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Off the Beaten Path: Bike to these local favorite spots

Picture this!  It’s sunny with blue skies all around you.  You have the whole day ahead of you.  Why not grab a bike (we’re talking to you PORT45) and pedal your way to one of these Southie hidden gems:

The Galley Diner
The Galley is one of the only diners still left in South Boston.  This family owned hole in the wall breakfast joint serves up large portions or delicious breakfast and lunch items like giant omelettes, hand carved ham, corned beef hash and homemade home fries. For lunch you can’t beat their turkey club or grilled cheese.  With only 12 seats at the counter and four tables, expect a line on the weekends.  We say play hooky from work during the week and treat yourself to some breakfast or lunch at The Galley.

The Seapoint
You’re guaranteed to feel right at home at the Seapoint Bar and Grill.  This family run business is known for its delicious food with ample servings, fantastic drink prices, and some of  the friendliest servers in Southie.  A destination for their famous steak tips, this comfortable and laid back restaurant is the perfect spot to watch a game, meet up with friends for drinks and appetizers, or shoot some pool.

The Curley Community Center
The Curley Community Center aka “the L” is no-nonsense, no frills community center that features daily group fitness classes including yoga, latin dance, spinning, Zumba and body sculpting.  There is also a weight room, dance studio, showers, sauna and steam.  For a yearly membership it’s just $120 for all inclusive.  You must show proof of residency or else there is a $50 fee for out of city residents. The Curley Community Center is located at 1663 Day Boulevard right on the beach.

K&8th Butcher Shop
Pick up dinner!  K&8th Market and Butcher Shop can help you with when it comes to the meat you’re grilling or the fish you’re cooking – they are the local experts.  From hot dogs to hamburgers, to their legendary steak tips and fresh fish, K&8th has everything from fresh produce to desserts on hand to make your meal perfect!  Now with the addition of wine and beer, K&8th is one stop shopping!

Gallery 555
555 Gallery is a stylish gallery that features moving and inspiring photography and art exhibits. The gallery resides in 2000 square feet of a renovated 1950 manufacturing plant at street level on East Second Street.  This gallery has monthly opening receptions as well as creative shopping events.

Thirst and The Shannon Tavern
Located just a block away from each other on K Street, these two spots are under the radar hot spots for a drink. The recently renovated Thirs has become a local favorite. Thirst offers a cozy atmosphere, and great bar menu featuring an awesome pizza selection like Hawaiian, Italian, Caprese, Buffalo Chicken, and more! They also have wings, sliders and specials. Just up the street is Shannon’s and it’s like walking into a time warp.  When you think of hole in the wall bar, The Shannon does not disappoint. Cheap drinks, a pool table and bubble hockey!  There is usually always a cast of characters bellied up to the bar.

Southie Beaches:
The beach is that way! We are so lucky to have some the best beaches around! From M Street Beach (best people watching) to Pleasure Bay (what the kiteboarder fly), pack a lunch, grab a towel and hit the beach! It’s the perfect way to spend a summer day! Insider’s tip: Carson Beach features a walkway which allows one to walk, bike, or run along the water’s edge from Castle Island to the Kennedy Library.

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.