Dorchester-Milton Restaurant Week kicks off on Monday, Jan. 17, and lasts through Monday, Jan. 31. Participating in this year’s event are Dorchester’s 224 Boston Street, Ashmont Grill, The Blarney Stone, dbar, Ledge Kitchen & Drinks and Tavolo, and Milton’s 88 Wharf and Abby Park. Each will offer a unique and inspired three-course meal on Sunday through Thursday evenings for just $30.11. While all eight restaurants will still offer their usual menu selections during Restaurant Week, the special menu that each has crafted for this event is a showcase of their culinary creativity and a perfect way to discover what each restaurant is all about.
555 Talbot Ave., Dorchester
Ashmont Grill offers its diners a taste of traditional American comfort food. Typical dinner items include Fish and Chips ($18) and a childhood favorite, a Pearl Hot Dog with hand-cut fries ($6). A fun, friendly and lively destination, the restaurant is no newcomer to special events. Every Monday at 6:30 p.m., Ashmont Grill hosts a wine club, complete with a four-course meal for just $35. Items from this year’s Restaurant Week menu include Split Pea Soup with smoked ham, Pan Seared Mackerel with poached potatoes and a decadent Banana Upside-Down Cake.
The Blarney Stone
1505 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester
Legendary as America’s first bar to sell draught Guinness, The Blarney Stone is a must for anyone craving hearty classics such as tangy Buffalo Chicken Tenders ($9) and Chicken Parmesan served over pasta ($14). Their Restaurant Week menu offers soul-warming fare such as Maine Lobster Bisque, Chicken Milanese served with herb roasted potatoes and warm swiss chard and a traditional Italian Tiramisu.
1236 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester
dbar dishes out fine cuisine and offers a happening nightlife. At dbar, a French influence works to transform classic American comfort foods into totally unique dishes, pairing familiar favorites with sophisticated ingredients. Items from their standard menu include Brioche French Toast ($7.95), a Melted Leek and Chevre Omelet ($9.95), and Seared Diver’s Scallops ($21). Their Restaurant Week menu features elegant selections including Crispy Duck Confit served with wild mushroom salad, Truffled Mac and Cheese and a Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee.
Ledge Kitchen & Drinks
2261 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester
Ledge Kitchen & Drinks offers a massive selection of satisfying dishes, including an Irish Breakfast ($12), Ledge Crab Cakes ($16), and a Stuffed Pork Chop ($18). Their Restaurant Week menu mirrors their usual hearty fare: Stuffed Golden Onion Rings, Braised Osso Bucco with crispy polenta, Passion Fruit Crème Brulee and Spicy Hot Chocolate served with homemade cookies.
1918 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester
Tavolo is a true neighborhood joint; it’s a “comfortable spot where everybody knows your name.” In addition to its relaxed atmosphere, Tavolo offers its diners a selection of refined Italian dishes. Tavolo’s dinner menu features tasty appetizers such as their Spreadables with Tuscan beans, whipped ricotta, roasted garlic and grilled toast ($12), meat-filled Lasagna ($18) and a vegetarian lasagna layered with ricotta, tomatoes and braised greens, all slathered with a creamy béchamel sauce ($16). Their Restaurant Week menu will feature scrumptious Italian fare, including Risotto flavored with Prosecco, foraged mushrooms and pecorino cheese; Roasted Rainbow Trout served with potato salad, capers, anchovies and a radish-dill crème fraiche; and a Ricotta Pound Cake with fresh fruit compote.
88 Wharf St., Milton
The menu at 88 Wharf presents a variety of sophisticated cuisine. 88 Wharf is open for brunch, dinner and Social Hour. The latter takes place on weeknights from 5 to 6 p.m. and after 9 p.m. when the kitchen offers elegant bites such as roasted olives and truffled potato chips ($1 to $5) The regular dinner menu stars the 88 Grill selection, a choice of three cuts of all natural, grass-fed beef from Brandt Farms served as the customer likes with a choice of sauces and sides ($18 to $27). Their Restaurant Week menu maintains the same level of European sophistication, with options including Pumpkin Tortelloni with foie-gras truffle butter; Duck Confit Risotto with cranberries, roasted mushrooms, chives and marsala; and a Chocolate-Caramel Brioche Bread Pudding.
550 Adams St., Milton
Incorporating a selection of fresh, local seafood, produce and dairy into its cuisine, Abby Park is an avid supporter of its community and a proponent of local, natural and organic ingredients. The restaurant offers weekly specials such as $2 Tapas on Tuesdays and $1 Oysters at the bar on Wednesdays. Abby Park serves up an eclectic mix of modern American fare fused with Mediterranean and European flavors, such as the Meze Plate ($11) and Short Ribs of Beef braised in red wine and Guinness ($28). Their Restaurant Week menu includes Crispy Shrimp and Calamari with lemon aioli; Salmon Aqua Pazza seared with spicy tomato caper basil sauce; and a choice of any dessert from their regular menu.
224 Boston Street
224 Boston St., Dorchester
224 Boston Street serves up contemporary American cuisine prepared with fresh, high quality ingredients. The standard menu features such comforting American classics as Herb Baked Meatloaf served with sour cream and chive potatoes ($15.50) and the Boston Street Cod Cakes with shoestring fries and homemade tartar sauce ($16.50). Their Restaurant Week menu includes select dishes from their regular menu, including Grilled Center-Cut Lamb Loin Chops with Roasted Plum Tomato, Eggplant and Manzanilla Olive Coponata; Pistachio Crusted Chicken Breast with an Orange Marmalade Cream Sauce and Goat Cheese Ravioli; and a Death By Chocolate dessert.