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Apr 23, 2010 07:47 PM

The South End

I will be starting a new job in the South End (Berkeley/Tremont) in a week or so and was hoping that CHers could recommend some good restaurants in the area for lunch and dinner.

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  1. Some things close by, mostly inexpensive, everyday options (by neighborhood standards), with a few spurge-y things for good measure:

    Billy's Sub Shop -- Greek-owned diner/sub shop; cheap, no-frills, and good, a cop favorite.

    Tremont Street Cafe -- the gourmet arm of the so-so pizza joint (Rome) next door; excellent sandwiches and coffee drinks, good house-made Lebanese pastries.

    The Berkeley Perk -- very fine independent coffee shop, excellent coffee and tea, good sandwiches and wraps.

    Picco -- gourmet pizza joint with wood-fired, thin-crust pies, excellent ice cream, plus good sandwiches and salads, a bit pricier.

    South End Buttery -- expensive but high quality sandwiches, pastries, coffees.

    Coppa -- an upscale option, Italian small plates, salumi, pastas, and superb, pricey little pizzas with a great patio, calm at lunch where it's frenzied in the evening.

    Coda -- good upscale neighborhood spot with fancy comfort food and an excellent burger.

    J.J. Foley's -- ancient Irish-American tavern with solid American and pub fare, modest prices.

    El Triunfo -- decent burrito and taco joint with some Middle Eastern options.

    Don Ricardo's -- good, modestly-priced sit-down restaurant with Peruvian, Brazilian, and Mexican food.

    House of Siam (Tremont St) -- pretty place with respectable Thai food, not as traditional as our most authentic favorites, but the best of the South End joints.

    Mela -- upscale pan-regional Indian place with a decent lunchtime buffet.

    Emilio's -- popular pizza and sub shop, pretty typical Greek pan pies. Not my favorite, but it's convenient and reasonably priced. Further down the block, Nicole's offers similar stuff.

    Upper Crust -- another gourmet thin-crust pizza purveyor, with fans and detractors. I think their pies are decent if eaten in, but are not a great delivery option.

    Billy's Sub Shop
    57 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

    South End Buttery
    314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

    House of Siam
    542 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    J.J. Foley's
    117 E Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02118

    Don Ricardo's Restaurant
    57 W Dedham St, Boston, MA 02118

    Berkeley Perk Cafe
    69 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

    Tremont Cafe
    418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

    253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    2 Replies
    1. re: MC Slim JB

      also, the appleton bakery and cafe at appleton and dartmouth. one of the other few places in the south end to get a sandwich (at least when i lived there a few years ago).

      1. re: coookie

        Appleton is still there, still good; belongs on this list. Haley House is gone, replaced by the excellent Chocolee.

    2. I'd also add to the mix Meyers + Chang. I think of it as Asian Fusion and one of only few instances in which that is meant in a positive light. Fun food and moderately priced.
      1145 Washington St Boston MA 02118

      Petit Robert- French Bistro-reasonably priced lunch and Dinner.
      480 Columbus Avenue
      Boston, MA 02215

      South End Formaggio- Great cheese shop with different daily take out specials daily (no dine in)
      268 Shawmut Ave.(between Bradford St & Hanson St)

      South End Formaggio
      268 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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      1. re: Food4Thought

        MC Slim said everything I was thinking when I read the post. Only other thing I'd add for 'everyday' is Georgiana's on Tremont. Close to your office and decent sandwiches and sides. The family that owns it is Greek and very nice.

        Tremont Cafe
        418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

        1. re: MParente

          Shame on me for forgetting Giorgiana's, since I'm a regular customer and reviewed it in the Phoenix! Good Greek wines, too.

      2. Does Patty and Mike's count as the South End? I really have to get there, the sandwiches look really good. I've had some good lunches at Masa, too - I think I got 10 little bites for ten bucks, and I love their bread.

        Toro's great for lunch, too, though not super cheap. The burger is a good choice if you can nap for the rest of the day.

        1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

        439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

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        1. re: nsenada

          Technically, Mike & Patty's is in Bay Village, but it's awesome, and close enough to the OP's intersection to merit inclusion. Toro is a bit of a haul from there, but like Coppa, much calmer at lunch (and you can get that amazing burger).

          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

        2. Toro is a Spanish tapas place. Their burger is fantastic - ask for it messy and grab a lot of napkins.

          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118