Category Archives: Dining

Stella Boston closes

3 gay days in BostonStella Boston in the South End announced on its social media pages this past Friday that the restaurant would close later that night. Stella has been a fixture in the South End for 15 years.

However much I’ll miss their menu, it was the bar scene that always brought me back. The bartenders who worked there made that place fun. Some of my favorite memories include squeezing past all the out-of-town diners crushed into the tiny front bar and crowding the entrance, waiting for their table. Sergio and I would make a beeline to the much less crowded back bar where April was holding court. I also loved my Sunday afternoons with Matt pouring drinks – making Sunday truly a fun day. Adam, Alejandro, Jen, Lucia — the list of fun, engaging bartenders is long and over the years Stella attracted equally colorful regulars who added an even more interesting dynamic. Stella will be missed.

I want to wish everyone who worked at Stella (now and in the past) a big thank you for so many happy memories and tasty cocktails.

Stella Facebook post Friday, May 15, 2020:

Boston restaurant directory (now online)

This past Saturday the city of Boston created an online directory called “Support Boston Restaurants” to let patrons know which restaurants remain open, their hours of operation, menus, how to order as well as delivery and pick up instructions. The directory has more than 200 restaurants and is organized by neighborhood and also includes some Cambridge restaurants.

Supporting Boston Restaurants Directory

Where you can order take out in Boston

dining, restaurantsThis past Sunday Governor Baker announced a statewide shutdown of all bars and restaurants effective through April 6. However, takeout and delivery is still allowed and some restaurants are open. Eater Boston has done a good job of compiling area restaurants that are open for take out.

Below are the South End restaurants from the Eater Boston list  The full list of restaurants can be viewed here, Tracking delivery and takeout options in and around Boston, including special meal kits and more.

SOUTH END RESTAURANTS

Anoush’ella Kitchen: The original location of Anoush’ella is offering takeout and delivery from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. (The Fenway and Lynnfield locations are completely closed for the time being.) Menu and other details online35 West Newton St., South End, Boston

Coda: Will be up and running on DoorDash and Caviar for delivery at some point during the week of March 16. 329 Columbus Ave., South End, Boston

The Elephant Walk: Offering takeout and delivery from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call (617) 247-1500 to order takeout (20% discount), or get delivery via Caviar, DoorDash, Grubhub, or Postmates. 1415 Washington St., South End, Boston

Mistral: Offering curbside pickup and delivery via Caviar from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 223 Columbus Ave., South End, Boston

Oishii: Open for takeout from Tuesday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Place orders via phone (617-482-8868). 1166 Washington St., South End, Boston

SRV: Will be up and running on DoorDash and Caviar for delivery at some point during the week of March 16. 569 Columbus Ave., South End, Boston

Yellow Door Taqueria: Closed until Wednesday, March 18; reopening at 4 p.m. that day (and all subsequent days) for delivery and takeout via Uber Eats. 354 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston

Get your tickets to the Taste of the South End

TOSE, AIDS Action CommitteeThis is my favorite food tasting event in Boston. Sergio and I started attending “The Taste” nearly 20 years ago when I was working at AIDS Action and it continues to be one of my favorite charity events to attend and support.

For one night in March, AIDS Action brings together 40+ South End restaurants for a delicious evening of bite-sized servings, live cooking demonstrations, silent auction, as well as wine tastings and beer sampling. Tickets have been on sales since late last year so if you’ve yet to purchase your tickets don’t delay since the event generally sells out before the night of the event.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit tasteofthesouthend.org.

Eater Boston’s increasingly narrow view of Boston dining

Augustana BostonDespite the critical headline, I want to be clear that I like the Eater Boston blog. I often Tweet out and share their articles, but the blog, which describes itself as a “Food news and dining guides for Boston” does a terrible job of sharing news about and championing the dining scene of restaurants not in a downtown neighborhood, Cambridge or Somerville – and it appears to be getting worse.

Eater Boston maps illustrate my point

Boston’s ten largest neighborhoods by population are (in order): S. Dorchester, Roxbury, Brighton, Jamaica Plain, East Boston, Mattapan, South Boston, Hyde Park, West Roxbury and the South End. Combined these neighborhoods account for more than 60% of Boston’s total population. However, Eater Boston routinely overlook all but South Boston and the South End. What gives Eater?

Eater Boston needs to step up their game

Is Eater Boston really committed to providing food news and dining guides for Boston when the majority of residents’ neighborhoods are largely ignored? There is no doubt that the downtown neighborhoods have a more active dining scene, but it seems that communities south and west of The Fenway and South End are almost universally overlooked in practically every “map” and blog post. Watertown and Medford based restaurants are more likely to be featured than a restaurant in Dorchester and that’s just plain crazy.

I know Eater Boston can do better and want them to live up to their potential by providing all of Boston a chance to shine.  I’m asking Eater Boston to step up their game; stop fixating on the same 5-6 neighborhoods. Get to know the rest of Boston. Start to feature the dining scene in neighborhoods outside of downtown and encourage your readers to leave these downtown enclaves to visit hidden gems in places like Dorchester, Roxbury, Brighton, East Boston, Mattapan, etc.

Chef Michael Serpa to open new restaurant in South End called Atlantico

select oyster, grand tour, atlantico restaurantThe Boston Restaurant blog is reporting that a new seafood restaurant called Atlantico will open in restaurant space formerly occupied by Southern Proper in the Girard apartment building at 600 Harrison Avenue in the South End.

Michael Serpa is listed on the Boston Licensing Board notice as the manager. You may recognize Serpa who is behind the successful Select Oyster Bar and the new Grand Tour, that opened this month – both in the Back Bay. Previously, Serpa worked at the much loved seafood restaurant, Neptune Oyster Bar in the North End. At this point there are no details but more may emerge following the hearing with the city next Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

New taqueria to open in South End

Boston Magazine recently featured an article about a new Mexican restaurant that will open inside the Revolution Hotel. Cosmica Mexican Eatery & Bar will focus on “inventive Mexican street food” and include items like chorizo-queso jalapeno poppers and duck carnitas tacos with mole verde – sounds delicious.

The new restaurant will be managed by the successful Wildlife Hospitality team, who also run The Beehive in the South End and Harvard Square’s Beat Brew Hall. Although the article didn’t mention a live entertainment license, I would bet you can expect Cosmica to offer live music. The hotel pays tribute to Boston’s rich music history and it would be only fitting that this new venue help the city’s current generation of musicians thrive.

Cosmica currently says they expect to open in November, but after taking a quick walk by the property this past weekend, it looks like a lot of work still needs to be done so we will see. Stay tuned.