Category Archives: Dining

New South End restaurant will serve small plates with “international flavors”

Rebecca Roth, South End restaurantEarlier this month UniversalHub and EaterBoston shared news about the new restaurant that Rebecca Roth and Seth Yeffe (from Gallows South End) will open in the space that was formerly occupied by Hamersley’s Bistro.

According to information learned from a licensing board hearing the new restaurant will serve small plates and shared dishes that have Asian and Mediterranean flavors.  Sounds delicious but it will need to be with the new Barcelona South End tapas restaurant only steps away.  While I think most miss seeing Gordon working behind his kitchen, Rebecca is as savvy as she is sweet and one can assume the restaurant will be a popular destination for South End residents when it opens in 2015.

Barcelona South End now open

Boston, Spanish Restaurant, TapasBarcelona South End quietly opened their doors last night and flipped the on switch to their new Facebook page which you can like here.  Sergio and I visited the invite only soft opening earlier this week, which I wrote about in my post, ¡Hola! Barcelona Wine (South End).

Barcelona South End opens at 3 pm 7-days a week but check back after they have been up and running for a bit because Jason Boske told me that he loves brunch.

Where you can grab grub in Boston on Thanksgiving

BoMA RestaurantEaterBoston has pulled together a solid list of local restaurants who are open and serving dinner so whether you want to eat out or take home food you have a list of options.  While this isn’t a complete list it does give you some great options.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving no matter where you may find yourself on this holiday and for those outside of the US who don’t observe the holiday, may your week pass quickly so you too can enjoy some time away from work.

Thanksgiving in Boston: What’s open, what’s closed and what you can take home

South End restaurant Union Bar & Grille to close

Aquitaine Group, Boston, South EndBig changes are in store for one of Aquitaine Group’s signature south end restaurants. Effective January 1, 2015 Union Bar & Grille, which first opened eleven years ago in the autumn of 2003 will close.  Aquitaine Group, which owns Union will retain the space and reopen a new restaurant under a new name with a targeted opening for April 2015.  There is no information about the new concept, menu or who will help run the re-branded space.  However, the Aquitaine Group understands the competitive South End restaurant industry better than most and have an impressive track record.

Aquitaine Group, South End restaurant, SoWaA lot has changed since October 2013 when Union opened.  They were one of the first restaurants in the emerging SoWa district of the South End. Despite the fact that earlier that year Wilkes Passage and Rollins Square had opened, the restaurant scene in the South End didn’t cross over Tremont Street with but a few exceptions. Union’s presence with their gourmet, house ground burger and 10k Tuna changed all that and shortly after more restaurants followed.

I have a lot of fond memories of Union but the restaurant has lost its way and newer restaurants nearby like The Gallows and Boston Chops have proven to be tough competition for a restaurant that has not been updated in over a decade.  I look forward to the new space when it reopens in the spring of 2015 and wish them all the best.

After work cheap eats in the South End

South EndLast week Nikki Chase from the Boston Herald wrote an article about her favorite after-work cheap eats and it got me to thinking about some of my favorite places in the South End to grab something to eat after work; please share your favorites.

Darryl’s at 604 Columbus Avenue; All their starters are 1/2 price from 5 – 6:30 pm at the bar only.

Estragon at 700 Harrison Avenue;  offers something they call “Tapas Blitz where they offer items like fried pork belly with salsa pi­cante.  Their blitz menu items are available Monday-Thursday, 5-7 p.m. and range from $1-$5.

Masa Restaurant at 439 Tremont Street makes their tapas so affordable you can’t help but indulge with 50¢ tapas in the bar only. You can order items like grilled chorizo, pork spring roll and shredded chicken taquitos.  These super cheap eats are good Sunday – Thursday from 5-7p.m.

647 Tremont (and Sister Sorel too!) at 647 Tremont Street hosts their $2 taco Tuesdays where you can order a variety of house made tacos for $2 each.  My favorites include the fried fish and pork almond mole; Tuesdays only.

Stella at 1525 Washington Street; offers cheap eats menu with options that inclued arugula salad, parmesan arancini and (one of my favorites) grilled Italian sausage.  Every plate is only $5 until 6p.m. on weeknights only.

Dinner at ester in Dorchester

Writing this blog has perks and last week was a great example. I was invited to the Lower Mills neighborhood in Dorchester to meet one of the owners of ester, Eleanor Arpino, and check out this relatively new restaurant.

Antonia's Meatballs $6.50 and Meat Board $11

Antonia’s Meatballs $6.50                                  Meat Board $11

ester is a neighborhood restaurant trying to make a name for itself and be a part of the community it so proudly named itself after.  Their menu showcases the produce they collect each week from their 5,000 sq foot rooftop garden to let you know what ingredients are homegrown (literally).

Sirloin 1/2 Pound Burger w/ Bacon Jam $15.50

Sirloin 1/2 Pound Burger w/ Bacon Jam $15.50

Their menu is reasonably priced, including snacks and appetizers ranging in from $5-$11; soups and salads $7-$8 and main plates $14-$21.  The cocktail menu, wine list and beers are equally affordable; the beer list in particular is impressive with 32 options on draft and bottle.

Risotto with their rooftop cherry tomatoes $12

Risotto with their rooftop cherry tomatoes $12

I would like to thank Eleanor Arpino and chef Estabon Gallego for their gracious invitation and wish them much success.  Despite the fact that their massive back deck will close for the winter season, I’d encourage neighbors to check out the 17-seat bar or come down and try dinner in their spacious dining room.

Boneless Berkshire Roasted Pork Loin $21

Boneless Berkshire Roasted Pork Loin $21

ester is located at 2261 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester Center.

Restaurant gossip

gossipMore restaurant gossip continues to be passed my way but unlike most whispers this is about two well known places outside of the South End.  My contacts and connections outside the South End aren’t as strong but the source has proven to be quite reliable in the past so I thought I would pass it along to all you foodies.

Rumors are circling that Via Matta & TICO may close.

One of Boston’s favorite chefs is Michael Schlow.  He may be best known for his former restaurant, Radius, which closed last year, but I’ve recently been told two of his restaurants in the Back Bay, Via Matta and TICO, may soon meet a similar fate. I don’t know Michael nor do I have any connections to verify these rumors. However, if true these establishments would be Michael’s second and third restaurant closings in 2014; following the closure of Barrio Cantina earlier this year in the Fenway.