1.30.2013

Dinner At West On Centre, West Roxbury, Mass.

We moved to West Roxbury a little over a month ago and are learning our neighborhood little by little. It will definitely be so much nicer and easier when the weather gets warmer and we can walk around and explore. In the meantime, we're lucky enough to have friends who volunteered to come out to our neighborhood for dinner so we could check out a new-to-us restaurant. I have a long list of places I want to try in both West Roxbury and Roslindale but somehow selected West on Centre for this particular evening.

West on Centre is located right in the heart of West Roxbury on Centre Street and is a quick drive from our house. I had heard the food was good and was looking forward to a nice evening there. We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and waited in the bar area for our table to be ready. I immediately loved the bar area and thought it was so cozy. I can definitely see going back for a glass or two of wine and some appetizers.


Once we were seated in the dining room, we ordered wine and cocktails, along with some appetizers. We tried the chipotle honey bbq chicken lollipops and the chipotle-braised chicken quesadilla. I always love the presentation of chicken lollipops -- they're so much more enticing than chicken wings.

Chipotle honey BBQ chicken lollipops at West on Centre, West Roxbury, Mass.

The quesadilla definitely had a nice kick to it and came with some flavorful pico de gallo on the side. Both dishes were solid starters. (Maybe I'll order them again with my glass of wine at the bar.)

Chipotle-braised chicken quesadilla at West on Centre, West Roxbury, Mass.

One of our friends got the baked haddock, which has a Ritz Cracker crust and is flavored with white wine. It was served with creamy mashed potatoes and buttery green beans. I didn't try it, but it got good reviews from our friend.

Baked haddock at West on Centre, West Roxbury, Mass.

Our other friend got the burger. It comes with cheddar cheese and caramelized onions on a brioche roll. There's usually applewood-smoked bacon too, but she ordered it without. Again, I didn't try this dish, but she really liked it.

Burger at West on Centre, West Roxbury, Mass.

Jeff got the famous steak tips (I say famous because the tips were featured in the top 5 on TVDiner). The tips are grilled and marinated and served alongside creamy mashed potatoes and Parmesan-baked broccoli. Then everything's topped with hot, crispy onion rings (thin ones that resemble strings more than rings -- which I love, so I was definitely stealing some off Jeff's plate). He agreed the tips deserve a top spot.

Steak tips at West on Centre, West Roxbury, Mass.

For my dinner, I went with the butternut squash ravioli. With this dish, I'm used to the squash flavor just being inside the ravioli, but these handmade ravioli were actually covered with a creamy pumpkin sauce too, as well as Pecorino Romano and sage brown butter. Sometimes pumpkin dishes can suffer from too much spicing and taste like pumpkin pie, but that was not the case here at all. The dish is on the heavy side -- with all that cream and cheese -- and I only made it halfway through the full portion (a half portion would probably be perfect for me), but the leftovers warmed up nicely the next day.

Butternut squash ravioli at West on Centre, West Roxbury, Mass.

We were all happy with our meals and had good service as well. I loved the cozy atmosphere and neighborhood vibe and think West on Centre will become one of our go-to neighborhood spots. There are a lot of events there that sound really fun, like Taco Tuesdays, Winter Wine Dinners, and Tempt Me Thursday Wine Tastings. I imagine we'll be checking some of those out soon enough! Oh, and brunch too!

What restaurants are you enjoying in your neighborhood?

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19 comments:

  1. Very ironic - I went to West on Centre last week for the first time, but I went for lunch! I was really happy with it. I would love to go back for dinner sometime soon, and your positive experience definitely reinforces my hope to return! Looks like a great meal that you had.
    And btw, I didn't know you moved to West Rox - so fun! We're neighbors now, as I'm in JP. Maybe you had mentioned it before but I missed it. Have fun exploring your new "hood"!

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  2. Oh, that's awesome! I don't think I had said where we moved yet, but so fun to find out we're so close. We should try to do lunch or something in one of our neighborhoods... it would be nice to meet you! And I'm glad you had a good experience at West on Centre too!

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  3. That would be so fun to meet up for lunch sometime!

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  4. Welcome to the neighborhood! West Roxbury and Roslindale (my hood) both have so many delicious restaurants that it's sometimes becomes a challenge to even want to go downtown any more! You should definitely check out Sophia's Grotto in Rozzi Square on Monday evenings as they offer BYOB if you purchase wine from neighboring Solera Mondays only.

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  5. This looks great! I haven't been, but I live nearby. I second the recommendation for Sophie's Grotto. The Boston Cheese Cellar is right there too. They have a great cheese selection and lots of amazing olive oils! Enjoy the new neighborhood!

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  6. So fun exploring your new neighborhood! This definitely seems like a great spot - love the look of those raviolis - so much delicious squash and pumpkin!

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  7. Lin @ BeantownEatsJanuary 30, 2013 12:49 PM

    I agree, lollipops are always so fun! I saw this TV Diner episode, and so glad to hear Jeff enjoyed the steak tips. Looks like a perfect neighborhood spot!

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  8. This place looks and sounds awesome! I've been loving Five Horses Tavern in my 'hood lately!

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  9. I love how this place has so many themed nights of food! So fun.

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  11. I love discovering neighborhood spots. We're big fans of dbar, Savin Bar + Kitchen, and Ashmont Grill in our neighborhood.

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  12. Thanks for the suggestions. Those are both on my list to check out!

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  13. Such a great tip! I will definitely have to check it out!

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  14. So happy to see you exploring the new neighborhood! Looks like you have a fun, casual place right nearby.

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  15. My favorite part of moving to a new neighborhood is checking out the neighborhood restaurants. Sounds like this is a great one to have close by!

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  16. Whenever I read your restaurant reviews, it makes me want to live in Boston again. Sure,, NYC has great restaurants..but there's a certain ambiance to dining in Boston and the surrounding areas I just can't nail down, but I liked it...a lot! With that said...let me know when your King Cake giveaway is up so I can link you up..giving everyone another chance to win one ::)

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  17. Thanks, Lisa! My post is actually going up tomorrow. (And I may be eating a piece of king cake for breakfast as I type this…) :)

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  18. glad you're already trying out all your new local spots :)

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  19. christinefreshlocalandbestFebruary 03, 2013 11:26 PM

    I hope you are settling into your new neighborhood well. The quesadilla looks delicious! I'm looking forward to seeing the great food in the area.

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