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Some new restaurants (for us)…

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Boston, Food, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Some new restaurants (for us)…

We’ve been eating!  I haven’t been posting but I’ve been eating.  And, here are some great new finds:

Empire – at the Seaport.  Wow!  I can’t say enough.  I’m still dreaming about the Lobster Cupcakes.  They were outstanding.  The hot and sour soup served in a big bowl, some Singapore noodles.  All awesome.  Great looking restaurant.  Open kitchen with a sushi bar. Great bar.  Lounge area where you can reserve seating.  It has it all.  In fact, we had to go back and weren’t disappointed the second time around.

Tryst – in Arlington.  A wonderful little restaurant.  We stopped there for dinner before a show at the Regent Theatre, spent almost 2 hours with some friends.  At the table – a great bolognese, a perfect hamburger, some delicious epanadads and crispy calamri.  A definite return to Tryst.  They also own Cook in Newton.  Tryst is small and it has a nice bar if you that’s your preference.

Row 34 – located in a warehouse space in Fort Point Channel brought to you by the people who own Island Creek Oyster Bar.  So you know it’s probably going to be pretty good.  And it is.  Industrial looking, we sat at the bar (of course) and had a terrific bowl of clam chowder, some perfectly prepared fried clams and butterscotch pudding.

These are all restaurants worth revisiting.

Wait, T\there’s more on the way.

So, see you at the bar……

 

Empire Restaurant and Lounge on Urbanspoon

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Row 34 on Urbanspoon

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The Beat Hotel

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Cambridge, Food | 0 comments

The Beat Hotel

There’s a new restaurant in Harvard Square brought to us by the group that owns Beehive in the South End.  It’s been on my radar and we finally made it there last Saturday.

I liked the feel of the restaurant.  It’s very funky and eclectic, has some fun pscyhedelic style artwork, mismatched chandeliers and a good bar scene.  The tables are set apart so that you’re not on top of the people next to you which is very important to me.  Someone’s into music because the background music was excellent from my point of view.  Why?  Because anyone including Mink DeVille on a play list knows a little something!

Now for the food.  There were some hits and some misses.

We started with smoky Chipolte BBQ spare ribs.  They were a hit.  Melt in your mouth kind of ribs.  Pulled lamb nachos were cold and had to be returned.  They came back to the table hot and were not reheated but a new order.  I liked them but thought there was a little more cheese than pulled lamb.

Spaghetti with crispy artichoke, shrimp, pecorino and EVOO was delicious.  It had a bite to it and was even better as a reheat the next day.

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A burger with Gorgonzola was ordered rare but came to the table medium rare.

An organic chicken piccata with gnocchi was okay but nothing outstanding.

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Wines can be ordered by the ounce or a carafe which is about 2 1/2 glasses.  The selection is all American.  They are choosing wines from sustainable vineyards and I like that concept but from my perspective, a Verdelho from the West Coast was not a match for one from Portugal.  Just my opinion.  Then, on a nod from the owner I tried an Albarino.  Again, it didn’t quite equal a Spanish Albarino.  I’m in no way a wine snob but I know what I like and these didn’t quite make it for me.

 

So would I go back?  Yes, to listen to the live music and  sit at the bar.  As I said, I liked the vibe of the restaurant and I’d give it another chance.

See you at the bar…

 

Beat Hotel on Urbanspoon

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Friends + Food = Summer on Cape Cod

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Food, Friends, Road Trips | 1 comment

Friends + Food = Summer on Cape Cod

3 1/2 hours.  That’s how long it took to get to the Cape.  From our house, a normal drive would be 1 1/2 hours.  But we were hit with torrential rain the entire way. Stop and go traffic, a back-up over the bridge but finally arrived in Harwich, which is known as mid-Cape.

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Aragosta Bar and Bistro

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in Boston, Food, Restaurant Reviews | 4 comments

Aragosta Bar and Bistro

It was a beautiful weekend in Boston and the criteria for dinner on a Saturday night:  Had to be on the waterfront.  You think it’s easy in Boston.  It’s not.  There are some very good restaurants along Fan Pier and some others scattered along Atlantic Ave and Commerical Street.  But, for a city on a harbor there’s not a lot to choose from.

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Tapas at Estragon

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Boston, Food, Out and About, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Tapas at Estragon

A warm summer night is perfect for tapas.  After Roy’s haircut in the South End that’s what we felt like so we headed over to Estragon.  It was early so there was lots of room for 2 at the bar.

The restaurant is a big, airy, informal space with a nice sized bar, hi-top and cafe seating and some comfy, mismatched overstuffed chairs and couches.  It kind of reminds me of a restaurant in Madrid that’s been around for generations.  

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Island Creek Oyster Bar

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Boston, Food, Out and About, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Kenmore Square was all abuzz last night.  A little country came to Fenway Park.  Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert  were playing and the crowd was all straw cowboy hats, short sundresses and cowboy boots.

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