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Brasserie Jo anniv. deals and more

Joanie | May 28, 200805:53 AM

As I think someone here pointed out, BJ are celebrating their 10th anniv. and have some amazing deals.

They're not super obvious about it so keep that web site in mind if you get in there before June 1. I went after work last week thinking I'd just get a martini and a bar bite, but the $10 menu was fairly expansive and the bar stuff not so exciting. They have BIG martinis so I got one with peach and whatever else, served by the nicer French bartender. He thought the trout was good and that sounded as good as anything else (scallops, chicken, a couple other fish, one meat) so after a lot of that wonderful baguette and butter plus those little marinated carrots, two huge pieces of trout came w/ sauteed cherry tomatoes and green beans. All very nice, saved half for lunch. An obviously amazing deal at $10. Went back last nite where a friend and I started with more big martinis, this time lychee for me and big blue cheese stuffed olives for him. We split the tarte flambee w/ bacon, onion and cheese plus the frisse w/ poached egg and lardons. Lots of bacon but can you ever have enough? More bread and carrots, some German beer for him. He got a cheese plate for dessert and I was torn between banana caramel crepes and choc/apricot bread pudding. The latter was recommended and was very good, altho I should have gotten crepes since I get those much less often. He charged full price for dessert til I pointed out that it was $1 dessert nite. Which doesn't cover cheese. I even busted out the flea market red beret for the gift card. Was it worth $5? Not sure but I used to wear it a lot. Lots of friendly people at the bar, I say it's worth hopping on one of these specials.

Had more interesting cocktails at Green St. on Sun. , friend got one made with egg and had ordered the hot dog w/ baked beans and brown bread. Looked delicious but didn't taste any. My cocktail was pineapple and something else. I let her make a suggestion just saying I wanted something refreshing. Didn't really study the food menu to see how summery it is now.

Got a beef schwarma at WrapPro on Mass Ave. bet. Harvard & Porter Sq. Wasn't too impressed, pita wasn't warmed up, meat was fairly plentiful but not too much flavor. Stopped into Cafe Crema which is indeed a beautiful place. Just got an iced coffee and a taste of a carrot muffin they had out to sample. Got a pecan roll at Canto 6 which was actually too sweet for me. The pastry part was excellent but the gooey part was a little too much, amazingly. And was surprised by the lemon poppyseed muffin at JP Licks. We'd walked around the pond and friends got scones which I didn't taste, but I decided to try a muffin now that they have full ones and not just those tops the way they used to. Pretty decent.

Ate at the bar of the Fenway Cambridge 1 on Sat. which was very quiet considering the Celtics were on TV. Bartender said the cheaper pinot blanc was better than the other one which was nice. We split the bibb lettuce w/ gorgonzola and tomato salad which was a little overdressed. Also split a half potato pizza which is a good size but it doesn't seem as good as when I had it at the Harvard Sq. location. The overdressed salad came in handy cuz I tried to soak the pizza in it to make it less dry. It was okay but I wonder if this location isn't quite as good. Saw people eating burgers when we got to Church and those looked really good.

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