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Another WOW! for Ashmont Grill.

Last night's special appetizer was lobster fritters served with a spicy hot oil and cucumber salad. What a delight. Light, not greasy and great flavor. Organic house mixed greens salad with marinated, grilled shrimp. Also fresh and delicious. Crab and zucchini risotto with mint and slivered almonds. That's on the regular menu, and I'll be going back shortly to order it for myself. Updated menu looks great. This is one place that keeps getting better. Not that they were ever anything but.
Never any disappointments.
Enjoy,
CocoDan

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Ashmont Grill
555 Talbot Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

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  1. I thought this place dipped a little. The last burger I had there about 6 weeks ago was the worst I had from them. Have to say I haven't had a bad meal at Tavolo.

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    Tavolo
    1918 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

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    1. re: Guinness02122

      It's funny - this place got a LOT of love from hounds when it first opened...
      Then it got a LOT of hate from hounds -
      Yet, it is still there, and with mixed opinions. What's the real story?

      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        I have been there late after closing in the past and heard many of the staff vent (bartenders/waitstaff/cooks) two years ago. Lot's of nastiness flying around, so it seemed morale was low. I went back for the first time 6, or so, weeks ago and got a similar vibe. I'd like to try it again soon since it's so close. I love the food at Tavolo, but the bartenders seem disinterested in providing great service. It's not bad enough to stop going though.

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        Tavolo
        1918 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          It's wildly inconsistent. Last time I was there for a birthday party (3 months ago), we got a fun server who was in the mood to play, and nearly everyone enjoyed the food. The time before that we had a sour-puss waitress who just wanted the end of her shift to come and it wasn't nearly as nice an experience. I find the bartending to be spotty as well -- both in product and attitude.

          1. re: yumyum

            So many people want that place to be top notch due to the lack of options. Ledge, 88 Wharf, Savin Kitchen & Bar are all pretty weak.

            1. re: yumyum

              Maybe I'm just lucky. We've never experienced any inconsistant food, drinks or service. It's not fine dining, but we've alway felt the food was fairly well thought out and always quite good. I have no stake in the place, but I'll keep going as long as it stays close to what it currently is.
              Enjoying,
              CocoDan

        2. I just got a chance to eat here last night for the first time. Service was good, and the mains were good, but my app of "Crispy Duck Confit with pear puree, french lentils, cranberry-port reduction" was disappointing. The duck itself was a rather dry, and a mostly bony leg. Not a whole lot of meat for $14 - what I've had at Gargoyles when Jason Santos was there and what I've had at Dali were much meatier and *much* more moist. It seemed almost as if the duck had been cooked earlier and then just reheated. Not altogether crispy, either. The rest of the dish, however, was very nice - the French lentils were perfectly tender and slightly salty, which was nicely offset with the sweetness and tang of the pear puree and cranberry-port reduction.

          The mains of a Caesar Salad with chicken (me) was surprisingly good - chicken was incredibly nice and moist with a good char-grilling to it, and the salad had a very nice garlicky-parmesany dressing. The other main ordered by the beau was a special - roasted half chicken with various mixed herbs rubbed on before roasting, with sides of roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts - all were excellent (well, the chicken and brussels sprouts were; I didn't taste the roasted potatoes).

          Dessert was an Apple Crisp shared by both of us. The apples were a tad too hot upon initial service, but the crisp portion was excellent.

          I'll want to definitely go back, as it's within walking distance of the beau's house, but I'll have to sadly forego the duck confit. Also want to try Tavolo, having seen their menu, but the beau had a "horrible pizza" there soon after they opened, and doesn't want to go back. We'll see if I can charm him into trying it again. :-) Besides, they don't just have pizza!

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          Ashmont Grill
          555 Talbot Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

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          1. re: LindaWhit

            Glad to hear you liked it. Sorry about the duck. Next time try the trail wreck fries. Delicious!
            Thanks for the report.
            Enjoy,
            CocoDan

            1. re: LindaWhit

              If you do go to Tavolo, try the pizza. I think it's terrific.

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              Tavolo
              1918 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

              1. re: celestialmundane

                Aye, there's the rub, celestial. The beau didn't *like* their pizza the first and only time he went (he thinks perhaps soon after they opened?) So I'm not sure if I'll be able to convince him. But perhaps if I meet up with C. Hamster (per the post below), we can share some pizza and he can have something else. :-)

              2. re: LindaWhit

                Well, Linda, now that we've determined that hang in my nabe I will have to meet up with you for recap night sometime !!

                Ashmont has been so horribly inconsistent with both food and service that we stopped going a long time ago. Sad because we are exactly the kind of neighborhood folks with eat out money they are trying to attract. The prices and the snotty bartenders don't help their cause, either.

                Tavalo, on the other hand, is fabulous and super friendly. Brian the bartender is a doll (as is the woman whose name I am spacing out). Nuno the chef comes out to chat, too and he's cool. The food has been great; maybe a bit spendy but we love the place.

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  I'm down in your neck of the woods every few weeks or so, C. Hamster. So we'll definitely have to figure out when to meet up. Recap night, however, is usually reserved for me being at home so I can type furiously as many of the details I can catch. The beau even knows *no* phone calls on Wednesday night from about 9:45 to just after 11pm. :-)

                  And yes - I was very startled to see the $14 price on the duck confit, when I can (and have!) gotten a lot more bang for the buck at Gargoyles and Dali. Oh well - if I do go back, I know not to order that again, despite my love of duck.

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    I agree with you, C. Hamster, on the Ashmont Grill. Though I live in the neighborhood, I too have not been back in the past couple of years. I was excited to see the initial post, thinking perhaps things had improved.

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                    Ashmont Grill
                    555 Talbot Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124