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By request - Dorchester yummies

Kristin Heintz | Oct 29, 2002 10:49 AM

Chris VR recommended I post my Dorchester food thoughts, so I'm going to do just that. And to think you care :::sniffle::::: (and thanks chris for recommending this sight, I think I'm addicted!)

CF Donavans on Savin Hill Ave is by far our favorite Irish pub. It's the perfect place for comfort food. It has an extensive menu with everything from sandwiches to pasta dishes with mildly complex sauces. They are best known for their lobster pie, but frankly, it's not my favorite thing on the menu. For appetizers, the buffalo shrimp are my favorite (I don't eat chicken and I love buffalo sauce, so this was a dream come true for me). The clam chowder is excellent if you like incredibly rich and loaded soup. The caesar salad is ok, not the best, but it is an irish pub. It works for me in a pinch. For sandwiches, my husband loves their burgers and I really dig their tuna melt. Their french fries are my favorite around....seasoned lightly and dark golden brown. Always super crispy. As for their other dishes, they often have some yummy pastas (shrimp and scallops, penne, tomatoes, garlic in a lemon, butter, white wine sauce or lobster ravioli in a tomato cream sauce - my personal favorite) and a few fish dishes besides the fried variations on the regular menu. Typically a salmon and a swordfish. We've never been disappointed and we visit a LOT. Although, be warned that the portions are ENORMOUS. Not exaggerating here. I can never finish the pasta (and i'm no tiny waif - I can EAT!) and usually end up covering two more meals with the leftovers. The atmosphere is very pleasant, not divey at all. Lot's of light hard wood floors and covered tables with wine glasses. The only drawback is the service. It's hit and miss. Not because the servers are inadequate but because they are overworked - too many tables at one time. We've never had a horrible experience, but some trips we had to be more patient than others. Oh, and the weekends can be quite busy so call ahead. We've waited up to an hour if we forgot to call earlier that day. (I believe the listing is under 'Donovans')

We also like the Harp and Bard (or Hahp and Bahd in our neighborhood). Comfort food. More of a dive. Enormous fish and chips. I don't like it as well as CF Donovans , but it is quite satisfying.

Our favorite little local find is 'Taste of India', I believe the name recently changed to 'Shanti'. We used to live near Inman Square and were surrounded by Indian food, so we were not expecting to find really good Indian food in Dorchester. We were wrong. Well, it's actually Bangladeshi, but all the same dishes. It used to be BYO but they recently got their liquor license. It's a charming little place right on Dot Ave with a lovely facade and yummy food. We tried the pakoras, the coconut poori, and then each ordered dishes whose names escape me at the moment. I was literally overwhelmed with the melding of flavors and rather giddy as we ate. My husband, having eaten Indian food many places, believed this to be one of the finest he's tried. One of the absolute best things at this restaurant was the service. Everyone from the manager to the server to the food runner was beyond pleasant and attentive. They made us feel very special. Also, about a month after we visited, we got a letter from the management thanking us for trying their restaurant and asking us to please come visit again and gave us a discount coupon. It was a very sweet, sincere letter that they obviously sent to all of their patrons within the first few months of opening. Of course it was marketing, but it was a nice touch. I'd love to see this place stick around, so be sure and try it out. I believe they recently started delivering, as well.

I think that's it. Oh, well, one thing. If you're ever at the Savin Hill T stop and are dying for quick cheap breakfast, 1/2 a block west of the T is McKenna's cafe. My husband is a coffee user and heads for theirs on weekend mornings and I grab a bagel sandwich, which are excellent. They have other breakfasty stuff as well.

So, welcome to our neighborhood!! Now, since everyone says i need to try the local Dorchester Vietnamese (and i'm PICKY and don't eat chicken or turkey and try to stay away from beef that isn't organic AND can't stand broccoli) anyone have any suggestions? Wow, i sound like a brat..... THANKS!

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