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Joanie | Jul 2, 2004 08:40 AM

Finally tried the cart on Centre St. in JP just up from the Stop & Shop for a tasty "pattie". Not sure if these are technically empanadas, but they're advertised as patties and I got a ground beef in fairly flaky dough for $1 and was very happy. They also had conch, lobster and a few other flavors (suprisingly, don't think there was chicken) which I'll try some time, but I'm leary of fish products in carts like this.

Grabbed the breakfasat special at Fresco's (I think that's the name) on the corner of Mass Ave. and Albany (or Vassar?) by MIT. $2.95 gets you not so great home fries, typical wheat toast but perfectly cooked over medium fried eggs. People never get those right, they're either not cooked enough or the yolk is gone.

Was on my way to Victoria Seafood but was having an iced coffee "issue" (sometimes the caffeine does weird things and I feel shaky and sweaty) so I needed some quick food and figured this was the time to try La Mama's empanadas since I was right there on Brighton Ave. I thought I'd get it in two seconds and almost had to just grab a juice and skip it cuz I felt so funky, but out came the very fresh and hot cheese empanada ($1.25) and it was quite good. Altho they didn't serve any sauce with it and I don't think it's quite as flaky as the one I got in E. Somerville. It hit the spot tho and I went back to normal.

Neither PSmith nor myself had ever had Chinese lobster so we got the Victoria Seafood (around 1000 Comm Ave.) special double lobster for $12.95 and the mandatory extra dish for at least $5. Went with ginger scallion lobster, watercress w/ garlic and a rice plate with shrimp and eggs. Came out in like 5 minutes and was good, esp. for the money (<$25 total), but we weren't floored. The shrimp/egg/rice was different from what I expected, not bits of egg in the rice but a kind of creamy eggy glaze on top of the rice. Watercress tasted good but we don't remember watercress being so stemmy. Lobster meat was not overflowing and even tho I thought I'd picked a piece clean, I always seemed to get some extra shell. Bright, no nonsense little restaurant. Those $5 rice dishes might need to be further explored plus there's a good sized list of seafood specials.

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