Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Milton Edition: Food for Thought
by Soleil Devonish on Friday, February 26th, 2016
Hungry for a three course meal in a rustic setting, or maybe delivery for a relaxing night in? Are you craving ice cream on a warm spring day? Whatever you want, the town of Milton has you covered. From little shops that serve sweet treats, to tasteful bistros, the Milton area is home to a wide array of restaurants for a variety of occasions.
Just 1.4 miles away from campus lies Sweet Life, a quaint bakery and café in Lower Mills, Dorchester. Upon entry to the building, you are immediately greeted by the aromatic smell of fresh baked goods. Sweet Life is a newer café that serves many types of pastries, breads, bagels, muffins, and cupcakes, along with sit-down breakfast and lunch, and, of course, coffee.
If you are alone or in a group of two, pull up a stool to the counter. There you can be served a quick cup of coffee and even a small lunch. If you are with friends and would like to sit down, move to the right where you can take a seat at a table. There are small, high tables near the windows for a nice view of Dorchester Avenue and also larger, low tables warmed by a fireplace. From food to venue, Sweet Life offers comfort and convenience for every person.
If you are looking for dinner, Milton has many options. Abby Park and Steele and Rye are two cozy restaurants that currently serve modern American cuisine. Abby Park, located just down the street in East Milton, was one of Milton’s only sit-down dinner restaurants for a long time. With a modern twist on simple cooking, Abby Park always surprises me. With a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, this restaurant is the perfect place to have a small get together with friends or family. From roasted codfish to its signature burger, Abby Park has mouthwatering food for all preferences. I would personally recommend the coconut nutella cake that comes with hazelnut ice cream. Jonathan WuWong (III) agrees that the cake “is pretty enjoyable.”
While Abby Park is very popular amongst the Milton community, Steel and Rye has also become a hotspot for dinner. Just down the street from campus, Steel and Rye serves “artisan inspired” brunch and dinner in what was once an abandoned warehouse. The fresh ingredients, setting, and rooted American influence all contribute to the unique neo-rustic atmosphere that many people find appealing. Milton Academy English teacher Melissa Figueroa would recommend Steel and Rye to others because, as she says, “They have a wonderful brunch with homemade pastries that is sure to delight any guest. They also have a friendly staff that is knowledgeable and honest!”
In addition to the numerous sit-down restaurants around Milton, shops like Mr. Chan’s and the Ice Cream Smith are convenient and easy to access for the Milton community. Located on the same block as Abby Park, Mr. Chan’s is an American-Chinese restaurant. They deliver to not only the Milton campus, but several parts of Boston as well. Zoe Camaya (III) explains, “I really like how efficient Mr. Chan’s is. Since they’re so close to Milton, they not only prep food really fast, but they also deliver it super quickly.”
The Ice Cream Smith is another favorite spot. Just a mile from Centre Street, the Ice Cream Smith conjures a sense of tradition for the average Milton Academy community member. Sports teams at Milton Academy, middle school and high school alike, often make the twenty minute walk down to the historical ice cream parlor. As you open the door, the familiar bell above the door greets you while the aroma of homemade ice cream engulfs your senses. There are a large selection of ice-cream flavors and refreshing drinks to choose from in the shop. The Ice Cream Smith is currently closed for the winter, but it will reopen for its 40th anniversary in the spring. If you haven’t been, you should definitely go when the weather warms, as I would say that it is a rite of passage of all Milton students.
With the rigor of our busy schedules here at Milton, it can be great to have a place to unwind, talk with friends, and eat. The next time you are looking for a place to de-stress, check out a few of these restaurants!
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