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Jul 23, 2010 06:25 AM

South End Food Crawl

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

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: FoodLush

        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

        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.

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

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

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          1. 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

                What a great list and resource. Thanks so much Slim

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  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

                    There was a discussion of that Globe piece here: 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. I'd vote for braised pork belly bun at Myers + Chang

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                    1. re: rr2035

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