Local 149 Brings Sophistication to Southie

Local 149, much anticipated by hounds enjoying a bit of a South Boston upswing, is open, and first reports are semirapturous.

cbw_chowfan says the space has a "slightly Southern/country infused retro vibe going on (lots of Johnny Cash playing and 60's-style finishes)." Speaking of that Johnny Cash, Fort Point complains that the music was so loud "it would have been painful to try to eat there."

cbw soldiered on, however, and found the food mainly delightful, but the prices high. The menu looks like "American cuisine with a twist," says cbw, "every dish had at least one slightly off-beat ingredient added into the mix." cbw's burger and seaweed-salt-dusted fries were fine; her husband's chicken and waffles with blueberry and apricot syrup were much better. At $10 the burger is reasonably priced, but cbw says that mains were in the $18 to $19 range; starters, salads, and sandwiches were $8 to $12. cbw says, "My husband was pretty shocked at the prices for a neighborhood joint in Southie."

Also (pleasantly) shocking: the beer selection. "Local 149 easily blows anything else in South Boston away in terms of draft beer selection," says cbw. "There were about 5-6 Belgians, 5-6 local New England brews and a handful of others on tap, plus a couple of rotating specials. It is absolutely awesome to be able to walk down the street and find Pretty Things, Lagunitas and Chimay on tap."

There are cocktails too; stay tuned.

Local 149 [South Boston]
149 P Street, Boston
617-269-0900

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