Parish Café on Boylston Street has been a stalwart of comfort food and fine drinks for quite a while now. In fact, it's been twenty-five years! To celebrate the anniversary we stopped by on an absolutely beautiful evening recently to revisit and enjoy the patio dining.
We began with a pitcher of White Sangria, a super refreshing sip on a warm summer's day. It looked so good that we actually inspired several other tables to go with the sangria, too.
As part of the anniversary fun the Café is bringing back some of the classic sandwiches created by local chefs over the years. What you're looking at above is known to regulars as The Lydia, as in Lydia Shire. More than just a lobster roll, this is a full lobster sandwich on a country white bread and loaded with lobster meat.
Then, of course, there are the famous beer-battered onion rings known as the Bowl-O-Rings. They are served with this house-made chipotle aioli. They are surprisingly light and a perennial favorite with diners.
The Vegetarian Corn Cakes are pan-seared then baked then served with pico de gallo and sliced avocado and topped with a scallion-mustard remoulade.
I opted for Sean's Meatball Club sandwich created by Sean Simmons the Chef and owner. A thick slab of stick-to-your ribs meatloaf sits atop a layer of applewood smoked bacon, again on a country white. It's served up with garlic mashed potatoes and gravy. What could be more comfort food than that?
Sean's Simple Chicken is a take on chicken piccata and the most popular dish on the menu. A breaded cutlet sautéed in chicken stock, olive oil and fresh lemon juice with capers. Another comfort food classic, it's no wonder that it's become the most-requested.
Dessert, as if we needed it, was the White Chocolate Bread Pudding. Brioche bread joins a fresh custard with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle.
As we've been saying for the past month this is the time to fully enjoy patio dining and this summer has provided many cooler nights just made for alfresco dinners. Don't let the season pass you by. For comfort classics that have been bringing people back for twenty-five years you just can't go wrong at Parish Café.
361 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Our dinner was provided by the restaurant without promise of any editorial coverage.