The vast majority of restaurants in Beacon Hill haven't changed their menu in decades. That's okay for classic places like Paramount or Toscano who are usually packed with both locals and tourists regardless, but classic isn't necessarily what all Beacon Hillers are looking for in a local restaurant, especially in a city that's going through somewhat of a food revolution everywhere else. That's why The Tip Tap Room was an instant success when it opened in June. It gave younger residents a much needed haven for craft beer and exciting food.
The same Beacon Hill outdatedness goes for brunch, and once again Brian Poe and The Tip Tap come to the rescue. As of early January, Tip Tap is now serving brunch, and giving yet another much needed update to the Beacon Hill dining scene. The menu is, as all Poe menus are, a little wacky. He takes classic dishes and spices them up with inventive ingredients and unexpected combinations of sweet and savory.
Here are some highlights from The Tip Tap Room's Tipsy Brunch:
I apologize in advance for this hunger-inducing photo, but the Lamb Bocadillo from a recent visit to Tres Gatos in Jamaica Plain is just too amazing not to share.
All the food we tried that night was great, but nothing stood out more than the mini lamb burger on a homemade potato roll topped with chimichurri and crispy shallots. It's one of those dishes you wake up thinking about the next day. The burger patty itself was tender and juicy, and the potato roll was the perfect vessel to contain all the juices without falling apart. The chimichurri added a fresh herbal note and the shallots gave it a crunchy texture.
I could have eaten three of these myself. Bravo, Chef Marcos!
470 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
It's Baaaaaack! The 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off is just days away and we couldn't be more excited. Giving us another reason to flock to the Fenway area--besides those absurdly delicious biscuits at Sweet Cheeks--Church will be hosting area restaurants on Saturday, January 26 from 1pm - 4pm as they battle it out to see who will be named the King of Chili, or Queen. Tickets are only $15. That means $15 to try seven servings worth of Chili. Quite the bargain if you ask me. You can grab yourself one here and we'll see you at the Cook Off next week!
South End newcomer Cinquecento has been up and running at 500 Harrison for about about six weeks now. If the lively Thursday crowd was any indication, the South End is making fast friends with its new neighbor. The interior was completely transformed into a dimly-lit Roman trattoria clad in brick, vintage art and dark accents. The main bar is upstairs now changing the whole dynamic of the old Rocca space.
The Italian menu offers many classics that are done up a little fancier than their old world counterpart. You won't find any North End size potions here, Cinquecento shows a little more refinement. My first impression left me feeling like it's going to be a popular place for drinks and a quick bite. Especially because wine can be ordered by the glass, half, carafe and carafe so you don't have to commit to a full bottle of wine. There are also a ton of non-pasta options on the menu, so keeping it light is not nearly as difficult as it is at most Italian restaurants.
Here is some of what you can expect from Cinquecento.
Braised Veal Breast, Tuna Aioli & Tiny Croutons
- Peppered Apricot, White Truffle Honey
Highlights of the experience were the wine options, Parmigiano dessert and the bolognese. A half carafe is the perfect way for a party of two to try more than one wine. Low lights were the chocolate dessert which was a little too rich for my tastes, and the veal appetizer.
Has anyone tried any other dishes?
500 Harrison Ave.
About the authors
Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.