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Where to Eat and Drink in the South End

Pepperoni pizza on Tremont Street and late-night beers in a neighborhood classic

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The dictionary definition of a neighborhood joint
| Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

The South End has an embarrassment of riches of good drinking and dining options (and to be sure, this map doesn’t include all of them). From greasy spoon breakfasts to red-sauce Italian-American grub to elegant French cuisine to soul food, diners can find a little bit of everything in the South End.

For those with only a little bit of time to explore the neighborhood, start with one of these 12 spots. And then come back and explore some more.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Delux Cafe

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100 Chandler St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-5258

Delux Cafe wants to feed its neighbors. “It’s a place where you can come and let your hair down,” Laura Hafner, Delux’s owner, previously told Eater. “We attract an eclectic crowd, but we definitely have neighbors who come in to eat three or four times a week, too.” Head here for excellent roasted chicken or for late-night tall cans.

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Delux Cafe is the dope spot for late night ‘Gansetts
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2. Picco

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513 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 927-0066
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Picco’s crust is puffy and perfectly charred, and the pepperonis do that thing where they curl up into adorable little meat bowls. Go for the pizza, and stay for the ice cream.

Closeup shot of a charred, thick pepperoni pizza, where the pepperoni is curled up into little cups
Pepperoni pizza at Picco
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3. The Beehive

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541 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-0069
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The Beehive’s cocktail menu is a bit like the jazz that plays on the stage to the right of the bar — always changing and undulating, and always delightfully surprising. Take in some music, and get tipsy while doing so.

Beehive Gin
A gin drink at Beehive
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4. Anchovies

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433 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-5088
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Anchovies is good for so many reasons (for example: wings, late-night eats, Italian food, chicken parm sandwiches, mussels, and spaghetti and meatballs). Eat anything on the menu, and walk away pleased.

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Good signage
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5. B & G Oysters

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550 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-0550
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B & G Oysters, part of Barbara Lynch’s empire, has some of the best fried clams in the city. The oyster situation isn’t bad, either. (You can also take a class on how to shuck oysters, if you so choose.)

A trio of winter dishes at B&G Oysters
A trio of winter dishes at B&G Oysters
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6. Myers + Chang

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1145 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 542-5200
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You can’t go wrong at Myers + Chang’s dim sum brunch. (And while you’re at it, stop by chef and owner Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery for a truly exceptional breakfast sandwich and a sticky bun that would make any dentist shudder.)

myers and chang fried chicken bao
Fried chicken bao
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7. Frenchie

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560 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
(857) 233-5941
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Sitting at Frenchie feels very much like sitting in a bistro in Paris or Lyon. The space is elegant but not ornate, and the food is balanced between the reserved (apple and pear salad) and the indulgent (foie gras).

Cheese board at Frenchie
Très français
Frenchi/Official site

8. The Gallows

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1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 425-0200
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The Gallows is known for its over-the-top burgers, but the Scotch egg, arancini, and poutine are worth an order, too.

You can add a second patty to any Gallows burger
Perfection in burger form
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9. Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

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604 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-1100
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Darryl’s is a vibe, period. A recent change in ownership (Nia Grace bought the restaurant from Darryl Settles in September) is ushering Darryl’s into a new era — but it’s still all about good music and soul food. Go for the jazz brunch, and eat ribs, fried chicken, waffles, and collards while listening to some sexy sax.

Brunch at Darryl’s
Brunch at Darryl’s
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen/Facebook

10. Mida

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782 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 936-3490
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At Mida, start with marinated olives and the chilled octopus salad. Bring a friend, and share the lobster scampi and the short rib ravioli. This Italian-inspired restaurant also has a deep wine list. Don’t miss “mangia pasta Mondays,” a $35 all-you-can-eat feast of pasta, salad, and bread.

A spread of food at Mida
A spread of food at Mida
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11. Toro

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1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-4300
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Toro is a South End mainstay. Perhaps the most beloved of the Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette collaborations, this Washington Street spot serves Spanish tapas like grilled octopus and patatas bravas. And don’t forget to order the Iberico ham. (The duo’s Italian enoteca, Coppa, which is on Shawmut Avenue, is also worth checking out. Especially if you enjoy cured meats.)

Mussels, shrimp, and clams sit atop a skillet of rice and vegetables
Paella at Toro
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12. Mike's City Diner

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1714 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 267-9393
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Mike’s City Diner is a South End pillar. It might be the best greasy spoon breakfast spot in the city (and the only one doing duck confit hash), and its Pilgrim sandwich (stuffed with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce) is Guy Fieri-approved.

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The famous Pilgrim sandwich at Mike’s City Diner
Mike’s City Diner/Facebook

1. Delux Cafe

100 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116
Delux Narragansett
Delux Cafe is the dope spot for late night ‘Gansetts
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Delux Cafe wants to feed its neighbors. “It’s a place where you can come and let your hair down,” Laura Hafner, Delux’s owner, previously told Eater. “We attract an eclectic crowd, but we definitely have neighbors who come in to eat three or four times a week, too.” Head here for excellent roasted chicken or for late-night tall cans.

100 Chandler St
Boston, MA 02116

2. Picco

513 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Closeup shot of a charred, thick pepperoni pizza, where the pepperoni is curled up into little cups
Pepperoni pizza at Picco
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Picco’s crust is puffy and perfectly charred, and the pepperonis do that thing where they curl up into adorable little meat bowls. Go for the pizza, and stay for the ice cream.

513 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

3. The Beehive

541 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Beehive Gin
A gin drink at Beehive
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

The Beehive’s cocktail menu is a bit like the jazz that plays on the stage to the right of the bar — always changing and undulating, and always delightfully surprising. Take in some music, and get tipsy while doing so.

541 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

4. Anchovies

433 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Anchovies
Good signage
Anchovies/Facebook

Anchovies is good for so many reasons (for example: wings, late-night eats, Italian food, chicken parm sandwiches, mussels, and spaghetti and meatballs). Eat anything on the menu, and walk away pleased.

433 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116

5. B & G Oysters

550 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
A trio of winter dishes at B&G Oysters
A trio of winter dishes at B&G Oysters
B&G Oysters/Facebook

B & G Oysters, part of Barbara Lynch’s empire, has some of the best fried clams in the city. The oyster situation isn’t bad, either. (You can also take a class on how to shuck oysters, if you so choose.)

550 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

6. Myers + Chang

1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
myers and chang fried chicken bao
Fried chicken bao
Myers + Chang/Facebook

You can’t go wrong at Myers + Chang’s dim sum brunch. (And while you’re at it, stop by chef and owner Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery for a truly exceptional breakfast sandwich and a sticky bun that would make any dentist shudder.)

1145 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

7. Frenchie

560 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118
Cheese board at Frenchie
Très français
Frenchi/Official site

Sitting at Frenchie feels very much like sitting in a bistro in Paris or Lyon. The space is elegant but not ornate, and the food is balanced between the reserved (apple and pear salad) and the indulgent (foie gras).

560 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118

8. The Gallows

1395 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
You can add a second patty to any Gallows burger
Perfection in burger form
The Gallows/Instagram

The Gallows is known for its over-the-top burgers, but the Scotch egg, arancini, and poutine are worth an order, too.

1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

9. Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

604 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Brunch at Darryl’s
Brunch at Darryl’s
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen/Facebook

Darryl’s is a vibe, period. A recent change in ownership (Nia Grace bought the restaurant from Darryl Settles in September) is ushering Darryl’s into a new era — but it’s still all about good music and soul food. Go for the jazz brunch, and eat ribs, fried chicken, waffles, and collards while listening to some sexy sax.

604 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118

10. Mida

782 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118
A spread of food at Mida
A spread of food at Mida
Mida/Facebook

At Mida, start with marinated olives and the chilled octopus salad. Bring a friend, and share the lobster scampi and the short rib ravioli. This Italian-inspired restaurant also has a deep wine list. Don’t miss “mangia pasta Mondays,” a $35 all-you-can-eat feast of pasta, salad, and bread.

782 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118

11. Toro

1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Mussels, shrimp, and clams sit atop a skillet of rice and vegetables
Paella at Toro
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Toro is a South End mainstay. Perhaps the most beloved of the Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette collaborations, this Washington Street spot serves Spanish tapas like grilled octopus and patatas bravas. And don’t forget to order the Iberico ham. (The duo’s Italian enoteca, Coppa, which is on Shawmut Avenue, is also worth checking out. Especially if you enjoy cured meats.)

1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

12. Mike's City Diner

1714 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
mike’s city diner
The famous Pilgrim sandwich at Mike’s City Diner
Mike’s City Diner/Facebook

Mike’s City Diner is a South End pillar. It might be the best greasy spoon breakfast spot in the city (and the only one doing duck confit hash), and its Pilgrim sandwich (stuffed with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce) is Guy Fieri-approved.

1714 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

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