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New to Southie

I just moved to Boston from Indianapolis and I am living in South Boston. I'm looking to check out the best places to eat and drink and was hoping for some ideas on the best Southie has to offer.

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  1. Welcome to the forum. If you do a search you will find this subject has come up a few times lately and the answer will differ depending upon what part of Southie. To get you started:
    Cafe Portobello is nice yet small Italian spot. No bar, but pizzas and antipasto are especially good.
    Cafe Polonia, (Andrew Square) has wonderful polish food. This is another small spot.
    The Junction is a decent pub with good shepherds pie.
    Amrheins which I happen to like but doesn't get a lot of love here, has a bit of everything, and they have a nice bar. I'm sure others can help with the Fort Point area.

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    Cafe Polonia
    611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

    Amrheins Restaurant
    80 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

    1. In the new waterfront convention center Southie district, so many new restaurants are in process of opening up right now that someone else will have to help you... I recommend you just shell out the extra two dollars and go in to Boston proper. If not possible, here are some suggestions for Old Southie. For a late night bite with pick-up scene, Franklin Southie. Sushi, Teriyaki House is the best you can do in the neighborhood. Indian takeout, Cafe Mamtaz. Awesome Italian, Cafe Portobello (cash only) is a cozy spot. Comfort delivery pizza (creative toppings), Olympic Pizza. Other good pasta/pizza delivery, Alfredo's Kitchen. Pubs, I recommend Junction, in terms of food quality and live music, or Amrheins (good chef). Playwright (if underage girls is your thing). Sports bars, you have your pick--Stats, Boston Beer Garden, Shenanigans, or Stadium. There is a new place I haven't yet been to in the old Farragut space (cafe 149) that should be open any day now, if not already...

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      Franklin Southie
      152 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

      Teriyaki House
      1110 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

      Amrheins Restaurant
      80 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

      Boston Beer Garden
      734 E Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

      Cafe Mamtaz
      87 L St, Boston, MA 02127

      1. Hey - welcome to Southie, but I'm afraid that if you're living in Southie proper (the neighborhood, not the Seaport District) there are plenty of places to eat but not many of them very ambitious or chowish. Besides Franklin Southie and Cafe Polonia, already mentioned, I'm a big fan of KO Pies, the tiny Australian meat-pie shop at A st. and West 2nd. It's mainly a takeout and caterer, but there's a nice table to eat at, the non-pie dishes can be quite good too (chickpea salad - who knew?), and you can grab a pie to go and eat it at the unprepossessing but very friendly Wiliams Tavern across the street, which serves cold beer out of a fridge. Elsewhere, Mul's at West Broadway and A (kittycorner from Amrhein's) is a classic neighborhood joint with basic diner stuff and a nice local vibe. I also have a weakness for Liberty Bell Roast Beef, which I'm not sure if anyone else on the board shares. Salsa's is not bad for Mexican food by Boston standards. Otherwise, definitely worth sneaking under the expressway to Boston proper... South End and Chinatown aren't too far away.

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        Cafe Polonia
        611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

        Franklin Southie
        152 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

        Amrheins Restaurant
        80 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

        Liberty Bell Roast Beef
        170 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

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        1. re: secondbreakfast

          I second Liberty Bell Roast Beef..........better than Kelly's Roast Beef. And if you want cheap eats, you cannot forget Sullivan's on Castle Island for the best cheeseburgers and hot dogs.

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          Liberty Bell Restaurant
          466 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801

          1. re: Tasteslike Chicken

            Indeed on Sullivan's - I had thought they were still closed for the season, but the website says they're opening this weekend. Not exactly hot-dog stand weather, sadly...

            1. re: secondbreakfast

              Sully's is great in the warm weather to grab a bite to eat & watch the planes (& people) from the back of Fort Independance. They do offer tours of the fort in the summer (the last time I went they were free, but you could check with the Castle Island Association who I believe runs the tours). Edgar Allen Poe was stationed there, & based the story, The Cask of Amontillado on an incident that supposedly happened there.

          2. re: secondbreakfast

            I think Liberty Bell is great. Their pizza is surprisingly good.

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            Liberty Bell Restaurant
            466 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801

          3. Thanks for all the ideas. I am not averse to going into Boston so if there are any places I shouldn't miss feel free to mention them. I had dinner last night at Junction. I had the fish and it was pretty good (although any fish here is better than anything I could get in Indiana).

            I am also looking for places to buy produce. I plan to check out American Provisions today. Anyone been there?

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            American Provisions
            613 E Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

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            1. re: grangerb

              Have bought cheese there a couple of times; they have a nice variety and cut the size you wish. They also carry a nice variety of quality products with prices to match. Definitely worth a visit.
              Some other restaurants not mentioned because they are probably considered more Seaport District would be Sportelo, Lucky's, Strega on the Waterfront, Sams, Salvatores. Legal Test Kitchen, and Yankee Lobster; Flour Bakery makes great sandwiches. There is also a cafe in the Institute of Contemporary Art.
              If you have not already done so suggest you get a resident parking sticker or you'll have trouble enjoying these places.

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              Yankee Lobster
              300 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

              Flour Bakery + Cafe
              12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA

              Strega
              379 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

              Legal Test Kitchen
              12 Harborside Dr, Boston, MA 02128

              1. re: grangerb

                Personally the food I've had at Junction has been gruesome ... but glad it worked for you.

                I like KO Pies, Muls, Amrheins (just ok), Franklin Southie, and Rondo's subs.

                If you are youngish, Stats is always crowded but I've never been in and the Stadium is a big loud sports bar.

                A bit down the street in Dot you'll find lots of Vietnamese joints as well as Shanti (indian), dBar, 224 Boston and the new place opening up in Savin Hill.

                I used to live in Indy, BTW but that was a long time ago!

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                Franklin Southie
                152 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

                Amrheins Restaurant
                80 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

              2. A new spot, Local 149 at the corner of P st. and 6th, is set to open in the next few weeks. If it is anything like their sister restaurant the Biltmore (in Newton) expect a Belgian/New england beer list, solid cocktails and good menu of raw bar, cheese/charcuterie, and some well executed entrees.

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                The Biltmore
                1205 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464