Tried the new cafe/boba place by Berkelee last nite, as featured on Phantom Gourmet. Which I joked about with the guy asking if he was famous now after his appearance. It's a good sized place, light wood and a few couches in the back. Lots of panini sandwiches and of course a million flavors of boba tea. Which I hadn't jumped on the bandwagon for and don't think I will be now. The drink just doesn't seem cold enough and I don't need to chew on something while drinking (avoid Blizzard shakes too). But a half a turkey/tomato/basil panini w/ a 16oz almond tea was $5.50. A good deal, esp. considering that their half a sandwich looked like a whole one at most places. No pickles or chips or anything on the side but it was a decent grilled sandwich and a pleasant place to read the paper. He says they'll be getting some sweets in there soon. Music was modern mellow, what the kids like these days I guess. Speaking of music, I seem to have paid more attention to it last few times eating. Cafenation in Brighton Center had non-skronky jazz which I think jazz folks might enjoy. Hilltop in Braintree had the hokiest oldies you can imagine. And Il Capriccio had absolutely nothing which seemed weird.
Does anyone know what's up with Emack & Bolio's? Noticed the Newbury St. store was closed last Thurs. but thought it was some one off thing til I saw the Beacon St. store in Washington Sq. was closed too. Also, Milano's on Newbury closed a while ago and they've revamped the room to look very non-restaurant like. Big for lease signs but it looks like it'll be retail next time around. Lots of stuff went out of business in the Pru food court too, Rosie's, the salad/yogurt place and even Sbarro's. I thought Sbarro's was like cockroaches.