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Lunch near Andrew Square

Jonathan Steven Mar 24, 2011 09:35 AM

Making a day trip to 200 frontage road today (yes my car got towed) and looking for redemption lunch in the area. Whats good?

  1. C. Hamster Mar 24, 2011 10:31 AM

    You're closer to the South End and Broadway than Andrew. Andrew is pretty much a wasteland.

    I'd suggest KO Pies on A street. Interesting Australian fare focusing on tasty meat and other savory pies. Plus other interesting stuff. In the old St. Alphonzo Kitchen space.

    Flour Bakery and Mike's City Diner in South End
    Mul's Diner, Rondo's subs near Boradway

    Speeds is good, too.

    Flour Bakery + Cafe
    12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA

    Mike's City Diner
    1714 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    Mul's Diner
    75 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

    7 Replies
    1. re: C. Hamster
      MC Slim JB Mar 24, 2011 10:40 AM

      Polonia and Baltic save Andrew from wasteland status. Haven't been by in a while, but 224 Boston used to be decent (but no lunch).

      Love KO. Sausage roll and beef-stew pie are my favorites there.


      1. re: MC Slim JB
        gourmaniac Mar 24, 2011 11:17 AM

        Along with Cafe Polonia and Baltic, i would add DJ's market and Europa. They have great kielbasa and polish ham sandwiches and some hot items, cabbage rolls, meatloaf etc.

        Cafe Polonia
        611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

      2. re: C. Hamster
        yumyum Mar 24, 2011 11:54 AM

        Hey Ham -- I've not heard a lot about KO Pies. Just looked at the menu and it looks charming. What do you like there?

        (I'd have to be very sneaky about ordering a sausage roll there as my chowmom's are the gold standard, but I'd be willing to go in disguise.)

        1. re: yumyum
          C. Hamster Mar 24, 2011 12:08 PM

          Confess to have only had quick takeout, so that I havent sampled the larger offereings on the menu.

          I have had all of their meat pies: they are all tasty and very filling despite their small stature.
          The classic is my favorite. The sausage roll was good, too.

          I have had several of their soups which were very good, but a bit pricey

          I have sworn off fries, but am tempted to try their chicken salt fries someday.

          Also plan to sample "brekky" soo, too.

          1. re: C. Hamster
            MC Slim JB Mar 24, 2011 12:43 PM

            KO's 25-cent chicken salt upgrade is worth trying once: it's salt flavored with granulated bouillon. There's a breakfast dish that I really like, too: corn fritters with scallions, plus a side of excellent bacon and a little salad. Did not love the curried-veggie pie, liked the fries but not so much the potato wedges.


            1. re: MC Slim JB
              yumyum Mar 24, 2011 12:49 PM

              Well Geez. I could make chicken salt too in that case. In my fantasy world, this was little pieces of chicken skin, broken up like bacon bits (but schmaltzier) and sprinkled over fries.

              It appeals to me for the same reason the chicken skin BLT does (at the Gorbals, LA). I'm schmaltzy.

              1. re: yumyum
                MC Slim JB Mar 24, 2011 12:52 PM

                Yeah, chicken salt is novel, but not special. The desserts are good in that British Empire vein, like the Lamington, sponge cake covered in chocolate and dried coconut, and sticky date pudding with ice cream and caramel sauce.


      3. MC Slim JB Mar 24, 2011 10:24 AM

        Cafe Polonia, too.


        Cafe Polonia
        611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

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          Gabatta Mar 24, 2011 10:00 AM

          Speed's dog in Newmarket Square.

          6 Replies
          1. re: Gabatta
            nsenada Mar 24, 2011 10:03 AM

            Second that - with a chaser eclair from the Baltic Deli

            Baltic Deli & Cafe
            632 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

            1. re: nsenada
              threedogs Mar 24, 2011 12:25 PM

              Yep, Speed's. Baltic Deli - man, I haven't been there in years. Heck, I haven't been to Speed's since before he turned it over to the new guy. A trip is due!

              Baltic Deli & Cafe
              632 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

              1. re: threedogs
                Jonathan Steven Mar 24, 2011 12:47 PM

                Speed's it was. I'm not sure what that was but i ate it. Also wasn't so sure I liked Speed handling my hot dog bun with dirty cloth work gloves.

                Which brings me to Newmarket Square... it seemed intriguing. Is there anything of interest at the various wholesalers for the home cook? Also, that odd restaraunt jammed in there.. Molinas... anyone ever been?

                1. re: Jonathan Steven
                  threedogs Mar 24, 2011 02:19 PM

                  Doubt that it was Speed that served you - he turned the business over to someone younger. Haven't been there in a long while, but the hot dogs are generally recognized to be the best in the area (I gather that what you mean by not sure what it was that you ate, is that you didn't like it). Also they have pastrami now, which, fr the photo of a fellow Chowhound, looks awesome.

                  Never heard anyone mention dirty cloth work gloves - hope other Chowhounders who go there often will chime in.

                  Haven't been to the area in a long time, so others will have to fill in about the other businesses. I used to shop at two wholesale-type groceries there. I know one is gone. There was another that was there a few years ago, don't know about now: Lord Jeff, I think. Good prices on meats (it was primarily a meat shop). Used to get awesome bacon slabs there for cheap - butchers would cut it to your specs (we'd get them sliced real thick).

                  If they are still there, one thing to remember - the shop isn't 'pretty.' In fact, some may prefer to pay several times the cost for the exact same meat sent over to their local grocery store, wrapped up in pretty packages.

                  1. re: threedogs
                    Ralphie_in_Boston Mar 25, 2011 08:06 AM

                    Re the "dirty gloves' I believe they only look 'dirty' because of the charcoal. Gregg grills each dog and the bun over charcoal and I'd like to think that's soot on the heat-resistant gloves. Others will chime in, I hope i'm correct.

                    I've eaten speeds dogs or a few years now and I've never gotten remotely sick. Bloated, temporarily immobilized due to over-full stomach, but never sick.

                    1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                      threedogs Mar 25, 2011 08:19 AM

                      I have a pair of heat resistant gloves (from the scars on my right hand, you could tell I don't use them much!), and I can vouch that the gloves can be straight out of the washer, but there will be marks from heavy use that won't come out.

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