Recently we had an awesome dinner at the new Southie hotspot - The Punk & Poet. We walked in to punk music playing softly in the background and immediately felt immersed in both a library and bar all at once. The Punk & Poet has nailed the rebellious vibe of the 80s and 90s with classics such as American Idiot that left us with a nostalgic feeling. I caught myself singing along a few times. If you want a nice quiet meal they'll serve that up on one side of the restaurant as you sit in tartan seats with some awesome food. If you want more of a bar vibe they've got that too, with a nice long high top table acting as a divider between the two, great for a big group of friends. The atmosphere pays homage to the garage punk era of the 90s with a sophisticated twist.
First I have to call out our incredible server Jen. She was so friendly and welcoming and answered all of our annoying questions.
We started off with Potato Bombs - an explosion of fried potatoes, cheese, bacon bites and served with a jalapeno sour cream. I highly recommend this dish to anyone.
I also wanted to try the buffalo cauliflower, so we did. Cauliflower is by nature a lame veg, but add buffalo sauce, fry it and dip it into homemade blue cheese and you've got a power appetizer.
To accompany our apps we also sipped on a few cocktails. First I tried the Lady Pomegranate with citrus vodka, pomegranates, lemon and orange oil. It was like a Cosmo, one of my fave girly cocktails when I want to channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw.
Bae went with the Sucker Punch. It was a heavy handed pour, with whiskey, chocolate porter beer syrup, bitters, anise rinse and a lemon oil.
Next up: the Mains. I decided on the Pan Roasted Salmon, a huge piece of tender salmon over mashed tatoes and garlic braised greens. All of the flavors complemented each other perfectly.
Bae pretended to be healthy with a salad. This was the kind of steak salad that came topped with onion rings, so Bae was very excited and pretty much just ate the steak, onion rings and a few of the veggies and completely ignored the healthy greens.
We were too stuffed to even think about dessert, but I have heard amazing things about the warm fried cake donuts and will need to come back with a larger stomach to try those next time.
Would defs recommend you venture in to this unique new Southie restaurant, have a drink or a meal with friends.
After being in a grunge punk literary environment I felt inspired to write a Poem.
Here it goes:
The Punk & Poet - we had to go. And now that we've been, now we know. The food is delish, the vibe is great, we'll defs be back for our next date.