Haute Secrets Boston: Brian Poe of The Rattlesnake, Tip Tap Room, Bukowski and CLUCKIT!

Brian Poe
Brian Poe

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On Wednesday, chef/owner Brian Poe transformed his South End restaurant, Estelle’s Southern Cuisine, into CLUCKIT!

After much success serving tacos at the Rattlesnake, game meats at The Tip Tap Room and pub food at Bukowski Tavern in Inman Square, the newly branded restaurant focuses on Portuguese style piri piri spiced up chicken.

We caught up with Poe to find out what he loves most about Boston.

Where were you born? Macon, GA

How long in Boston? Almost 14 years

Where do you live now? Danvers, MA

Occupation: Chef/Owner/Partner at The Tip Tap Room, CLUCKIT!, Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake and Bukowski Tavern – Inman Square

Favorite Restaurant: 62 Restaurant in Salem. But in the city, I enjoy a classy evening at Clio and the always amazing Rialto.

Best Sushi: O Ya

Best Italian: Scampo, Erbaluce, Dante and Il Casale

Best dessert: Ice cream at Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream in Inman Square. It’s old-school-good – you can sit on a bench inside or walk through Cambridge outside and enjoy being a kid again.

Best place for a romantic date:  Erbaluce

Best Sunday brunch: Tremont 647’s “Pajama Brunch” because it’s just plain fun.

Best place for a power business meeting: Scampo or The Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?  I’m a Millennium Bostonian kid.

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: I’ll go to the Rattlesnake and hit the roof deck while everyone else shops.

Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches: Lux Bond & Green in the Back Bay. Awesome people and service.

Best Spa: What’s a spa?

Favorite Charity Event: Share Our Strength, AccesSport America or anything involving Lovin’ Spoonfuls.

Favorite Cultural Event: Any food-related event around the city. I’m truly looking forward to the Spinazzola event coming back in 2016.

Favorite Cultural Institution: I enjoy the Museum of Fine Arts and the Peabody Essex Museum.

Best Steakhouse: I’m a big fan of Chris Coombs’ Boston Chops.

Best Pizza: The original Pizzeria Regina in the North End, Pasta Beach and Woody’s.

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Equinox in Back Bay

Best Massage: I can’t sit still long enough for one.

Best Driving Service: Uber all the way.

Best Museum/Exhibit: Museum of Science is a good place to recharge the mind.

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: I like to walk through the Boston Common during spring and summer to unwind and recharge.

Describe Boston in three words: Eclectic, energetic and strong.

All-around favorite locale in Boston, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other: My partner Suzi Samowski also owns Bukowski Tavern in Back Bay. It’s hands down my favorite bar in the city, at all hours of the day and night. I so love what they do and it’s why I chose to partner with the Inman Square location.

Best aspect of Boston: The diversity in people, culture and education.