Lincoln is a fairly new addition to South Boston, and the owner, Eric Aulenback, is also the owner of Lucky's Lounge. Lincoln boasts giant windows that are open in the summertime for a patio-dining feel, as well as exposed brick walls, dark wood booths and tables, and a sparkling clean bar featuring unobtrusive flat-screen TVs for those who want to watch the game.
But what really impressed us about Lincoln (besides the food) was the customer service. When we told our host that this was our first time at Lincoln, he walked us through the restaurant, told us its back story, and asked us which type of table we wanted to sit at for our first meal there. We ended up choosing a high-top table in the bar area, which flows with the more "formal" dining area seamlessly. (Side note: Lincoln can sit about 300 people at one time - that's how large this place is).
Our meal started with complimentary bread, which was delightfully fresh. The smooth, creamy butter it came with was also fantastic.
For our "appetizer," Z and I decided to split the Heirloom Tomato Salad ($12), comprised of Maplebrook Farm burrata, arugula, fresh basil, and Katz Chef's Pick olive oil.
Although this salad looks overdressed in the photo, it really wasn't. The fresh flavors of each ingredient really stood out, and it was obvious that only quality ingredients were used.
As we were finishing our salads, our host came over to see how we were liking our meals so far. When we mentioned we were vegetarians, he gave us a slew of recommendations for what to order. Then, he offered to bring us one of his favorite dishes (which is usually topped with bacon) for us to try: the Butternut Squash Pizza ($12).
Topped with fontina, caramelized onions, pecorino, and rosemary oil, this was one decadent pizza. It was also insanely delicious, and I loved the crispy yet pillowy crust. We both shared a slice before our meals and took the rest home. The leftovers didn't last the night.
For our entrees, Z went with the Artichoke Tortellini ($16) and I had the Caprese Sandwich ($10).
I had one bite of Z's tortellini - which came with pesto, roasted vegetables, and pecorino - and the flavors were just fabulous. My usually simple caprese sandwich was kicked up a few notches thanks to the local tomatoes and basil aioli. The sandwich was also piled as high as any meat sandwich would be, so it was perfectly filling. Lincoln also serves their sandwiches with local Grillo's Pickles.
We both washed our meals down with a beer (I had the Sea Dog Blueberry, $6). Lincoln's beer list is OK, but they have an impressive cocktail list that I will be trying on my next visit.
Overall, I loved the service, atmosphere, and use of local ingredients at Lincoln. I'm already eager to go back to try their brunch!
Have you discovered any great new-to-you restaurants lately?