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Feb 8, 2010 08:57 AM

Looking for South Boston favorites Broadway/Dorcester area

Moving to Southie in the next couple of weeks and want to know some of the good restaurants and spots to hang out are? It looks like a fun little area.

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  1. One of my favorites is St. Alphonzo's Kitchen on A Street (just north of Broadway). Good sandwiches and comfort food, a slightly offbeat and funky vibe, and decent prices.

    I also like Cafe Polonia in Andrew Square. Outstanding Polish food there, and the prices are very reasonable.

    If you like Indian food, Shanti in the Savin Hill part of Dorchester is one of my favorites. And McKenna's, which is in the same neighborhood is a good local breakfast and lunch spot.

    Best of luck with your move! Southie and Dorchester have a lot going for them, so you should be able to find lots to do around there.

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      I agree on Alphonzos, Cafe Polonia, and Shanti. DBar and Ashmont Grill are both worth a stop and there's a number of good, funky vietnamese restaurants up Dorchester Avenue (Sunrise Cafe is one of my favorites). I'm spacing on the name of a very good little sandwich shop on West Broadway around E street maybe (arpeggio?) and Sweet Tooth is a good little bakery, right across the street. If you go further, up Morrissey Blvd, you'll find Chau Chows, crowded on weekends with big asian families coming for dim sum, and Lamberts which is a better than average produce store, with a decent butcher shop and a very good salad bar.

    2. Franklin Southie is right there and very popular (although not one of my personal faves)...within walking distance (across the interstate) is Coppa (also Myers & Chang for faux Asian and Oishii south end for overpriced sushi, also J.J.Foleys pub) and within long walking distance (or short bike ride along the channel, or one T stop on the Red line) is Fort Point area (Drink, Sportello, etc)

      1. I second St. Alphonzo's's the best comfort food around.
        I also like is above average, nice atmosphere and a great bar.

        Castle Island in the summer for hotdogs!

        1. Barlows in Southie is new with pretty good food and a nice room.

          Franklin Southie is nice.

          dBar on Dot Ave has very good food, IMO.

          224 Boston had its day, but is still, ok. Overpriced perhaps.

          The last time I ate at Amrheins the food was inedible, but the bar is beautiful and the atmosphere is nice.

          There's only about 10,000 irish pubs in southie with beer and similar menus. Some are crappy others ok. Farragut House can be fun. The food is average.

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          1. re: C. Hamster

            Agreed that the Barlow's space is pleasant, but the food was just ok (burger, quesadillas, I think). But, we were looking for a late Sat lunch at the bar with a basketball game, so it fit the bill. I think I'd pick Channel Cafe over Barlow's.

          2. Cafe Polonia is a must for the potato pancakes and hungarian goulash. It's small, no bar but very comfortable. Even the nonPolish items like the coconut shrimp are quite. good. I also like Cafe Porto Bello for their antipasto and seafood pizza. Again, it's a small place, no bar but a comfortable neighborhood spot. Amrheins has a lovely bar and I've had good luck with the food, especially the surf & turf (filet and stuffed shrimp). Another place not often mentioned is the Junction yet I think they make one of the best shephards pies around.