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grangerb Feb 26, 2011 01:48 PM

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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    Pegmeister RE: grangerb Feb 26, 2011 02:23 PM

    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

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      senji000 RE: grangerb Feb 26, 2011 03:16 PM

      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

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        secondbreakfast RE: grangerb Feb 26, 2011 07:15 PM

        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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          Tasteslike Chicken RE: secondbreakfast Feb 26, 2011 08:55 PM

          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

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            secondbreakfast RE: Tasteslike Chicken Feb 27, 2011 05:24 AM

            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...

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              southie_chick RE: secondbreakfast Feb 27, 2011 08:10 AM

              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.

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            joth68 RE: secondbreakfast Feb 28, 2011 10:42 AM

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

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            Liberty Bell Restaurant
            466 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801

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            grangerb RE: grangerb Feb 27, 2011 07:20 AM

            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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              Fort Point RE: grangerb Feb 27, 2011 07:59 AM

              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

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                C. Hamster RE: grangerb Mar 1, 2011 01:29 PM

                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

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                mats77 RE: grangerb Feb 27, 2011 08:34 AM

                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

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                  melicia RE: grangerb Feb 27, 2011 09:21 AM

                  I do like Amrheins. Also, check out Salsa's, esp, their soup.

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                  Amrheins Restaurant
                  80 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

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                    bonhomme1 RE: grangerb Mar 1, 2011 12:09 PM

                    I would also recommend KO Pies, Franklin Southie, Liberty Roast Beef and Mul's. There is also Sofia's cafe across from the Broadway T station on Dorchester Street. There are plenty of mediocre pizza and sub shops. Amrhein's has a huge selection but is just okay (Brunch is overpriced). I have had a good breaded chicken cutlet sandwich at Broadway's Best . Sweet Tooth on W. Broadway is known for its cakes and has huge desserts that run on the too sweet side. Arpeggio's on W. Broadway has bagels, coffee and ice cream. Foodie's grocery store will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood but is delayed due to construction issues.

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                    Franklin Southie
                    152 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

                    Amrheins Restaurant
                    80 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

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                      southie RE: bonhomme1 Mar 2, 2011 02:32 AM

                      Where is Foodie's going? And when is the projected opening?

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                        mkel34 RE: southie Mar 2, 2011 03:23 AM

                        I believe in the vacant building at West Broadway @ C

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                          southie RE: mkel34 Mar 2, 2011 03:38 AM

                          Thanks! I look forward to it happening!

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                      bclarke25 RE: grangerb Mar 1, 2011 01:49 PM

                      I agree with most of the recs already in the thread. With one exception, I prefer My Diner on A Street & W. third to Mul's for diner fare. Amrhein's food seems to be devoid of taste. Steak Tips at Seapoint are decent, not much else is though. Cafe Mamtaz and American Provisions are great additions and hopefully a sign of things to come. There's a Polish deli on Boston Street that makes awesome keilbasa subs but the name escapes me right now. I go back and forth between Olympic and Alfredo's for pizza depending on the mood for Greek or Italian style pizza. If you include Seaport then the best pizza is their Buffalo Chicken pizza.

                      Best Guinness is at Blackthorn, coldest bud bottle at L Street Tavern and best "scene" at Stats.

                      Where's the best burger in Southie?

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                      My Diner
                      98 A St, Boston, MA 02127

                      L Street Tavern
                      658A E 8th St, Boston, MA 02127

                      Amrheins Restaurant
                      80 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

                      Seapoint Restaurant
                      367 E 8th St, Boston, MA 02127

                      American Provisions
                      613 E Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

                      Cafe Mamtaz
                      87 L St, Boston, MA 02127

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                        grangerb RE: bclarke25 Mar 1, 2011 06:17 PM

                        I'm definitely looking to find a diner type place for breakfast on Saturday/Sunday mornings. Anyone else have a favorite breakfast spot?

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                          senji000 RE: grangerb Mar 2, 2011 01:55 PM

                          L St Diner makes a good Irish Breakfast.

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                            Beachowolfe RE: senji000 Mar 2, 2011 06:18 PM

                            not diner-type but I like the coffee and sandwiches at Sidewalk Cafe, maybe E 4th and K or so... use teh google.

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                              emmie RE: Beachowolfe Mar 3, 2011 05:22 AM

                              The corner of E 4th and M. But if you're going on a weekend, get there before 9 or the line goes out the door.

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                        bonhomme1 RE: grangerb Mar 3, 2011 09:55 AM

                        As for the Foodie's opening, it was originally spring 2011 but in a conversation with someone at the other Foodie's I was told more like winter 2011 or early 2012

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                          mtm7654 RE: bonhomme1 Mar 4, 2011 09:44 AM

                          OUCH! So looking forward to it opening. The location is right on my commute to the Red Line and will be so convenient for popping in and picking up dinner or whatever. Dang!

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                          grangerb RE: grangerb Mar 6, 2011 04:59 AM

                          I made it to Amrhein's on Wednesday and I was really impressed. The chowder was really good and they have a nice, relaxed atmosphere. I checked out Stats yesterday to watch Purdue play Iowa (can't believe they lost that one). Its a nice place but it got pretty crowded by the time the game was over with. I decided to go to Salsa's to eat since it was quieter in there. I had some really good Carnitas there. I am a big fan of Carnitas they do them a little differently than I'm used too but they were still really good. The Mahi Mahi soup was excellent as well.

                          I think I might give Stats another chance today for the OSU - Wisconsin game. Maybe it won't be so crowded and I can relax and try their food.

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                          Amrheins Restaurant
                          80 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

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