I just returned from a trip to Boston and I thought I would throw in my 2 cents worth of opinions. I had three meals, two lunches and a dinner. I went to Pho Pasteur, Eastern Market and Trattoria Toscana.
Pho Pasteur: Having been in MT for the last 18 months any Vietnamese is awesome. It is probably my favorite food. I just happened on it while walking through Ctown and went for a bun tiht heo nuong. It was ok. The grilled pork had no char and some kind of sauce on it that I wasn't accustomed to so compared to the last 18 months it was great, but what I was used to in Northern VA a bit lacking.
Trattoria Toscana: I was staying nearby and found this place on CH. I was pretty disappointed. If I wasn't so tired of walking I probably woulda split when she told me they don't make their pastas fresh. I ordered the antipasto board with three meats and three cheese, it was ok. I found the cheeses a bit generic, a gorgonzola, a pecorino (which was way too young) and a parm. Then I ordered the risotto with porcinis. The waitress came out and warned me that it was with dried mushrooms. I thought the risotto was good if only a bit under seasoned. When I asked for some parmagiana cheese they brought me a side dish with finely grated cheese in it which looked like Kraft. They have the good parm in the back, they should grate it table side. Staff was great, super friendly and efficient.
Eastern Standard: I went for lunch. I had half a dozen Moon Shore (?) oysters and half dozen clams. Then I had the gouda mac and cheese. The oysters were so good that I almost teared up and I regretted ordering the clams then I ate the clams and they were so good that I wished that I had gotten more clams. The mac and cheese was a recommendation from the waitress. It was very good. It had a lot of lovely pancetta in it. Good flavor, but a couple very burned spots on the cheese on top. I enjoyed it very much.
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