If your entire concept of Jewish cooking is limited to blintzes, bagels, and Matzo Ball soup, Our Fathers in Allston is the education you didn’t know you needed. Combining a traditional Jewish deli with a full-service, sit-down restaurant and a gin-based cocktail program, the newest installment from the Franklin Restaurant group (Citizen, Tasty Burger, Franklin Cafe) wants to broaden guests’ expectations of what modern Jewish cooking means in a fresh and comfy modern setting.
Our Fathers is really two concepts in one, with both deli and restaurant offering unique and particular experiences. The black-and-white sign over the deli counter is deceptively simple, featuring breakfast options and classic soups and sandwiches for take-out ordering along with hot and cold coffee-to-go. There are bagels-by-the-dozen, homemade breads, and custom cream cheeses to take home. But head to the restaurant side and you’ll be treated to a global tour through the world of Jewish flavors, from traditional Ashkenazi deli fare to spicy, Spanish-influenced Sephardic Jewish cooking, the middle-eastern essences of Mizrahi Jewish dishes, and the fresh, Mediterranean flair of Israeli cuisine. The restaurant menu features a smattering of small and large plates, with shareable entrees and sides, as well as an all-day deli menu so you can still grab a potato pancake with your dinner.
The deli/restaurant split is reflected in the beverage selection too, with the deli side offering a range of soda fountain options, from egg creams to floats to house-made shrubs and a wide range of handcrafted sodas. The 20-seat bar is all about gin, with nearly 100 offerings from around the globe featured in over 30 cocktails, G&T tastings, and an extensive martini menu.
Our Fathers has two entrances. One brings you into the no-frills, subway-tiled deli section where you can order, grab, and go without a fuss. The other opens into a bright, casual midcentury-modern space where a record player spins whatever album fits the day’s mood. The space is colorful and fun, with an attention-grabbing vibrant green accent wall and a lime green terrazza bar top flooded with light from floor-to-ceiling windows and offset by warm woods and leather booths.
Our Fathers offers catering for special events, meetings, or prepared dinner for in-store pickup. The dining room can accommodate 72 guests, and a Chef’s Table is available (with advanced notice) for groups of 4 to 6.
197 North Harvard Street
Allston, MA 02134