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Decent burger and more

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Decent burger and more

Joanie | Apr 3, 2006 07:54 AM

Friend and I went to the Thirsty Scholar outside Inman Sq. on Sat. where I got a good Swiss cheeseburger for $8.50. The place wasn't overly crowded yet at 8 or so, sat at the bar with pleasant Irish bartenders. Burger was cooked a tad more than medium but fine, and very hot. This is the second time the meat has been so hot on the inside (also at Mission), wonder if there's something different done that makes that happen. Fries were plentiful and fine. Friend got a chicken marsala special that I'm not sure I'd order in an Irish leaning place but he cleaned his plate. The sides of mashed and greens looked better than the chicken but I didn't really taste any of it. With just water, it came to $21 before tip.

Earlier that day I finally tried Victor's Diner on Rt. 20 on the way to Watertown. Basic fried eggs and sausage were fine, esp. cuz they got the eggs over medium which not everyone can. Homefries tasted better than they looked but the scali toast wasn't toasted enough and came with gobs of butter. Nice people and they have a huge menu that I'd like to explore including biscuits and gravy and lots of sandwiches. Anyone have more experience with this place?

Sun. I wanted a good sandwich and was surprised to see Petit Robert Bistro serving lunch when I walked thru Kenmore Sq. (every day until 5PM!) so I went in to grab a BLT which I remembered a friend getting and loving. I think his came on a baguette tho, mine was on regular bread which I was a little bummed about. Only one side of each slice was toasted, and they had an extra layer as if it were a club sandwich which I didn't need. But the bacon is good quality and the side salad it's served with is great. I loved the homemade chips before but this time, they were excessively salty (which didn't stop me from eating all of them). Saved half the sandwich and got the white choc. bread pudding for dessert. Good but again, not quite as good as before when a friend ordered it. Could have been hotter, and the ice cream was extremely cold (if that makes any sense). A good price at only $4.50 tho, BLT was $5.25. Place was fairly busy, lots of people having a nice Sun. meal with wine and with nothing more than $13 on the lunch menu, a good deal. Service was fine, not horrible the way some people had mentioned. I like that they offer ice water before trying to push bottled water on you. I wondered if you're allowed to be a waiter/waitress there if you're not French. I heard them saying they were gonna kick Eastern Standard's ass in some soccer or softball game.

Blue Frog Bakery had a new item to try, choc. scone w/ white choc. chips. Surprisingly light and a yummy treat for $1.75.

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