If fast, furious, and filling is a general way to describe your lunch break, then think about adding Daddy’s Roast Beef to your list of eat-and-run downtown locales. Snuggled between Chinatown and Downtown Crossing at the bend of Kingston Street, Daddy’s churns out traditional midday meals with some subtle touches that offer up a taste of home.
The house specialty Daddy’s Super Beef ($4.75) and Mama’s Pastrami ($5) subs are served hot and heaping on your choice of onion or sub rolls, with mayonnaise or Daddy’s special sauce for those who like a little spice. Common deli subs and sides are also available for apprehensive beef heads. The seasoned fries ($2.75) are a quality treat, but they take time and need extra cheese.
For those who have a little more time to savor lunch, Daddy’s serves clam chowder ($2.95) and chili ($2.95) for starters, as well as daily specials like meat loaf ($5.95) and chop suey with salad ($5.95). Coffee, tea, soda, and fresh-baked desserts are available throughout the day. Daddy’s also serves egg sandwiches and omelets during the morning shift.
Daddy’s is assembly line/cafeteria style, so grab a tray and a spot in line and get ready to repeat your order: the staff behind the counter is quick to work or joke, and each will ask you what you’re getting (and probably make a few recommendations along the way). Once you’ve made it past the register, make a run for it or find a seat among the young-professional set at one of the long blue tables squished into the middle of the restaurant. Or, for a more private setting, grab a spot at a two- or four-seat table located around the periphery. Just be sure you’re comfortable, because it might be hard for you to move once you’ve cleaned your plate.
Daddy’s, located at 45 Kingston Street, in Boston, is open Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (617) 482-3239.