Category Archives: South End

Boston’s South End by Russ Lopez

South End by Russ LopezMy friend and neighbor, Russ Lopez has a new book some of you may be interested in reading, Boston’s South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhood.

This is the first book written about the history of the South End in more than 100 years and it covers the neighborhood from the time of the retreat of the glaciers and the coming of the first people to the region to the explosion of development since 2000.

To celebrate, he is hosting a party on Monday, November 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Cathedral Station.  There will be a reading, light refreshments, and the book will be available for purchase.

South End Book Signing & Reading Party
Monday, Nov. 9 from 6:00-8:00 PM
At Cathedral Station in the South End

You can pre-order Russ’ book online at South End Bookstore. Alternatively, the book will be available for purchase at the launch party on Monday, November 9, 2015.  For more information on other book readings visit,

Who makes the best croissants in Boston’s South End

Photo Credit: Frenchie and The Yankee

Photo Credit: Frenchie and The Yankee

This past weekend I arranged for a blind croissant tasting to identify which coffee shop in the South End serves the very best.  To help me, I enlisted three friends from France who now live here in the US to sample and critique croissants from five South End cafes.

Photo Credit: Frenchie and The Yankee

Photo Credit: Frenchie and The Yankee

Cafe Madeleine (above) wins in blind tasting for best croissant in South End

Photo Credit: Frenchie and The Yankee

Photo Credit: Frenchie and The Yankee

Croissants were judged on three criteria: size, texture and taste.  Each category was weighted differently with taste being the most important. While none of the selected cafes achieved a perfect score; Cafe Madeleine was the clear winner – consistently achieving the highest scores from everyone.

Flour in the South End finished with a respectable second place but the remaining three cafes; Wholy Grain, South End Buttery and Appleton Cafe scored very low, suggesting there is a lot of opportunity to improve.

Thank you to Sergio, David, Mark, Frederic and Olivier for all your help.

Soon to open South End restaurant, SRV, hosts two pop ups this week

South End restarantSRV (Serene Republic of Venice) is a soon to open South End, Italian restaurant. To build interest SRV will host two Pop Ups this week to offer you a “sip and a taste” of what is to come.

SRV Chefs will host the first Pop Up at the Central Square restaurant Brick and Mortar on Wednesday, September 30th from 10 pm until Midnight.  Guests may sample: nervetti fritti-beef tenderloin, black pepper and parmesan; scallop crudo; baby octopus; cippolini; and baccala montecato-black bread, herbs and garlic. The second Pop Up will take place at the South End restaurant, Toro on Thursday, October 1 from 10 pm until Midnight where guests may sample polpette-pork and veal meatballs; soft boiled quail eggs; and baccala montecato- black bread, herbs and garlic.

The small bites at both Pop Ups are complimentary and will include a cash bar, featuring signature cocktails from SRV.

SRV is now targeting a November opening at 569 Columbus Ave in the South End.

Kitchen in South End is now a “New England Seafood” restaurant

Scott Herritt Kitchen is a cute little restaurant in the South End. When it first opened a few years back, chef and owner, Scott Herritt created a menu that paid tribute to mid-20th century cuisine (think Lobster Thermidor). While I salute Herritt’s creativity, I never found the menu appealing and only visited a couple of times.

Last week Boston Restaurant Talk reported that Kitchen has rebranded itself as a local seafood restaurant; focusing on New England seafood. The menu includes items like Portuguese fisherman stew, fried haddock sandwich, lobster casserole, etc… as well as a few non-seafood items like their double bacon cheeseburger and short ribs). You can check out their new menu here.

The South End could use a few more seafood restaurants; right now B&G is really the only option. Bravo Chef Herrit. I will definitely check out your new menu.

Cuppa Coffee at Troy Boston opens Monday

Todd MooreCuppaCoffee owner and Sydney native, Todd Moore, will open his second location in Boston on Monday, September 21st in the trendy full service, South End apartment building, Troy Boston.

Cuppa Coffee at Troy Boston is located at 57 Traveler Street on the corner of Traveler and Albany Street. The coffee shop is the 18th coffee house to open in the South End, making the South End (strictly a guess here) the most coffee-friendly neighborhood in downtown Boston.  You would be hard pressed to walk more than 2-3 blocks in the South End without stumbling upon a great coffee house. By the way only 5 of those 18 coffee houses are from national or international chains.

Boston coffeeMore information about all those great coffee houses – here.

South End stakeholder’s fall 2015 report

real estateThe Steven Cohen Team South End Stakeholder’s Fall 2015 report is now out. The report, compiled by SCT, includes interesting details for those of you interested in real estate.  Here are some interesting findings shared about the South End market.

  • There are 5 residential projects currently underway, accounting for more than 1,000 new residences / apartments.
  • There are 7  more board approved projects that will bring an additional 600 residences / apartments; a 200-room hotel; 300,000+ office space; and 500,000+ square feet of medical and research space.
  • The median sales price for a condominium is $765,000.
  • South End remains one of the most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods earning a score of 96 out of 100 from George Washington University

South End Open Studios Sept. 19-20, 2015

South End Open StudiosOnce a year, all the major art buildings in the South End are open to the public during USEA Open Studios; including Boston Center for the Arts, Laconia Lofts, SoWa Building at 450 Harrison Ave and studios on Wareham and Albany Streets.

Over 250 South End artists and craftsmen open their doors for you to peruse and purchase paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, glass works, metal works, ceramics and more. Come out and support our local arts scene this weekend. More details are available on the USEA website,