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Columbus Cafe and others

Joanie | Feb 10, 2006 06:41 AM

Good time last nite starting out a Seiyo on Washington St. for a little sushi. That's a great spot and I hope their liquor license comes thru. They had an issue about their tastings going beyond a mere taste and have to deal with the licensing board, but hopefully they can straighten that all out. In any case, some spicy yellowtail rolls and salmon were fine. As I always say, I'm no expert but we enjoyed our bites at the nice bar area. Then moved on to Columbus Cafe which was hopping (and loud). Sat on the bar side and had a beautiful big bellini martini for only $8. Chef sent out some fried plantains with guacamole/salsa/sour cream that were tasty. I'm not even sure they were meant for us but we were happy with the treat. Prices are great, most everything $15 and under. Friend got the Argentine steak w/ mashed and veggie, looked like it was cooked the med. rare he asked for. I had the tuscan meatloaf which was very deconstructed with boar in it, lots of mushrooms, good sides. Two dinners, two drinks came to $41 with tax. Friendly place, fairly interesting menu, good neighborhood spot.

Wed. was a mental health day so I ate at a downtown spot I normally wouldn't be able to get to and ended up at Al Capone's on Summer St. They had a coupon in the metro for $1 off their subs. The menu said the 20" sub was $8 which was fairly pricy but I figured what the hell. Somehow a steak & cheese w/ a can of diet coke came to $6.83 which is pretty reasonable. And it was the best steak & cheese I've had in a long time. Could have used a little more cheese but it was all properly melted, the roll was better quality than usual, tomatoes were actually nice and ripe, friendly people and I'm getting 3 meals out of it. Got a mocha at Boston Coffee Exchange on Summer St. after, another place that closes at 3PM.

Last Sat. stopped by Doyle's in JP around 9:30 to get something small, place was pretty packed. I ordered a bowl of turkey gumbo and maybe my idea of gumbo is all messed up, but instead of a hearty base with good pieces of turkey and some rice, I had a thinnish broth, little shreds of turkey, a few carrots and green beans and no rice of any sort. Friend got a grilled chicken caesar salad but it was done really weirdly. Chicken was freshly cooked and placed on top of lettuce with tomatoes (again, surprisingly ripe) around the edge and with a very thick dressing in a little container on the side. Then again, you don't expect Doyle's to do a great fancy salad.

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