Boston Magazine’s annual Best of Boston issue is out and South End bakery, Flour, was named, Best Cookie. I thought I’d take a moment to remind everyone of the important research I conduct – like the best chocolate chip cookie tasting I hosted this past January.
According to our tasting (which focused on chocolate chip cookies only) we named The South End Buttery the winner with Flour receiving a very respectable second place.
If you are a cookie-holic you may want to check out our research, which included testing eight different cookies from South End bakeries, South End chocolate chip cookie tasting.
WCVB-TV News is reporting that Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe on Columbus Avenue is reopening after it closed in June after almost 90 years in business.
The report indicates that a chef who runs Stella will bring the neighborhood favorite back some time next year. According to WCVB the menu will remain unchanged.
So far there has been no updates on the famed restaurant’s Twittah handle, @TurkeyHash but yours truly will be keeping an eye on the account for anymore news.
Much thanks to Rich Caswell for the tip.
C’est magnifique! Bastille Kitchen in Fort Point Channel officially opens today. The 240 seat bistro has been eagerly anticipated in a neighborhood that seems to have a trendy restaurant opening every other week. Curious to check out this new French restaurant by chef Adam Kube? Head over to Bastille Kitchen at 49 Melcher Street.
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?