Boston Restaurant Blog -- September, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
As we get ready to launch a bakeries and pastry shop page within the special features section of our site, I have taken the opportunity to sample some goodies from various bakeries and pastry shops in the Boston area over the past couple of weeks, including Iggy's in Cambridge, Lyndell's in Somerville, Bova's in the North End, and Greenhills Irish Bakery in Dorchester. And it is perhaps this last one that impressed me the most, as I firmly believe that this old-fashioned bakery in the Adams Village section of Dorchester might just make the best scones in the Boston area.
Greenhills Bakery is a real throwback (much like the Adams Village neighborhood itself). Indeed, longtime residents of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Quincy seem to populate this place, including the one and only Tom Finneran, the former Speaker of the House who brings scones and other goodies into the WRKO studio every week when he does his morning talk show. But for all the talk about Greenhills Irish Bakery on Mr. Finneran's show--and for all the advertising the bakery does on Boston radio in general--Greenhills remains a bit of an unknown place, as Adams Village is not exactly on the road to anywhere (it sits just off Gallivan Boulevard on a fairly quiet street).
We arrived at Greenhills Bakery last Sunday morning before the Patriots game to get a variety of items. It was crowded, with a number of folks ordering at the counter and several others sitting at the handful of tables in the place. We bought some scones, a loaf of brown bread, and a loaf of soda bread. The scones, as I mentioned, were nothing short of spectacular; sweet, crumbly, and rich, these were the types of scones that I have only had in Ireland, and even there, I had relatively few that were this good. The brown bread was hearty and also had a rich, full flavor, while the soda bread had that unique taste that only bread with baking soda instead of yeast can have, and it was every bit as good as the brown bread, though a bit lighter tasting, of course (brown bread is basically soda bread made with whole wheat flour). I also wanted to order some of their Irish beef stew for the football game, but sadly they were out of it.
Greenhills Bakery has instantly become one of my favorite places for baked goods in the Boston area. I want to go back there as soon as possible to try their cookies and cobbler squares as well as some of their sandwiches. It may be awhile, as I will be on the road for a bit starting this weekend, but I'll be counting the days until I can get back to this place. I can certainly see why Tom Finneran and other area locals love Greenhills Bakery so much--they are lucky to have it near them.
If you are looking for the address for Greenhills Irish Bakery, here it is: Greenhills Irish Bakery, 780 Adams Street, Dorchester, MA, 02124. Phone: (617) 825-8187.
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I went back to Greenhills Irish Bakery over the weekend to pick up a sandwich and a dessert for a picnic. The turkey sandwich was excellent, with real turkey used along with delicious pieces of whole wheat toast. And the cupcake (which was supposed to look like a classic Hostess cupcake) was outstanding, with a deep rich chocolate taste.
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