Had to take Limoliner to NYC yesterday due to the Acela service suspension, and I arrived at the Back Bay Hilton around 11:10 to catch the noon bus with the intention of having early lunch. Bukowski's and Summer Shack weren't yet open, so I opted for Boodle's in the BB Hilton. Clam chowder starter wasn't hot or particularly good, there were enough clams but unfortunately inordinate amounts of roux were used (nothin' like a dumpling of undissolved flour in your chowder, eh?).
But the Cobb salad was a star. The requisite bleu cheese, crispy and thick bacon, poached chicken and gold tomato were pre-tossed with good, fresh field greens and a surprisingly delicate honey-mustard vinaigrette, and formed with a ring mold. Generous avocado wedges, halved hard-cooked eggs done right (tender white, no green on yolk) and a garnish of Belgian endive, watercress and radicchio, plate was finished with EVOO and cracked pepper. As a Cobb salad fan of long standing I was truly impressed.
Hotel prices, my early lunch including iced tea ran around $20. Service was cordial with good pacing, but then again it was early in the lunch service and only 3 tables were occupied. I boarded my Limoliner bus at 11:50 and arrived in Midtown NYC on time.
PS: You get "snacks" on Limoliner but they consist of your choice of turkey sandwich (on stale bread) or veggie wrap (soggy) with pasta salad (just okay, but with Bac-O-Bits yeeeeeesh) and soft cookie. Lunch service was rushed, later pre-packaged treats were offered. Coffee/juice/soda/water available to drink, no beer/wine/booze. Very comfy, posh and clean toilet with flowers, and free WiFi the whole trip (I'm on the bus back to Boston somewhere in Central CT and online right now).