When traveling, we prefer to experience our destinations through good food and wine and strive to avoid places predominantly frequented by tourists. The Butcher Shop definitely fits the bill.
We stopped by on a gorgeous fall Sunday afternoon for a leisurely lunch. Charcuterie and cheese plates are on the short list of our go-to meals and this would have been the perfect day for it. However, we were a little uninspired by the options on this day so we opted for items from the regular lunch menu. (We must admit we are a little partial to and spoiled by Cheesetique in Alexandria, VA which has cheese and charcuterie down to a science.)
My wife had the house-made hot dog and I had the burger. Both were good but I must admit that I was expecting more flavor from the burger. Don't get me wrong - a burger made from fresh premium cuts of meat is always delicious, but this one could have been a little more flavorful. The hot dog was delicious, though, and is a must have for hot dog lovers.
We sat at the bar and the bartender was very willing to answer our many questions about the wines and even offered a taste for each of us to help make up our minds. In the end, we were very pleased with our selections. If you are dining solo or with just one other person the bar is a perfect place to eat.
The working butcher shop was an interesting touch and the cuts of meat and house-made pates, sausages, and sauces looked delicious. While I understand that is part of the charm of the place, I can’t help but wonder if the space would be better used with a few more tables since it is so small already.
Overall a good meal, but not a great one. Good enough that we would definitely go back the next time in Boston but maybe for dinner to see if we like that more.