Deep in the South End , there is a small establishment where inexpensive, gourmet-quality food really does exist. The menu at Franklin Cafe ranges ... More
Deep in the South End , there is a small establishment where inexpensive, gourmet-quality food really does exist. The menu at Franklin Cafe ranges from meatloaf to sushi-grade tuna, all served with impeccable sides such as mashed potatoes with chives or lentil and bean sauce. Even the chicken livers are great here. The dining room is small and crowded, and the noise level can be high. This cafe, which has a full service bar, is very popular, and waits of an hour or two are common, even on weekdays.
This is a very small place and be prepared to wait. But as it is said “Good things come to those that wait” and it will here. It is usually packed and everyone is in the same situation but everyone is friendly and the bar tender is good and fast. Just get to the bard, get you Hendricks Martini and have fun meeting people. This is the real place in Boston “that everyone knows your name”
The atmosphere is excellent, the service is top notch with very personable employees from the bar tenders to the cooks. The best part for me by far was the delicious and unique food. Every course had a special twist that made it stand out from your average meal. And man is that blond haired cook in the back a pleasure to gaze out while enjoying his masterfull cusine.
If you try the grilled calamari and you don't like it, you may want to stop eating altogether. Everything I have tried off their menu is exellent.
Only two minor criticisms and they aren't serious enough to warrant a reduction in points:
1) The wait can be a real bugger, so be prepared for that (by prepared I mean expect to consume a few lovely martinis)
2) Please, please, please give me more hummus as the starter. I could eat twice that much by the time I am sat. The service folks always cheerfully bring you more if requested.
Great job Franklin! Like it, love it, can't get enough of it.
I had a nice, romantic time at Franklin Cafe. Its a great place to get cozy in a booth with a date and talk over an amazing meal. The lighting and music can allows you to tune everyone else out and have an intimate evening.
I haven't been there for awhile, however, I have been searching for it on the net. I can't wait to go back. What I remember the most was the delightful atmosphere. The food was impeccable, comparing to restaurants like Rialto's. Price was decent. I would pay more for this kind of quality. Kd
We were redirected there after another local restaurant we were aiming for closed their kitchen early. The gentleman who redirected us there raved about it and rightfully so. good wine list, small but diverse menu and outstanding food!!! Steak Pomme Frites was outstanding. Nothing plain or bland. Garlic crusted cod was phenomenal and I don't like fish. Bread with garlic hummus to start was great also. Nothing priced over $19 including the tuna specials. 4 entrees, 3 alcoholic drinks, 2 appetizers = $107.00....great value.
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