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Boston Trip Report, Day 1

pikawicca | | Feb 8, 2014 06:27 AM

Since I'm writing on my iPad and am afraid of losing a long post, I'm going to do this day-by-day.

Lunch: Cheesecake Factory (okay, shoot me, but there was a blizzard going on and we were just barely able to fight our way from my hotel to the mall where we decided to spend the day out of the elements. We split what we always do when we find ourselves at CF: an order of Vietnamese Spring Rolls (which I am prepared to defend against all criticism)' and the chopped salad -- a little over-dressed, but a good selection of finely chopped fresh ingredients.

Shared the Semolina Bread with Caponata to start - delicious.
I started with the Salsify, which I love and rarely see on menus. Lovely presentation, and well-cooked. Unfortunately, I found this and all other dishes to follow seriously over-salted. As my dining companions disagreed, it's probably just me. that said, if you're sensitive to salt and dine here, you might want to ask them to go easy.
Squid Ink Fideos with Lobster. Skimpy on the lobster at this price, but the fideos themselves were amazing; can't think how they got the wonderful texture -- toasted, perhaps?

Fellow diners were happy with their
Ricotta Gnudi
Rigatoni with Octopu
Braised Lamb Neck.

The stand-out dish of the evening was the dessert we shared,
Apple Sorbet with Puffed Pastry, Apple Butter, and Pickled Apples.

Good list of wines by the glass. (I like the seemingly wide-spread Boston practice of offering a taste of any wine you order by the glass.)

Service was spotty, but they were short-handed due to the storm.

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