Hit a bunch of different places lately. Starting from the high end, used a gift certificate to take a friend to Blu by the Boston Common which was quite good but not a ton of bang for the buck. We were definitely full but I was having Clio flashbacks. We split the much touted goat cheese/onion tart which wasn't what I pictured. A wafer thin crust w/ caramelized onions topped w/ a slice of goat cheese. Tasty but unexpected, and tiny ($11). My friend got the maple glazed venison which was delicious and a generous portion, spinach and crispy sweet potato things came with it (~$32). I had grey sole which was cut so it looked like 4 sea scallops, a little bit of olive oil mashed potatos and tiny chunks of zucchini ($28). Bread pudding and some white chocolate thing was for dessert, two glasses of wine and two drinks came to about $135. The room is all windows, service fine but it *is* weird going by that gym snack bar w/ bright orange chairs on your way to a fancy meal. People were pretty casual in the bar area too.
Celebrated a b-day at Stellina's in Watertown and while the food was good, the restaurant was so crowded and noisy, it didn't make for as nice a dinner as we'd hoped. Six of us (and a baby) were crammed into a tiny table, you couldn't hear the baby cry it was so loud in there. Got caesar and goat cheese salads, lobster ravioli, scallops w/ risotto cake, chicken marsala, tuna and rack of lamb which were all quite good ($15-26). I was the only one into dessert, a delicious espresso tortoni. Service was very nice but this isn't the place for a relaxing, quiet meal.
Tried the Sunset Cafe on Cambridge St. for Portugese food. The menu was gigantic, I got item #45 and there was a lot more after that. I got 5 or 6 good sized shrimp w/ rice and fried potatos (double dose of carbs). Love those fried potatos but the dish needed a little more pizazz, or maybe just more salt. My friend got steak w/ an egg, the carb sides. Nice Portugese waitress and there was some Port. music if you like that (we sat away from the entertainment). It's a family kinda place, meals were $14-22.
Went to the newish River Gods outside of Central Sq. and got a cheeseburger and fries and bangers w/ fries and beans (no mashed for some reason). It's a small funky place, prices range from $6-12 (for filet mignon which a friend said is very un filet mignon like). I ordered the burger med. well and it was more like med. rare. I have that problem a lot. It's more of a drinking place I think but the food pretty much does the trick.
Lastly, I found my way to Kimball's Ice Cream in the boonies of Carlisle and it was good but a few things annoyed me. I was hoping to get two flavors on a small cone but she said you could only get two flavors on a large which was huge she said. A small was supposedly a scoop and a half and I was picturing a Toscanini's size cone. I saw no "kiddie" size listed altho people ordered those after I made my order. I get a small which was about a pint of ice cream that even I, an expert cone eater, could no way eat before making a mess so I asked for a cup (which should have come automatically). And I don't know why you couldn't put two flavors on that giant cone. The lesson here is if you go to Kimball's, get a kiddie size.
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