Ventured over to Dorchester for D-Bar last nite (passing all those crime filled streets on the direct route from JP) and had a wonderful meal at a wonderful price. Good sized bar and seating for about 45. Drinks are in the $8 range (tho he overcharged me for mine), entrees $19 or under. Decent bread with 3 oils. I passed on an app but friends started with the spinach/pear/almond salad and a special mozzarella and tomato. They were both great, big ripe tomatoes, nice balsamic, okay moz. The greens were wonderful too. My entree of halibut w/ truffle oil and corn and a side of mashed was great and only $17. The sea scallops were gigantic and the pasta dish was really fresh tasting. The boys definitely run this room, I think my friend and I were the only women at one point. Service was pretty good and it's a great place to have in your neighborhood.
Even in the pouring rain on a Wed., the Stockyard in Brighton was jumping. First visit in all these years living here, enjoyed the old fashioned feel of the room. We sat at the bar and had slightly harried service but not too bad. Burgers were on the agenda, mine w/ swiss and bacon and his with blue cheese and bacon (around $9). Both were done properly, good sized, tasty, had to reask for tomato/lettuce/onion but not a big deal. My fries which might technically have been cottage fries were wonderful and the side of mashed with the blue burger tasted good too. I had a cantaloupe martini in an old fashioned small martini glass (a huge bargain at $6.50) and woke up Thurs. with a headache. Hoping my 2 drink headache hasn't turned into a 1 drink one.
During the world cup finals, we ate at the south end Petit Robert Bistro and my silly plan of sitting outside was nixed since they had a big TV out there for the few locals rooting for France. Lunch is every day until 5PM so you can get some deals but this is my 3rd lunch and each is a little less wowing, altho nothing was wrong. Friend had the quiche which came with a nice bowl of cold tomato/carrot soup, side salad and chips. I think it was goat cheese and caramelized onions. I went with the sardine sandwich and it just seemed a little dull, plus the side of homemade chips didn't seem as good. Good wide range of choices in the $5-10 range. I had the fruit tart w/ vanilla ice cream and again, dessert hasn't impressed the way a pear tarte did the first time. Nothing wrong tho. Friend had the Eiffel Tower and being a chocoholic, he was happy. Service was fine, dining room was pretty quiet but the bar area and outside was full cuz of the game. Not ecstatic about it but nothing as horrible as the other poster described.
The day before was pure junk at the Brockton Fair where fried dough costs 5 freaking dollars now. But I have to have it at least a couple times a year. We then split a sausage sub and "millenium chips", whole potatos sliced and peeled on this special machine, dumped in the fryer served curly in a big basket. Pretty good. Also enjoyed a huge soft serve. After Demolition Derby, wack a mouse, a cover band, and the ferris wheel, it was back to town.