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Out and About in Melrose/Wakefield (long)

macca | May 23, 2005 09:28 AM

Had a few good meal this past week.

Another visit to the Duck Walk . One of my favorite restaurants in the area. We started out with a shrimp/vegetable appetizer. This was a tempura dish, with shrimp, eggplant, sweet potatoes, onions, bell peppers and asparagus. All were good, but the sweet potatoes were great cooked this way. I usually order a duck dish, but decided to try something different. I had the boneless pork ribs. They were served with eggplant, bell peppers, thai basil, thai chili peppers in a sauce. Loved it! The dish was moderately spicy, but eating the peppers made it fiery, and the thai basil made it aromatic. My DC had a crispy duck dish. Again, it was great. He does not like fiery food, and this fit the bill. The duck was crispy, and the sauce had a heat that just crept up on you slowly. We passed on the pad thai, and split a serving of white rice. As is was, we had enough food for another meal. Good service, nice presentation, good background jazz music ( although the music was blasting in the restrooms). I do wish, however, that the dishes were not sauced so much. I have only been to Thailand once, but I do not remember the dishes swimming in sauce. Just a small complaint. A good value, too. Dinner with two cocktails totaled $65.00 before tip.

Also tried Mexico Lindo in Melrose lunch. It is a fun place. The décor is a bit over the top, and I noted that they have a mariachi band on Wednesday nites and Sunday afternoons. The chips were fresh, and the salsa had just the right amount of heat. I had a sangria. I am not any kind of expert in sangria, but I enjoyed this. It was not sweet, but faintly fruity, served with a lime, orange and lemon peel. I have no idea if this is authentic, but it was good. We started with a chicken quesadilla. Chicken, peppers, onions in a soft tortilla, topped with cheese. Guacomole, salsa, sour cream on the side. This was good, though it was not served as hot as I would have liked. The cheese needed a few more minutes under the broiler. I had a shrimp dish, served with peppers, onions , tomatoes and avocado, in a tomato based sauce. All served over rice and cheese. Really good. The rice (white) was fabulous. Not sure if it is because I do not eat a lot of rice and pasta , but I really enjoyed it. My DC had the chicken fajitas. These were served sizzling hot, with tortillas, and a plate of rice, beans, guacamole, onions and peppers. Looked great. All in all, a good lunch- with enough left overs for another meal. This is a great deal with the luncheon specials. Two cocktails, an appetizer and two meals for $34.00. Will be back again.

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