Our good friend Mr. Bernard was in town on business so we met up with him for some dinner and drinks. I suggested we go to a restaurant called Parish Cafe that I haven’t been to in awhile because I was craving some good fried food. Parish Cafe is a hidden gem located right in the heart of Boston. They have a few locations around Boston but we went to the one right on Boylston St. Even on a Tuesday night, this place was completely packed. Maybe it’s not so hidden after all…poop.
Once we sat down, I ordered a plate of their famous Bowl-O-Rings (Homemade, beer-battered and deep-fried onion rings served with a side of homemade chipotle aioli). These alone are worth the trip down. There are actually whole onions nestled inside a fluffy and crispy batter. I could have eaten these all night.
I also ordered a Down East Cider on tap because I love it. It’s so crisp and refreshing.
Quite possibly the coolest thing about this place is that their menu was crafted by chefs from some of Boston’s best restaurants. The owner approached Boston’s famous chefs and asked them to each create a sandwich for their menu. Each sandwich is named after the chef and restaurant they are from.
Selma ordered the The Regal Regis pictured below.
Created by: Susan Regis, Chef – Upstairs on the Square, Cambridge
Sliced flank steak and Portobello mushrooms in a soy, scallion and balsamic marinade. Served on Romano cheese crusted French bread with a side of homemade potato salad or cole slaw.
And I got The Benny.
Created by: Ken Oringer, Chef/Owner – Clio, Boston
Vietnamese-style, spicy grilled chicken breast served on a hard baguette with assorted julienned vegetables and a mint-coriander mayonnaise. Sided with spicy purple cabbage slaw tossed with diced tomatoes, fresh mint, Thai basil, and cracked peanuts.
Both sandwiches were absolutely incredible. Everything was cooked perfectly and the sandwiches literally melted in your mouth.
Lastly, our friend Sean had to order the ice cream sandwich. I don’t blame him at all. It was crazy good.
Ice Cream Sandwich
Two warm chocolate chip cookies stuffed with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.
If you are ever craving a good sandwich and some ridiculous onion rings, Parish Cafe definitely won’t disappoint!