Finally made it to Mooo on Wed., told a friend we'd just meet at 7 and not need a res. That was the case but it was 90% full which surprised me. i think I liked the room better when it was the Federalist but it's not that much different. The bar was too crowded to eat at but it actually seemed quieter in that area. Anyway, we had a nice waiter who brought me a taste of an Italian white I asked about but I went with the standby grüner. Started w/ their tasty salty rolls then a special of a goat cheese/mushroom tart w/ some greens, $16. P ordered the petit filet w/ bernaise (~$38 plus $2 or 3 for the sauce) and I got the relative "bargain" of lamb chops for $36 or $38. They came w/ mint jelly which i mostly ignored and while there wasn't much jus on the side, they were really nice, super thick and tasty. We got a side of potatoes au gratin and a small creamed spinach. I think those were $12 and 5. i saved a chop for later as I did with half of a blueberry pie. Nice crust, small berries, good ice cream. P's chocolate stout cake was gigantic. Desserts were $11/12. Even a Johnny Walker neat was $12. But I knew I was going to pay a lot, which is why I was surprised it was so crowded. Anyway, they charged for the Italian wine that I didn't end up ordering which was annoying, esp. after the long delays in getting our food. Some mgr apologized saying a party of 8 or 10 ordered right before us, but the two men next to us really did order right before us even tho they sat down after and had their food 15 min before we did (on top of a long wait already). So now I can cross this place off the list and if I come upon a hunk of $$ down the line after I've been to a bunch of other places, maybe I'll go back.
Saw that Taste of Roslindale was going on last nite and tickets were only $25 in advance. It was held at a Greek Orthodox church so not the most swanky surroundings. I had stopped into the cheese shop earlier and she said they'd be there but I never saw their table. Met a friend at the bar of Birch St. Bistro and everyone else was having a cocktail before heading over. Birch St. has cocktails for just $7 and 8 and their menu is mostly $20 and under. Stood in line for 2 min for the church and descended upon the tables. One line was just too long and I never tasted anything from the Himalayan Bistro but my friend got me a crabcake from Delfino's which had pimento so not the best (for me). Pleasant Cafe had pizza but didn't have any of that. Can't remember who offered baked stuffed shrimp, a little soggy but not bad. Very nice stuffed tomato from Sophia's Grotto, my favorite item. Okay calamari salad from Masona Grill, plus they had some burritos and quesadillas. There were a few other okay things, little desserts from Boschetto Bakery were good, but mostly we wished we had just sat at one of the cute places in the square and eaten there. It sure ain't no Taste of the Nation.