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South End Food Crawl

FoodLush Jul 23, 2010 06:25 AM

I am trying to plan an evening in the South End that involves stopping at multiple restaurants/bars to sample their best dishes, probably only 1 or 2 items at each place.

I know that Toro will be on the list for their corn and Butcher Shop for their steak tartare.

Any other suggestions?

1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

  1. k
    kimfair1 Jul 26, 2010 01:54 PM

    I like the BeefCake at pops as well, braised short rib coated with panko and fried. Served with a housemade ketchupy sauce.

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    1. re: kimfair1
      MParente Jul 26, 2010 01:58 PM

      If you were going to try and hit a few places in one day I would definitely nix Addis Red Sea. I always find the service very very slow (which is fine if that is your goal for the evening) but not a good fit for trying to hit multiple locations.

      Red Sea Cafe
      1127 Harrison Ave, Roxbury, MA 02119

    2. f
      FoodLush Jul 26, 2010 10:27 AM

      Thanks so much for all the great suggestions! Might have to spread it out over a few days!

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        rr2035 Jul 25, 2010 03:18 PM

        I'd vote for braised pork belly bun at Myers + Chang

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        1. re: rr2035
          MC Slim JB Jul 25, 2010 03:56 PM

          Love that dish, too. Also should probably have cited the M+C BBQ kalbi taco.


        2. MC Slim JB Jul 25, 2010 02:36 PM

          A few ideas:

          * Hakka eggplant plus some brown rice at Myers + Chang
          * Pepe bianco pizza at Coppa
          * Grilled baby octopus at Estragon
          * Grilled Italian sausage at Stella
          * Pan con tomate and pimientos del padron at Toro
          * Farmer's platter at The Gallows
          * Short rib crespelle at Union
          * Dan-dan mien at Ginger Park
          * BLT at South End Buttery (cafe side)
          * Grilled calamari at the Franklin Cafe
          * Cauliflower gratine with leeks and Asiago at Metropolis Cafe
          * Chunky chicken salad at Stephi's on Tremont (lunch, off-menu but available at dinner)
          * Chicken liver mousse terrine at Aquitaine
          * Curry goat roti at Ali's Roti
          * Fried bologna and eggs at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe
          * Nems (crunchy spring rolls) at Teranga
          * The Loaf (meatloaf sandwich) at Blunch
          * Subz panchmael (Bengali veggie curry) at Mela
          * Buffet stir-fries from Yan's China Star (inside Ming's)
          * Kitfo at Addis Red Sea
          * Stuffed jalapenos at Noche
          * Pork shumai at 28 Degrees
          * Frango passarinho at Don Ricardo's
          * Baklava at Tremont Street Cafe
          * Bourekas from Syrian Grocery Importing Co.
          * Ham & butter sandwich, plus a few salt caramels, from South End Formaggio
          * Bar pizza at J.J. Foley's Cafe
          * Arepa de mechada or pernil at Orinoco
          * Side of meatballs at Anchovies
          * Deviled eggs at Columbus Cafe
          * Prosciutto, fig, mozzarella sandwich at the Delux Cafe
          * BBQ pork lettuce wraps at Tremont 647
          * Raw oysters at B&G Oysters
          * Grilled figs at The Butcher Shop
          * Squash ravioli with fried egg at Pops
          * Fried clams at Morse Fish
          * Grilled sardines at Hamersley's
          * Red chile onion rings at Masa
          * Carnitas taco at El Triunfo
          * Crispy poached eggs with bacon and frisee salad at Petit Robert Bistro (lunch)
          * Egg salad on white sourdough at Coda (lunch menu)

          * Lemon crumb bar at Appleton Bakery Cafe
          * Chocolate croissant at Chocolee (if you can catch it when it's open)
          * Ice cream at Picco
          * Boston cream pie or pain aux raisins at Flour


          28 Degrees
          1 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116

          Delux Cafe
          100 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116

          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

          Tremont 647
          647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

          Petit Robert Bistro
          468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

          South End Formaggio
          268 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          Syrian Grocery Importing Co
          10 Damrell St, Boston, MA

          Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe
          429 Columbus Ave Ste 1, Boston, MA 02116

          59 E Springfield St, Boston, MA 02118

          Appleton Bakery Cafe
          123 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116

          South End Buttery
          314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

          439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

          Ali's Roti Restaurant
          1035 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

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

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

          1746 Washington Street, Boston, MA

          Yan's Cafe
          217 Lewis St, Lynn, MA 01902

          Red Sea Cafe
          1127 Harrison Ave, Roxbury, MA 02119

          Tremont Cafe
          418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          5 Replies
          1. re: MC Slim JB
            Beachowolfe Jul 25, 2010 04:02 PM


            1. re: MC Slim JB
              aadesmd Jul 25, 2010 08:21 PM

              What a great list and resource. Thanks so much Slim

              1. re: MC Slim JB
                opinionatedchef Jul 25, 2010 11:13 PM

                mc, you are amazing! i wonder what you thought of the globe list of best dishes in today's sunday globe magazine! btw, check out the Tales of the City from today- you might recognize me and my fav/not your fav taco place!

                1. re: opinionatedchef
                  MC Slim JB Jul 26, 2010 10:52 AM

                  There was a discussion of that Globe piece here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722876 I thought it was pretty okay; a lot of it seemed drawn from recent Globe fine-dining and cheap-eats reviews.

                  Coming up with a long list of South End places is pretty easy for me, as I live in the neighborhood and get around there a lot.


                2. re: MC Slim JB
                  hiddenboston Jul 26, 2010 06:52 AM

                  I agree with MC. :-b

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                  Marisa23 Jul 23, 2010 09:30 AM

                  Can I join? Sounds like my kind of night! ;)

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                  1. re: Marisa23
                    bluesjack Jul 25, 2010 04:56 AM

                    what about dessert? :-)

                  2. g
                    gourmaniac Jul 23, 2010 06:51 AM

                    Estragon (Harrison) for Pringas, beef cheeks, and cuttlefish rice with ink and Gallows for poutine.

                    1. hiddenboston Jul 23, 2010 06:39 AM

                      A few of my personal faves are Metropolis Cafe, Picco, and Addis Red Sea, all on Tremont; Myers and Chang on Washington; and Orinoco on Shawmut. Haven't been to Coppa yet, but all indications point to that being on your list, I'd say.

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                      1. re: hiddenboston
                        FoodLush Jul 23, 2010 07:16 AM

                        What specific dish/dishes do you like at the places you listed?

                        1. re: FoodLush
                          hiddenboston Jul 23, 2010 07:28 AM

                          The bucatini carbonara is amazing at Metrpolis Cafe, while the pizza at Picco is one of the best in Boston, IMO. I like the zenge at Addis Red Sea (a kind of beef stew), and the smoky tasting chicken and rapini stirfry is outstanding at Myers and Chang. As far as Orinoco, I really like the domino arepa (tortilla with beans and white cheese).

                        2. re: hiddenboston
                          pollystyrene Jul 25, 2010 01:59 AM

                          At Coppa, the red peppers with feta and the arancini. At Picco, the mac & cheese (best I've ever had, and much better than their pizza, I think). At Gaslight, the roasted mushrooms, the fries, and the apple cake.

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