Estelle's also manages to eclipse neighbor/sibling Parish Café as the South End's best beer bar, with 60 bottles and cans and 30 drafts ranging from the fruity, high-test Belgian oomph of Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet ($10.50), to the macro blue-collar refreshment of canned Hamm's ($4.50), to the hoppy, saison-style charms of draft Jack's Abby Private Rye ($6.50). The short, modest wine list ($7–$11.50 by the glass, most bottles in the twenties) won't wow but suits the food: heavily oaked plonk like Rodney Strong Chardonnay ($9/$27) finally meets its food match in that fried chicken. On its sunny corner, with its clean, spare looks and casual service, Estelle's is a versatile addition to the neighborhood, family-friendly enough on school nights, a hopping beer-geek bar on weekends. Your Dixie friends may roll their eyes at the liberties it takes with their cuisine, but Estelle's delivers plenty of Southern comfort for Yankee palates.
ESTELLE'S SOUTHERN CUISINE :: 782 Tremont St, Boston :: 857.250.2999 or estellesboston.com
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