Someone was asking about the pub Maggie something or other on Hyde Park Ave. and I'm still not sure they serve food, but across the street is the new Chez Tata who advertise themselves as Carribean cuisine. It's done up nicely in a very homey way, bright with fake flowers and napkins wrapped in crafty type things. We had just sat down when the girl comes over ready to take our order and says since they've just opened, they have no menu and spouts out a bunch of dishes in a very non-descript way (meat with rice, shrimp, chicken), then gave a bit more description when pressed. Friend got meat w/ rice and I ordered fried chicken. I asked how long they'd been open and she said 3 months. Honey, it's time to get menus or at least a blackboard with this written down. They start you with basic iceberg salads w/ a little pepper and onion, bringing bottles of salad dressing to the table. Chicken was tasty enough but the fried coating was pretty tough and the plantains were hard and boring. Meat and rice was a bit of a mystery, he never figured out what exactly was in there. Rice and beans came on the side. Turns out each dish was $10 and it wasn't bad, but I'm not sure there's a reason to return. I'd thought we were going to try to also hit the West African place right in Hyde Sq., but some other time. We did go to the Park Ave. pub next door which is actually a very nice place, nice booths, some low seating, comfy chair, clean, a Corona was $4 so not as cheap as I thought it might be, but could be a cool place if people ventured out that way. Then we split a dish of delcious kahlua chip ice cream at Ron's Bowling Alley across the street. Their prices have gone up, a small dish is now $3.25, but it's a big small. And you don't get that clientele at any of the other ice cream shops. Wow, bowling nite brought out quite an assortment of characters.
Grabbed a burger at Cityside in Cleveland Circle cuz I saw they were celebrating their 20th anniv. with specials, including burger & fries for $5. It was just okay tho, I'd ordered med. well and kind of kicked myself for asking for it so well done. But it was more like med. rare, not sure it matters what you say. Served on a way too fluffy bun, limp fries. Glad it wasn't more than $5.
Last nite we tried the free filet sandwiches at Morton's which was pretty fun. The people hanging out at the bar were nice, bartenders were good, a martini is only $9.75 there (a bargain these days) but no cocktail menu. Platters of sandwiches were brought out to everyone every 15 min or so, again too much bread, should have taken off one side. One man ordered a club soda and ate probably 8 of those things. Wine list had some good prices so we each got a glass then ordered a molten choc. cake w/ ice cream which was very good. They also have souffles which I'll have to try sometime. It *is* an odd location tho, you go downstairs and feel like you're entering a maintenance closet or something. And there was a funky smell I noticed in the bar. Dining room wasn't too busy but the function rooms were full of business guys. I'll probably try it again and get a choc., grand marnier, lemon or rasp. souffle (whoever asked about souffles in the back bay, there you go).
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