Boston: The Butcher ShopIt's on One for the Table
Let's Eat by Kitty Kaufman, photos by Julie Moffatt
The Butcher Shop is a South End mecca for meat. It's part of Barbara Lynch's family that takes in No 9 Park, Drink, Stir, Sportello, Menton and B&G Oysters which is right across the street. This is a wine bar and a butcher block with house antipasti and fresh bread. We see Monday is the day to stop in if you're a vendor. It's busy and so cold you could hang meat in here.
We're partial to places that cook better than we can and make things we never do and it is a long list. Why have out what you can make at home? Today you can have antipasti, charcuterie, terrines, cheeses, and lots of Italian meats with a couple of salads so be meat happy.
TBS burger, with the onions but without the Cheddar, is good. . . and . As New York goes, so goes the nation, I guess. It's medium rare on a sesame seed bun with a pickle hat and a green salad, which isn't mentioned on the menu. I'm grateful since something's got to duel the house-cured bacon or maybe I need to move in to this house. The bartender's cute asking: "Do you need ketchup?" and I say, "I better not." We laugh and we're hoping I'm right and I am: so rich when it's straight from the butcher.
Julie starts with Adami Bosco di Gica, crisp with apple and peach notes and she's digging into the French bread. It's crunchy, paired with salted butter. For years, this is my taste test: if the salad and the bread are great, so follows the meal and it follows. She's waiting for orecchiette with summer squash, zucchini and arugula pesto. It's big taste for small ears. Maybe someone rolled out this pasta earlier. Many a summer dish headed with homemade pasta, fresh greens and a heap of cheese is a home run. I wonder how soon our garden squash will be ready?
We wish there's room for blood orange cheesecake or ganache but no, so Julie has cappuccino which warms us up as we step out into the heat. Let's drink to bartenders who mix a coffee as well as a cocktail. We didn't get to their rustic French and Italian dishes like paté, terrine, cheese, sausage and charcuterie or the wine of the day. Wine director Cat Silirie is partial to small batch wine makers and her specials are up on the blackboard. Monday and Tuesday summer evenings from August 20 to September 25, 2018 they're pairing burgers with crafty beers and hot dogs. For an occasion, have a cocktail or sit down for a curated experience from start to finish in a candle-lit room overlooking Tremont Street. Send me an invite, please. P. S. Since our visit, The Butcher Shop is serving weekend brunch, 11:30-2:00 with eggs, a burger and hash. And they open at 4 during the week.
The Butcher Shop
552 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
617. 423. 4800
© July 22, 2013 for One for the Table
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