More swank restaurants for Southie: Stephi’s in Southie has opened at 130 Dorchester Ave., close to the Broadway T stop. It’s the latest from restaurateur Stephanie Sokolove, the force behind scenester havens Stephanie’s on
Newbury and Stephi’s on Tremont. Her 150-seat Southie outpost will serve comfort food standards at lunch and dinner, plus a late-night menu and brunch. The dining room has two interesting twists: its very own wine bar and a ceramic-tiled, floating fireplace.
Bar Louie, serving basically anything you’ve ever wanted — or resisted the urge — to eat, opened near Fenway Park this week at 121 Brookline Ave. The menu is huge and a true snacker’s delight: You’ll find popcorn doused in truffle butter, pretzel sticks with cinnamon butter, wings, sliders, tacos, burgers, flatbreads, meatballs, and even a breakfast burrito stuffed with tater tots. The cocktail list also shows few signs of restraint. There are several permutations of margarita and 15-plus martinis, including a S’Mores variety stuffed with marshmallows. There’s even a Bloody Mary fashioned with Guinness Stout.
Boylston Street’s Forum takes one more step toward recovering from the Marathon bombings: The rebuilt, revamped restaurant debuted lunch service this week. It’ll serve soups, salads, and sandwiches from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Exciting news in another city: Our beloved Toro has a sibling. The New York branch of Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s South End tapas parlor opened this week at 85 Tenth Ave. in Chelsea. The 100-seat restaurant has a prime perch next to Tom Colicchio’s Colicchio & Sons and Mario Batali’s Del Posto. The aesthetic is hopefully edgy enough for Manhattan, with a menu that includes gooseneck barn-acles a la plancha and an enormous mounted bull’s head on the wall.