The South End in Boston has some of the best restaurants, cafes, and markets in the greater Boston area. I'm embarrassed to admit that I haven't visited nearly enough of them. It's a result of living in Cambridge, which oddly feels really far away from the South End, even though it's only about five miles away. From Cambridge there's no direct public transportation to the South End, and parking is difficult in the area. As a result, more often than not we find ourselves eating out in Cambridge instead.
Next week, however, there's a cool even that allows us to sample a bunch of South End restaurants all at the same time.
The Taste of South End is happening this Tuesday, March 3rd 6:00 to 9:30 PM at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama (539 Tremont Street) in Boston. Proceeds from the event benefit AIDS Action, a organization committed to providing prevention and wellness services for people vulnerable to HIV infection. I've never gone before in the past, but I'll be there this year! I'm so excited to finally try so many of these places that I've been meaning to try.
The full list of restaurants is below. I've linked to the ones I've visited before. Heh, sadly there are only a few!
Addis Red Sea, Aquitaine bar á Vin Bistrot, B&G Oysters, Back Bay Harry's, Barcelona Wine Bar, Boston Chops, Cinquecento Roman Trattoria, Da Vinci Ristorante, DAVID's TEA, Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, El Centro, Elephant Walk, Estelle's, Five Horses Tavern, Flour Bakery + Café, Formaggio Kitchen South End, Franklin Café, Gaslight Brasserie, Haley House Bakery Café, Kitchen, Masa, Mela, Metropolis Café, Mistral, Myers + Chang, Orinoco, Petit Robert Bistro, Picco, Sister Sorel & Tremont 647, South End Buttery, Stella Restaurant, Stephi's on Tremont, Sweet Cheeks Q, The Beehive, The Butcher Shop, The Gallows, The Upper Crust Pizzeria, Trophy Room, Wink & Nod, Black Bird Doughnuts.
On top of having a chance to sample food from the above-listed restaurants, there will also be live cooking demonstrations, extensive wine tastings, beer sampling, a silent auction, and a raffle.
The organizers of the Taste of Sound End have graciously offered to give me a pair of tickets (value $200!) to give away. To enter, please comment below telling me your favorite restaurant in the South End. If you've never eaten in the South End, just tell me your favorite restaurant in Boston. One entry per person. Giveaway ends this Saturday, February 28th at midnight EST. The winner will receive both tickets. I will notify the winner by email. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, I will pick another winner. If you want to purchase tickets, you can purchase them at this link.
Congratulations for Elizabeth (#17) for winning the Giveaway! Elizabeth said "My favorite casual place is Picco – always fun and great food. And, they’ll be at the event!"
Elizabeth - please contact me ASAP to redeem your prize!