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a couple south end spots

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a couple south end spots

Joanie | Jun 1, 2005 08:13 AM

A friend who used to live here was back from Seattle and I decided he had to see the "new" south end. We started at B&G which was very quiet at 6:15 on a Tues. nite. He hadn't had a lobster roll in ages so after getting our glasses of muscadet and pinot blanc (and good bread), we split the lobster roll which is $3 more than their online menu ($24!). I know I'm in the minority but while the lobster salad is very good, the roll was so small and smushed, you could barely tell it was buttered and grilled and I don't think they pile the lobster as high as they used to. They kindly split it onto two plates for us but I won't be shelling out for that again. Scallops going by were huge and looked delicious. Our fries were good, service was very nice and it's a fun space, but not sure I'll return in the near future.

We then walked over to Stella and noticed that most places looked pretty slow that nite, altho Stella was pretty jumping. We got a table for 2 toward the front of the room and when he saw swordfish on the menu (something not seen out west too often he says), he had to have it ($18). I wasn't too hungry and thought I'd go with the taglietelle bolognese that everyone here had raved about hoping they had appetizer portions. She said they would at some point but didn't offer that yet. I then asked what was better between the bolognese and a fettucine with asparagus, poached egg and some cream (both $l6). She gave her descriptions and said how everyone the other nite raved about the bolognese so I ordered that and figured I could take half home. She then came back thanking me for asking the question which we didn't really understand, something about she used to eat meat and that dish would seem heavier to some while the creamy dish seems heavier to others. Well, we got a laugh when dinner was served and I'm getting the fettucine w/ asparagus dish. We said that wasn't what I ordered but I just stuck with it anyway. It was a nice dish, breaking the yolk into the pasta, something I haven't had before. My bite of swordfish tasted good, decent bread with oil and spread altho we had to ask a few times to get a couple more pieces (like I needed any more carbs). She was a little spacy but nice and the place was pretty crowded when we left. I'm not sure how I feel about the white paint, feels like I'm on someone's sun porch in a way, but with seats outside and the park across the street, and my mango margarita a relative bargain at $8, I'll be curious to try it again.

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