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May 5, 2009 02:49 PM

What is The Food Scene in Southie?

Is there one in South Boston? The area really isn't talked about much on the board. I know Franklin Street Cafe opened recently. Any other good restaurants or food markets that may be under the radar?

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  1. It's kind of grim, but there are bright spots. the Franklin Cafe Southie is the best thing in town, in my view, a modern bar with excellent food. I also like St. Alphonzo's, a casual hangout with nice-priced fare. For pub food, I think The Junction might be my favorite. Among breakfast spots, I like Mul's, My Diner, and Terrie's Place. The Liberty Bell is a good, cheap roast beef sandwich place with surprisingly good food (it's hideous to look at on the outside): fried fish, wings, pizza, subs and such. And don't miss Cafe Polonia in Andrews Square, an outstanding little Polish place.

    On the Fort Point side of town (not really Southie to most residents), there's Sportello (excellent but expensive Italian in a mod diner setting), Drink (the city's best serious cocktails, though the finger food is forgettable), Persephone (excellent casual New American in a slick setting), and Lucky's (a tavern with big drinks and good retro-50s American food).

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I think the food scene has improved over the last few years. I'm a fan of L Street Diner and like their CB hash.

      In new Southie, by the waterfront, you have Persephone, which I enjoyed, Barbara Lynch's Sportello; which sells a very good if overpriced croissant..I haven't tried their reg menu yet, Lucky's..speakeasy type bar. Morton's, Sal's Pizza, and more in the hotels

      For markets, Yankee Seafood (also casual seafood preps) also some positive comments on Dry Dock..also casual.

      If you have a car, you're just a short ride to the South End or Dorchester and all their offerings.

      1. re: 9lives

        Ditto L Street Diner (liked their Irish sausage). I wish Franklin Southie would put a good burger (lamb burger, maybe?) on their menu though (currently it's only on their brunch menu).

      2. re: MC Slim JB

        I don't disagree with you often, but in all honestly I don't think I've ever eaten worse food ever than at the Junction. It was grotesque.

        Agree with everything else you listed.

        Will also add that Portobello isn't terrible and The Stadium sports bar's food is OK for a ginourmous sports bar.

        Some people like Amrhein's, but I find it hit or miss.

        1. re: C. Hamster

          Wow, what did you order at The Junction? It ain't Garden at the Cellar, obviously, but I've never been served anything really gross there, either.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            We like their trivia nights so have given them 3 or 4 chances. Now we eat somewhere else first.

            Paddymelt -- tasteless and oozing grease. It was gross. Salads with rotten lettuce. Gross. Burger -- tough, frozen pattie, completely unseasoned. Bad. Some kind of chicken sandwich thing that was terrible. It seemed like very bad frozen institutional food heated up by people who didn't care.

            After the second time it was a running joke with us: "The food is terrible and the portions are so small."

            I'll change my adjective to unappetizing.

          2. re: C. Hamster

            But Hamster, I've seen you at Amrhein's so there must be something you like? You know me, I go for the lobster mac & cheese, but also find their surf & turf (filet & shrimp) quite good. Only been to the Junction once. It was loud, but the shepard's pie wasn't bad.

            1. re: Pegmeister

              But have you seen me there alone? LOL

              I go there with my tennis pals from the BAC.

              I have found their fare hit or miss. Some things have been very good (mac and cheese) and others (ribs) hardly edible. I did not order the ribs, they were apps at a retirement party I went to. The chili can be very good, strangely.

              I am trying to get the girls to go to Franklin instead, but we always end up at Amrheins or the Farragut House.

        2. Not really a sit-down type of restaurant, but my favorite Italian take out in Southie comes from Alfredo's Italian Kitchen on dot ave. I can't speak for the pizza, but the specialty pasta's are always delicious and loaded with meat (chicken) and vegetables. Living in Allston now, I haven't found any take out pasta that compares.

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          1. re: thegirlwholovestoeat

            Alfredo's is on the corner of Dorchester STREET and W. 8th st.

            1. re: janzy

              We get take out pizza from here every Friday for lunch. It's fantastic.

          2. I don't eat in Southie all that much, but when I do, it's usually at ultra-casual cheap eats spots such as Mul's Diner, St. Alphonzo's Kitchen, and Sullivan's. I'm a bit down on Amrheins these days, and am still devastated by the loss of Eastern Pier in the Seaport area.

            1. On weekends you can indulge at the Lithuanian Club Kitchen.

              Not much in the way of ambience but the food is deliciously simple and prepared fresh. There's a full bar and they stock several Lithuanian beers. Mmmmmmmmmm I may have to go this weekend.................

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              1. re: mtm7654

                I have a Lithuanian friend who told me about this place, but I had the impression that you were supposed to be a member of the club? It sounded interesting but I wasn't quite comfortable giving it a try. Any more info?

                1. re: Pegmeister

                  Maybe they thought I/we were Lithuanian but no one ever carded us at the door! I've been 4 or 5 times now and we may get the once over when we come in because we're obviously not regulars but have never been turned away. Hey, in this economy I'd think they'd welcome the general public!

                  That said, it's usually a one woman show in the kitchen. You go to the kitchen door and order with her and she brings it out to you. Same with the liquor. You order and pay at the bar (separate from dinner) and bring it to your table.

                  1. re: mtm7654

                    Sounds like a potential CH spot but . . . what kind of fare is Lithuanian? Would a vegetarian survive as well?

                    1. re: alwayscooking

                      Think of it as in the neighborhood of Russian and Polish food, with some Eastern European Jewish and German/Austrian traditions thrown in. Pierogi, blinis, borscht, cabbage, beets, pickles, dark sourdough rye bread, pork (schnitzel, ham, sausages), beer. Now I want some.


                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        Let's put it this way-nearly every option on their menu contains sour cream, bacon or potato!

                        I usually get the pork cutlet because it comes with a few sides of veggie.

                        And I'm not a potato person their simple boiled potato with chives and I don't know what else is soooo good!

                        It's all just very simple and fresh at this place.