Haute Secrets: Darryl Settles Shares What He Loves Most About Boston

Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen became an almost overnight sensation for southern soulful fare the day it opened its doors to the public in the South End. When it comes to standout dishes, think Cajun shrimp cocktail, blackened catfish, a classic crawfish boil and, of course, a slice of red velvet cake to finish it all off right.

Darryl's Corner Bar & KitchenPhoto Credit: Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

Just last week, Owner Darryl Settles announced he will be taking over Slade’s Bar & Grill on Tremont Street adding this South End favorite to his roster of restaurants. Since the days when Celtics legend Bill Russell owned Slade’s in the 1960’s, it also became a go-to for local eats and live music. Settles promises to continue to pay homage to the restaurant’s storied history with photos lining the walls, including pictures of celebs, athletes and politicians that have stopped by when visiting Boston.

Darryl SettlesPhoto Credit: Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

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

Where were you born: Aiken, S.C.

How long in Boston:  Since September 10, 1984

Neighborhood: Newton, Mass.

Occupation: Real Estate Developer / Restaurateur / Investor

Favorite Restaurant: Brassica Kitchen (Jamaica Plain)

Best Sushi: Douzo (Back Bay)

Best Italian: Tartufo (Newton Centre)

Best Dessert: Red Velvet Cake

Best place for a romantic date: Oleana (Cambridge)

Best Sunday brunch: Row 34

Best place for a power business meeting: Mistral

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Park Plaza Hotel (Great central location and renovated)

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Bloomingdale’s

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: European Watch Company

Best Spa: Spa InterContinental

Favorite Charity Event: St. Cyprian’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Favorite Cultural Event: BeanTown Jazz Festival

Favorite Cultural Institution: Museum of Fine Arts

Best Steakhouse: Abe & Louie’s

Best Pizza: Max and Leo’s

Best Lunch: Select Oyster Bar

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Huntington YMCA

Best Massage: Massage Happy Feet Spa

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber Services

Best Museum/Exhibit: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Describe Boston in three words: Happening and expensive.

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: The Boston Common and Public Garden

All-around favorite spot in Boston:  Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen for its diverse clientele – unfortunately a rarity in Boston.

Best Aspect of Boston: Smart people and something is always happening!