Tried to go to the Fan Pier Daily Catch with a gift cert. last nite, not realizing it's only open for dinner on the weekend in the winter. So we took the easy option of the Barking Crab which I hadn't been to in about 6 years. The wood burning stove was welcoming, we grabbed seats at the bar where everyone seemed to be picking at crab legs. I ordered the crab cake dinner and my friend got a salad and salmon, then we saw the board of specials and wanted to change our orders, it was only a couple minutes, but our food was already started. Pretty good deals with sea scallops and grilled shrimp for $15 and $16. The two crab cakes were decent, on the small side, a little overly fried, thankfully with barely any pimento which is one of my pet peeves about crab cakes (and may have been a problem there in the past and why I wanted to change the order). Good fries, cole slaw in a little plastic container which seemed cheesy. Okay for $14 but I'd prefer that amazing cake w/ cole slaw at S & W for the same price. My friend was able to change her salad order to the special salad w/ greens, pears and goat cheese which was very nice as was her salmon. Service was pretty laid back.
Had a tasty meal at Buk Kyung on Brighton Ave. the nite before with a friend who'd never had Korean food. Started with a great scallion pancake while we waited to see if another friend showed up, which you really don't need with all the little side plates served at Korean restaurants. We enjoyed it tho. He got a tofu dish and I got one with kim chee, pork and slices of tofu in a pretty spicy sauce. I think there was confusion about a dish I asked about and what I ended up with, so I got charged a couple dollars more than I should have, but it was very good and packed more of a punch than my friend's dish which he was disappointed about. Pleasant space with low lights, service was efficient if lacking any personality, we were about the only non-Asians in there. Total w/ tax and tip was $38.
Noticed a few things on my walk over from Coolidge Corner: the kosher pastry shop by Fuller St. is now a falafel place; City Convenience closed; and a new Brazilian bakery has opened a couple doors from Blanchard's on Harvard Ave.