On living in the South End of Boston: friendly dog parks, one officially-sanctioned (with excellent gates & hardscape) and another unofficial but more spacious; the lovely Polka Dog Bakery up the street; Chinese grocery store the size of Shaws in So Po; dogs welcome in even some of the big stores on Boylston Street, and in virtually all the small independent stores; cupcakes named after rescued dogs at The Buttery (they use Plugra butter in their buttercream…dreamy); neighborhood laundry service that knows you by name & washes/dries/perma-folds your clothes for not much more than it would cost to do it yourself; drip coffee that’s rich enough that you can pass on the latte. And yes the restaurants. We don’t have a shortage of great eats in Portland, that’s undeniable now….but I don’t think we’ll won’t go hungry here either.
What we miss the most, aside from our buds & our community in Portland, is that rocky coast…those beautiful beaches….not only Scarborough & Higgins at low tide, but our own neighborhood East End Beach. I told Zip I’d take him to the beach on a sunny Saturday recently. We made our way over to Carson Beach in South Boston, having read how great it was to live in Southie b/c of the beach, and it was pretty sad. EEB, we think you are the downtown beauty queen. Boston has nothing on you.