I previously wrote about this fun annual tasting that raises money for the AIDS Action Committee of MA, but I wanted to give one more shout out for those of you who may have been contemplating attending but had yet to buy tickets.
Taste of the South End, Tuesday March 3, 2015
More than 40 of the neighborhood’s restaurants will share tempting bites that range from the savory to the sweet. In addition there will be plenty to drink and entertaining cooking demonstrations from some of the neighborhood’s most admired chefs. If you have any questions about this social South End event, feel free to reach out to me. Otherwise, grab tickets while they last. Here is a quick video from a Taste of the South End from a few years back.
Calypso Grill’s deck in Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman has no shortage of great dining options and I would encourage anyone visiting to leave their hotel and do some exploring. Trip Advisor does a nice job of listing a wide selection of dining options. One of our more extravagant meals on the island was at Calypso Grill. If you decide to go, request a table outside overlooking the water. For this New Englander, dining outside by the water in February is a rare treat and added to my dining experience.
Bread and Chocolate French Toast
As much as I enjoyed Calypso and some of the other places, it was two of the more casual dining establishments that Sergio and I enjoyed the most. Neither of these places are by the water so if that is a must then simply bypass these options. For visitors coming by cruise ship the first option is within walking distance of where you will disembark and is called Bread and Chocolate. This tiny, hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves delicious (vegan) food and is a favorite among locals. I had no idea eating vegan was so delicious.
Casual dining at Cimboco in Grand Cayman
The other restaurant I wanted to give a shout out to is Cimboco. It is located just a few minutes by car from The Westin and Ritz Carlton in a small strip mall that also has a burger shack, smoothie store and coffee shop. Cimboco hosts a $5.00 breakfast Monday thru Friday from 7:30 – 11:00 am that is tough to beat. Additionally, they make delicious sandwiches and pizzas (I’d recommend trying the eggplant pesto pizza) all very affordable.
While there were many more options, I thought I’d limit this post to three of my favorites: Calypso Grill, Bread and Chocolate and Cimboco. For more dining tips check out Trip Advisor rankings or contact me, and I’d be happy to share a few more suggestions suitable to your taste, price range and near where you will be staying.
BosGuy’s Wicked Awesome Grilled Cheese Sandwich
The current issue of Boston Magazine has a fantastic article about the best sandwiches served in town. As you can imagine there are a number of delicious options and the South End gets a bunch of shout outs, including Myers + Chang’s Bacon and Egg sandwich – which is only available on weekends, Flour Bakery + Cafe’s BLT, Mike’s City Diner’s, “Mike’s Famous Pilgrim” sandwich just to name a few. Also South End cheap eats, Blunch which is only open for breakfast and lunch is spotlighted as a must try place.
Despite all the sandwich joints in this town I still have to say my favorite is probably Downtown Crossing’s Sam LaGrassa’s. Do you have a favorite sandwich that you like to make or a particular place you go to grab a sandwich? I love making grilled cheese sandwiches in the winter. I actually wrote about it last January in my post Best Grilled Cheese Evah.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Cafe Quattro, a popular Italian / Pizzeria with Beacon Hill residents will reopen in the South End.
Apparently the popular restaurant lost its lease in Beacon Hill after the landlord essentially forced them out to make room for a larger upscale restaurant. Beacon Hill’s loss is the South End’s gain. Cafe Quattro will reopen at 817 Harrison Avenue on the corner of East Springfield Street. The owners were scheduled to go before the licensing commission this week (not sure if the weather has delayed that meeting). One hopes they will be opening soon.
About Cafe Quattro: We serve a wide array of sandwiches, panini, wraps, and pizza, as well as cappuccino, espresso, latte, and coffee. Our breads are baked especially for us and delivered daily. Our thin crust pizza is hand tossed and made to order, using fresh dough. Pizza is available by the slice, small personal pies, or 20″ Large pies each made in the old fashioned Italian-American tradition.
I stumbled upon this pairings guide and while I would always encourage individuals to pair whatever they like, I recognize that guides like this can be helpful for those who may not know where to start.
For those who live locally, I would strongly suggest visiting Formaggio and let them know what wine you are purchasing. They make excellent suggestions.
Nearly fifteen years ago Metropolis Cafe opened in the South End on Tremont Street. The quaint neighborhood restaurant has been a favorite place to grab brunch on the weekends and dinner in the evenings.
If you’ve not visited Metropolis Cafe recently you may want to make a point to stop by. Last fall the restaurant underwent a makeover and the space looks great. A larger white marble bar top and new bar stools are welcome updates as are the new lighting fixtures and color scheme that significantly brightens the restaurant without losing that cozy feel. Alongside the physical changes some tweaks have also been made to the menu and Chef William “Billy” Nurse, continues to crank out consistently delicious meals from what might be the smallest kitchen in the South End.
Although on our most recent visit we didn’t have a chance to go to Spot, I thought I should write about this restaurant and bar since it is a favorite. You will find more than a few handsome men at this gay friendly restaurant conveniently located just a block off of Paulista Avenue near MASP.
The first time I visited Spot was probably ten years ago. We arrived at 11PM on a Friday night and asked for a table for four. The handsome host smiled and said the wait was 2 hours, but encouraged us to order drinks from the bar and enjoy the outdoor patio while we waited. We didn’t take him seriously until he came to seat us for dinner at 1 AM (at which point there was only a 30 minute wait).
While the food is good it is the people watching that makes this a great place to either nab a cocktail or have dinner with friends. Main dishes at Spot run from $30 – $50 Reis (with the current US exchange rate of 2.5 that equates to $15-$20).