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North Shore residents are no longer to be pitied for their lack of good grub, says opinionatedchef, not now that Sixty2 on Wharf is packing 'em in with elegant yet affordable Mediterranean/Southern European food.
The space is "casual but not bare bones," says opinionatedchef, with cushioned chairs and banquettes and candlelit tables. The four-course prix fixe for $28 has to be one of the best bargains around: "An hour further south in bustling Boston, this meal would easily have been $58," opines opinionatedchef. Sixty2 also offers a selection of "sputini," or little bites, for $6 a throw ("easily as big as their $10-$15 Boston counterparts"), or five for $25.
One little bite, chickpea fritters, laid the whole table out: "These are not the boring one-note chickpea fritters I have had elsewhere," says opinionatedchef. "These batons are made with chickpea flour cooked down with milk; chopped cooked chickpeas, sweated onions, and spices that chirp 'cumin' in my grinning mouth. They're served with a date compote and they have me thinking a lot of Indian pakoras and their tamarind-date sweet sauce (but better)." Another standout was the "beautifully tender" house-made ravioli with "noteworthy" ricotta and Parmesan tossed with mint, fresh peas, artichoke hearts, and more Parmesan. "Actual house-prepared baby artichoke hearts, too; all for only $11 for a filling half portion!"
Desserts are made in-house by the "Hollywood-handsome, friendly, exuberant chef." Try the panna cotta with lemon and blueberries and the toffee cake.
Sixty2 on Wharf [North Shore]
62 Wharf Street, Salem
Discuss: 6/9/10 "Sixty Two On Wharf," Salem: Wow!! Major Wonderful on the North Shore!!
Best Chow on the North Shore. Period.
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When seeking tender ravioli with delightful fillings, the hounds have some go-to spots and dishes.
• pollystyrene says the best ravioli she's ever had were wild mushroom at Mamma Maria.
• barleywino's fave is Sorellina. Try the veal and liver ravioli in Marsala sauce, or the quail egg ravioli with pancetta and caramelized onions.
• The menu at Prezza is loaded with hound craving triggers. hotoynoodle says that the poached egg ravioli is haunting, while phatchris speaks up for the sweet corn with rock shrimp.
• Pizzeria Posto's crab ravioli in sweet pea brodo is "heaven," pocketgarden says simply.
Mamma Maria Restaurant [North End]
3 North Square, Boston
Sorellina [Back Bay]
1 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Prezza [North End]
24 Fleet Street, Boston
Pizzeria Posto [North of Boston]
187 Elm Street, Somerville
Discuss: Ravioli Recs
No bones about it: Tasting menus are expensive. Depending on the swankiness of the joint, multicourse tastings can run anywhere to $100 to $200 a person. And that's before you pay for the wine.
So where are the worthwhile spots to drop such coin? Multiple hounds recommend the following spots:
• Craigie on Main, where the six-course tasting will set you back $90, and the ten-course $115. "All my best meals at Craigie have been the blind tastings," avows kimfair1. "A six course usually contains at least an extra amuse, and usually something else extra at the end. Chef Tony Maws will usually personally deliver the final savory course of the evening."
• Clio, where a nine-course tasting is $105, and the fourteen-course $135. "IMHO, that's the way to experience Clio," says lipoff. "Ken Oringer really pulls out the stops on the tasting menu, and I think his molecular gastronomy food shows best in that format."
• L'Espalier, which has a Spring Degustation for $104 and a "tasting journey" at $185 that joth68 says is well worth it.
Craigie on Main [Cambridge]
863 Main Street, Cambridge
Clio [Back Bay]
370-A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
L'Espalier [Back Bay]
774 Boylston Street, Boston
Discuss: Best Boston Prix Fixe
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In San Francisco's Bernal Heights you can walk down Cortland Avenue, the main drag, and kinda trick yourself into thinking you are walking Main Street in a small town. Despite the neighborhoody, family vibe, it still feels a little bohemian, like maybe the dude going by pushing a stroller has a Burning Man art car parked in his garage. READ MORE
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