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January 17, 2014
Experience Stephi's in Southie
By Rick Winterson

Stephi’s in Southie is located adjacent to Broadway Station at 130 Dorchester Avenue in the newly constructed Eleven West Building.  There’s also an entrance facing West Broadway.  Take either one – you’ll be immediately impressed as you step inside.  The hours of service are quite convenient:  Lunch from 11:30 to 3 p.m.; offerings from 3 to 5 p.m.; and dinner after 5 p.m.  Brunches on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Closing times – 2 a.m., 1 a.m. on Sunday nights (Monday morning, actually).  

It’s important to note that the three locations in Stephanie’s Restaurant Group are each very different from one another.  When you step inside Stephi’s in Southie through the West Broadway entrance, you’ll see a large, comfortable bar area that beckons you to take a seat and order up some refreshment.  It’s a place to linger, so you can enjoy a leisurely lunchtime break.   

Go in through the Dorchester Avenue entrance and you’ll find yourself in a tasteful dining area, a relaxed-but-elegant place to enjoy Stephi’s “sophisticated comfort food”.  The two areas adjoin, so you can enjoy a drink at the bar and later on, go to your table for dinner.  This flexibility is one of the reasons you can truly “experience” Stephi’s in Southie. 

Two features of Stephi’s in Southie are definitely worth noting.  Their floating fireplace overlooks the dining area.  A large table in front of this fireplace would be a fantastic setting for your memorable dinner celebration.  Check it out.  Stephi’s also has a unique wine bar.  Now, with few exceptions, wine has to be ordered by the bottle (pouring only one glass from a full bottle lets air spoil the rest of the wine overnight).  Stephi’s in Southie’s wine bar has a dispensing set-up that preserves open wines with an inert gas called “argon”.  This allows you to order superb wines (e.g., Ilatria, Brancai, ’09) by the glass in 3-, 6-, and 9-ounce pours. 

It’s not possible to fully describe the Stephi’s in Southie menu in a short article.  But here are a few brief, tempting examples:  Popular appetizers include ahi tuna tartare and warm naan bread with three spreads.  Note that their delicious naan bread, along with all of their baked goods, is made on the premises.  Have you ever had lamb osso buco (shank with the bone left in)?  Or seared scallops wrapped in salmon?  Well, you can at Stephi’s in Southie.  To round out the “sophisticated comfort food” menu, Stephi’s offers a Stephi burger with cheddar and ‘shrooms, their famous stuffed meat loaf, and of course that old favorite, mac ‘n’ cheese. 

According to Leo Fonseca, Director of Operations, Stephi’s has a growing presence in South Boston.  He recently relocated their head office and their entire administrative staff to West Broadway, right beside the restaurant.  Leo is a success story on his own.  Over the last 11 years, he has worked his way up from the waitstaff at Stephanie’s Restaurant Group into its management ranks, while obtaining a degree from Newbury College in Hotel and Restaurant Management.  If you are a young person just starting out, you might want to consider a career in hospitality, too.  You’ll start at the entry level and it’s hard work, but there are several pathways leading to promotion and advancement. 

Just a few closing tips about Stephi’s at Southie.  First, the next time you’re nearby, simply walk through and take a look.  Then, try a satisfying lunch from their luncheon menu.  Finally (if you really needed to ask), you can view the games this weekend in elegant, large screen comfort at Stephi’s in Southie.

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