hails from the South End where the original, teeny, cozy restaurant has been
for years and has always been a local favorite. This location is much larger
and more open than its sister. The menu is creative, modern and has
a fun flair. They also do very inventive cocktails and
interesting micro brews. One of my favorites are the grilled mussels
that I just can’t get enough of and I was so happy to see they were still on
They have a long bar that runs the length of the restaurant and lends itself to more casual dining alone or with a friend. As there were three of us we decided that table top dining was our best option so we were seated in one of the comfy booths by the cheeky and funny host. The restaurant was still relatively quiet on this early Wednesday evening.
I raved so much about the Smoky Skillet Mussels to my friends, Kerry and Stacey, they both gave in to me and agreed to share them for our appetizer. They did not let me down one bit. I am not sure what they do to them to make them taste so incredibly flavorful. Plump and sweet with just the right amount of rock salt and fresh parsley. Dip them into some clarified butter and you will be in a little bit of mollusk heaven. They are truly gossip worthy.
|Smoky Skillet Mussels - |
Warm Clarified Butter, Parsley - $10
I picked the Salmon Tartare. Fresh, finely chopped, delectable bites of sushi grade salmon with a sharp citrus bite piled onto salty, crisp taro chips made this appetizer absolutely delicious. I made a good choice.
|Salmon Tartare - |
Taro Chips, Ponzu - $9
|Beef Cheek Tacos - |
Salsa Verde, Sour Cream, Pickled Ramps - $9
|Deconstructed Fish Tacos|
|Quinoa Salad - |
Pine Nuts, Candied Kalamatas, Feta, Arugula - $7
The Franklin Café is great for large groups and in the summer they have an outside deck, perfect for the leisurely brunch or summer cocktails and snacks.
also perfect for a local date night.
I believe we were observing a "Match" date at the bar and all seemed to be