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Jul 12, 2010 10:16 PM

where do boston's chefs eat

when they dine out- also what are the best of the chef owned places, thanks

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  1. As the Chef/Owner of Geoffrey's Cafe My 2 Fave to relax and dine at are the Franklin Cafe in the South End and Masona Grill in West Roxbury

    Masona Grill
    4 Corey Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132

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    1. re: bspence

      I thought Ashmont Grill had a big industry following, and Russell House Tavern regularly tweets about industry people at the downstairs bar.

      Local to me, Highland Kitchen always has a bunch of recognizable chefs and bartenders on the weekend brunch times. It's kinda fun playing 'spot the sous' over breakfast.

      Highland Kitchen
      150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

      Ashmont Grill
      555 Talbot Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

      Russell House Tavern
      14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    2. I also have to say Russel House, that's pretty much my place to hang after shift as of late, and especially sunday/monday nights, you get a decent amount of industry people.

      1. We saw Draghi (Erbaluce) at Hungry Mother the other day.

        Hungry Mother
        Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

        1. They all go to Chinatown.

          1. I routinely see chefs dining during the day at Neptune, and at Coppa and the two Franklin Cafes late-night. Myers + Chang gets its share, too. I know Chinatown is popular with chefs, but I never spot any there.


            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              They go home exhausted most nights. Pop open a beer and a bag of chips and fall asleep with their clothes on.

              1. re: baldbert

                You've got that right - many nights with boots still on. In the genre of kitchen tell all books, the closest that I've seen to reality is Jason Sheehan's "Cooking Dirty". Should be a prerequisite for anyone considering a kitchen career, in my opinion.

              2. re: MC Slim JB

                add silvertone to this list, and personally have been to chinatown with several hoity-toity well-known chefs. peach farm, east ocean city and another that is no longer open.

                strange to me, but barbara lynch has brunch at abe & louis' about once a month or so.

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  Trina's has an industry following, too, but when I've been there it's been more front-of-house.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Helps that they serve Industry Brunch on Monday's, but yes, even on weekend nights, I've run into tons of foh folks at Trina's.

                    1. re: bostonbroad

                      I've also seen a few at Myers and Chang.

                  2. re: hotoynoodle

                    Tony Maws had an entry on his restaurant blog that he dines at Peach Farm in Chinatown, so no secret there!

                    Peach Farm
                    4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                    1. re: kobuta

                      I've heard/read many chefs calling Peach Farm a favorite, and it's one of mine, too, but I never catch any of them there.


                      Peach Farm
                      4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111