Friday, November 18, 2011

Peabody Square Tree Lighting 2011 - This Saturday (11/26) at 7:30

It is time again for the annual Peabody Square tree lighting. Head on down to the square (near the north end of Ashmont Station) before 7:30 on Saturday (11/26) to enjoy the treats and Santa in a trolley...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dorchester Highlighted on Channel 5's Chronicle

In case you missed it, check out the video...

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Segment 4

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bakery Coming to Lower Mills?

Although we do not have any hard evidence yet, the rumor floating around Dorchester is that a new bakery will be opening in the former site of Common Ground in Lower Mills. We walked by the other day and it certainly resembles a bakery... So stay tuned.

UPDATE: The Boston Globe reports that there will be a new bakery called Sweet Life Bakery and Café in the former Common Ground space sometime in October. It will serve baked good and have a lunch menu. We are excited!

(Photo courtesy of Cake and Commerce)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Be Sure to Watch Ashmont Grill on Food Network's Sugar High

Do you love the Sticky Toffee Pudding at the Ashmont Grill? Well, so does Food Network... Tune into Ashmont Grill's national television debut (along side such Boston establishments as Modern Pastry, Myers + Chang, and Daddy's Fried Dough Food Cart), which airs on the Food Network on August 26th at 10:30 pm. Ashmont Grill will be hosting a Sugar High premier party at the same time, and if you show up they will give you a free mini Sticky Toffee Pudding! Here is the link to the Sugar High show info: Ashmont Grill on Sugar High

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Food Trucks Are Coming to Lower Dot!

Yesterday, the mayor announced that food trucks will rotate around 15 new permanent locations across the city, including a spot near Ashmont Station that will be open for lunch and dinner (with the location required to close by 9 pm). The food trucks are diverse in their cuisine, from Vietnamese bánh mỳ sandwiches to cupcakes to soul food to grilled cheese. A full list of vendors is available at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Boston Food. There is also a website to track the food trucks that will soon be up and running and you could always go to the city of Boston's Food Truck Program website to learn more. When the first food trucks end up in our 'hood, we will be sure to review them! Happy eating Lower Dot...

UPDATE: You may have noticed that we recently changed the picture of the food truck on this post. A couple weeks ago, we were talking with the Bon Me food truck folks at their BU location and when asked if they would ever be coming to Dorchester, they told us "it is not likely" (in a somewhat condescending tone). We feel it is unnecessary to promote them any further.

(Bottom photo courtesy of City Rover.)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Tour de Frances Comes to Dot!

Enjoy celebrating the French Revolution, by watching of the Tour de France at Dot-2-Dot Cafe on Bastille Day. On July 14th at 6:30 pm, DotBike will be teaming up with Ashmont Cycles to host a viewing party of the the 12th stage of the Tour. As usual, Dot-2-Dot will offer their fine menu for you to choose from and the organizers are asking for a small donation for beer and snacks. There will be trivia questions for giveaways presented by Pretty Things Beers.

Bastille Day Tour de France Viewing Party
Thursday July 14th 6:30pm
Dot-2-Dot Cafe
1739 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester
Located on the edge of Melville Park just south of St. Mark's Parish on Dorchester Ave. Just southeast of the Shawmut T stop.

(Bottom photo courtesy of Sean Bender)

Friday, July 01, 2011

Dorchester Avenue Walk

Do you like walking? Do you like Dorchester? Then join Boston Complete Streets for a free walking tour of Dorchester Avenue from Fields Corner to Peabody Square with Mark Fenton, host of PBS's "America's Walking." Refreshments will be served and it is free and open to the public. RSVP to

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Annual Ashmont Hill Yard Sale Saturday!

The weather will hopefully brighten for one of the most amazing neighborhood yard sales in the country. You should head on over to Ashmont Hill from 9 am to 2 pm this Saturday (May 21st) and enjoy sifting through all the radical stuff people put on tables in their driveways. It features over 40 house and there are numerous stands selling food, from hot dogs and hamburgers to BBQ. You can really make it into a daylong activity!

For more information:

Located west of Peabody Square. Exit the northern end of the Ashmont T stop, walk up Dorchester Ave., and then turn left on Ashmont Street, follow signs to yard sales.

Friday, May 06, 2011

First Ever Dorchester Pub Crank!

Adding to the amazing bike affinity and hipness of Dorchester... We received an anonymous tip that the first ever Dorchester Pub Crank will be held Sunday May 15th, starting at 5 pm. After an extensive web-search for the term "pub crank" we are also claiming it to be the first ever pub crank in the world. Our understanding is that a pub crank is like a pub crawl, but the participants ride (responsibly) on bikes from one establishment to the next.

It begins at the Banshee (934 Dorchester Ave.), and then continues on to Savin Bar and Kitchen, Harp & Bard, dbar, Blaney Stone, Centre Bar, The Ledge, Tavolo, and concludes (probably pretty late) at the Ashmont Grill.

There are important rules that must be followed:
Participants are disqualified for:
a. Being hit by a car
b. Crashing
c. Not having at least 3 drinks

(Photo courtesy of Sean Bender - who to the best of our knowledge is not involved in the pub crank, we took this photo from the Internet)

Common Ground... Kaput?

The Dorchester Reporter said this week that Common Ground, that quirky restaurant in Lower Mills run by the religious group the Twelve Tribes, is permanently closed. Word is that the group is seeking another possible location somewhere in Dorchester. We hope it is true, because we are already missing their sandwiches. On the up side, it seems the spot is well-suited for a restaurant and we are hoping that another eatery replaces it soon. Our fingers are crossed for Japanese/Sushi, but we will certainly appreciate other cuisines as well.

For our review of Common Ground Cafe from 2006:
Common Ground Cafe

For the story in the Dorchester Reporter:
Lower Mills Eatery Common Ground Will Not Re-open


Also, the problem has been resolved with our blog rating stars... We encourage you to peruse the blog for your favorite things in Lower Dot and rate away!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sea Breeze Mexican Grill

The kitschy atmosphere (yes, that is a harpoon on the wall!) and friendly staff (yes, our waiter was awesome) is a wonderful complement to the tasty Mexican fare at Sea Breeze Mexican Grill. Erin had the Sea Breeze Enchiladas with the Mango Shake (Yum!). Chris had the beef burrito with a side of rice and beans. Both were generous portions and made us feel as if we were vacationing on the Mexican coast. You can even get guacamole made table side. It is run by a wonderful couple, who have a passion for Mexican cooking. This is a great addition to Lower Dot!

NOTE: Sea Breeze Mexican Grill is in the process of getting a take out license (yes, please!) and we encourage everyone to stop by and sign the petition.
Sea Breeze Mexican Grill
1782 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester
Located on Dorchester Avenue at the corner of Shepton Street. Just north of the Ashmont T stop and southeast of the Shawmut T stop.

Have you been to Sea Breeze Mexican Grill? Rate it below.

(Photo courtesy of Hidden Boston)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dot Park Easter Egg Hunt 2011

The annual Dorchester Park Easter Egg Hunt is this Saturday (April 23, 2011) at 10 am at the tennis courts. It is great fun for children and families, and is free and open to the public.

For our blog entry from 2007:
Dorchester Park Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, February 25, 2011

Introducing Ashmont Cycles!

Do you like to bike? Have you an old cycle in the garage that needs a little TLC? Well today we walked by the future home of Ashmont Cycles in Peabody Square (next to Ashmont Grill). This will be Lower Dot's first full service bike shop and we are super excited. The word on the street is that it is opening on March 1st. DotBike's write up says that Ashmont Cycles will stock a full line of Fuji and Linus bicycles for every age and interest, as well as helmets, locks, mirrors and other accessories. They will also repair all makes and models of bicycles.
Ashmont Cycles
551 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester
Located in Peabody Square at the intersection of Dorchester Ave, Ashmont Street and Talbot Ave. Just north of the Ashmont T stop.

Have you been to Ashmont Cycles? Rate it below.

(Top photo courtesy of DotBike and bottom photo courtesy of MAPC and David Loutzenheiser)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Dorchester Voter Guide - Phoenix Best of '11

By popular request, we have assembled a Dorchester voter guide for you:
Remember to vote:

The Dorchester Voter Guide - Phoenix Best of '11
Food and Drink
Bar, Gay (dbar)
Barbeque (Pit Stop)
Brunch (McKenna’s)
Coffee Shop, Local (Flat Black)
Food Truck (Speed’s Hot Dogs)
Ice Cream (IceCreamsmith)
Restaurant, Indian (Shanti)
Restaurant, Vietnamese (Pho Hoa)

City Life
Local Politician (Ayanna Pressley OR Marty Walsh)
Open Space (Franklin Park)
Place to Live (Dorchester)
Square (write-in campaign for Peabody Square)
Street (write-in campaign for Dorchester Ave.)

And while you are at it, vote for Dot chef, Chris Coombs (of DBar) for best new chef courtesy of Food and Wine Magazine:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Best of Boston - Support Dot!

The Boston Phoenix has done a great job this year of recognizing Dorchester in its Best of Boston poll. Now let's show the rest of the city that Dot is a hip place to live. We encourage you to go on to the poll and vote all things Dorchester. We are also up for best place to live, so if you only vote for one thing, make it that! Go and vote:

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Peabody Square Moon with a Chef Hat!

A heart-warming and cute tribute to a wonderful neighbor! Read more here:
The Boston Phoenix post: Ashmont Moon Mystery: What about fried turkeys, now?
The Dorchester Reporter: Vince Droser, visionary builder and civic leader, dies suddenly
The Boston Globe post: Vince Droser; helped drive development in Boston

UPDATE: The hat has gone missing. A reward has been offered. Please read more here: Sleeping Moon tribute stolen. Help us try to find it

Thursday, January 13, 2011

2nd Annual Dorchester-Milton Restaurant Week

The 2nd Annual Dorchester-Milton Restaurant Week will be held from January 17–31 (excluding Fridays and Saturdays), and will again include eight spots in Dorchester and Milton. These restaurants will offer a three course dinner for $30.10 per person. We encourage you to visit Abby Park, Ashmont Grill, Blarney Stone, dbar, 88 Wharf, Ledge, Tavolo, and 224 Boston Street and take advantage of this great deal (and remember to tip your server well!).

Check out our posting from last year:
Dorchester-Milton Restaurant Week

Become a Fan of Dorchester-Milton Restaurant Week on Facebook:

Or read this recent article about it in the Boston Globe:
8 Is Enough