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Doyle's; Ice Creamsmith; Simco's; Mrs. Jones

hiddenboston | May 4, 200807:41 PM

It was mostly a Boston neighborhoods kind of weekend for me, with the Walk for Hunger smack dab in the middle of it all (and God, am I sore, but definitely a good cause).

Went to Doyle's Saturday night to stock up on calories before the Walk for Hunger. I had chili for an appetizer (very nice, with big chunks of ground beef and lots of pinto beans and mild onions mixed in) and one of another one of their bar pizzas, since I really enjoyed it when I had it there a couple of years back. The bar pie at Doyle's doesn't reach the greatness of the Lynwood in Randolph or Monte's in Lynn, but it is good enough, with the type of sweet sauce you might find with some types of Sicilian pizzas.

Drove down to the Ice Creamsmith in Lower Mills (Dorchester) after Doyle's, just to get some more calories into my system. I like their homemade ice cream more and more, this time getting chocolate chip with Andes mint pieces mixed in. Great stuff, though the digs are pretty tight inside there, especially when it is crowded like it was last night.

Did the Walk this morning, then met up with a friend and we went down to Mattapan to chow down on some hot dogs and hamburgers at Simco's on Blue Hill Avenue. The hot dogs, as usual, were outstanding, IMO, with a greasy, grilled foot-long dog stuffed inside a grilled and buttered bun. The burgers, however, were not so good, with low-quality meat used and not a very good taste to them.

After Simco's, I convinced my friend that we should go to Mrs. Jones in Lower Mills to get some side orders, since I was still a bit hungry. Once again, the folks who run Mrs. Jones were as nice as could be, allowing us to sample the deep-fried turkey there to see if we would like it (and believe me, we did). Then we ordered red beans and rice, mac and cheese, and corn bread. The red beans and rice was excellent, with a rich flavor presumably helped along by ham hocks simmering with the beans. The corn bread was moist, rich, and full of flavor. And my friend loved the mac and cheese, though honestly, I'm not a big fan of the traditional Southern-style mac and cheese that they make there (a bit too runny for me).

After that, it was nothing but Tums for my belly and aspirin for the rest of my poor body after the 20 miles I put in today....still thinking about those Simco's dogs, though, as I fall asleep while typing thissssssszzzzzzzzzzz.....................

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