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Creative Comfort Food: The Gallows, Boston

22 Feb

My boyfriend and I hit The Gallows in Boston’s South End just before 6:30 PM on a Friday night. After a brief wait, we were seated in the cozy restaurant, lit by candles at each table, and glowing birdcages hanging from the ceiling. The Gallows has a bar at the front, with windows on two sides, one facing Washington Street. Come here late and you and your date will have to sit side by side at the stools facing the window. And by late, I mean around 7 PM. That’s when all the tables were filled.

We started with two appies – the Scotch egg and a stuffed corn muffin. The Scotch egg was a soft boiled egg wrapped in a thin layer of sausage, crunchy on the outside. The yolk was a deep orange, gooey, and oozing slightly as I cut into it.

The Gallows - Scotch egg

The pulled pork stuffed corn muffin was sooooo good. The muffin itself was soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. The pork was delicious, both smoky and sweet. A jalepeno pepper jelly added both sweetness and spice, cooled by the avocado, and kicked up again by pickled cabbage.

The gallows - stuffed corn muffin

We saw several orders of poutine pass by our table. Served in large, deep bowls, theses are a great for four people to share, or a most indulgent heart attack for one. There’s even a vegetarian version that replaces gravy with Bearnaise sauce.

The Carpet burger – topped with a fried oyster – was definitely creative. The burger itself arrived a juicy medium-well as we requested, with melted American cheese and pickles. The fries were nothing special, but they did come with a barbecue-like ketchup.

The Gallows - burger with fried oyster

The Fish Special was a Portugese stew – three plump and peeled shrimp, scallops, mussels, and lots of fava beans in a tantalizing tomato-based broth. Two garlic butter-soaked toasted focaccia triangles completed the dish – you definitely want to soak up all that amazing broth.

The Gallows - seafood stew

Everything was delicious, but the appetizers were really amazing. We overheard that even the Brussels sprouts are good! We skipped dessert, as our server explained, The Gallows is a “one dessert place”. The dessert that night was a bananas foster peanut butter fluffernutter – that is, a peanut butter mousse with bananas foster and marshmallow fluff. Definitely intriguing but not exactly my type of thing.

The Final Word: I’m definitely coming back, for the hip atmosphere, the creative food, and especially the awesome appies.

Info: The Gallows, 1395 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118 USA

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Comforting Burgers and Sandwiches: Prohibition Pig

26 Oct

Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT

Waterbury, Vermont might be on your way if you’re traveling between Montreal and Boston, or perhaps to the Stowe or Rutland areas for skiing or hiking. If you do find yourself in the area, stop by Prohibition Pig for beer and a bite to eat! The Prohibition Pig has a huge list of brews from Norway, Belgium, Canada and others, including some large 750 ml bottles that can run up to $40 each. On tap, you’ll find primarily US craft brews featured.

Prohibition PigThe restaurant is one long room divided lengthwise into two. One section housed the bar flanked by a few high tops on either end. The dining room formed the other half. The ambiance is laid back and comfortable, with a lot of dark wood, but the large windows at the front lets light reach the back of the dining room.

My boyfriend and I arrived at 4 pm on a holiday Monday. As it was early, we didn’t have to wait. By the time we left an hour later, every table was full. The table intended for four next to us was packed with five big guys. To my surprise, there were also many of families with kids at the restaurant.

I ordered the “Just a Burger” – but it was definitely not just a burger. With a quarter pound of Angus beef, layers of crunchy pickle slices, enough ketchup and mustard to ooze out of the burger as you bite into it, all between a soft house-made sweet potato bun, this burger was perfect! I highly recommend adding a fried egg. The Just a Burger is like the simple-burger-next-door you always enjoyed as a child, that is all grown up now and has become the prom queen.

"Just a Burger"

My boyfriend got the barbecue pork sandwich, also on same soft bun. It was also yummy, and easily complemented by any of the four sauces at our table, ranging from a tame bacon barbeque to a spicy pepper vinegar. We also got the duck fat fries to share – the duck fat makes them extra crispy. They were yummy, but I’m not sure it’s worth the extra bucks for the duck fat.

Pulled Pork sandwich

Overall, Prohibition Pig offers delicious, elevated version of comforting handhelds, a great beer selection, and a welcoming environment. The  downside is that there is only one washroom per gender – yes, lines can form where there is beer!


Info: Prohibition Pig, 23 South Main Street Waterbury, VT, 05676 USA

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