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2 new, 2 revisited

Joanie | Apr 4, 2005 08:03 AM

Ate at Dogwood by Forest Hills station last Wed. for the first time in 7 years and it was a good meal. Nice comfy neighborhood place with a varied menu, I had it in my head that we'd get salad and split a pizza which I hadn't had there. I wanted the warm spinach salad w/ bacon and gorgonzola ($6.95) which my friend thought he'd just taste but ended up really liking and splitting it with me (and it probably could have fed one more as an app). We got a mushroom, roasted tomato and onion pizza that I requested w/ no tomato sauce. They do a pretty good thin-ish crust and while I don't think the tomatoes were particularly roasted, it was fine and $12.95 for a large. I didn't get their amazing individual blueberry pie for dessert but that's a good way to end the meal if you check them out.

Also made it back to Ole in Inman Sq. for the first time in 6 years which wasn't too packed at 9PM on a Sat. Started with a good glass of sangria while waiting for our friend then finally got the basket of chips after we ordered. Warm but could use more salt, good salsa. The salmon (~$17) with mango/tomato salsa was done very well but I was so hungry and looking forward to a side of rice and beans which doesn't appear with their entrees. The side was a corn tamale (I think that was the description) that tasted like something from a Jiffy muffin mix. The tuna taco entree was good and there were huge scallops and shrimp were huge in the seafood marrisca (along with mussels and clams). It was nice but I feel like it's a little overpriced with most entrees $18-24. It's a pleasant spot and may be better for a drink and appetizer (like a crab taco or quesadilla sampler).

Took the recommendation of the 50's Diner (off Rt. 1 in Dedham by the 95 intersection) for breakfast on Sat. and was able to walk past the line at 10AM and grab a seat at the counter (after driving by the place tucked away in no man's land). The guy next to me had blueberry pancakes which looked good so I didn't really look at the rest of the menu and got a decent short stack ($3.90). Those tiny frozen blueberries aren't the most exciting in the world it hit the spot. I think I'll take Groaker's suggestion and try one of their frappes next time, with a grilled cheese.

Made it to True Grounds in Ball Sq. Somerville yesterday for the first time and had an excellent choc. chip scone w/ a hint of orange with a very strong iced coffee. The place was hopping at 3:00. Great neighbood coffee shop, too bad it's not my neighborhood. People were talking about a new Mexcican place opening on Tues. across the street next to Sound Bites, El Guapo.

Also saw on TV Diner that the Torch guy is taking over the Gallia space on Washington St., so it'll be nice to have that space occupied again.

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