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INQ (and some takeout)

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INQ (and some takeout)

Joanie | May 18, 2005 03:20 PM

So INQ was fairly decent last nite. It's on Newbury by Gloucester and it was too chilly to eat outside, so we decided to go with the downstairs room which seemed a little more active. Upstairs has a lot of single seats at a bar overlooking the street, kind of an odd set up. My friend had read online reviews commenting on the red walls which weren't that bad, altho it doesn't seem like the best paint job in the world. (Not that I'm an expert, I've had two paint cans waiting to do my place for a year.) The menu is a little overpriced, only one salad <$10 on the apps, some okay priced entrees (steak tips for about $12, chicken for $16) then a bunch in the high 20's. I got their homemade sangria to start which was a little too sweet, not many choices of draft so one friend went with Sam Adams and the other who was a little late was told there was Tremont also, so he got that ($8, $5 and a whopping $7.50; I know Tremont isn't around as much as it was but $7.50?). They got another round but didn't get the sticker shock til the check came. Nice panini bread with olive oil that we couldn't stop eating. One person got the veggie burger with a pile of fries that I didn't taste but he seemed to enjoy it ($9). One got mahi mahi with a coconut crusting, wasabi protato croquettes and some mango salsa ($20). I was drawn by the croquettes which were indeed quite good and the fish didn't seem too sweet, kept me from ordering it immediately. He had very good sized portions, 2 big croquettes, nice piece of fish but my lamb loin w/ goat cheese mashed and carrots was a little on the skimpy side (also $20). We all pictured a steak/cutlet type piece of meat but it was chunks, and only 3 of them at that. By the time you cut off a little fat, it's not much meat at all. Small pile of potato and about 6 little julienned carrots. All extremely tasty but a fairly small serving. Maybe they thought this girl couldn't keep up with the boys. Service was decent, only about 18 other people there in the two rooms and bar. I think if they dropped a few dollars off certain things, it'd be more worth it.

Was going to check out the Brigham Circle Flames but I wanted quick and cheap and didn't realize that if you eat in the restaurant, it's sit down service. So I ran across to the Brigham Circle Diner and got a steak & cheese to go. It was really good altho maybe not greasy and salty enough. But the bread was much better than the usual sub roll and by the time I got back to work, the cheese was really melted. Good lunch for $4.25.

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