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Viva La France and Mondays At The Ashmont Grill too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ….Dotted by Leslie

Local Butternut Squash Quiche paired with Potel Aviron Beaujolais

It’s Monday night. The husband is home from Hong Kong. The grandparents want to see the kids. Think quickly: where are we going? Refer to the line up for Restaurant Week.

We decide on a local fave, Where Everybody Knows Our Name, The Ashmont Grill.

And we’re in luck; for only $38 we will experience a delicious 4 course vegetarian dinner expertly paired with complementary French wines. Chef & Owner, Chris Douglass, shops Dorchester’s Winter Market on Sundays this month for the ingredients and inspiration behind the Wine Club menu. Our choice dish of the evening was a sublime Cassoulet with Roasted Root Vegetables paired with a glass of Domaine De L’Hortus Coteaux, Languedoc. Perfection!

Celery Root & Apple Soup paired with a glass of Hugel Gentil

And what a hopping local scene for a Monday night. First there was a DottieHotties fast and furious brainstorming session over a round of Dottini’s. Later in the evening we shared our table with local pioneers Jenny Silverman, Founder of The Dorchester Food Cooperative and Bing Broderick of The Haley House Bakery. Bing, we’re coming by soon for some of those famous Haley House Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Oh yeah, a couple DottieHotties husbands swung by and Governor Deval Patrick stopped by for a late meal post State of State Address!

Wine Club is every Monday night at 6:30 at The Ashmont Grill, each month benefits a different charity or non-profit. Reservations are recommended.

Cranberry Linzer Tart paired with Chateua La Croix de Jauge St. Emilion

Dorchester-Milton Restaurant Week

…dotted by Bekki

“Is it babysitter worthy?”

In our home, deeming an event Babysitter-Worthy is the highest possible compliment one can bestow.  It suggests a level of excitement and importance normally reserved for weddings, things requiring tickets and ultrasounds.  This year, I am bound and determined to add a fourth item to our B-Worthy list…Dorchester-Milton Restaurant Week.

The spirit has been willing since it’s inception in 2010, but in the past our schedule has been weak.  Now, with the super hottie dotties counting on me, I have just enough gumption to make it happen.  Nine local restaurants are offering three-course meals for $30.12, and we are going to fill up.  Now we just have the delightful problem of choosing a restaurant.  I shall pause while you heap pity on me; just cover me with dead leaves.

The Blarney Stone was one of the first places we ever discovered in Dorchester, and it quickly became a favorite.  We ate there a lot.  Then we became parents, and life as we know it ceased to exist.   I miss the Blarney Stone, and would really like to see it again.  Perhaps it will be like visiting the fountain of youth?  Eating at 224 Boston Street was another one of our pre-kiddo adventures.  I remember having a cozy, comforting and delicious meal — three adjectives that sound perfect for a polar night in January.

We ate at Dbar soon after it opened, and I can recall the sophisticated atmosphere and yummy hummus plate.  I absolutely am a fan of hummus, and I would absolutely like to pretend to be sophisticated.  Maybe we should use our night out to eat at Dbar?  In the meantime, I should absolutely check my fridge for chick peas.

I am guessing that Tavolo will get my husband’s vote, as he is partial to soaking in the neighborhood atmosphere at the expansive bar; he loves to people watch.  However, I love sugar, and have an intimate relationship with dessert.  The Ashmont Grill dessert menu is beyond ambrosial…so perhaps my mouth full of sweet teeth will lead us there?

Ledge Kitchen and Drinks is adored by all who enter, and one of my favorite chefs is their biggest cheerleader.  She knows most of the staff, and gets us the inside scoop on menu specialties.  As soon as this posts my phone will chime with a detailed text, outlining the many reasons why we should eat at Ledge.  She does have impeccable taste.

Lastly we arrive at the wild cards:  Savin Bar + Kitchen, Abby Park and 88 Wharf.  We have never feasted at these joints, and have heard lovely rumors about all three.  In our quest to have a wild and carefree weeknight — shouldn’t we try something new?

If only I could ponder these selections forever, but we must choose our path soon.  Alas, the fairy-tale of Dorchester-Milton Restaurant week will be over at the stroke of midnight on January 30th; and frankly, my babysitter will turn into a pumpkin by about 10:15.