Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Franklin Cafe - Southie

Last night my roommate and I had dinner at The Franklin Cafe in Southie after tweeting each other throughout the day. The Franklin Cafe tweets their specials each day for their South End & Southie restaurants and once we saw the special of the day we knew where we would be dining that evening!  
The Franklin Cafe is located right around the corner from the Broadway T stop on the Red Line and also just down the road from our apartment!  
I have been here several times and can say that I have never had a bad experience.  From the friendly wait & bartending staff to the AMAZING yet simple dishes this cafe seems to have a recipe for success! Below is a blurb from their website about the restaurant.
"The Franklin Restaurants are warm, friendly, casually sophisticated neighborhood meeting places for dining, drinking and socializing. We serve Modern American Cuisine made with the freshest local ingredients at a very reasonable price. Our menu changes seasonally and we always serve nightly dinner specials."
Affordable food +Great Cocktails + Locally Sourced Specials = Happy Sailing Foodie!!
I beat my roomie to the cafe and squashed all of my Stranger Danger fear and ponied up to the bar by myself. Thankfully the cafe has some of the friendliest bartenders in the city!  I told Chad (our fabulous bartender for the night) that I loved gin and cocktails that are not too sweet.  Without even hesitating he went off and returned with this delicious cocktail!  I may have had one too many but the balance between the strong gin and fresh citrus flavor made my taste buds wake right up!
Plymouth Gin, Creme De Violette, Luxardo Maraschino, Fresh Lemon | $9

Once my partner and crime arrived she ordered her cocktail and we got right to business perusing the appetizer menu. Erica ordered a basic mixed green salad that looked delicious and I went for the same appetizer that I always get when here.  Oysters!!!
Duxbury Bay Oysters - $2ea

These amazing jewels of the sea are perfectly briny, refreshing and come alive with flavor with a bit of lemon and hot sauce!  I could have eaten a dozen but to save some $$ I only ordered 4.  Don't worry though, I savored every moment of those delicious bivalves!  

Next up was our main course. We both ordered the special, which we usually try to avoid (more to share if we each ordered a different dish). However, since it was the main dish that caught our eye on twitter we knew there would be no sharing.  

Smokey Pulled Pork Enchilada with adobo sauce & beet salsa.

This dish was everything I wanted on a cold winter night!  It was cheesy, full of flavor & a bit of heat.  The beet salad added a wonderful fresh component to the dish that balanced everything perfectly.

After a few more cocktails and making friends with others at the bar we decided to call a night.  I have never been one to want to party hard on a Friday night so this was the perfect place to spend a few hours after a long work week!  I cannot recommend this place enough!

So what is your favorite local haunt and what do you tend to order?  Remember sharing is caring!  

Have a great weekend everyone!  We are off tonight to see BU Terriers vs Harvard Crimson (the roommate has season tixs and tonight is my turn to go!!!)  Look forward to a recap tomorrow as we prepare for an EPIC football Sunday (Mac n' Cheese while watching the PATS crush the JETS!)

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