Boston: Franklin Cafe

Let's Eat by Kitty Kaufman, photos by Kim DeVito

Franklin mini clam plate The Franklin Cafe came along in the mid '90s as the South End was coming into its own as a dining destination. It's our destination as we walk over from the Prudential Center. Later, we talk about what is going on and the decision is: hype. The waiter hypes the menu, our selections and for some reason, acts like he or we are in a hurry at 5:30 on Sunday. This is so not what I expected.

Franklin mini clam plate Kim orders steak frites and they hold the frites, as she asks, and serve grilled ears of cheesey jalapeño spiced corn. I order fried clams that are on the menu with fries, tartar and kohlrabi. The kohlrabi never appears (and I can't decide if this is good or bad) and neither do half the clams.

Franklin salt and pepper The steak and corn are good but not as good as the hype. The clams are touted as local and I guess the catch is down because there are six clams. Tartar sauce is worth mentioning; it's good for dunking a huge plate of fries. The bread's fine and the hummus along with it is very good. We want dessert. There is none.

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