NOLA comes to Boston: Buttermilk & Bourbon.

Still inspired by my recent trip to New Orleans, I was psyched to hear about Boston newcomer Buttermilk & Bourbon. Led by Chef Jason Santos, this hot spot literally brings a classic NOLA menu to Back Bay. I was super anxious to see if it was as authentic as it seemed and, to be honest, I really felt like I was back in The Big Easy.

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Walking into Buttermilk and Bourbon is like stepping into a hidden corner of the French Quarter, or right down Bourbon Street, depending on where you’re located amongst the sections of the restaurant. But what may be even better than the atmosphere is the menu (of course). If you’re a Moscow Mule fan, try the My Ma Louisiana cocktail to start. Past that, I think it’s impossible for me to choose my favorite dish… we tried the biscuits, fried chicken thighs, BBQ shrimp, fried pickles, cast iron rabbit and dumplings and pork belly cracklings. I’m full just thinking about it. BUT, if you made me, I’d say the fried chicken and biscuits are absolute must-haves. I’ll admit, we actually took the biscuits we didn’t eat home. Trust me, there’s no way two people could eat four of those things and it would practically be a sin not to eat every bite!

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The sugar on top of the beignets?? Your bill comes pinned to a voodoo doll — someone out there is suffering from the success of this place… yikes. Those poor souls aside, you should certainly put Buttermilk & Bourbon on top of your list of must-try Boston restaurants. It’s almost as good as a New Orleans getaway!

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New on the Block: Frenchie.

In an attempt to expand on the ‘eat’ part of my Eat Sleep Dress & Repeat mantra, I’ve decided to write more about one of my favorite topics: food (and the best places to get it). I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to start than with one of the most highly-anticipated new restaurants in Boston, Frenchie. As if the name wasn’t enough to get you in the door, maybe the selection of French tapas or elegant decor (complete with trendy floral wallpaper) will.

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Located right on Tremont Street, this intimate space is perfect for date night or a ladies’ get together. That being said, make sure to snag a reservation because space is limited and it fills up fast! What else should you expect? Insanely good French fare and some flavorful dishes. This time around we tried the brussels sprouts, French fries (of course), tuna crudo, escargot, salted cod croquette, and crème brûlée; A++ to all! The best part about a tapas menu is that you have the opportunity to try… six dishes that still go fairly easy on your stomach and wallet.

So next time you’re looking to indulge in the Boston restaurant scene, know that Frenchie comes highly recommended! If you visit, let me know what you think and enjoy!

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