The South End Buttery is a quaint bakery and bistro tucked away on a tree lined street in Boston’s South End, reminiscent of a café you may find in Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood. On this warm, late summer night, few things were as refreshing to eat as the Buttery’s gazpacho. And if you’re a fan of this cold soup, you’ll want to try The South End Buttery’s lively version of it using watermelon.
The large pieces of sweet watermelon swim in a thick puree of summer vegetables, making for a delicious sweet and salty version of this classic. With a stellar tomato season this summer the tomatoes were at their peak of ripeness adding a big, rich flavor to this soup. With a beautifully scented sprig of basal swimming on top this soup is not only delicious to eat but beautiful to look at! The staff favorite, Meatloaf sitting on a whipped bed of sour cream mashed potatoes with haricot verts and pearl onion mustard gravy, was simply divine, as was the Plainville Farms White Meat Turkey Burger with guacamole, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato. Stop in to Richard Gordon’s Bakery/Café this fall and try their soup. If the watermelon Gazpacho is any sign of the quality of their soups you are in for a treat.