A paean to South Boston
It was such a lovely day that I went for an extended lunch trip to Sullivan's at Castle Island. There are certainly better hot dogs and clam bellies to be had, but there is something joy filled about eating these surrounded by toddlers chasing pigeons and large Irish vets walking too small dogs that made every bite a memory from childhood. I walked back to downtown along Broadway and this isn't Eddie Coyle's neighborhood anymore. Lots of new cafes, eateries and upscale provisions to complement the smoke caked bars and packies. So give it up, Foodies of Southie. What's good here? Cafe Arpeggio, Blue Tierra for chocolate, Mozo for Japanese? How about the older places (Pat's Trattoria, Rondo's subs, Liberty Bell Roast Beef)?
PS Already have a good sense of places close to A street (KO pies, Mal's Amrhein's).
I'm a fan of Bob's list of Polish places.
L Street Diner is a good casual spot, like their CB hash and they usually had a roasted turkey dinner/sandwich from a fresh roasted turkey.
Joseph's Bakery off Broadway, on K is worthwhile. I sometimes like their pizza..sort of a Galleria Umberto style, but more like Parziales(few doors away from Bova) in the NE, if you know them.
BTW, if you like to walk and it sounds like you do, K Street is worth a look...also some grand old homes on E Broadway, near Castle Island.
My Diner for breakfast - nothing fancy, but better than Mul's IMO
Rondo's Subs - best steak and cheese in the area. Only open during the day
Paramount - Only been a couple times. It's pretty good.
Local 149 - they take chances and that's not something most places in Southie do (most bars serve nachos, chicken tenders and nachos again). Some hits, some misses.
American Provisions - great sandwiches and selection of meats and cheeses
Local 149's food is real good, particularly their burger
My Diner (check out Dirty Bill's next door)
Thanks for the replies. I popped into Rondo's and it looked promising in an old school way. Same with American Provisions and the case of cheeses, pates and salumi looked impressive in a new school way. I did get a frozen KO beef pie for dinner tomorrow.
I just moved out of Southie for Medford (now I get to try all the ethic places in Malden-yum!). I had one of the best scones ever at American Provisions. Not sure where they get them. Cafe Arpeggio makes it's own ice cream. It has a different texture than I'm used to which kind of put me off but never stopped me from trying it. Sorry I'm missing the new Foodies because it would have been very convenient for me. Tried Local 149 twice and was definitely underwhelmed both times. Tried Wolfie's a few times and it is OK. I saw that they revamped their menu-hope they kept the onion strings. The pizza/sub shops on W. Broadway are OK-nothing to write home about anywhere.