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Brasserie Jo anniv. deals and more

Joanie | May 28, 2008 05:53 AM

As I think someone here pointed out, BJ are celebrating their 10th anniv. and have some amazing deals.
http://www.colonnadehotel.com/dining_...

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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