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Any experiences with underground restaurants/supper clubs in Boston?

Westy Dec 8, 2011 10:19 AM

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.


  1. MC Slim JB Dec 8, 2011 12:43 PM

    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
      yarm Dec 8, 2011 01:32 PM

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

      1. re: yarm
        MC Slim JB Dec 8, 2011 02:14 PM

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


        1. re: MC Slim JB
          FoodDabbler Dec 9, 2011 06:36 AM

          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
            pratyk Dec 9, 2011 04:50 PM

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

            1. re: pratyk
              MC Slim JB Dec 9, 2011 10:54 PM

              This is why we can't have nice things.


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        markin617 Dec 8, 2011 12:29 PM

        Also check out the Chef's Table Events at http://thediningalternative.com

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        1. re: markin617
          Westy Dec 8, 2011 01:01 PM

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

          1. re: Westy
            markin617 Dec 9, 2011 02:39 PM

            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. dlin2007 Dec 8, 2011 11:51 AM

          This isn't underground by any means, but there are occasional One Night Culinary Events (ONCE) hosted by the Cuisine En Locale team. http://www.enlocale.com/wp002/one-night-culinary-events/

          There's also Anemochory http://www.anemochory.com/about which I found off of this website dedicated to underground dining. http://www.saltshaker.net/underground...

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          1. re: dlin2007
            Westy Dec 8, 2011 12:10 PM

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

            I will check out ONCE also.


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