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Nov 22, 2013 07:17 AM


Need to go to Roslindale for business today. Any Cohwish places that are worth checking out? Bakery, pizza/sandwich shops. Not looking fine dining.

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  1. Sugar Bakery for good breakfast and lunch, Blue Star for greasy spoon, Diane's bakery for inexpensive old school baked goods, Fornax bakery for croissants etc, Red's in Rozzy and Village Sushi for lunch. The middle eastern market moved to Washington right by the square. There's a Greek bakery too but I've never tried it.

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      1. re: total13

        Just a note, Sugar unfortunately closed this week (just the one in Rozzie)

        1. re: LilMissFro

          Damn. I had noticed that dinner wasn't happening but assumed they were just sticking to breakfast and lunch again. I'm really surprised, that news makes me sad. Any scoop on what happened? It's not like there are so many breakfast spots in Roslindale and it's def a cut above that diner style place across from Village Fish.

          1. re: total13

            I agree with every comment; each meal took at least 2 hours! Even though the food was great, the tables weren't turning quick enough to get those hungry bodies into seats


      2. Fornax does good sandwiches and its right in Rozzie Square

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        1. re: grant.cook

          Second the sammy's at Fornax. A recent discovery for me and great!

          1. re: grant.cook

            I live in Rozzie, just outside the square, and agree that Fornax's sandwiches (in particular the salami with carmelized onions one) are super good

          2. Whatever you do don't eat at the Pleasant Cafe. Looks like a great old school place but what you get is right out of the can off of the Sysco truck.

            I asked our waitress if the coleslaw was house made. she replied, "No, but it tastes just like coleslaw at KFC!". The meal went downhill from there.

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            1. re: aregularjoe

              The Pleasant can be good for pizza, and their fried seafood is really quite good (the fried clams are as good as any clam shacks), but I couldn't recomend much else there.

              1. re: devilham

                +1......Pizza and fried seafood excellent. Everything else, meh

              2. re: aregularjoe

                I like Pleasant Cafe. Is it a culinary destination with excellent service and high-quality ingredients? No way. But it definitely has a certain charm and always seems to satisfy. It's the kind of place I would go with my family as a kid, so there's undoubtably a nostalgia factor.That said, I wouldn't send the OP there for what he's looking for. I'd send him/her to Fornax for sure.

                1. re: purple bot

                  The OP mentioned pizza, and I can't think of better pizza in Rozzy other than Pleasant Cafe. Chowish has many interpretations and, for me, Pleasant Cafe *is* a destination in that part of town! Fornax is a great bakery for sure.....haven't been around there for year and didn't realize they were serving sammies now too. I'll have to check it out, thanks!

                  1. re: Science Chick

                    As I said, the pizza is good, and arguably the best sit down pizza place in Roslindale. Also too the atmosphere is amazing, it's like freaking time travel. I definately like the cold beer served there, as they chill the glasses (I love chilled beer glasses), so if this sounds like it would scratch the OP's itch, I say go for it, just know the rest of the food except for what myself and Science Chick pointed out can be underwhelming at best. Dirt cheap though.

                    1. re: devilham

                      "It's like freaking time travel" -- yes, love it! So true.

                    2. re: Science Chick

                      Pizza the the P can be considered the best in Boston challenging Regina and Santarpio's.

                      1. re: Science Chick

                        Yes pizza at pleasant is very good and sort of a unique fusion of Italian crust and Greek/south shore bar pizza sauce/cheese/toppings. That plus the neighborhood vibe and of course the incredible vintage decor would make it a destination in my book. There are hipster bars in major cities that dream of getting a look like the pleasant's... And I vote for the fornax blt on sourdough. Damn that is a good blt. Soup is good there too.

                  2. Redd's in Rozzie is one of our favorite casual neighborhood joints. Fornax is also great for sandwiches, as everyone said.

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                    1. re: Bugsey34

                      I had beers, and a very fun ravening of bingo at Red's a few Tuesdays back with some old friends.....that place is very welcoming

                      1. re: devilham

                        It is, the staff is relaxed and make you feel like you're a regular even if you aren't. The chef also often walks through the dining room and chats, it's really a great spot.

                        1. re: Bugsey34

                          Yup, agree (and I meant evening, not ravening!), the staff and chef were so chill and friendly, like we were old friends, a really nice time

                      2. re: Bugsey34

                        I've been to Redd's a few times and cannot understand what people see in it. Each time the food and drinks (cocktails and wine) have ranged from blah to bad, and the last time ranks among the worst meals I've ever eaten. The staff was friendly and eager, but that didn't mean much when everything else was so awful.

                      3. I've had good dinner experiences @ Delfino & Birch St. Bistro, but West Roxbury or Jamaica Plain may be a better bet for lunch. Pleasant Cafe is passable in a retro kind of way.