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Food and Photos: A Review of Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen

With a disposable film camera and an empty stomach, we take on South End's Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen to see what the hype is all about.

Written and photographed by: Dajanae Hester | Edited by: Amanda Siow


Nestled in a corner of Boston’s South End, black-owned Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen (DCBK) is a local gem I’ve heard loads of good things about. I decided to try it for myself on President’s Day weekend, and it did not disappoint. With live music, exceptional drinks, and comforting food, DCBK had me going straight back the very next day. It was a vibe.

Drinks: 9/10

I would go back just for these drinks alone. The Roxbury Royal Tea (left) and the Dirty Denise (right) had just the right amount of sweetness—sweet but not too strong. They were delicious.

The Roxbury Royal Tea at Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen

The Dirty Denise at Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen

Food: 7.5/10

This soul food restaurant definitely has a Black mother cooking in the kitchen. The food is a great pick-me-up if you’re feeling homesick. That being said, it wasn’t a life-changing experience. The star of the dinner was the Hot Honey Chicken Wings. I had Cornbread with honey butter, Mac and Cheese, and mashed potatoes alongside it.

The Cornbread with honey butter at Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen
The Mac and Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, and Hot Honey Chicken Wings at Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen

Vibes: 10/10

Local artists playing at Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen

My favorite thing about DCBK was hands down the people there. The local artists played great music and the staff were incredibly kind. It was refreshing to see so many people that looked like me in a restaurant. DCBK will give you a great time even if you’re just there to hang.

It’s official: I’m gatekeeping DCBK.


Overall Rating:

Drinks: 9/10

Food: 7.5/10

Vibes: 10/10

Total: 26.5/30 🌟

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