In a stylish gem on the corner of Tremont and Mass Ave., chef/owner Douglass Williams is slinging globally inspired small plates and thoughtful handmade pasta dishes at MIDA. On the tip of the bustle of the South End, Williams fills the space formerly occupied by Cluckit! (sadly short-lived but delicious Peri-Peri chicken rotisserie) and Estelle’s (Brian Poe’s Southern comfort spot, brimming with pie and po’ boys).
An easy elevated elegance guides MIDA’s menu, as the 32-year-old Jamaica Plain resident roasts sweet whole parsnips with Spanish octopus and white Romesco and adds creaminess and warmth to a simple grain salad with fresh yogurt and hazelnut pesto. Since opening doors in November, Williams is undeniably busy, but doesn’t hesitate to share his favorite spots to chow down, grab a cup of joe or find the best slice in town. (Editor's note: We stand behind his pizza choice 100-percent.)