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Redbones: Harviestoun Old Engine Oil; fried oysters; portobello burger


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Redbones: Harviestoun Old Engine Oil; fried oysters; portobello burger

Dr.Jimbob | | Jul 17, 2007 04:27 AM

My wife and I had just finished two grueling days of house renovation work, and last night we were in a mood for a little celebration. I had my heart set on the burger at Gargoyle's, but alas I discovered that they are closed on Monday nights. So we wound up over at Redbones for a late night meal.

I hadn't seen the fried oyster thread before I went last night. Good thing I hadn't -- I wound up trying the oyster po'boy and was utterly delighted. It might not be an authentic Nawlins po'boy, served as it is on two hot dog buns rather than with the aforementioned French bread, but stuffed with a little cole slaw and the jalapeno tartar sauce, it made for a very satisfying sandwich, one way or the other. I guestimate there were about 10 or 12 oysters in the batch, all GBD, crusty and succulent, sweet and tender on the inside. I asked them to sub garlic mashed for the french fries, and wound up with a huge heapin' helpin' to go alongside the cole slaw. This was more than I could actually eat in one sitting (which is a truly frightening thought for those who have ever seen me eat).

My wife wound up with the portobello burger (based on another thread, sounds like it's a good thing neither of us tried the regular burger). This was also really nice, with an onion merlot spread on top that brings a vegetarian burger dangerously close to the brink of concentrated evil.

Beer selection was also admirable. My wife had come across the beer "Old Engine Oil" made by a Scottish brewery called Harviestoun on a trip to Monk's in Philadelphia. She generally likes rich creamy stouts to begin with and adored this beer. It isn't thick or creamy like a Murphy's or a Beamish, but it has the color of the aforementioned old engine oil and a complex caramel and malt flavor. She got it in a bottle at Monk's and was astonished to see the stuff on draft at Redbones. More of the same, which leads me to ask: does anybody know if any other places serve this stuff on draft in town?

I tried two of the Belgian beers. The Piraat struck me as a blonde-ish type beer, like many Belgian blondes very hoppy, but it manages to maintain a lovely balanced and complex flavor, rather than striking you in the back of the head with a hops-covered two-by-four the way many IPA beers do. Also had the Kasteel Rouge which was something of a letdown after the Piraat. I had misunderstood that the beer was cranberry colored; cranberry flavored was more like it. Sort of like lambics that I've had, but there was a weird sour edge that gave it the taste of cough syrup (Nyquil?) on some sips. Their current draft list:

May have to go back more than once for those fried oysters and more Engine Oil while it lasts. The fact that they serve later than just about anybody else in the Davis area, and the fact that they're a four block walk away from our house is quite the bonus.

55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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