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some small bites

Joanie | Aug 6, 2003 08:01 AM

Haven't been doing my part in supporting the restaurant industry lately for various reasons. Last Fri. I made it back to the Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale which has gotten recent raves here for their pizza which is why we went. My friend swore by it but said the last two times he's gone (including our time), it hasn't been as good. It did seem to slip and slide a little on its way out cuz some cheese had shifted, but it was a decent thin crust Italian style pizza that we got w/ sausage (flat slices) and fresh mushrooms. It was about $11 and was fine, I think the Regina and Bianchi (sp?) fans would like it. We also got an order of boneless buffalo fingers just to try something else. Not spicy but fine, $6.95. Someone said the place brought them back to the 70's but it has to have been around since the 50's. Hit another old time looking joint in Rozzy Sq. for pool and saw that they serve $1 hot pastrami sandwiches on Sat. if anyone wants to give it a try.

Figured it was time for a Wrentham outlet excursion on Sat. which was also the perfect time to try the Red Wing Diner on Rt. 1 in Walpole which got raves for their fried clams. After 4 hrs. of shopping, I got to the restaurant before too many Bruce Springsteen fans descended. Sat at the counter in the old diner part and even tho the plates of fried scallops and clams were huge and looked pretty good (altho a tad underdone), I went with the lobster roll special at $9.95 cuz I'd had way more clams than lobster rolls. Wrong choice. They grilled the bun (only after I asked) but it wasn't done that well and a tiny plastic containing of mayo was on the side and not mixed in with the cold lobster. I know some people like it that way but it was a pain. Plus they wouldn't substitute the amazing looking onion rings for fries, nor let you pay a little extra. I had to pass on a whole big extra order but the rings definitely would have been a better meal than the mediocre lobster roll and fries. Wandered thru Attleboro too where I noticed Del's ice cream and dogs beyond the center of town on 123 and just before the center was Tex's Coney island dogs in a little diner. Grabbed a grilled muffin at Morin's Diner in the center, a homecooking kind of spot where the pies in the case looked homemade and delicious. (This maybe should be on the NE board but since Red Wing was a recent topic...)

Later I took a walk thru the north end festival for the yearly fried dough fix and figured I should try Napoli while there. They unfortunately didn't have any flavors I was craving (coffee, tiramisu, choc.) and the nutella was almost gone, so I went with a cream flavor and something else. They both reminded me of eggnog and were fine but I'll have to try a flavor I really want next time. The guy serving was very nice, price $3.00 for a small.

Got blown off for my close to the T dinner last nite so just hit Brookline Spa (Harvard St. & Aspinwall) for one of their sandwiches. My friend had raved about the teriyaki steak tip bomb so I went with that ($6.25). I should know better than to order any sort of bomb. It was okay but a plain (small) steak & cheese would have been better for me, too much teriyaki. Maybe it was just too much meat or too much everything, cuz my stomach sure wasn't happy with the choice. He recently got some fish special for $6 or so with two sides that he loved, so maybe I just chose wrong.

Going to Meritage on Thurs. which will hopefully make up for the recent lacklustre eating.

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