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Winner Diner’s Choice 2015

Thanks for awarding us Open Table Diner’s Choice 2015. Real customers gave real feedback after dining with us and you told us you love our food, service, and ambiance. We couldn’t be happier to hear such great comments. As a locally-owned, family-operated small business, we know word-of-mouth is the greatest compliment we can receive. Thanks for taking the time to let Open Table know how your reservation went. You can book your reservation for West on Centre online at Open Table. We hope to hear from you soon.

 

Traditional, ethnic and upscale choices spice up West Roxbury’s lively dining scene

This article originally appeared in the Boston Herald on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014. For our current menu offerings, please click here.

West Roxbury is Boston’s leafiest, most family-friendly neighborhood, a slice of suburbia within city limits.

Its blossoming dining scene reflects bedrock values, spiced by new upscale options and growing diversity. Where else can you pick up your team’s Little League baseball jerseys then order banh mi, burritos or barbecue all on the same city block?

“West Roxbury holds onto a sense of family and community,” said Caitlin Laubenstein, a bartender at brick-lined West on Centre, a popular spot for birthdays and baby showers, or tasty burgers and steak tips after the kids’ ballgame.

“We do very fresh comfort American cuisine,” said West on Centre chef ­Gabriel Cheung. Try his teriyaki salmon, 13-hour hickory smoked pulled pork or braised chipotle chicken pizza. The restaurant offers a downstairs function room, patio garden and stone-hearth fireplace.

Boston author Dennis Lehane wrote part of “Moonlight Mile” sitting at his ­favorite high top. Roslindale native and “Orange Is the New Black” star Diane Guerrero attended a baby shower at West on Centre on Sunday.

Shuffle across the street to Porter Cafe, which offers upscale gastropub fare and an impressive list of craft brews.

Order pan-seared pork schnitzel with fresh apple slaw and chunks of bacon, or the beer-battered fish & chips with fresh cod, one of the most popular dishes in West Roxbury. Wash it down with Smuttynose Brewing Co’s. new session brew Bouncy House IPA or a pint of Samuel Adams Behan Pils­ner, a special one-off from the Boston brewery available only at the Brendan Behan in Jamaica Plain and here at Porter Cafe.

In the space of the next block, you can pick up pie or self-serve frozen yogurt at new-to-West Roxbury Mangia Neapolitian Pizzeria; enjoy critically acclaimed Nepalese cuisine at Himalayan Bistro; order “distinguished” burritos at Los Amigos, one of West Roxbury’s most popular spots for family takeout; savor “downhome Southern BBQ” at The Red-Eyed Pig; and experience Vietnamese street food at Banh Mi Ngon.

“Downtown West Roxbury has changed dramatically in recent years,” noted longtime resident Michael Barsamian, who founded the Lord’s & Lady’s chain of hair salons on Centre Street in 1971.

Just a few blocks south are West Roxbury landmarks Anna’s Hand Cut Donuts, Rox Diner and Tony’s Place.

Anna’s owner Kosta Keskinidis is often seen making doughnuts in the wee hours of the morning, even opening the doors at odd times for neighbors working the overnight shift.

Rox Diner serves artisan-inspired breakfast and lunch, including seven kinds of eggs Benedict and some of the city’s best burgers, made with a short-rib beef blend.

Tony’s Place has served chicken parm and pizza and catered countless West Roxbury celebrations since 1969.

Former neighborhood favorite West Roxbury Pub closed last year. The space is being renovated and will open later this year as Eat with Jack O’Neill, a contemporary Irish pub.

West Roxbury’s best dining experience might be found across from Highland commuter rail station at cozy Masona Grill, which specializes in Peruvian dishes from chef-owner Manny Sifnugel. Order his popular crispy eggplant Romana with fresh ricotta and plum tomato ragu. Sit at the bar and sip a chilcano de ginger, a Peruvian cocktail. Then pick up a jar of Masona Grill’s house-specialty hot pepper sauce to go.

“Residents of West Roxbury are very proud to be from West Roxbury,” said Barsamian. “It’s a great place to live. It’s a great place to eat.”

West on Centre Barbecue Steak Tip Sauce

3 T. white vinegar

16 oz. ketchup

1 1/2  T. liquid smoke

3/4 T. Worcestershire sauce

1 t. brown sugar

2 3/4 T. molasses

Pinch of cayenne pepper

1 dash favorite hot sauce

Pinch of kosher salt

2 pinches fresh ground black 
 pepper

2 T. tomato paste

Combine all ingredients in a heavy-bottomed pot. Slowly heat until the sauce begins to bubble. Let cool and then refrigerate. Toss steak tips or other meat with sauce. Unused sauce can be refrigerated for several weeks. Makes about 32 ounces of barbecue sauce.

Masona Grill Chilcano de Ginger

4 oz. pisco

2 oz. ginger beer

Dash of fresh-squeezed lime

Dash of bitters

Dash of simple syrup

Mix together all ingredients. Pour into a tumbler over ice. Makes 1 cocktail.

West on Centre gives back

On Sunday, November 25th, we spent the day with writer Laura Raposa baking pies for Community Servings‘s annual Pie in the Sky fundraiser. We had so much fun baking together and with the kids who joined us. We made apple pies which were sold by the Jamaica Plain based nonprofit organization to raise funds for the critically ill and their families during the holiday season. Guest Chef Laura Raposa detailed the day beautifully on her blog, please take a peek to see pictures and share in the special day we enjoyed.

Zagat Review of West on Centre

Thanks, Zagat, for the review and ratings for the 2014 restaruant season! To read what Zagat reviewers are saying about West, follow the link here.

We’re featuring New England craft beers

West on Centre is proud to be featuring some of New England’s finest craft beers. With over 60 craft brewers in Massachusetts alone, exposure to new flavors, locally-sourced ingredients, and seasonal flavors is increasing at a rapid pace, not only in the city of Boston, but across the country. We at West on Centre seek to support local brewers in Boston, Massachusetts, and New England by carrying new products. At the same time we are able to expand the palettes of our clientele by learning all the details of craft beers and passing that information along to our guests as they try new options. Gone are the days of light pilsners being the old standby. With new beer trends like Clownshoes Clementine (a witbier brewed in Ipswich, MA) or Newburyport Pale Ale (an American style pale ale brewed in Newburyport, MA) tested and approved by our owners, beverage manager, and bar staff, you can be sure you’re getting a quality product. And you can ALWAYS ask for a sample of any beer on draft before you order, and NEVER be scared to try something new!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling some of our featured craft beers on our blog, our website, and our social media outlets. We’re very excited about all of these products, and that’s not just the beer talking! Stay tuned for more info.