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Liberty Bell South Boston ( Not a best roast beef thread)

Food4Thought Sep 30, 2010 05:48 PM

Living in Southie, Liberty Bell is pretty convenient and I've been going there for a while. I've always considered it quite a cut above of the usual crap available in Southie, but last night we had a pretty disappointing experience.

The Roast beef sandwiches, slaw, poppers and mozz six seemed really sub par compared to past visits. Granted, the mozz six and poppers are most likely Sysco or quasi-Sysco sourced so that always going to be hit or miss, but I've always really enjoyed the RB and slaw.

Anyone else seem to notice a difference in quality lately of just an off night?

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    southie_chick Sep 30, 2010 06:19 PM

    Sorry - I haven't been to "the Bell" in an age. I'm usually only in the neighborhood at night & they seem to close early now. Last time I tried to go, it was about 7PM & they were already closed (can't remember if it was a week nite or weekend).
    Last roast beef I had was at Beachmont Roast Beef - & they're right outside the T station so it's easy enough to get to. Not much to look at (basic formica tables - probably the same ones they had since when they opened) but it's clean & the people who work there are nice. Most importantly, the roast beef is OUTSTANDING!

    Beachmont Roast Beef
    629 Winthrop Ave, Revere, MA 02151

    1. MC Slim JB Sep 30, 2010 09:42 PM

      I was there reviewing it over a year ago, thought it was a pretty fair specimen of the North Shore roast beef sandwich / fried seafood joint, above average in most respects. Pretty good hand-tossed pizza, good wings, very good fried stuff, good steak tips, a nice hand-breaded chicken cutlet, even decent coleslaw. But it has the same weakness that most Kelly's imitators do: cheap, poor-quality, overly-soft sandwich rolls.


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      1. re: MC Slim JB
        southie_chick Oct 2, 2010 01:47 PM

        Um ........ hate to call ya out MC, but they don't have a pizza oven ...... or sell pizza. They do have those deep fried "pizza rolls" but I don't think that's what you're talking about. ; ) The wings are the deep fried "wing ding" type wings, but they do a great fry job & the're tasty (at least they were the last time I ordered them many years ago). They do have the "squishy" sesame seeded rolls which I think work on 2 accounts: 1.) they sop up all the juices / sauce; & 2.) they really don't have much of a flavor so it doesn't overpower the beef - it's just used as a method of getting all the beef into your mouth.

        1. re: southie_chick
          MC Slim JB Oct 2, 2010 03:01 PM

          Are you sure we're talking about the same Liberty Bell: the one on W. Broadway in Southie? You might want to check again sometime: they definitely serve pizza. (Food4Thought below likes it, too.)

          Menu: http://www.grubhub.com/boston/liberty-bell/ Call 'em if you don't believe me!


          1. re: MC Slim JB
            southie_chick Oct 2, 2010 03:13 PM

            THEY SERVE PIZZA! WOW it's been a long time since I was there! Don't remember them ever having a pizza oven. Then again, the last time I was there I think was after seeing Grease at the Broadway Cinema & going there 'cause we didn't feel like Gino's (now the BK lounge) (yup - I'm that old!). Now, if they would only be open the next time I go by ...........

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        mkel34 Oct 1, 2010 05:54 AM

        Probably just an off night. I'm sure your correct on the sysco provided apps. I get a roast beef sandwich from them at least bi-weekly and have seen no deviation in the quality of the sandwich, big beef , sauce and cheese , plain bun.

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          Guinness02122 Oct 1, 2010 09:53 AM

          Go to Rondo's instead.

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          1. re: Guinness02122
            mtm7654 Oct 1, 2010 10:14 AM

            What do you like there? I'm looking for a good sub/sandwich place in Southie!

            1. re: mtm7654
              Guinness02122 Oct 1, 2010 10:24 AM

              Tuna is great. Other subs are very good too. Also, AK Pizza on D St. & W. 4th (I think that's the street) is good also. People like Pat's Trattoria also. I thought it was ok.

            2. re: Guinness02122
              Food4Thought Oct 1, 2010 03:16 PM

              I've been meaning to try Rondo's for years, sadly they are closed by the time I get home from work and around to eating.

              I recall Slim's piece and I would agree on all fronts, LB actually has one of the better Pizza's in Southie in my opinion.

              1. re: Food4Thought
                southie_chick Oct 2, 2010 07:29 AM

                How's the pizza at Cafe Porto Bello? I know people used to like it on the board but I haven't seen in mentioned in a while. I used to like it a lot when it was Tony's, & it's been a LONG time since I was at Porto Bello - is it still open?

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