Boston Restaurant Blog -- December, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
After a few failed efforts, we finally got over to the Waterfront Cafe in the North End of Boston last night. The Waterfront Cafe is not the type of place you ordinarily think of when going to the North End for dinner; unlike the cozy, romantic trattorias and bistros that line Salem Street and Hanover Street, the Waterfront Cafe is more like a salt-of-the-earth joint you might find somewhere in Dorchester, Southie, or Somerville. When we went last night, bands such as Blackfoot, Thunderclap Newman(!), Uriah Heep, and Led Zeppelin were blasting from the speakers of this dark and moody tavern. The Celtics game was on the TV (with the sound down so we could hear Uriah Heep), but it was quickly taken off so folks could watch ultimate fighting while enjoying their burgers, steak tips, pizza, and beer.
About the pizza: It was really, really good. A large 16-inch traditional New York-style pie with lots of cheese, sauce, and corn meal, with a thin crust that was not doughy at all. It was a little like the pizza at the Paddock in nearby Somerville, but not quite as good. Another dish that was good at the Waterfront Cafe was the broiled haddock. It was smothered in olive oil and tasted fresh. Other items I saw on the menu that I want to try at some point include the steak tips, the burger (huge, from what I hear), and the veal limone.
I love the Italian restaurants of the North End, but sometimes I just like to grab a pizza and a beer and watch a game (or ultimate fighting!). There are few places in the North End that have this type of atmosphere; the Waterfront Cafe is surely one of them. And because this is such a hidden, little-known spot, it may end up being featured on Boston's Hidden Restaurants in the near future, depending on how good the other items are there (and as long as they keep playing Thunderclap Newman songs).
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