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Comforting food for the cold - a review

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Comforting food for the cold - a review

Jordana | Feb 23, 2005 11:51 AM

Trekked through the cold with an old college roommate last night through the offerings of Central Square.
First stop was Miracle of Science - I prefer this place to its new "hip" counterpart Middlesex. Split their turkey chili to start - I always like this as it's spiciness is not over the top. Couple of beers and back on the road.
Next stop (and I wish we had stayed for the night) was Central Kitchen. I always enjoy this place and wish it was just around the corner from my apartment. We tucked into a large bowl of mussels with fries and some delicious sauce. The menu looked so good, we decided to stay for the duck choucroute(?) which had pieces of pork belly and saurcraut. By far my favorite dish of the night. It had a certain something that one gets only once in a while when the flavors accent each other just right. To add to the surf and turf aspect, we devoured a dozen oysters...they had a few different types, but the Olympias struck me as my favorite. They were only the size of my fingernail, but had the most interesting flavor I have had to date..the bartender said cucumbers, and I kind of see that, but a little different.
Last and most unfortunate was the Tavern on the Square. I want to like this place, but the service is brutal (and I usually don't take note of this) It has taken at least ten minutes to get a drink at the bar each time I have gone, even when they aren't busy. We shared the "angry shrimp" which had good enough flavor, some nice spiciness, but for ten bucks, we got 4 shrimp (not jumbos). Seemed kind of small for what we were paying.
All in all, a great night...but oh my aching head (I excluded drink intake purposefully)

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