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While the dining scenes in Boston and Cambridge continue to grow, and capture local and national attention, Boston’s largest neighborhood, Dorchester, is often overlooked as a dining destination of its own. Cultures from around the world converge in Dorchester, making it one diverse and delicious place to visit.
A wander down Dorchester Avenue can be like taking a trip around the world. In just a few blocks, you can visit Eastern Europe, Ireland, and Vietnam, with the sights and sounds changing as the businesses do, but also blending together in a way that is uniquely Dorchester.
Fans of hearty Polish fare will want to make a stop at Café Polonia. This cozy spot located close to Andrew Station along the Red Line is decorated with bright colors and wooden tables. The restaurant is small so diners may want to consider making a reservation. Start with a Polish beer and work your way through menu items like kielbasa, potato pancakes, and goulash, all lovingly homemade, and you will be full in no time. Café Polonia is the perfect place to grab a dinner that will ward off the winter chill.
Banh mi sandwiches and sweet Vietnamese coffees are all the rage in the food scene these days, but Banh Mi BA LE (lead photo) has been serving up these traditional treats to hungry Dorchester residents for years. A festive and friendly environment with colorful sweets, bubble tea, and a welcoming staff round out the experience.
Sports fans and anyone looking for a taste of Ireland can wander down to The Banshee to get their fill of soccer and rugby with a side of Irish breakfast, complete with all of the traditional, high quality components. There are few places in Boston that feel more Irish than this spot and no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
Dorchester also happens to offer some of the best patio dining around. Lower rent slightly outside downtown means more space, and restaurants with hidden outdoor spots have made the most of them, turning them into oases where diners feel a world away from the city. dbar, The Ledge, and Ashmont Grill all have creatively used their outdoor space and are serving up some delicious food and cocktails to boot.
No matter what you’re craving, Dorchester has you covered from morning to night. Hop on the Red Line, and discover the deliciousness the south side of the city has to offer.
Meghan Malloy is a Dorchester-based Marketing and Social Media Consultant and writer of the blog Travel, Wine, and Dine.