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Dining experiences........East Coast Grill, Ocean City, Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, Sel De La Terre, Terramia etc.

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Dining experiences........East Coast Grill, Ocean City, Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, Sel De La Terre, Terramia etc.

Chuck | Sep 16, 2004 09:36 AM

Just got back from dining in Boston. Nice, nice town with far too few parking spaces and lots of confusing signs when you can even find them. Perhaps that's why they have so many colleges....People taking courses in navigating this city.

Our best meal for quality and value was found in Chinatown at Ocean City. When I planned the restaurants the three of us would be trying, I knew I wanted to check out lobster in Beantown. But, we've been to Legal Seafoods in other parts of the country and were not intersted in spending $35 per person or more on roasted lobster so I looked to my favorite way of having lobster at a reasonable price...Chinese style.

We went for lunch on a Sunday to Ocean City and that turned out to be the perfect day. On Sundays, they have (2) 1-lb lobsters in scallion and ginger for $18.95. They were terrific! Also had a wonderful shrimp and veggies with black bean sauce that was equally as good. Many recommended this place...they were right on the $$$.

Had breakfast one day at Charlie's in the South End; really nice neighborhoood. That's the thing we found great about the town - The neighborhoods. Anyway, we tried their famous turkey hash (the place has been there for 77 years) and despite it being overcooked, it was pretty good. I did not like the pancakes at all. Very heavy. We also had a feta cheese omlet with fresh spinach that was ok. All in all, just an ok place for breakfast.

We had a dinner at East Coast Grill in Cambridge and that was very interesting. It seemed like the owner/chef was at the helm when we ordered - I had the double pork chop (excellent) and we also had the sampler BBQ plate (very smokey ribs, good version of Carolina pulled pork and juicy Texas brisket), and a Halibut entree.

The chef loves vinegar and it's found in the opening offering of his free marinated pickles. But, I'd had enough of them and yet they once again appeared with my pork chop...Enough with the vinegar Dude. His corn bread was good as was his slaw. Real nice restaurant decor, good service and pretty good food. He's definitely into BBQ.

Terramia was supposedly rated as one of Boston's best Italian restaurants. Well, it was good but absolutely not great. Perhaps, in fairness, we were so bummed out by trying to find the place, driving through the most narrow streets I've ever experienced and that includes Monte Carlo, and trying to find a parking lot. By time we got there, it was going to have to be the best Italian restaurant ever for me to praise it.

Anyway, the pork chop with dates was very tender, but I have had many many better versions of their linguini and clam sauce. My wife had a chicken entree placed on top of a fresh salad dish that was good. Loved the brick oven bread and gratis bean dip.

After dinner, we went to Da Napoli's down the street for some dessert. Now that place was terrific. Wonderful pastries and lots of different choices.

Sel De La Terre was a beautifully decorated place. They put some big time bucks into this baby and that's obviously why their very limited entree menu all requires you to pay $24 per choice. We had the rib eye steak and it was incredibly tender. But, I have to tell you, the pomme frites? I have not been to Paris in a number of years, but I must say these tasted like they were frozen. Sorry, if I am wrong about that. Hey, perhaps another hound will visit and check that out.

We also had a chicken dish that was very good. The appetizer of goat cheese and eggplant was very, very good, too. Wines were $9 per glass which seemed reasonable for a big city. The desserts were terrific. This place is a go IMHO for anyone who has the bucks to enjoy it. Our tab came to $150 including the tip.

Thanks for all the recommendations.

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