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Rustic Kitchen, Porter Sq.

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Rustic Kitchen, Porter Sq.

Joanie | Aug 19, 2005 12:55 PM

I went to a party there quite a while ago but have never eaten a real meal at any of the Rustic Kitchens. Someone here really ragged on the service, food and atmosphere and while I wasn't overwhelmed with the food, the rest of it was okay. We ate at the bar and didn't realize it had filled up a fair amount behind us. Nice bartender served us red wine and sangria. Forgot to bring us bread but that was okay cuz we shared my fave standby white pizza w/ caramelized onions and portobello. Friend doesn't like goat cheese so they subbed mozzarella for us and it was a good start ($12). The entrees sounded good, duck, scallops, steak frites, etc., all $23 and lower, but the homemade pasta seemed like a must. When the bartender gave the carbonara a thumbs up, I went with that and a caesar salad. The salad was tasty, good portion that I could have brought some home ($9). But I wasn't into the style meat they used for the carbonara, I'm used to pancetta or a less fatty, less smokey flavored meat (can't remember the name they used). It gave it all an odd flavor for me, and the carbonara sauce was just okay. Friend got a pasta made with pesto and garlic that seemed barely cooked. Maybe we're missing something, but it was almost stiff. Clams that came with it were fine, both about $16. I think it's a pretty nice space, but it's also very large and I wonder if they get enough people in there. Altho the bar was certainly fairly active at 6PM on a Thurs. evening.

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