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Al's, Keith's, etc.

Joanie | Feb 21, 2004 08:04 PM

Lots of small meals and new places (for me) this week. Checked out Victor's in Coolidge Corner where Seattle's Best was. Still looks the same and the cups and napkins have their logo. Got an iced coffee which could be Seattle's but I'm no expert. The pastries are kind of a mish mash of mini muffins (which some customers said were great), turnovers (apple looked good), a few others and the Viennese cookie I got. Which I wasn't into, dry with a dry filling and chocolate covering half of it. They're very nice Russian folks running it and they serve sandwiches and meals later in the week, prices up to $17.

Got another great pizza from Oggi in JP, a very large small for $9.50 w/ wild mushrooms and caramelized onions. They've gotten tons of press lately and this is definitely worth a try. The sesame seed crust is very tasty and their cookies are awesome.

Had Fri. off so I hit some places that are M-F only or crowded on weekends. Started at Keith's Place in Grove Hall, only my 3rd ever trip to Dorchester. No one was there during lunch on Fri. and it was hard choosing between breakfast and lunch. Went with the sweet potato pancakes w/ turkey sausage for $6.25. Pancakes were lighter than some, good patties, nice service. Would like to try the fried chicken, eggs and grits, etc. Walked down Blue Hill Ave. past a couple of the Caribbean places I've heard about (Meringue, Pepper Pot [?]), need to get back there soon. Then downtown I stopped at Al's Deli at 112 State St. which I'd written down at some point. All subs are $4 and $6 and the prosciutto/moz/tomato/basil was really good. I think it's the bread, leagues above a normal sub roll and a small was a good size (I've got half a pizza and half a sub in the fridge still).

This morning was my 2nd ever dim sum at Chau Chow City with one Chinese speaking woman and three complete novices. Two of whom were not too adventurous and ended up ordering what looked like horribly mediocre pork fried rice and decent looking chicken wings. But my favorites were the lobster dumplings and those awesome donuts. Light, airy and yummy. Also enjoyed the sticky rice, some radish cake (I think) that was a square fried with some hoisin like sauce. A shrimp latke looking thing was good and some other dumplings. Coconut tart was nice if very eggy. Didn't see any of the chicken feet going by. No wait at all from 11:15 to 12:30 on a Sat. 5 of us paid $15 each but those entrees jacked up the price.

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