - great place to check out if you havent already.

              1. re: C. Hamster

                could you tell me where Fat Cat is, please? thanks!

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    can you tell me about their wings? are they breaded and fried? i'm hoping not....

                    1. re: eLizard

                      Fried and not breaded. At least not the ones I've tried. They come in 8 or so flavors. We have always gotten the hottest buffalo-style "XXX," which to us is perfect. Hot but not too hot. To us at least. They say that not many people order them that hot, which surprises me since we often order them hotter at other places and then regret it. Comes with a jigger of their habernaro-infused vodka in the sauce.