Kre8 Gastropub, an Instagram-worthy restaurant that shares space with Wooden Robot, is now open in South End.
I visited Kre8 Gastropub on Sunday for lunch. It’s already attracting solid crowds. With huge garage door windows, the interior is simple, bright and casual.
Hours are 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday; noon – 11 p.m. on Saturday, noon – 8:30 p.m. on Sunday; closed Monday.
The mastermind behind the food is chef Rob Masone. The concept was birthed from Twisted Eats, the food truck that was previously parked outside Wooden Robot.
Honestly, I didn’t expect the food to be so delicious. Kre8 Gastropub is a huge win for Wooden Robot and South End in general.
Additionally, the food is beautifully plated — a smart, strategic move to provide perfect material for the Instagram and Snapchat users. Call me crazy, but it’s hard to not take a photo of Kre8 Gastropub’s food.
One thing I didn’t realize is that you can actually sit anywhere within Wooden Robot.
There is a hostess station at the main Wooden Robot entrance where you can grab a menu and/or order and get a number for your table.
Originally, I thought you could only get service in the new Kre8 space.
Popular dishes include their beer cheese ($11), chicken sandwich ($12), Bosshog Mac & Cheese Eggrolls ($12) and the Southern-fried tacos ($11).
Like a crazy person, I sat at the bar and ordered way too much food. After tasting each dish I creepily offered the rest to other guests — which of course weirded people out. Here’s a list of must orders depending on who you are.
Must order for the group: He’s Having a Beer Cheese ($11) – Wooden Robot rotating IPA, salt-crusted pretzels, flatbread crackers and a pale ale mustard.
Must order for the Instagrammer: Bosshog Mac & Cheese egg roll ($12) – beer boiled macaroni, gruyere, smoked, bacon jam, stilton and parmesan cream with a liquid cilantro drizzle. Come with your choice of side: hand slammed fries, blistered snow peas or cold cucumber salad.
Must order for the rich: Baked Gnocchi ($21) – lobster and cognac bisque, seared tiger shrimp, rosemary and scallion breadcrumbs, fried kale and arugula oil.
Must order for the normal meal: Chicken Sammie ($12) – pan seared chicken, bacon jam, kale and sunflower pesto, avocado, arugula and ranch. Comes with your choice of side.