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The Dish (CLOSED)

253 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
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Photo of The Dish, Boston, MA The South End of Boston is seen by many as the city's premier neighborhood for dining. All long Columbus Avenue, Tremont Street, and Washington Street are restaurants of every persuasion, from simple breakfast places to high-end dining spots. But there are other restaurants to be found on some of the lesser traveled roads in the South End. One of these roads is the relatively quiet Shawmut Avenue, which is home to several terrific eating places, including an excellent restaurant called The Dish.

Located on a quiet, tree-shaded street corner that feels a bit like parts of Greenwich Village in Manhattan, The Dish is a small restaurant with a handful of tables in its dark, cozy dining room. During the warmer months, patrons take advantage of the extra seating that can be found along the sidewalk patio area. Partly because of its relatively obscure location, The Dish is mainly frequented by South End locals, and indeed, the restaurant does has a loyal following that returns again and again to try the often inventive dishes served here. The menu changes with the seasons, and includes, depending on the time of the year, a wonderful pumpkin ravioli in sage cream with roasted chestnuts; a wood-fired lamb pizza that is unlike anything this writer has tried in the Boston area; and a yummy cornmeal-crusted cod with lime ginger marmalade.

The Dish is certainly a great find, hidden away from the more popular places on nearby Washington and Tremont Streets. Parking can be a bit difficult in this part of town, but it is well worth the effort to try to find a parking spot (or take a cab or public transportation) in order to try this upscale, yet reasonably-priced neighborhood bistro. Most likely, you'll be glad you did.