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Four Corners - Dining on Main Street 2011

Posted: June 18, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

"Walk with Main Street," they advertised, "and participate in a free restaurant sampling event involving Four Corners restaurants."  Dynell Andrews-Blake, Executive Director Four Corners Main Street explained that this was their fourth annual "Dining on Main Street" community event.

A group of 15 people gathered at the Erie Ellington Community Center.  The first two restaurants were only a block away at Washington Street:  Island Style Jamaican Restaurant, and Santo Domingo.  After that it was Levi's Restaurant on Washington Street.  Finally, the last two restaurants were just around the corner on Bowdoin St:  Nice N Clean Jamican Cuisine and Down Home Delivery & Catering.

From the start time of 2:30 to the last morsels were consumed, a full two hours had passed.  The participants all agreed they had a great time - meeting the restaurant owners, tasting the food and socializing with their friends. 

A commitment to return to these local and authentic cuisine eateries?  Absolutely.  Every restaurant on the tour was "the rave" as the group was treated with tastings of jerk chicken, hush puppies, chicken livers, pastelitos, fried fish & chips, collards and fried chicken.  "I've never been here but you better believe I am coming back."

Four Corners Main Street contact information

Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Gathering for Dining on Main Street
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
The walk begins

Chef Martin Clark talked about the restaurant and its cuisine.  Island Style serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has been in operation since September, 2003.  They serve authentic Jamaican food.

"Today we have stewed peas, really nice juicy jerk chicken with a special jerk sauce, chicken liver, white rice and hush puppies.  The recipes are so delicious.  There's proof is in the eating.  Take this peas and rice dish.  You don't need to eat anything else with this.  And these Hush Puppies, they are so nice and delicate.  I really appreciate you people coming out and participating on this wonderful occasion and supporting this venture."

Island Style Jamaican Restaurant, 183 Washington St, Dorchester, MA  617-288-8300

Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Island Style Jamaican Restaurant
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Chef Martin Clark  tells us about the rice and peas,
jerk chicken, livers and hush puppies
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Just checking the food before serving
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
My that was good!


Santo Domingo Restaurant & Cafeteria is owned by Rafael Lajara 179 Washington Street Dorchester MA. 

Santo Domingo Restaurant & Cafeteria, 179 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 617-282-7788

Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Restaurant Santo Domingo
179 Washington St
617.282.7788
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Available for take-out
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
 In line for the pastelito
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Happy taste-testers pose for the camera
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Victor, enjoying a pastelito from
Santo Domingo
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Dynell Andrews-Blake talking with
Councilor Yancey about Four Corners

Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
"Some of these places are
brand new to me."
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Meeting a produce vendor along the way
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
 "Hey, stragglers, hurry up.  Food's gettin' cold."

Levi's Restaurant & Lounge, 323 Washington St, Dorchester, MA  617-287-0400


Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Class photo in front of Levi's
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Close-up of the gang.
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Let's talk art, poetry and music.
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
 No, let's relax and wait for the food.
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Dynell Andrews-Blake and Levi George, owner
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Group photo after delicious fried fish and chips
Owner Jennette Thomlinson Douglas tells us about her restaurant.  "Nice and Clean serves traditional jamaican cuisine.  You can get liver and kidney, okra and codfish for breakfast.  Our regular meals include curries, stews and BBQ chicken, goat, beef and pork.

We've been open for four years and very supported by the community since we opened.  Let everybody in the community know that we have the best food in town."  They are open 8 AM to 10 PM and closed on Sunday.

Nice N Clean Jamican Cuisine at 340 Washington St, Dorchester, MA  617-265-4009



Four Corners - Dining on Main Street

Four Corners - Dining on Main Street

Nice N Clean Jamican Cuisine in Four Corners
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street

Four Corners - Dining on Main Street

Dynell Andrews-Blake gets our attention so owner Jeannette can proudly talk
about the food at Nice N Clean Jamican Cuisine
Sherell Webster Paine provided us an overview of their family business.  "We opened in November 2009 in Jamaica Plain and moved to Four Corners in November.  Our specialty is Southern soul food.  We don't like to emphasize soul food because people think it's a certain ethnicity but a lot of our food is traditional Southern food.  Our family is from Georgia. 

People had been coming to our house by the hundreds and and asking us how come you don't have your own restaurant?  So God has provided us so that we have a space.  Our southern cooking includes slow cooked country pot  roast, savory BBQ baby back  ribs, meatloaf and side  dishes like yams, greens, corn and black eye peas. "

Down Home Delivery & Catering, 2 Bowdoin St, Dorchester, MA  617-288-0813

Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Corner Washington & Bowdoin

Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Gary Webster 
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
 Sherell Webster Paine
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street

Four Corners - Dining on Main Street

Waiting for the food to arrive
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Collards cooked in turkey broth
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
Fried chicken, southern style
Four Corners - Dining on Main Street

Four Corners - Dining on Main Street

Four Corners - Dining on Main Street
The End of the Day and "the Livin' is Ezy."


Contact Information:   
Dynell Andrews-Blake
Executive Director
director@fourcornersms.org
Four Corners Main Street
P.O. Box 240877 /420 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-287-1651
website: 
http://www.fourcornersms.org
 

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