We LOVE treating ourselves and our loved ones to quality, local food. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we rounded up some great spots in Dorchester for good food and good company. If you’re feeling the love and want to celebrate with a special meal, give one of these a try; it feels good to #supportlocal!
For the Breakfast Enthusiasts
Photo via www.Dot2Dotcafe.com
Nestled near the St. Mark’s Church, Dot 2 Dot Café offers classic breakfast food all day, in addition to a modest dinner menu. This cozy breakfast nook definitely has something for everyone with some Irish-inspired dishes, and a few surprising vegan options! Owner Karen Henry-Garrett, who graduated from the Cordon Bleu in London, makes everything from scratch so you know you are sitting down to an excellent meal.
Be sure to join them on 2/17 for Caribbean Night Pt. 2 featuring steel pan music and “sunshine food.”
Location: Dot 2 Dot Café, 1739 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester MA
American Bar Food
Photo courtesy of the Blarney Stone
If you look out the windows of Chill on Park, chances are you will catch a glimpse of the Blarney Stone’s bright, orange awning. This restaurant bar has served the Dorchester community for more than 35 years. Today, it offers quality pub food and daily specials in a comfortable atmosphere. The Blarney Stone hosts Taco Tuesdays starting at 4pm, Wednesday night trivia from 8-10pm, and Sunday brunch from 11am-3pm.
Be sure to make a reservation for Valentine’s Day–they will be offering special menu items just for the occasion.
Location: The Blarney Stone, 1505 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester MA
Authentic Vietnamese Favorites
Photo via www.anhhongrestaurant.com
Craving Vietnamese food? Drive past Chill on Park until you reach Adams Street and you have arrived at Ánh Hồng, a great spot in Dot for authentic Phở and other Vietnamese staples. This local eatery has made Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” list for 2011-2014.
Location: Ánh Hồng, 291 Adams St. Dorchester MA
A Little Farm-to-Table
Photos courtesy of ester
You may have heard about the push for restaurants to source ingredients from local farms in order to create fresher, healthier meals. Lower Mills’ ester is taking it to the next level by using fresh ingredients from their rooftop garden. That’s right, this restaurant grows their own ingredients which are visible in menu items like “Rooftop Kale Salad” and item descriptions like “seasonal veggies.” They host thinktank Trivia on Wednesdays and have live music on Friday nights.
Location: ester, 2261 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester MA
Taste of India
Image courtesy of Shanti
Leap into Shanti—Taste of India’s mouth-watering array of Indian classics, tandoori specialties, and Bangladeshi-style dishes. This restaurant has served the Dorchester community for about 12 years, and though they have added more locations, you’ll likely still find the owners serving customers. Fun Fact: “Shanti” means “peace” in Sanskrit. Shanti aims to bring you “to a more peaceful place,” with its blended cuisine and relaxing environment.
On Valentine’s Day, they are offering a “Special Dinner for Two” with a featured menu prepared by Chef Andy.
Location: Shanti, 1111 Dorchester Ave. Dorchester MA 02125 (locations in Roslindale and Cambridge, as well)
For decadent, locally-sourced ice cream and dessert, come chill with us! Whether you’re looking for a classic sundae, frappe, or pastry, we have you covered. Valentine’s Day means two things at Chill: BOGO Deal and Guessing Contest.
During the week of February 12th, buy yourself a junior sundae, and get another one free for your sweetheart! We think ice cream is the way to everyone’s heart—it’s our way of spreading the love. We’ll also be picking the winner of our Valentine’s guessing jar contest on 2/14. If you haven’t submitted already, enter your guess in this form for a chance to win a free Strawberry Ice Cream Roll!
Location: Chill on Park, 142 Park St. Dorchester MA 02122
Decided to stay in this Valentine’s Day? Sweeten it up with Chill on Park delivery! Visit www.chillonpark.com and click the red Grub Hub button to start your order.