Open just in time for the summer season, Local 149 (149 P Street, South Boston, 617-269-0900) takes “eating good in the neighborhood” to a whole other level. (Apologies to Applebee’s, but there’s simply no comparison.) Located on the corner of P Street across from the water, this South Boston high-end eatery — specializing in globally-influenced American cuisine — is decked out in vintage chic (from fire extinguisher beer taps to a collection of colorful vintage seltzer bottles against one wall), and its eclectic menu is as enviable as its décor.
Operating out of a “scratch” kitchen, executive chef Leah Dubious whips up masterpiece dishes using local ingredients, a few pinches of international inspiration, and several dashes of culinary creativity. Diners can begin their meal by indulging in a farmer’s plate of homemade charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, and a candied assortment of almonds and pistachios. If starter meat’s aren’t your style, however, never fear: Local 149 offers a wide variety of appetizers (with a provisional menu that’s updated frequently), including a delectable lobster arancini and pork cheek pot stickers that’ll have you smiling from…err, cheek to cheek. Thirsty? Wash your meal down with a refreshing Dogfish 90-Minute IPA (the glasses match the pours here), a homemade ginger beer, or choose a brew from Local’s extensive craft beer menu.
And while the restaurant’s only been open for seven short weeks, early entrée favorites include the lamb sausage and chop with a white bean cassoulet, and the beer-braised short rib with root vegetable hash browns and candied pistachios.
When Haute Living Boston spoke with restaurant co-owner Jason Owens, he expressed a fervent desire to bring a true dining experience to his South Boston community. “With Local 149, I wanted to create a great restaurant in my neighborhood,” he said.