I had seen the name pop up on many a foodie blog – and finally broke down with the latest trip to Boston. Parish Cafe is a pretty neat concept – a sandwich place populated by sandwiches dedicated to and developed by chefs from some of the top places in the city. From what I had been told, it was a good chance to taste the best of the best in a more casual price point. Certainly seemed like a natural after a warm/hot summer day walking around the city. Located on Boylston Street near the Public Garden, like most of Boston itself, it is very easy to get to without a car (indeed, better that way if you can swing it).
On the downside, the space is cooled by ceiling fan and not air conditioned – but that said it was not that bad. I was worried about sweltering, but fortunately that was not a problem. The beer list was good and wide – I took a Spaten for my drink. One might call the drinks expensive, but really considering Boston, par for the course is probably more accurate. I was tempted to get the lobster roll – but was a little intimated by the dreaded “market price” on the menu. The intimidation was further amplified by the waitress who explained that the market was pricing it at $32! That said, I still took the plunge, the tomato confit, mayo, lettuce, bacon combination was too tempting to pass up. Fortunately, for the price, I got a lot of lobster – two hot dog rolls worth. The lobster meat was cold and tasty, on the bed of applewood smoked bacon – it was a meeting of lobster and a BLT! Two great sandwiches, how can you go wrong? Fortunately, they didn’t. A couple of the tablemates got the BLTs, and they were similarly lovely. The overall tab is not dirt cheap – but it is affordable, and a good place to hang out.