When I first moved to Milton almost 4 years ago, the restaurant buzz was all about Steel and Rye, which opened in Lower Mills to great reviews, crowds and valet parking! Since then Milton and Dorchester have become destination spots for dining out, offering both casual and more up-scale options for everyone. Following Steel and Rye, ester opened where the old Ledge used to be. It has become a go-to spot for outdoor dining on their lovely patio as well as for their amazing rooftop garden, which provides much of the restaurant's produce. Bred, selling delicious gourmet burgers opened across from Pat's Pizza and the remodel of the old Lower Mills Pub resulted in a fun, new, redesigned spot renamed The Lower Mills Tavern. Sweet Life, a popular spot for breakfast/lunch as well as for their delicious bakery treats is now also open for dinner a few nights a week with a full bar. And keep an eye out for the new taquieria, where Dark Horse Antiques used to be (corner of Washington St. and Dot Ave.) opening later this year. 88 Wharf (which also has a beautiful outdoor patio!), recently changed it's menu to Azul at 88 serving fresh and flavorful Mexican dishes and margaritas. Abby Park in East Milton Square has a new sister restaurant, the stylish Novara, in the spot where the old Milton cinema used to be.
Near the Ashmont T station/Peabody Square in Dorchester is Ashmont Grill and Tavolo. Both restaurants are owned by chef Chris Douglass. Tavolo was recently remodeled and serves an eclectic Italian menu and craft cocktails while Ashmont Grill serves up modern tavern cuisine. Adams Village has also become a hot spot with three new restaurants opening there in the past year. Lucy's American Tavern offers modern American and comfort cuisine, the Landmark Public House bills itself as a gastropub serving tavern fare and Molinara's serves old world style pastas, sandwiches and brick oven pizzas. In addition, The Industry just opened in the old Sonny's site. Nearby on Neponset Ave. is Dorset Hall, with a cool industrial vibe and a modern American menu.
So when the question comes up (where should we go to eat?) you'll know the local options. Many of the above mentioned restaurants offer kids menus, live music, brunch, trivia and more. Have fun!