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Recent fancy eating

Joanie | Mar 10, 2003 09:40 AM

Got back from vacation (Florence) and didn't rush back to work so got to eat lunch out for a change. Needed a basic American breakfast when I returned and caught the tail end of lunch at Centre St. Cafe in JP for the 3 egg/pancake special (skipped sausage cuz I remembered it was Ash Wed.). Eggs weren't done enough but in fairness, the waiter asked me if they were (looked it at that second) but the home fries were great and the banana and blueberry pancake put me over the top. Trucked to Radius in the snowstorm on Thurs. for lunch at the bar which was excellent. The three course $25 prix fixe was definitely the deal on the menu: some fried cheese things with greens, a veal brandade (I think that's what they called it), basically a veal stew with little carrots and pearl onions and a delicious pineapple upside down cake w/ pineapple ice cream. My friend had a great roast chicken and a lime mousse for dessert. Two courses, $28 at lunch, yikes. But the bartender was nice and it was pleasant on a snowy afternoon.

Fri. four of us had dinner at the new Epiphany on South St. next to Les Zygomates. Thought it was gonna be a jumping scene but it was pretty quiet, too cold maybe. Huge pours of red wine at the bar and she came up with a good mandarin orange martini since their drink menu isn't made up yet. The best app was grilled scallops w/ greens which was a good size for 4 of us to share. The escargot spring rolls didn't quite do it for me altho the frying was done well. Field green salad was boring and had next to no vinaigrette ($6-11). Filet, rack of lamb and salmon were all quite good ($25-32) but the dessert choices were limited to three based around ice cream. Boring. Ice cream tempura had a heavy hand with the dough ($9), strawberries and sorbet w/ liqueur were fine but pricey at $11. Service got lax as the meal wore on, appetizer plates sat there forever until we had to move them ourselves when the entrees were served. I hate that. Wines were fairly reasonably priced it seemed and it was decent altho there are probably other places to try first.

After About Schmidt we got dinner at Turner Fisheries in Copley Place cuz Bar 10 was too crowded. Tasty rolls to start. Two of us combined appetizers for dinner. Caesar salad and grilled calamari w/ polenta were decent (both $9) and the shrimp in the cocktail were gigantic. The grilled scallop entree w/ polenta was pretty good ($26) altho something seemed overpowering and my friend couldn't finish it (and he finishes everything). Split a toffee mocha semifreddo w/ chocolate sauce which was delicious ($8 I think). The host was a little spacy but we had a nice waiter from Turkey talking about current events. I think it's a pretty nice room but seem to remember it getting ragged on for being too hotel like.

Lastly, since I don't know how to eat at home anymore, got brunch at Vox Populi bar on Boylston St. Sun. afternoon. Thought I needed a burger but opted for the lobster roll w/ fries. It was a definite twist on the lobster roll, kind of southwestern style with corn in a tortilla and a different sauce. I prefer the basic but this wasn't bad, a lot of lobster, and came with a mountain of very thin shoestring fries. Not bad for $12.95 (minus the 20% from Idine). Very quiet for 2:30 on a sunny afternoon tho.

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