ICYMI: Caught in Southie’s Maureen Dahill was featured on NESN’s Dining Playbook for a little segment known as “Where the Locals Eat!” Lucky Maureen! She got to eat and drink at Southie’s newest hot spot Publico! Here’s here review below!
As soon as you enter Publico, the first thing you notice is the vibe. It pulsates with energy from its chic decor to its warm and friendly staff. The dining room is stylish but cozy with just 50 seats featuring soft leather banquets, beautiful artwork and the 26 seat bar . The impressive vine-draped atrium is like a secret oasis complete with fire pits, a bar and lounge seating and is sure to be a hot spot this summer.
The menu at Publico offers globally inspired food featuring items like empanadas, tacos, and pizzettas, small sharable plates of steamed mussels, ceviche, and larger plates like steak frites, bolognese and mahi mahi. Publico’s cocktail menu is also imaginative with such gems as the French Ninja – a refreshing combination of Suntory Toki whiskey and calvados.
The rib-eye tartare tacos were delicious. The shell was crunchy and the filling was tender and tasty. The Mais Crepes were cooked to perfection and filled with a velvety, warm corn mousse and served with a fresh avocado and green tomato relish which helped bring out the flavor of the mousse. The ceviche was fresh and flavorful and an hearty portion filled with fish, shrimp and cucumber – served with fried plantains.
Last but not least the Whipped Fresh Cheese. Made in house with milk, and whipped with honey and vanilla, served with citrus, toffee crumble, and maple caramel and topped with thyme.
In the ever changing landscape of the South Boston restaurant scene, Publico is a welcomed addition and is sure to be a neighborhood favorite!
You can see how see did on the episode here!