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)