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Dec 8, 2011 10:19 AM

Any experiences with underground restaurants/supper clubs in Boston?

Hello -

Looks like I will be spending a few nights every month up in Boston. Just wondering if there was much in the way of underground dining. I have heard of them, but never been to one.

Experiences/perspectives welcome.


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  1. This isn't underground by any means, but there are occasional One Night Culinary Events (ONCE) hosted by the Cuisine En Locale team.

    There's also Anemochory which I found off of this website dedicated to underground dining.

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    1. re: dlin2007

      Thanks. i saw Anemochery as well. It was one of the sites that made me think.

      I will check out ONCE also.


      1. re: markin617

        Looks good, but some references to the chef returning to France?

        1. re: Westy

          Not sure what you read that gave you that impression. Peter just got back a few months ago from a year there and has done events in Sept., Oct., Nov, and has one scheduled in Jan. which appears to be almost sold out. I haven't actually talked to him since before he left so I can't say for sure. My wife and I attended two dinners in 2010 before he went to Paris and enjoyed them both immensely.

      2. I think talking about them in public forums tends to ruin them. A few years ago, a local reporter got themselves invited to an underground supper club called Love + Butter, wrote a story about it, and got them busted. The good news is that this convinced the operators to go legit, and the result is the restaurant Journeyman.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          So Slim, I take this to mean no Speakeasy or moonshiner recs either?

          1. re: yarm

            Ain't revealing no "cold tea" joints in Chinatown, neither.


            1. re: MC Slim JB

              That's interesting. Growing up in prohibition days -- no, no, I'm not that old, only slightly old: this is India in the 1970s -- certain Bombay families originally from Goa would stock the Goan cashew liquor called feni. You could call on them and accept their offer of "special tea". It was served in a teapot, and we (highschoolers and young college students) drank it from teacups.

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Now you aren't referring to Moon villa, are you? :D

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