The South End Buttery’s recent addition of a full-service restaurant is a clear upgrade. The cafe portion continues to serve Boston’s Best Coffee (as voted by the Improper), and sustains how refreshing it is to come across an almost chain-free zone like the South End. The newly-opened dining room section manages to retain the same quaint quality as the cafe one floor above. Now, however, there’s plenty of room to sit down for a meal, a nice contrast to the previous black lab and baby stroller traffic which dominated the front of the cafe. Alternate Shawmut Avenue hotspots such as the Franklin Cafe and Orinoco finally have some competition in the dining department.
The SEB embraces the idea of using strictly locally-grown, organic ingredients without leaving customers with only a few green stems on their plate. Popular main courses include grilled pork loin with creamy buckwheat polenta and roasted monkfish with root vegetables. However, we have to emphasize the quality of the Buttery’s truffle aioli fries, a customer favorite served piping-hot in a paper cone. Best of all, the price of each main course hangs below the $20 line.
[Photo: South End Buttery]