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never ate at home

Joanie | Nov 3, 2003 07:09 AM

Lots of bites out this weekend, starting with a giant choc. chip cookie from the Copley Farmer's market after beating a traffic ticket on Fri. That nite we grabbed Blue Ribbon BBQ to go (W. Newton location) and four sandwiches w/ two sides each was a mere $22. Two pulled porks, one pulled chicken and one burnt ends. All huge and good with the mashed potatoes being the best side. Collards were tasty, beans and slaw were decent. Friends who frequent Redbones said BR definitely beat out Redbones. I just ate half so I could try the sweet potato pie ($2.50). Great filling, crust needed work. Really friendly people there. Also out Newton way on Beacon in the little plaza by Red Sauce is a bakery with every old style pastry you could imagine. I don't even know what I got, something glazed with pineapple and raisins and she threw in two gingerbread men for free, so that was nice. Besides Red Sauce, there are two Chinese spots, two pizza places, and a sushi place all in that plaza.

Sat. we ended up at the Asgard (sp?) outside Central Sq. across from Miracle of Science (which was too crowded) and had a disappointing veggie burger. Maybe this is an authentic one but it had way too many nuts for my taste. Definitely wished I'd had the MOS one. Also didn't like the spicy fries that came with it. Again, it's a matter of taste but give me a basic fry and not something that tastes like it's coated in MSG. Friends shared a spinach and artichoke dip that was decent. A Mexican chicken pizza looked fine and the burger was good. Service was basic.

Sun. nite finally made it to Flux in the South End which wasn't crowded at all. Ate at the bar and we had the least personable bartender I've ever seen. Low lighting, bits of orange on the wall including their cocktail napkins, still going for that minimalist look. No rolls to munch on. My friend had a lentil salad or something like that, which was basically a dip served with pita chips that also had that artificial spicy taste. My meatloaf w/ an onion gravy, mashed and veggies was quite decent, served on an esp. small plate tho. His veggie casserole of polenta, goat cheese and veggies wasn't so hot. Weirdest polenta I've ever tasted and he had to keep salting it. He definitely made the right dessert choice tho, the devil's food cake was huge, moist and great. My mixed berry pie on the other hand had some of the saddest crust I've ever seen (both $5). I know berries can de-crisp the crust and mine had turned all soggy throughout much of the pie. Filling was fine, they did put whipped cream on for me after asking. An excessive amount that looked like it might have been Redi-Whip. So overall, half of it succeeded but I won't be rushing back.

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