The Gallows – South End Pub

1395 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118

www.thegallowsboston.com (617) 425.0200

*In the South End, on Washington St, about the intersection of Monsignor Reynolds Way

Seth & Ren + John & Makeda

  • –Drinks–
  • Old Hickory20130320_210837
  • Wildfire
  • Slice of Life
  • Murdered Manhattan
  • Unita Hops Notch beer (x3)
  • Coffee
  • –Plates–
  • Cod Fritters
  • Lamb Rillette
  • Duck Belly Tacos (!)
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Colcannon (mashed potatoes, pork belly, and kale)
  • Clover burger
  • Southern Comfort pulled pork burger
  • Hangtown burger
  • –Dessert–
  • Free mini ice cream cones
  • $163.71 w/tax ($64 in Drinks)

Price/Person: $15-25 w/ Drinks: $20-40

Seth: **I apologize as I write this about six weeks after we ate here. Ignore any 20130320_194948discrepancies**   We arrived a little buzzed after out Bully Boy distillery tour with a good appetite. We started with our usual round of cocktails. After a slight hiccup with my first drink that Ren talks about we moved on to cocktails and entrees. The duck belly taco was absolutely delicious. We also got a Rillette and cod fritters for appetizers that were also good. Ren went with two appetizers for her entree, John and Makeda got two different burgers and I had a burger with pulled pork on top of it. I shall continue my stance that beef and pork will always be delicious when paired together! I ate the entire burger as well as tastes of everyone else’s and we found ourselves, for one of the first times in this blog’s history, too full for dessert. We told our waitress we’d pass and take the check. Undeterred, she brought us each back our own mini ice cream cone! Just about one big bite, it was a sweet close to a pretty good meal. My favorite thing: the pork belly taco, Yum!

Ren: A trip to Bully Boy for a liquor tour led us to look for a restaurant in the near vicinity.  I stumbled across the Gallows in my search. The menu looked good and I’d heard it was good from a few people so I thought we’d give it a try. Despite looking a little busy from the20130320_201204 outside we didn’t have to wait to be seated. We started the meal off with a few cocktails. Mine contained rum, cider, and fresh lemon a nice way to look forward to the spring that will soon be arriving. Seth made the mistake of ordering the fat washed whiskey drink believing the fat wash to be a bitters thing alas it was bacon and duck fat which made for a very strange drink. After the drinks we had cod fritters, lamb rillette, and duck belly tacos as our appetizers. The tacos were spectacular, juicy, and flavorful.  The fritters and lamb were pretty tasty and well made. For my entrée I decided to have two sides brussle sprouts, and the colcannon. The colcannon was the best of the two with more flavor though the potatoes were a little soupy. The brussle sprouts were ok but a little under-cooked  Everyone else had a burger which were very tasty and juicy. I finished my meal with a cup of coffee and after deciding their one dessert wasn’t for us our waitresses treated us two mini soft serve cones which were thoughtful and delicious. As a side note the menu this evening was Irish themed due to St. Patrick’s Day, I think I would like to return sometimes when they have their regular menu. All-in-all this place is worth a visit especially if you’re in to burgers which seem to be what they do best. Next time I’ll stick to meat dishes though not meat washed drinks. My favorite thing: the amazing flavorful 20130320_194936tacos!

Food: Seth 7.5 Ren 7 Food Average 7.25 Pretty decent elevated pub food. It seems their specialty are the burgers which they executed well

Service: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 The waitress was attentive and helpful. She took back the funky cocktail and suggested a new one. Also the free mini cones were pretty cool

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 7.5 Ren 8 A neatly decorated pub. Some interesting stuff on the walls and a good layout.

Total Average: 7.833 If you’re in the area and wanting a good beer and cocktail, go check it out. Some good food and excellent service

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Teranga – South End Senegalese

1746 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118

www.terangaboston.com (617) 266.0003

*In the South End, on the corner of Washington St and Massachusetts Ave

Seth & Ren, +4 guests

  • –Drinks–
  • Bouye juice
  • Tusker x4 (Kenyan beer)
  • Grimbergen Double x2 (Belgian beer)
  • Steinlager classic x2 (New Zealand beer)
  • –Plates–
  • Croquettes de poisson (Pan fried fish cake served w/ cilantro and garlic sauce)
  • Nems (Spring rolls stuffed w/ chopped chicken, ground beef, rice vermicelli, grated carrots, scallions, and dried mushrooms served w/ nuoc mam dressing)
  • Brochettes de Crevettes (Marinated grilled shrimp on skewers w/ sriracha sauce!)
  • Michoui (Marinated roasted lamb shank w/ caramelized onion sauce and Moroccan couscous)
  • Coquelet Braisé (Citrus & garlic marinated grilled Cornish hen served w/ vermicelli)
  • Dibi (Grilled marinated lamb shoulder chops w/ a pickled-onion and mustard sauce served with sweet potato fries)
  • Brochettes (Grilled skewered cubes of filet mignon served w/ yucca fries and homemade honey-mustard sauce)
  • Thiébou Yap (Seasoned lamb cubes cooked w/ mixed vegetables and served w/ broken jasmine rice)
  • Yassa Guinaar (Marinated grilled chicken cooked in a lemon and caramelized onion sauce and served w/ jasmine rice)
  • Side of Plantains
  • –Dessert–
  • Beignets Dougoup (Crispy fried millet donut mixed with vanilla bean and orange flower water served w/ crème anglaise sauce)
  • $188.50 w/tax ($47 in Drinks)

Average Price/Person: $20-30 w/ Drinks: $30-45

Seth: Always trying to keep with a rotating variety of cuisines, we made our way to the South End again. This time for something we hadn’t done yet: Senegalese food. I arrived after the rest of our party had already sat; a little late from class. I ordered a drink and dived into the menu. Ren had suggestions on appetizers and I thought they all looked great. With 6 of us there tonight we decided on 3 different ones and each got a small bite. Everything was impressive so far and I was looking forward to my lamb. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m always a little nervous on the lamb because it can so easily be overcooked. I was able to request it medium-rare which I was excited about. My Dibi (see above receipt) arrived cooked perfectly!! So excited. The sweet potato fries that came with were good as was the delicious dipping sauce. I grabbed bites of everyone else’s dishes and wasn’t disappointed anywhere. Mike’s Thiébou Yap had an excellent sauce to it and Makeda’s Cornish Hen was cooked just right. The whole table had that excited vibe to it as we all demolished everything on our plates. I’m pretty sure there was a scrap of food remaining on anyone’s plate. Given it was a late dinner and we were all hungry, but that was a good meal. Nothing of real note on the dessert. My favorite thing: My perfect lamb chop

Ren: A longing for exotic and new tastes brought us to Teranga a traditional Senegalese restaurant owned by a former Chopped contestant. We started the evening off with
croquettes de poisson: fish cakes, Nems: spring rolls, and Brochettes de Crevettes: shrimp skewers. Every single bite delighted my senses and left me wanting for more: a shame I had to share with five other people. I washed the appetizers down with a delightfully refreshing Kenyan beer called a Tusker while I longingly awaited my entrée. After a wait my Michoui and Moroccan couscous arrived. As it was placed on the table my eyes widened and stomach growled. It was one of the most beautiful looking dishes I’ve seen in a while and also one of the tastiest. The lamb literally melted in my mouth and the couscous was perfectly cooked and perfectly paired. I am seriously coming back for seconds of this dish! Everyone else’s dish was also incredibly delightful, rich, and full of flavor. I absolutely loved the array of delicious sauces that came with the meals. I washed dinner down with a refreshing Steinlager beer from New Zealand. We then decided to finish the meal with a variation on the beignets which I’ll have to say while not bad were probably the least exciting part of the night. All in all I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone; in fact I would insist on a visit. My favorite thing: the jaw dropping delicious lamb shank.

Food: Seth 8.5 Ren 9 Food Ave: 8.75 *Certified Dericious* Original, fabulous and delicious African food. You must come and try this place soon.

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 8 Ren 7.5 A cute little place with a good vibe. We went on a week night and we stayed late, ending up the last ones out of the place by ten

Service: Seth 7 Ren 7 The service started well with good recommendations and attitude. The a few slip ups were noticed with missed orders and such. The end was a little rough with splitting up our order (we did mention this in the beginning of the meal) and paying. My bill was actually switched with Ren’s and we had to work it out on our own

Total Average: 7.833 Excellent food and cute place. A good date spot. Had the service been consistent this would have been a contender for our top 5

One bad thing: Perhaps the few missteps with the service

 

Union Bar & Grille – South End Eatery

1357 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118

www.unionrestaurant.com (617) 423.0555

*On Washington St in the South End between Union Park and Waltham St

Seth & Ren, +4 guests

  • –Drinks–
  • Kona Firerock
  • Scottish Daisy
  • RW Red Wine
  • Southern Tier Double IPA
  • Verano de Amor x2
  • Ethereal Gin x2
  • American Classic
  • Berkshire Brew
  • RW White wine x2
  • Truffle Martini
  • Bourbon Flip
  • Anchor Steam beer
  • –Plates–
  • PEI Mussels
  • Grilled Flank Steak w/ Salt Baked Fingerlings, Marinated Zucchini Salad x2
  • New England Clam Bake w/ Grilled Corn, Red Bliss Potatoes
  • Tuna Tartare
  • Grilled brandt flank steak w/ chimichurri sauce, hand cut fries, pea shoot salad
  • Crispy calamari w/ “green goddess” aioli, pickled fresno peppers
  • Lobster cavatelli w/ heirloom zucchini, tiny tomatoes, basil & creme fraiche
  • IPA grilled chicken w/ chorizo cornbread, baby carrots, ketuckey bourbon sauce
  • Sweet Corn Fritters w/ Rock Crab Salad, Coriander Aioli x2
  • –Desserts–
  • Toasted S’more x2
  • Chocolate & hazelnut terrine w/ creme fraiche sabayon & salty caramel
  • Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
  • Tasting of artisan cheeses w/ fresh fruit, toasted baguette
  • $327.00 w/tax ($107.50 in Drinks)

Average Price/Person: $30-45 w/ Drinks: $50-70

*Note: This was a restaurant week stop with 3 of us taking part that brought down the cost by at least $40.*

Seth: Off to the South End for Restaurant Week to a place we’d been before but never got to review on here. My friend Ryan and his girlfriend Jen came to join the normal crowd of the 4 of us. We made a reservation the day before and when we arrived we were sat in a circle high-back booth. We poured over the special menu and  half of us stuck to it while the rest went with the regular one. We all started with a round of drinks before picking out each of our appetizers, main courses and desserts. My tuna tartare was a little under-whelming but tasty; not as much flavor as I was hoping for. I tried a mussel that had a great sauce and the calamari was really tasty with a great dipping sauce. Next came the perfectly cooked flank steak with a chimichurri sauce that was quite tasty. John’s cod was cooked perfectly as well and had great flavor. Desserts were last and my S’more was ok. Not enough graham cracker and the I think it would have been better with the chocolate softened or melted. A pretty good meal, with good company and an all around enjoyable evening. I’d like to get back here again some time. Maybe I’ll take my fiancée here on a date soon. My favorite thing: The bite of calamari I grabbed

Ren: We took a hop, a skip, and a jump right into the chic booths of Union Bar & Grill this week for the ever tempting restaurant week menu. Though only three out of the six of us ordered off the special menu as some were lured by delicious regular menu items. This was my third visit to this dining establishment and I’ll have to say probably my least favorite visit; though it was still quite an excellent experience. I started my evening with a drink called a new American Classic that contained bourbon, bubbles, and bitters (a delightful combination). My first course was corn fritters topped with crab; a decent beginning, though I thought my boyfriends mussels was the tastiest appetizer on the table. My entrée was the steak with fingerling potatoes and zucchini paired with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The dish was decent, the meat perfectly cooked but a little over salty. I wasn’t wowed by anyone else’s entrée though my boyfriend’s fish was excellently cooked. I topped off my evening with a cheese platter and a bourbon flip both were extremely delightful and made for a perfect end to the evening. My third experience to this restaurant leads me to think fish and cocktails  is definitely what they do well and everything else is fairly average. My favorite thing: The well paired cheese plate

Food: Seth 7 Ren 7.5 Food Average: 7.5 We’ve been here before and it was tastier then. Still good tonight, some unique takes on dishes

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 Great round booths that fit our party of six. Nice decorations and a vibe that was comfortable and trendy

Service: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 Service was attentive. The waiter was on his toes and accommodating as a busy Restaurant Week had a few items out of stock.

Total Average: 8.083 A great place to take a date. Better than average food that may have missed a half-step due to the business of Restaurant Week. Still worth a check

One bad thing: Ren and Makeda’s steak was a bit over salted and the potatoes under-seasoned

Toro – Spanish Tapas

1704 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118

www.toro-restaurant.com (617) 536-4300

*A block from the intersection of Washington St and Mass. Ave, in the South End

Seth & Ren, +2 guests

  • –Drinks–
  • Papagallo
  • Ward 8
  • Malta
  • Ginger-ale & bitters
  • Tecate
  • Green Flash
  • ‘Gansett Porter
  • –Plates–
  • Máiz Asado (Grilled corn, with alioli, lime, espellette pepper and aged cheese)
  • Costilla de Buey (Kabayaki glazed beef short ribs with chilled farro, cucumbers, radish and hazelnuts)
  • Pato con Membrillo (Smoked duck drumettes with quince glaze)
  • Croquettas de Bacalao (Salt cod fritters with lemon rings and alioli)
  • Panza de Cerdo (Pork Belly with little neck clams and potatoes)
  • Anna’s Empanadas (Chicken and potato empanadas with salsa roja and alioli)
  • Queso de Cabra (Vermont goat cheese with pistachios and tomato honey)
  • Cangrejo (Jonah crab with piquillo peppers and tarragon) 
  • –No Dessert–
  • $137.58 w/ tax ($49 in Drinks)

Ave Price/Person: $20-35 w/ Drinks: $30-50

Editors note: We’re back! Sorry for the extended break. Some vacationing and delays in there. Hope you enjoy and we should be back to our every other week schedule.

Seth: I believe this is my third time back here. But our first time being able to share it one here. The four of us had come back from a day trip up to NH and arrived around 830. We were told 30 minutes and were sat in about 20. I love the feel and atmosphere in this place. It has a lot of character and everyone seems in a good mood. Hard not to be when eating delicious small plates among friends. We mulled over the menu while ordering our first round of drinks. I started with the Ward * which was a nice Rye whiskey based old school cocktail. We decided on 8 different plates to share with the first one arriving in minutes. There was pretty good spacing to start with no more than 2 plates overlapping at once. The Jonah crab arrived first. A pretty small but tasty bite atop a toasted piece of bread. The goats cheese and the empanadas arrived next. The cheese was deliciously rich and tangy and we spread it one some of the bread we gotten. The empanadas came with four which was good; I wouldn’t have wanted to share. The were really nicely done and dipped in that alioli. The short ribs and cod cakes followed. My piece of short rib may have been cooked a touch too much but had great flavor and I saw what their intent was. The cod cakes were awesome and were quickly a front-runner for my favorite thing. We had a bit of a gap after those. Whether the last things took longer to cook or the may have been a slip up with our order. One waitress came and asked us if we were still waiting after 15 minutes or so. It was another 5 or 10 after that before the corn arrived. All three times I’ve been here we’ve ordered these. I think it may be the first thing that people mention when they speak of this place. This grilled corn comes covered in an alioli with pepper, aged cheese and lime. Love these. Should have made it two orders. The pork belly and glazed duck drumettes came last. Any who’ve read this knows I love my pork belly and tonight I wasn’t let down. Cooked right and in a delicious potato based sauce with little neck clams in it. The duck had this quince glaze on it that was sweet and seemed caramelized a bit. They were a perfect last bite to the dinner. The richness was to the end and filled us all up nicely. My favorite thing: This one’s hard but I have to pick the corn.

Ren: A little intermission due to travel and commitments kept us away for a bit but now were back with a review on one of our favorite restaurants: Toro! We have been there two times prior to our review trip and loved it so much we definitely had to return with our significant other and a critiquing eye. Tapas style restaurants are a favorite of mine due to the drawn out dinner and ability to try at least eight dishes without stuffing yourself. We samples quite a variety starting off with crab meat, exquisite fish fritters, empanadas, goat cheese (how can you go wrong) , and finishing off with a crispy delight of pork belly, tender beef ribs, crispy incredible duck legs, and mind-blowing corn on the cob. Yes I did say mind-blowing. The parmesan pepper alioli that tops their corn on the cob in itself makes a trip here worth while…It might just be one of the few foods in this world I would never tire of. To be honest though there wasn’t one disappointing dish at this restaurant and every dish was rich, flavorful, and well prepared. It can be tempting to order everything on the menu but do try to limit it to two or three dishes per person. The food is rich and though the portions seem small it does fill you up especially if you stagger the dished which they usually do a good job at. They also made sure to keep bread on the table for dipping and the crumbs cleaned at the end so we didn’t have to linger with leftovers. There is also a good range of drinks from a basic Tacate to delicious bourbon with peach and lemon Papagallo your alcoholic palate is certain to be satisfied. Not to mention the atmosphere is light and loud with a rowdy selection of music, brick walls, low lights, and bubbling conversation.  There was a bit of a wait in between a few of our dished but for the most part I highly recommend this restaurant as an excellent experience. My favorite thing: the absolutely to die for corn!

Food: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 Food Average: 8.5 *Certified Dericious* Tasty, rich and delicious selection of Spanish style small plates. You’ll find things you suddenly never knew you always had to try!

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 8 Ren 8 Small to average size place. A nice bar and a huge metal sculpted Bull’s head (Hence the name) up on the back wall. A lot of atmosphere with a good lively feel to it. Not the music you would expect but appropriate.

Service: Seth 7.5 Ren 8 Good service throughout the night. Took the dirty plates pretty quickly. The was good spacing of our dishes until after the 5th, then there was 20 minute gap or so before the rest came.

Total Average: 8.083 Not our first, nor our last trip here. Great food and a nice spot to visit

One bad thing: Perhaps the long wait in the middle of the dishes

B & G Oysters – Sublime Seafood

550 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02116

www.bandgoysters.com (617) 423-0550

*On the corner of Tremont St and Waltham St, across from Boston Center For the Arts

Seth & Ren

  • –Drinks–
  • Bottle of Val De Sil Montenovo Godello 2006
  • Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale x2
  • –Plates–
  • A Dozen Oysters: 4 Chincoteagues (Virginia), 4 Baynes Sound (British Columbia) and 4 Pebble Beach (Washington)
  • Clam Chowder w/ bacon lardons and spicy croutons
  • Fried Oysters w/ a house made tartar sauce
  • Fried Point Judith Calamari w/ a spicy aïoli
  • Hake (Cod-like fish) w/a lobster bisque, pearl onions and artichoke hearts
  • Mac and cheese w/ parmesan and mascarpone
  • –Dessert–
  • Rhubard Tartlet
  • $152.36 w/tax  ($23 in Drinks) 

Ave Price/Person: $50-60 w/ Drinks: $60-75

Seth: Barbara Lynch has some pretty incredible restaurants around the city. B & G is one that I’ve been meaning to get to for quite some time. The opportunity arouse with a call from Ren and I jumped at the chance. We had a 6pm reservation and arrived a few minutes early. We were sat immediately with the assistant manager coming by for a hello in the first minutes after sitting down. Our waiter came by and we made some small talk and ordered a beer apiece as we surveyed the menu. We started off with the dozen oysters; four apiece of three different types. All quite fresh and delicious. Three appetizers followed that: First the clam chowder. I usually a fan of thicker cream based chowder, but the bite that this one contained had me almost licking the bowl. Fried oysters and fried calamari followed. An amazing spicy ailoi accompanied the nicely cooked, thinly battered calamari and the fried oysters sat on a half shell with a little tartar sauce between them. I think it had a little wasabi in it but I’m not sure. A beautiful white wine arrived before the entrée. Light, crisp and so delicious, we had to restrain ourselves to keep from finishing it too quickly. We split the Hake plate next and the mac and cheese. The Hake had a bit of lobster bisque, and some roasted pearl onions and artichoke hearts that all paired exquisitely. The mac and cheese had a really tasty lightness and creaminess to it that was  a treat. To close it all off we requested the Rhubard tartlet. I liked it. It was nice but I wish they hadn’t tamed down the tartness so much. It’s my favorite part and was hoping for more of a throwback to my mothers rhubarb dessert. My favorite thing: The fresh oyster opening.

Ren: A series of events strayed us from our original plan to dine at Citizens Public House and we instead found ourselves at a small but elegant restaurant by the name of B&G Oyster. Through a chain of acquaintance we were greeted at the door as if we were old friends and promptly seated. The selections on the menu were vast in flavor and the decisions difficult to be sure. Several moments of discussion and a delicious Lagunitas red brick ale later we came up with and executed our dining plan for the evening.  They started us off with a fresh salmon ceviche amuse bouche which was followed by a dozen amazing oysters; I could have sworn one of which tasted like bubble gum. Next up was fried oysters with a homemade tartar sauce, fried calamari with a spicy aioli, a clam chowder with a kick, and a sample of their fish deviled eggs. Now I normally prefer a clam chowder a bit creamier but I found their  broth to really compliment the flavor. At this time our charming and attentive waiter David brought over an incredibly delicious and crisp bottle of Godello; which we had to prevent ourselves from downing in one gulp. Next up we dined upon Hake with artichokes, pearl onions, and a chowder sauce as well as an order of parmesan mac & cheese. Let me tell you that mac & cheese was just out of this world light and delicious; I’m told the secret is the mascarpone they add. We finished off the meal with a rhubarb tart which while light and perfect for spring was a little lacking on the tartness we love about rhubarb.  It was an incredibly delightful evening
that we will definitely be repeating in the near future with more dining companions. My Favorite thing: A tie between the fresh amazing oysters and spectacular mac & cheese.

Food: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 Food Average: 8.5 *Certified Dericious*  Fresh fish and other seafood. Great sides. Good execution in all dishes.

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 8 Ren 8 It’s a small space that’s well-managed. Cute and clean and a good vibe

Service: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 Great and attentive service. Present when you needed and gone when you didn’t

Total Average: 8.333 Cute, delicious, great little date spot. Got to check a box for another Barbara Lynch location! Woot.

One bad thing: Perhaps the loss of tartness to the rhubarb