Swankalicious kept overlooking Tryst, “thinking it was just another ho-hum suburban joint trying to be sleek.” But two recent visits have uncovered both impressive food and “incredibly cheerful, competent service.”

Fried oysters with spicy aioli were nicely done, and a crab and potato-leek soup held “crisp shards of apple.” A pear martini on the side hit the spot. “Mr. Swankalicious got wild boar and enjoyed it very much, plus a very good sidecar,” she notes. On the second visit, beet salad with goat cheese was “very fresh,” and shrimp tacos were “grease-free,” with “sturdy soft tortillas.” Dessert, warm brownie ice cream, was “rich and soupy.”

fantundo is another fan, although never gets “much further into the menu than their excellent bacon cheeseburger.”

Tryst [North of Boston]
689 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

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