I know I reviewed the Dogwood pretty early on when I started doing reviews, but I thought it was time to revisit since I’ve gone back and will probably return a lot more in the future, now that I live much closer to Forest Hills.
The Dogwood is pretty awesome. You have the great neighborhood feel of a place like Doyle’s but with better food, a similarly great beer menu, and a slightly classier atmosphere (although you can still watch Boston sports from the bar—we watched the Celtics trounce the Lakers from the bar).
In the food department, I’d like to recommend the pizza. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the choices, and you’ll generally have plenty left to take home with you. I’ve had some appetizers that were sort of duds—the broccoli bites come to mind—but then the wings have also made me salivate from several tables over. Desserts are divine, and as I mentioned, the drink menu is stellar. The bartenders are extremely friendly and helpful if you want something but don’t know quite what, as at the aforementioned Celtics viewing when one of my friends wanted “a nightcap.” (She ended up with something that involved kahlua and Bailey’s, and said it was delicious.) I have a secret longing to try all the fruity (as in gay, not necessarily fruit-flavored) cocktails they offer, as the caramel appletini was quite tasty. And potent.
All in all, I rate it “every time I want a beer and I’m tired of Doyle’s, or else whenever I feel like a fancy pizza and a quality beer.”