South Boston has changed a great deal in the last few decades. One of the aspects of “Southie” that has evolved the most is the variety and quality of restaurants popping p. From the picturesque waterfront to West Broadway, delicious food is easier and easier to come by. Here are a few of our favorites:
Masters of typical American fare, this tavern’s soaring, original tin ceilings and open-air layout give diners a real sense of community. There is also a back room for those looking for a more traditional dining experience. For starters, we highly recommend the baked goat cheese dip with fig jam and toasted almonds, a perfect balance of sweet and savory. The buttermilk fried chicken, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, comes with tasty sausage gravy and honey cheddar biscuit and is a comfort food-lover’s dream.
425 W Broadway, South Boston
One of the seafood specialists in the area, Row 34’s contemporary metallic decor and high ceilings make for a stylish dining experience. One of the restaurant’s most popular choices is the warm buttered lobster roll. With huge chunks of generously-buttered lobster on a perfectly toasted roll, it’s one of the best you’ll have in New England. An extensive wine list and a selection of over 20 beers on tap and dozens more by the bottle, many of which are rather unique, make it easy to find a perfect complement for any dish.
383 Congress St, Boston
One of Boston’s most expensive restaurants, O Ya truly offers an experience as well as some of the best sushi in the country. Award-winning chef and owner Tim Cushman offers two Omakase options, or chef’s tasting menus, that include over 15 small courses that run the gamut of the vast menu. For a cheaper, less extensive meal, the a la carte menu is full of delicious options. There are countless to choose from, but some of the signatures are the Foie Gras Nigiri, Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, and Kumamoto Oyster Nigiri. Tim’s wife Nancy is a sake expert and has created ideal pairings for most dishes.
9 East St, Boston, MA
Replacing neighborhood favorite Franklin Southie last year, this inventive restaurant has quickly made a name for itself and eased locals’ fears that it wouldn’t lived up to its predecessor’s success. It offers dinner, weekend brunch, and a late-night menu that is rare for the area. Some of the highlights are the buttermilk-fried chicken wings, recently chosen as the best fried chicken in the city by Best of Boston, and the butterscotch pudding with Chantilly creme and toasted Amaranth crumble for dessert.
152 Dorchester Ave, Boston
Considered a hidden gem, Mirisola’s is some of the best classic Italian food you can find outside of the North End. The pricing is more than reasonable, especially for the consistent high quality that it provides. The restaurant staff will tell you that its signature dish is their Penna alla Vodka, and everyone who tries it understands why.
200 L St, Boston, MA