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Boston Public/Sel de la Terre

Joanie | Mar 24, 2008 08:00 AM

Had my 4th and final RW meal at BP for lunch last Thurs. They had quite a few choices for courses, all very Asian influenced. I got a diet Coke which ended up being a little soda in a wine glass w/ lots of ice for $4, yikes. But the bread was great, had an interesting spice combo on top. Started w/ chicken spring rolls which were nicely fried. One friend had the beet salad with goat cheese, which was beets and cheese and not much else but I guess that's fine if you like beets. Other friend had the fresh summer rolls which looked very nice. We all chose salmon (other possibilities were cod, chicken pad thai, burger, one other), I could have used it cooked about 40 more seconds. On a little bok choi with a plum type sauce, very tasty. Desserts were either raspberry pannacotta or strawberry shortcake. The latter was served in a wine glass with a spoon for a baby, like twice a soup spoon size which always drives me crazy. But since things were fairly slow in general, didn't bother asking for a smaller spoon. Desserts were fine. Not into that very brown dining room, bar area is a little cuter. Pretty good experience except for the somewhat long lapses.

Easter at Sel de la Terre brought some lapses too but to be expected during a busy Easter brunch. First courses were $7, breakfast type food was $15 and entrees were $26. Two of us went with an asparagus omelette w/ chimay cheese and chives. The home fries were good but on the greasy side. Also on the table was a truffled artichoke soup that seemed good but on the salty side plus poached eggs on cornbread w/ bacon. He said the cornbread was a little too sweet for him in that egg dish. Also thick cut French toast w/ bananas and walnuts and real maple syrup. I almost went with that but I think I'm glad I had the omelette. Bread basket was typical which for most people means good. I did have a fig bread in there which I hadn't seen recently. The butter is awesome tho. Nice servers but took a while for the entrees at 3:30 when things were winding down.

I know lots of people don't like that Quincy Firefly but we had takeout from there last week and I really liked it. Ribs were tasty, had a little pull to them which I like as opposed to "falling off the bone". Good beans, pulled pork with some good hunks of meat in there, amazing pickles (these are my fave pickles from a bbq place), and I liked the sweet potato dish which is definitely on the sweeter side but good for that kind of thing.

Also, there's a new bakery in Haverhill next to the Tap, I guess it's been open for 6 months. We caught them in the last hour on Sat. before Easter Sun., so things were 50% off. Had a nice molasses cookie and large lemon poppy muffin w/ a good glaze, $1.30 for both so good prices. There's something about Haverhill I really like (and I'll be dropping even more cash in town at the record store down the street soon).

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