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B&G and The Butcher Shop

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B&G and The Butcher Shop

MB | Nov 6, 2003 02:37 PM

Went to both the other night. For me, B&G is just alright. I like the sand-washed look of the woods in the room (walls, floor, ceiling) and the architectural feel of the space. It seems like a great neighborhood place. Tried the lobster roll. Tasty, lightly dressed but worth $21? Nope. Also tried the lobster fritters (tasty) and the fried sampler plate (nice presentation) - veggies, clams, calamari, oysters. The veggies and calamari were very plain, the oysters good but small compared to what I would prefer, altho' the sauce that came with them was great. I've got to confess, the fried clams were fantastic (an I'm a New England girl through and through), but out of everything, they're the one thing I really wanted more of. Great service and nice people but I don't really need to go back.

The Butcher Shop across the street, on the other hand, I absolutely adored! Great space, dark wood, casual, big butcher block in the corner by the refrigerated case. Great bar seating along the windows facing out. Had marrow on toast points, olives, cassoulet, a charcuterie plate which included pate, prosciutto, salami/saucisson. This all came with some great mustard and wonderful tasty pickles. The marrow was my favorite - I'd never had it served as slices before, always out of the bone as part of a dish, and I really enjoyed it. Friends said that it was probably poached first, but I can't really say. The staff was great, professional yet easy and not overbearing. My only complaint is that I would have preferred better bread rather than the toast which came with everything. I can't wait to go back though. Just a great place to go later in the evening to graze a bit and have a great bottle (or two) of wine.

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