Dorchester, Massachusetts. My hometown, my city, home sweet home. Although it gets a bad rap this neighborhood is up and coming making it more appealing to residents and visitors looking to stay local for dining instead of trucking it to the downtown area. In 2005 Ashmont Grill graced Dorchester’s Peabody Square drawing in patrons from all over the city and beyond proving that Dorchester has lots of potential.
Here are my reasons for returning over and over again to Ashmont Grill:
Reason 1: Atmosphere. Ashmont Grill gives off the feel of restaurants in the South End. It’s friendly; host an inviting environment with familiar tunes and impressive service.
Reason 2: Price. Menu options here are wallet-friendly for all types of dining (dinner, Friday lunch, and brunch). Dinner entrée’s are at most $24, Friday lunch ranges from $7 to $15 dollars, while brunch entrée’s top at $15.
Reason 3: Location. Right across from Ashmont T Station and with a customer parking lot this location is accessible to all.
I usually have brunch here and always enjoy myself. After placing your order they bring out a nice assortment of scones and chocolate chip banana bread. I LOVE the banana bread. The bread is soft and moist while the chocolate chips are semi soft creating a nice mix on the palette and a good texture to chew.
I decided to switch it up and go for the Egg Benedict containing 2 poached eggs & smoked ham (I’m usually a salmon girl) on an English muffin, hollandaise sauce, fresh fruit, and homefries. For a starter I got the Old Fashioned Cider Donuts made handcut with cinnamon and sugar.
First bite into my cider donut and I thought, “Yes! Chris, these are perfect!” I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Chef/Owner Chris Douglass who lives nearby the restaurant a couple of times and he’s always been pleasant. My donuts (little munchkins) were nicely dusted with cinnamon and coated in sugar on the outside while the inside was soft and crumbly. These donuts could be a kid’s best friend.
When my Eggs Bene came out I was so pleased! My eggs were nice and runny with hollandaise oozing all over it (insert smile here). The ham was a nice thin cut and the English muffin was the SOFTEST texture I’ve Ever had! Well done! The touch of pomegranates, pineapples, and oranges as their seasonal fruit medley was another plus! Much different than the usual pairings of melons.
Other recommendations I have for Ashmont Grill are:
Baked Mac n’ Cheese (Three Cheese blend. Simply Amazing!)
Eggs Nova Scotia
Wood Grilled Lamb Sliders (you can TASTE the lamb!)
Classic Mai Tai Cocktail (Rum Yum Yum!)
Sticky Toffy Pudding (featured on the Food Network!)
Niman Ranch Pasture Raised Burger
I assure you, these items WILL NOT disappoint.
As a Dorchester native (or Dot Rat) I am proud such a restaurant is here in our neighborhood. Businesses like this and their sister restaurant Tavolo (located on 1918 Dorchester Ave.) allow people who live in the area the opportunity of experiencing more than just the neighborhood bar.
Thank You! Xo.
555 Talbot Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02122