Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Blarney Stone

Most people in the neighborhood already know The Blarney Stone. This former Irish Pub (where Guinness allegedly was first served in America) turned hip and trendy restaurant and bar a few years ago. It is always packed on a Friday night and the reason is the great food and atmosphere. It makes up the third restaurant in what we like to refer to as Dorchester's Big Three (including dbar and the Ashmont Grill). Erin loves the crab cake sandwich and the spicy salty calamari. Chris enjoys the grilled bbq steak tips. The mini-burgers also get an honorable mention because you can taste the flavor of grill in each bite!
1505 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester
Located in Fields Corner just north of the intersection of Park Street and Dorchester Ave. Just south of the Fields Corner T stop.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

News: Things Are Happening in Lower Mills

You may think all the new restaurants and shops are only coming to Peabody Square and Fields Corner, but Lower Mills is showing it should not be left out. The Dorchester Reporter reports that major projects are in the works for this section of the neighborhood. This includes two restaurants on the Milton side of the river. The first will be a gourmet restaurant in the first floor of the Milton Landing condos overlooking the Neponset River, while the second will be a more casual hip establishment modeled after the Ashmont Grill and the Blarney Stone located on the ground floor of a new development (pictured above) to be built on the parking lot of the storage company next to the Milton Trolley stop. This development will also include offices for UMass Boston's environmental science department. Meanwhile WinnCompanies (the company that manages The Carruth) continues to finish condominiums in the former Baker Chocolate Factory and a local developer starts work on the wooden mill buildings that sit across the street, converting them in condos and restoring the picturesque wooden footbridge over the river.

The Dorchester Reporter April 10, 2008 Article: "Historic Lower Mills is all abuzz with talk of new developments"

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Osaka Shabu

Although they have not begun advertising yet, Osaka Shabu has been open about a week and we had to go check it out. We ordered beef and seafood shabu-shabu, which came with the prepared raw meats and a large plate of fresh vegetables for cooking in the boiling broth. We chose the spicy Szechuan broth, which was excellent. The inside has been recently renovated and is still waiting to be fully decorated, but the food and service was welcoming. Go try it out for yourselves!

203 Adams Street, Dorchester
Located in Fields Corner just north of the intersection of Dorchester Ave. and Adams St. Just north of the Fields Corner T stop.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

News: Upcoming Food Ventures in Lower Dot

Dot-to-Dot Cafe has their sign up (see above) and has begun interior construction! It is located on Dorchester Ave. in the block just south of St. Mark's Church on the same side of the street.

The first Japanese-food eatery to serve Lower Dot: Coming very soon is a Japanese Shabu-shabu restaurant to where Chan O'Mally's once served Chinese take-out food. Under the same management, they're changing to a sit-down restaurant where diners cook their meal in boiling broth at their tables.

An independent convenience store is taking the place of the Lil' Peach on Washington Street in Lower Mills. Set to open up in a couple of months, they hope to sell some wine, Mediterranean items (olive oil, greek olives), perhaps organic food as well. They are planning to have a patio with some chairs and umbrellas.

And you may have noticed that we have expanded our blog to include the Fields Corner section of Dorchester.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Ashmont Hill Yardsale

The annual Ashmont Hill Yard Sale will be held on Saturday May 17th.

To see our blog entry from last year: Ashmont Hill Yard Sale

For more information go to the Ashmont Hill Neighborhood Association.