Finally tried Lineage in Coolidge Corner last nite and it was quite nice. Had to wait about 20 min for a couple seats at the bar to open. There was a lot of confusion in jockeying for seats, hostess didn't quite have things under control. Good amount of space at the bar, I think the dining room is pleasant enough. Bartender and his trainee were great, knew a lot about the menu and offered a taste of wine. Gewurz vetliner (is that the spelling?) for $7.50 for me and friend had a nice pear sidecar for $9.50. We split their crabcake which had gotten raves in the press and it was good but had a bit more breading than I expected and pimentos. I like a pimento free crabcake myself. My entree was huge sea scallops w/ gnocchi and peas which would have been perfect if I had had the side dish of grilled corn and mushrooms that came with my friend's sea bass. Pea free entrees for me too. Bartender said after that I could have switched sides, don't know why I got shy about asking. We split a bing cherry tart w/ pecan ice cream that was pretty good ($9) but the crust was a little tough and it had a shortbread cookie type thing instead of a lattice top which I guess they just switched and that was hard to cut thru too. $97 w/ tax, good overall but probably won't rush back.
Hit Brown Sugar in the Fenway for lunch this week and loved the mango chicken w/ rice. It had a star next to it but wasn't spicy, but very tasty and the little spring roll and salad for a $1 extra meant I had half a plate to bring home (it was hard not wolfing it all down tho). Friend enjoyed his shrimp green curry, the noodle dishes next to us looked great too, and the waiter was pretty funny.
Also grabbed a steak & cheese at the Brigham Circle Diner where they misunderstood my request for tomatos, I wanted them added after but they charged me extra to saute them with the steak. Whatever, they do a good job and it's a larger sandwich than you get most places. They still have the best breakfast deals in town, 2 eggs, bacon, home fries and toast for $3.45 I think and about the same for hash (not homemade).
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