Old favorites in Boston
224 BOSTON STREET RESTAURANT, a neighborhood bar and bistro, has been a destination for tasty casual fare and camaraderie for 25 years. The menu changes seasonally but almost always features fried calamari on arugula, cod cakes, salads, thin-crust pizzas, and eight to 10 entrees. The cozy dining room with exposed brick walls overlooks the kitchen, and in warmer months, there is seating in the garden. Or snag a spot at the seven-seat bar and catch up on local gossip. “I always feel like Norm from Cheers when I come here,’’ said regular patron John Flagg, who describes himself as OFD (Originally From Dorchester).
Tip: The Death by Chocolate dessert (warm fudge brownie, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream) has been on every menu since they opened. 224 Boston St., Dorchester, 617-265-1217, www.224bostonstreet.com