The Boarding House is Seth and Angela Raynor’s popular mid range restaurant on Federal St. The menu can best be described as “comfort food,” with entrees ranging from $27 to $37 and appetizers from $14 to $18. The service is always fast and informal, but you will definitely need a reservation: they are very popular.
We visited The Boarding House last Friday with their crispy fried chicken in mind ($27). It’s served with a biscuit and a dish of a jam that changes from day to day. Ours was apple butter. It also comes with a very interesting collard green slaw and pickled cucumbers. The chicken was crispy, with the batter slightly sweetish, and the pieces cooked to perfection without being at all dried out.
For an appetizer, we tried their Caesar salad: Baby Kale and Romaine Caesar with garlic bread croutons (14), white boquerones (that means anchovies) and copious amounts of grated Parmesan cheese. This salad was excellent, almost big enough for two to share.
We also tried their Homemade Riccotta toast ($16) served with black mission figs, local fennel pollen (really!), sea salt and sorghum. With the figs and all this was more substantial than it sounds and made quite an excellent appetizer as well.
There were really only a few choices for dessert: Dark Chocolate Cremeux, Raspberry Pavlova (apparently you drool when you read about it) BoHo cookies and milk, ice creams and cheeses. We decided to forgo them, although we know their cookies are outstanding.
Our bill, with 3 glasses of wine was $136, including tax. We go back every year.