United House of Prayer
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Address: 206 Seaver St, Boston, MA 02121 (Cross street: Elm Hill Ave)
Neighborhood: Mattapan / Dorchester (West)
Specifics: Southern
Phone: 617-445-3246
Credit Cards: No
Landmarks Impressive Mishkan Tefila synagogue, now church and soul food kitchen.
Restaurants Friendly soul food in basement of Boston's old stadt shul.

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Posted by:  Knox Gardner

Large and imposing, the United House of Prayer for All People, located across the street from the Zoo, has one of Boston’s best kept cafeteria secrets in its rear entrance basement. A no-frills soul food counter with ribs, chicken, greens, and potato salad make it a cheap eat before or after a day at the park. A walk back into Boston difficult integrationist failures and hope, the building used to be the premier Stadt Shul of Boston, Mishkan Tefila, and then was the eponymous, Elma Lewis School, where the Civil Rights Leader taught arts and dance to young African Americans in the transitioning neighborhood. Primarily a lunch hall, the food can at times be overcooked in the steam trays. But for an interesting step into Boston’s changing cultures, the folks at United House of Prayer are pleasant and make you feel down home. We recommend the pork ribs—if they have them—cooked to falling apart perfection.

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