Aug 282017
 

While I don’t live in Boston proper, I am in the city fairly often. My husband, Chris, works in Boston, so he’s in there all the time for work, but even on his days off – we always seem to find ourselves in the city for one thing or another. We go in to the city to eat quite a bit because the food just doesn’t compare out in the boonies where I live. I’ve walked past the Parish Cafe numerous times, but for some reason I never made it inside to eat. Until last week.

Each sandwich on Parish Cafe's menu is named for the chef and the restaurant they are from.

The Parish Cafe opened in November 1992 and usually has a line anytime you walk by. And now I know why! Owner Gordon Wilcox approached local Boston chefs and asked them each to create a sandwich for the Parish Cafe menu. Each sandwich on Parish Cafe’s menu is named for the chef and the restaurant they are from. I love this concept and was super excited when the Parish Cafe invited my husband and I to come in for dinner.

We grabbed a window seat (inside) so that we could do some people watching and started with some appetizers. Here’s what we got:

The Benny is stuffed with Vietnamese-style, spicy grilled chicken breast, assorted julienned vegetables, and mint-coriander mayonnaise.  It’s served with spicy purple cabbage slaw tossed with diced tomatoes, fresh mint, Thai basil, and cracked peanuts on the side.

The Benny is stuffed with Vietnamese-style, spicy grilled chicken breast, assorted julienned vegetables, and mint-coriander mayonnaise.

Sean’s Simple Meatball is over-sized and made with homemade beef, pork, and veal. It’s topped with tomato sauce and grated pecorino cheese, and served with toasted crostinis!

Sean's Simple Meatball is oversized and made with homemade beef, pork, and veal.

The Bowl-O-Rings, which is their famous homemade beer battered and deep fried onion rings served with a size of homemade chipotle aioli.

Homemade Beer battered and deep fried onion rings served with a size of homemade chipotle aioli

All three were fresh and absolutely delicious! We were very happy with all three of them and completely stuffed. But I was there to write about the Parish, so we went ahead and each ordered a meal…..and I am so glad we did.

Chris got the half order of the Baked Mac & Cheese.  It’s a casserole of macaroni is mixed with a homemade sauce of Romano and Monterey Jack cheeses and finely diced white onions. Baked in the oven and topped with Gruyère cheese and Ritz cracker crumbs.

This casserole of macaroni is mixed with a homemade sauce of Romano and Monterey Jack cheeses and finely diced white onions.

I got Sean’s Meatloaf Club. It’s homemade chipotle meatloaf on country white toast with applewood smoked bacon, Romaine, sliced tomato, and a chipotle aioli. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and gravy.

Homemade chipotle meatloaf on country white toast with applewood smoked bacon, Romaine, sliced tomato, and a chipotle aioli.

Chris and I shared our meals because well, that’s what we do. It’s the best of both worlds that way and we were both so happy with the two entrees we chose. They were both phenomenal.

It dawned on me after we left that I never caught our server’s name so I can’t give him a proper shout out, but he really made our dining experience even better. He took great care of us and made sure we had everything we needed all night.

The Parish Cafe has two locations – one in the Back Bay and one in the South End. We ate at the 361 Boylston St location in the Back Bay. The casual upbeat atmosphere makes it a great hangout. The Parish Cafe features outdoor dining in the spring, summer and fall and it’s perfect for people watching. There is also indoor seating and a bar area, which is first come first serve.

Remember when I mentioned that we grabbed a window seat?  Look at this view we had from our table.

The Parish Cafe has two locations - one in the Back Bay and one in the South End.

Parish Cafe serves their full menu until 1:00 AM every night and last call is at 2:00 AM. In a city of expensive meals, I recommend eating at the Parish Cafe if you’re looking for great food at a great price. In addition to the great food and excellent service, the relaxed atmosphere makes it a comfortable place to eat, drink and hangout with friends.

The bar at Parish offers quite a few signature drinks plus they have a full bar with a really nice selection of wines and beers. They have a huge beer selection, too. Sandwiches were both eclectic and fresh.

If you are looking for something outside the box when it comes to sandwiches look no further.

If you are looking for something outside the box when it comes to sandwiches look no further. The really unique combinations have a lot of flavor and I highly recommend eating at Parish Cafe if you are a foodie! The portions are huge and the breads there are ah-mazing!

  49 Responses to “Boston Bites: The Parish Cafe”

  1. that stuffed chicken sandwich!!! oh my god! i would eat that everyday. Need to head back to boston and try these places out.

  2. Oh my goodness what a delicious looking place to stop for a bite to eat, I am all about that baked mac and cheese right now, I need to try it!

  3. Holy moly! That food looks amazing! Those aren’t Boston Bites, those are Boston double cheek stuffing mouthfulls! OM nom nom nom.

  4. Wow, those dishes look really good. I think I’d enjoy eating at this cafe. What a nice spot!

  5. Ho-LEE deliciousness, Batman! I would love to go there and stuff my face with about three of those ginormous meatballs!

  6. This sounds like an awesome place to eat if I’m ever in Boston. I would love that huge meatball.

  7. The Parish Cafe looks like a great place to enjoy a bite. I miss New England so much, hope to get up there again soon.

  8. We’re hoping to visit Boston soon so I’m adding The Parish to my list of places to eat! I love that they had chefs from other places create a sandwich for the menu as well; great for fostering relationships with other chefs and restaurants!

  9. That sandwich at the top is just, WOW! Why can’t food in the UK be like this? They all look so tasty!!

  10. Oh yum!! This place looks so delicious. I’d love to visit here!

  11. Wow, that looks so amazing! I will have to visit that place when I go back to Boston!

  12. This food looks so yummy! I am going to have to check this place out next time we fly up to the children’s hospital. Boston always has so many delicious food options!

  13. Oh do I wish I lived closer. Next time I’m in Boston I know where I’ll be dining!

  14. This place looks incredible. That Mac N Cheese looks like a bit of Heaven.

  15. I am drooling. The food looks amazing! I LOVE Boston too. I was there years ago. I need to go back and eat here.

  16. I want to make a trip to Boston just to go the the Parish Cafe. The food looks amazing! I am sure my belly would be all kinds of happy with that mac & cheese and those onion rings!

  17. That has to be one of the best Mac & Cheeses I have ever seen in my life and your meal looked lovely too . So glad that you enjoyed your food!

  18. Wait. Is this the place where the Boston Marathon bombing took place?

  19. I am hoping to be in Boston this winter. I will have to plan to visit The Parish Cafe. It looks like a great spot.

  20. Eating out is such fun and when you go to a place as good as this one, you want to tell everyone about it. Thank you for doing so, now it is on my list when we make it back to Boston.

  21. I love that the owner incorporated local chefs into his restaurant through the sandwhiches! Everything looks so yummy, but that baled mac n cheese looks absolutely amazing!

  22. Oh. My. God. That mac and cheese is calling our name. AND THAT MEATBALL IS HUGE! We definitely need to try ASAP!

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  23. I’ll be the first to say, I am a sucker for a great mac and cheese and this one looks like it’s amazing! This cafe looks incredible!

  24. Oh wow! That food looks amazing! I have never heard of this place, but will visit next time im in town

  25. Oh gosh that food looks amazing! I love finding a place where you can eat and people watch! It’s one of my favorite things to do!

  26. I can already tell that this place is worth going to! I’m definitely loving the food and I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks in the photos!

  27. The food here looks really good. That mac & cheese looks so perfect. When I make it to Boston one day, I’ll have to eat here.

  28. Ok, you sold me once that mac n cheese popped up. I am LOVING the area you live close to lol!

  29. I would loooooove to visit this area. I am such a foodie….who isn’t when it’s food like this!

  30. This has got to be one of the most delicious places I’ve seen in a while! It all starts to look the same after time but this made me drool. 😛

  31. Everything you ordered looks so good. I can see why Parish Cafe always has a line outside it’s door. I love restaurants that serve upscale or upgraded comfort food.

  32. I don’t need anymore convincing. Your photos are drool worthy and I will make sure I get to experience dining at Parish Cafe if and when I find myself in Boston.

  33. That food looks so good, I could just eat it right now! I’m glad you had a great time at the cafe, and the icing of the cake was that the food was good value.

  34. I was just in Boston and looks like I’ll be there a lot more now. The food looks amazing and in a great people watching location. I’ll have to check it out next time I’m there!

  35. Everything looks amazing! I could go for a plate of those onion rings right about now!

  36. I have never been to Boston before. But when I do, I will make sure to visit Parish Café. From your post, it sounds awesome.

  37. This food looks amazing! I would love to visit Boston someday and see the sights and of course try amazing restaurants such as these! Especially that Mac n cheese!

  38. Wow does the food at the Parish Cafe look amazing! That spicy chicken salad would be something I would order.

  39. The Benny dish looks a lot like our Vietnamese famous street food – banh mi! Oh my god looking at all these plates you took pictures of at lunchtime made my mouth water! Wish there were restaurants this nice near my home T^T

  40. That stuffed chicken sandwich looks delicious! I would love to paired that with coffee and dont care 🙂

  41. I’ve never been to Boston but I would definitely like to try that mac and cheese and those onion rings. All the food looks delicious!

  42. How pretty is that place and how delicious look that food! Seems so relaxing taking a break here!

  43. Ok, I have seen plenty of cafe’s but this one looks absolutely amazing. I would love trying every one of these dishes here. Even the onion rings look delectable.

  44. GOODNESS. The mac & cheese and everything fried looks amazing. I’m far from you but am adding this to my travel list so we can plan a stop if we’re ever in the area.

  45. The Parish Cafe sounds like a great place to dine with all the different sandwiches from different chefs. Sean’s Simple Meatball is something I would love to try along with the The Bowl-O-Rings without the sauce since I don’t like sauces like that. Thanks for sharing this awesome place to dine.

  46. Ok, I am sold! I would totally love to try this place and think I will make a date for Jared and I to head there.

  47. Boston is my absolute favorite East Coast city! I’ve been there a number of times, and am already planning my next trip. I will have to add this place to my Eats list – that Benny looks amazing!

  48. All of that looked so good, especially the beer battered onion rings! They look to die for! Definitely a place I’ll be checking out, thanks for sharing!

  49. The food looks so tasty. I wouldn’t mind eating there at all. And it seems to have a nice outside area to hang out.

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