Wednesday, November 11, 2015


It's been rainy and cold this week. When the weather gets bad, Eat Up New England goes for some comfort food to warm up. Today, my friend Gail introduced me to the Parish Cafe in Boston's South End. 

Parish has a long list of beers on tap. We tried to order a Shipyard Pumpkinhead, but they've already moved on to Shipyard GingerBreadHead, a Christmas season beer that's packed with a tasty gingerbread cookie flavor. It's my new favorite! 

Apps include an egg quesadilla, hummus platter and a meatball. Gail steered us to their "Bowl-O-Rings," deep-fried onion rings with their homemade chipotle aioli sauce. We ordered the half portion and it was plenty for two. The chipotle aioli sauce is killer and makes these an app worth order again and again.

Parish has many unique sandwiches on their menu, created by their chefs and other local chefs. Pictured above is the Bond Herb Roasted Chicken Salad. Check out those fried onions on top. Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery has a BLT on the menu called the Flout BLT that's served on Texas toast. There are also a couple of vegetarian sandwiches and salads on the menu.

I ordered a half portion of their mac & cheese. It was one of the most delicious mac & cheeses I've ever had. It's buttery. The Ritz crumb topping was on point. The secret seems to be their sauce, made of Romano and Montery jack cheeses and just enough diced white onions. Amazing. They also have a bolognese on the menu, which I'm looking forward to trying.

Parish Cafe has two locations in Boston. This one in the South End on Mass Ave. Their other restaurant is on Boylston Street. , , ,

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