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Posted by gustav at 12:01PM, Sunday, October 31st, 2004

The Butcher Shop (restaurant review)

552 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts

The Butcher Shop has a great wine list, with an attentive, helpful staff. I'm always psyched when we get that rarest of treats: a waiter who has solid wine recommendations. We got that you-have-sinned feeling afterwards -- particularly those of us who consumed a lot of beef tartare. The menu is, shockingly, carnivore-focused, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Solidly European style, in both food and wine. The prices are up there. The restaurant is tiny, but gets bonus points for having actual butcher shop goods inside -- cheeses, sausages, forcemeats, etc. This is in fact an actual butcher shop, as well as a trendy South End restaurant.

Note that the style here is very different from No. 9 Park, which I find impressive for two high-end restaurants by one person (Barbara Lynch). Todd English, of Bonfire and the original Rustic Kitchen, could learn from that.

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