When Sage’s departure left a gaping hole in the South End, the Gallows moved in and raised the stakes considerably. Owned by the folks behind Vee Vee and the Biltmore, it’s a gastropub with good, precisely measured cocktails, a well-chosen list of beers, and one rotating cask ale selection. But the food blows everything else away.

The most buzzed-about items are the four poutine selections (yes! four poutine selections!). Order the traditional version with house-made curds (“soft and delicious,” moans DivGuy), dark chicken gravy (“a rich chicken-based elixir that was like the best of the pan juices thickened just a bit,” says yumyum) and crispy fries (“super crispy, light, airy, and stay tasty even after they’ve cooled down a bit,” says Mike5966). There’s a vegetarian version with mushroom gravy, a foie version, and the “out of control,” a nightly special. On yumyum’s visit it boasted “sweetbreads, lardons, English peas, and spring onions in addition to the fries, curds, and gravy.”

You can get those same crispy fries on the side of the delightful West Coast–style burger, ground in-house and served on a buttery roll with American cheese, iceberg, house-made pickles, and lightly grilled, crunchy onions. On the side are more of those fabulous fries, accompanied by the house-made ketchup: “There are microscopic bits of fresh tomato in there, too, and if they could just thicken it up a bit, it would be perfect,” says Mike. “However, the taste was so good, at the end of the meal I wanted to and did, in fact, sip this ketchup from the little silver cup it came in.”

Other good things: duck prosciutto and country ham on the ploughman’s platter, the New England cheese list, and the Scotch eggs.

The Gallows [South End]
1395 Washington Street, Boston

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