The Boston Globe reported that celebrity chef Mario Batali will open an 8,700 square foot restaurant at 11 Fan Pier in the Seaport District by the end of this year. The restaurant will be called Babbo Pizzeria and will include three bars – one each for cocktails, pizza and antipasti. Plan designs also include a large patio and private dining space. While the Seaport has seen many restaurant openings in recent years, this is one of among a handful that I’m excited about. I have high hopes and expectations for Babbo Pizzeria’s wood-fired pizzas and pastas.
This isn’t a celebrations of jerks. This is a Caribbean style food festival that takes place later this month and focuses on delicious Jamaican jerk spiced food. The festival includes live music as well as a rum and brewing tasting.
All the fun takes place here in the South End at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, (41 Berkeley Street). The festival offers two sessions: 11am-3pm and 4-8pm.
Note that tickets are $12 and only gives you access to the festival – not the food that is sold by individual food vendors. More details here.
Moksa in Central Square is celebrating that their patio is back open by hosting a patio party from 5 – 8 PM tonight. They are offering an all you can eat sushi menu for $15. I’ve never been to Moksa. Has anyone tried their all you can eat sushi parties before? I’m curious to hear more about this regularly occurring promotion.
The reopening of Delux Cafe in the South End today ends what seems to have been a rash of new restaurant openings here and around the city that only have dishes in the $20 – $30 price range.
So I wanted to dedicate this post to Delux and all the other cheap eat alternatives here in the South End. For the sake of argument I’m suggesting a restaurant with the majority of main plates priced less than $15 constitutes a “cheap eat”. Aside from Delux Cafe, here are a few restaurants to consider.
ADDIS RED SEA is an authentic Ethiopian restaurant located in the heart of the neighborhood on Tremont St. Main dishes range in price between $8-$15; sharing plates makes dining even more affordable.
ANCHOVIES is nestled discretely on Columbus Avenue and serves home style Italian-American cooking. Main dishes for dinner all come with bread and a house salad and range from $12-$15.
PARISH CAFE S.E. is on the corner of Tremont and Mass and serves up American style comfort food for $14-$15 in such large servings half portions are worth considering unless you are really hungry.
PICCO The Pizza & Ice Cream Co. (PICCO) menu is mostly pizza, sandwiches and pasta. This place has a large patio that also provides excellent people watching. Main dishes range from $8-$14. For an even cheaper option; split a large pizza and delicious dessert.
What are some of your favorite cheap eats for dinner in the South End and around the city?
You may recall Delux Cafe was incorrectly reported that it had closed earlier this year (for the record, that incorrect report didn’t come from this blog – at least not this time). The restaurant had actually been sold to a longtime employee and they closed temporarily to give the place a good cleaning and do some remodeling.
It appears the remodeling is now complete because the Delux Cafe Twitter handle today has indicated they will be reopening at 5pm.
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Source: Barina Craft LLC
Although I am a firm believer in people drinking what ever wine(s) they like, I also agree that guidelines can be very helpful.
If you are planning to host or have been invited to a dinner party and you know what will be served, use this as a guide for wines to serve or bring for the occasion.
Last week I stayed at the W Washington D.C. in my review I commented on the P.O.V. roof terrace bar and restaurant that features beautiful views of The White House and Washington Monument. While the menu is very limited and the food best described as “okay”, the view and the vibe make it a place better suited for a cocktail and conversation. Unfortunately it was so cold when I was there the patio was enclosed so I’ve included this photograph from Starwood Hotels.
Should you be visiting D.C., skip the grub and come here for an early evening cocktail; the sunset can be beautiful. The subdued lighting facing the Washington Monument has more of a club vibe with the black and red decor where as the black and white checkered flooring and open terrace overlooking the White House has a more casual feel so choose the side you’d like to visit depending on your mood and preferred view.
P.O.V. is located atop the W Washington Hotel at 515 15th St NW.
Are you unsure of what wines go best with certain cheeses? I am, although I’ve learned a bit through trial and error and also with help over the years from my local cheese, South End Formaggio, and wine shop, Brix South End.
I stumbled upon a site you might find interesting if you don’t have a local wine or cheese shop like me. Select a cheese and it will recommend appropriate wine and food pairings.
Wine and Cheese Pairing
Work continues as the owners of the Chandler Inn remodel and rebrand the space previously known as “Fritz”. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the new space will be called The Trophy Room.
Through some informal conversations, I’ve learned about some of the remodeling details and what you can expect when it opens. First, a small but open kitchen is being added to the left of the bar and the space previously reserved for the kitchen will now open into the lobby of The Chandler Inn. The street entrance to The Trophy Room will move from the corner of Chandler and Berkeley Street to be closer to the entrance of the Chandler Inn and the reclusive patio along Berkeley Street that was for smokers when the space was called Fritz will now be reserved for al fresco dining for up to 20 patrons (this has yet to be approved – but I hope the city allows for it). The wall of windows that separated Fritz patio from the bar will be replaced with a series of doors that open to the patio making it more accessible.
I’ve been told about a few more curious tweaks the owners are making to the space, but I’ve yet to see any of this first hand.
Tonight The BiNA Family Hospitality Group will open their latest restaurant, Merrill & Co. This is the same restaurant group who also own jm Curley’s, Bogie’s Place, Bin 26 Enoteca and Lala Rokh. However this is their first venture into Boston’s South End. They are located at 1 Appleton Street, formerly the home of 28 degrees. While their menu is not available online (yet), executive chef Jason Cheek (previously with KO Prime) indicated they would focus on local seafood.
Wink & Nod shall open this Saturday, according to G.M., Curtis McMillan. BNV has remodeled the space that had previously been home to their subterranean restaurant and lounge, Noche. Although they’ve not shared much about the menu, Boston.com featured a write up last week announcing that the chefs would be Philip Kruta and Jeremy Kean – best known for a North End pop-up restaurant.
I’m happy to see these spaces coming back to life and bringing more dining options to the neighborhood.
Two of my favorite things to consume are pizza and wine so I couldn’t resist commenting on and sharing this infographic that I first saw last month on BostonInno but was originally posted by Indian Wine List.
Yesterday The AIDS Action Committee hosted their annual fundraiser and tasting, The Taste of the South End. This casual, fun event which draws heavily from South End residents and local foodies never fails to entertain and provides everyone a chance to interact with some of Boston’s most recognizable chefs. Thank you to everyone who was nice enough to pose, the participating restaurants andto AIDS Action for making this one of my favorite events to attend each year.
Last month Andy Husbands restaurants’, Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel, rolled out another cheap eats option with their MacDaddy Happy Hour, that takes place every Friday from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.
For just a buck on Friday you can enjoy burgers, fries, and fried pies. What a friggin’ bahgain.
Taste of the South End (TOSE) will take place next Tuesday evening at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. Curious to see which restaurants are participating in this years Taste? Click here.
All proceeds raised at this casual event go to benefit the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. Purchase tickets while they remain.
Tickets to the Taste of the South End
General Admission: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm / VIP Admission: 6:00 pm
The Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont Street, South End
Foodies take note!
Sunday, April 27th Victory Programs will host Dinnerfest 2014 at Red Lantern from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. One week from today, their ‘early bird’ special pricing to this great event ends. Get your tickets to Dinnerfest 2014 before Friday, February 28th and save $20.
Dinnerfest 2014 Tix (early bird special ends Friday, Feb. 28th)
ABOUT VICTORY PROGRAMS 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center, New England’s largest community and resource center for people living with HIV/AIDS, and the original beneficiary of Dinnerfest. Now that the BLC merged with Victory Programs, 2,600+ individuals and families throughout Greater Boston who face chronic health conditions such as HIV/AIDS, homelessness, substance use disorders and/or mental illness are served.