I confess I don't dine out much in Dorchester, but I'm working on that omission. On a tip from my local wine merchant, I bring some friends to this unprepossessing (at least from the outside) Dot Ave Irish pub near Park St. It turns out to have a pleasing, modern-ish bar and dining room with a couple of pool tables and dartboards. An even bigger surprise, it has a big, beautiful enclosed patio, a really lovely setting on a warm summer evening.
The menu reveals it to be managed by the same people behind the Paramount and the 25th Amendement (both good) and Peking Tom's (not so promising). But the food and service live up to the raves of my wine-dealing friend. Solid, very modestly priced American cuisine, good drinks, friendly and efficient service.
I get a plate of four miniature burgers (actually pretty sizeable), that have good rolls, excellent homemade pickle rounds, carmelized onions, American cheese, and Russian dressing. Very tasty, and all of $8. Other dishes include a solid Caeser salad, a good full-sized burger, a lovely baked rigatoni with chicken and a pink sauce and lots of cheese, and a huge $9 chicken fajita plate with guacamole.
The kitchen misfires (one wrong order), but our waiter labors to smooth it over; we have enough food to share around while waiting for the errant dish to be corrected.
Basically we are stuffed and happy for about $20 a head (inclusive, with a drink apiece). We'll be thanking our friend for this tip, and coming back soon.