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Mar 24, 2011 09:35 AM

Lunch near Andrew Square

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

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  1. Speed's dog in Newmarket Square.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Gabatta

      Second that - with a chaser eclair from the Baltic Deli

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

      1. re: nsenada

        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

          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

            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

              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

                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.

    2. Cafe Polonia, too.

      Cafe Polonia
      611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

      1. 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

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        1. re: C. Hamster

          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

            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

            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

              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

                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

                  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

                    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.