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This small local bar now serves food at night from Tuesday to Saturday. I had the burger and fries which were excellent and my friend had the shepards pie, also very good. New cook in the back is serving up some great meals. Hidden Gem!

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  1. This is the place across from KO Pies? Didn't that used to be a real dive bar? Or is it still? :-)

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      Still is a Dive

    2. They have done some rennovations since I moved to the neighborhood. I would consider it a small local pub with friendly people. I enjoyed the food, as it was all made fresh. Far worst places to go in South Boston.

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      1. re: TTM1977

        Agreed, it's no Whitey's. Humble but friendly.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

      2. I didn't think they had a kitchen!

        Is the picnic table seating still bolted to the floor?

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        1. re: C. Hamster

          Prepare Food next door at My Diner and Pass thru a Hole cut into the Wall.

          1. re: Tonythe Chef

            That's what I thought. That's the way it's always been. But the Egg closes pretty early.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              Yeah their new food service is tues to sat, 5-10. different than the diners hours and menu

        2. Hamster you should check it out if you are in the neighborhood, I recommend it. Didnt notice any picnic tables though.

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          1. re: TTM1977

            I drove past it twice today in fact! I'm in the neighborhood very often.

            I like the place.

            Been there many times, though not for a year or so. My Gillette buddies who were regulars when they worked next door call it Dirty Bills.

            It was one of the bars "depicted" in the BOOK "Gone Baby Gone."

            1. re: C. Hamster

              No it wasn't

              1. re: Tonythe Chef

                Haven't read the book. I know Affleck's movie version shoots scenes in Murphy's Law in Southie, Cataloni's in Dorchester (which I believe is now closed), the Silver Slipper in Dudley Square, and the Chart House on the Waterfront.

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                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  Not Willams though I know you do a Blogc but I am a Chef so I know the inside stuff th@t you don't 25 years Bruh

                  1. re: Tonythe Chef

                    I don't really do much of a blog. We'd love for you to share some of your insider information, chef!

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                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Maybe incognito just don't like people with no Cred throwing words like Hidden Gem around with nothing to back it up Chefs Work Hard and pay lots of money for there Education

                      1. re: Tonythe Chef

                        "Hidden gem." That's a good one! I should use that sometime.

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                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          Might come off as Harsh but don't have time for Yelp people

                          1. re: Tonythe Chef

                            I agree with you. Many Yelpers are awful.

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                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              Right on

                              Bruh

                        2. re: Tonythe Chef

                          I didnt realize that chef education included film expertise.

                          1. re: 9lives

                            Actually, I think the chef is referring to his superior knowledge of the Lehane novel on which the film is based.

                            Having re-viewed a bunch of Southie-set crime dramas lately, I think Affleck has a much better feel for place than most directors. "The Boondock Saints" is particularly disappointing: it has a few actual location shots of Boston in the very early going (including the interior of Trinity Church and the exterior of the Old South Church, edited as though they're the same building) and what looks like a day of helicopter shooting for the title sequence. The rest of the movie uses Toronto as a stand-in for Boston. (It's also a terrible movie, a crap Tarantino pastiche, but fun in a good/bad way, including a hilariously camp turn by Willem Dafoe, whose salary must have consumed have the budget.)

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                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              I was trying to be flip..;)

                              Gotcha..I am a big fan of Dennis Lehane. Read all his book and seen the movies.

                              My admittedly weak recollection is of Murphy's Law in the movie of GBG.

                              1. re: 9lives

                                Murphy's Law is the setting for the crucial scene toward the end when the masked bandit with the shotgun comes into the bar and threatens a couple of the main characters. (See that? No spoilers.) Some very cool exteriors of the old Edison power plant across the street, too.

                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                            2. re: 9lives

                              I live in South Boston that's why I Know

                              1. re: Tonythe Chef

                                So, do tell: what actual Southie bars does Lehane's novel refer to?

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                    2. re: Tonythe Chef

                      Yes. It was. The book not the movie.

                2. What's up with the snark regarding hidden gems and people who post on yelp? lost in translation?

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                  1. re: Bellachefa

                    I believe the professional chef has some objections to people who aren't professional chefs yet have the audacity to write reviews of restaurants.

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                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      well that's plain silly. If only chefs have a say, then who will eat their food? That's like saying, don't go to the Quiet Man, because Triple O's has a great drink garnish tray with lots of fermented onions.

                      1. re: Bellachefa

                        I think most of us understand the pain of industry folks: there are millions of idiot amateurs that the Internet has given a soapbox, especially over at Yelp.

                        Chowhound Boston wouldn't be my first choice to air that particular grievance. I think most posters here have great respect for what the professionals do, and are quick to mock anyone who pretends to speak authoritatively about them, even as we regularly share our opinions about restaurants.

                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          millions of idiot amateurs? really? millions of idiot amateurs?

                          1. re: Bellachefa

                            Conservatively speaking, yes.

                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                  2. Folks, this discussion has gotten off track and overly personal. Please refocus on sharing your thoughts on Williams Tavern or any other Southie spots you'd recommend. Thanks.

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                    1. re: The Chowhound Team

                      settle down bruh

                      1. re: Beachowolfe

                        nice. they will kill it but i saw.

                    2. I'm having lunch with girlfriends in the seaport tomorrow and will try to stop by dirty bills on my way home to confirm the picnic table situation.

                      Last time I drove by (hours ago) I slowed down to see where a 250 seat place could possibly go in. Can't imagine. But the sh*t that's going up in Southie is nuts.

                      1. I've been there a couple times - the flatbread
                        I had was pretty good and my buddy said the steak and cheese was good. The price is definitely right but they have stopped doing pitchers and buckets of beer. You will not go broke at Williams though. I'll report back when I try more of the menu.

                        My guess is that they are trying to position themselves as a good after work spot for the State Street employees that will soon be walking up A Street to Broadway T stop.