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West St. Grill and more

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West St. Grill and more

Joanie | Feb 19, 2006 04:12 PM

Was supposed to meet my friend at the Littlest Bar downtown cuz I'd never been but he wasn't there yet and it was too crowded (par for the course) and smelly to wait for him. I feel bad that it's closing but that experience didn't make me want to go back. Hadn't eaten at West St. for a few years and that was just splitting 1 or 2 things at the bar. A fair amount of tables were filled for dinner at 7:30 on a Fri., working those 3 floors must be a pain for the waiters. Surprisingly, no drink menu and no mango for my favorite style "martini". Friend liked his gimlet, I went with stoli vanilla and midori but drinks came in the smaller sized glasses which always bums me out. Wine was served in the crappiest little glasses, I couldn't even order any (and it's not like I'm a big connoisseur). In any case, 3 of us split Thai chicken skewers with a spicy sauce and some noodles which were tasty enough ($7.95) and the soft bread sticks were decent. Special entree of risotto with some amazing shrimp tasted good on my one little bite, tuna seemed fine and my veal chop at about $25 was tasty but too rare toward the bone. Mashed potatos and carrots were good sides. We split a tiramisu cake which again, was fine. Service was fine. As you can see, nothing to write home and if prices were $1 or 2 less, it might seem like a better deal. I liked its former occupant, Cornucopi,a better.

Stopped by Temptations on Beacon St. by St. Mary's for a sandwich and had a nice grilled panini w/ pesto, tomato, basil and moz. I've had some surprisingly ripe tomatoes lately but not here, but a decent sandwich for $6 served by a friendly guy. The discovery of that block was at Johnny's Market where they have a package of 3 good sized, chewy heath bar cookies for only $1.39! Very very good. Not sure if they had other flavors but I'll checkit out again.

Other bakery purchases included a decent egg salad thing from the Asian bakery next to Infusions Tea on Brighton Ave. for all of $1.20, kind of an Asian croissantwich. And no one ever mentions Twin Donuts in the mom & pop donut discussions. The plain was very good, little grease (I actually could have used a little more), crisp edges and a deal at $.65. Cherry and choc. chip scone at Clearflour was good. Saw that the White Horse Tavern serves an all you can eat brunch for $9.95 from 10-2 and there's going to be a new Latino restaurant across from the fire station on Brighton Ave. Coming "muy pronto" as it says in the window.

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