Caught the movie Chaos at the Brattle in Harvard Sq. (great French movie there til Thurs. if you're interested) then a nice drink at Noir in the Charles Hotel on Sat. It was only 7 so not overly busy. It lives up to the name but the bartender was nice, drinks were good and the food smelled great. Sat in the cafe portion of Casablanca which filled up as we ate. Decent bread basket w/ olive oil, service was fine but nothing memorable. We got all small plates and sides which were delicious. Grilled escarole, who knew a simple veggie could be so good. Grilled squid with kind of a nutty red pepper spread. Grilled portobello w/ a caesar type salad and yummy polenta fries. Caulflower fritters nicely fried and salty. Dessert was milk chocolate/pistachio terrine with a pernod sauce that didn't really fit the dessert but I liked on its own. With a beer and a glass of wine, it came to $51 and we probably could have eaten one less dish. A pretty good deal.
Grabbed a pressed turkey club sandwich at the White Star Tavern in Copley Sq. which wasn't quite as good as I remember it but pretty good, esp. the handcut fries. It's a fun place.
For a mere $3.50, got a small order of spicy eggplant at the JP hole in the wall the Food Wall and got THREE meals out of it. It comes with a small rice so with just getting another side of rice at work, I was all set. Plus they also put in carrots, peppers, water chestnuts, so it's chock full of stuff. One of the best bargains in Boston.
I noticed a Peruvian restaurant in Union Sq. where I think a taco place used to be. Looks like one of those typical hearty food for <$10 type places and worth checking out.