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Parish Cafe and Bar
Stoddard’s Fine Food and Ale

If you’re ever in search of an inexpensive and hearty lunch, Parish Cafe and Bar on Boylston Street is the spot.  It’s a four-star American restaurant featuring sandwiches that have been created by chefs of local renown. Parish Cafe has a casual atmosphere with friendly, upbeat service, a full bar and great outdoor dining during the spring, summer and fall months. A few years back I was working with comedienne and actress Kathy Griffin, who was in town performing and I brought her to Parish. She so loved the place and food that every time she’s in town, it’s one of the first places that she goes to have lunch. If you’re not able to get to this location, Parish recently opened a second location in the South End on the corner of Mass Ave and Tremont Street. This place is a must!

Later that night, I attended the private, sneak-peak “Make Your Mark” event in celebration of the opening of Stoddard’s Fine Food and Ale on Temple Place in the Ladder District. I walked in and instantly felt that I was transported back in time to the early 1900s.  At any moment, I expected a saloon keeper to step out of the back with the long, twirly mustaches and a bowler hat and a gun-toting cowboy sitting in the back of the bar with his boots on the table.

The theme of the night was pre-Prohibition cocktails, served with an unparalleled selection of ales and a taste of early American cuisine such as miniature spicy sausage sandwiches and bite-size lobster cakes. Not sure how the lobster mini-cakes fit in with the theme, but they were delicious. The wall-to-wall crowd was buzzing with laughter and conversation and as I was taking it all in, I spotted PR guru George Regan of Regan Communications, Erica Corsano, Stuff Magazine’s editorial director and 6one7’s Ace Gershfield.

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