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Some Comfort Eats: Sparta & Paddock Restaurants

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Some Comfort Eats: Sparta & Paddock Restaurants

Itaunas | Jun 14, 2006 12:37 PM

Saturday I was in Bedford and looking for a respite from the rain. Cafe Luigi looked full and I wasn't so interested, and Great Wall also wasn't going to hit the spot. The menu at Sparta didn't wow me as far as greek offerings and the burgers I saw being delivered were clearly frozen patties, but then again the SO likes frozen burgers. Once we sat down, I grew more comfortable with the menu. The appetizer menu had a larger set of greek offerings, they had lunch specials until 4pm (2pm on sundays), a slightly more expensive "healthy offerings" (where greek salad was an option), and they had a long list of comfort desserts (bread pudding, rice pudding, etc).

The SO did get the frozen patty burger and it was surprisingly good. I got the spinach pie lunch special with greek rice. The rice was nice and had lots of onions and spinich (since I have a number of Brazilian friends its always embarassing when served bad rice). Fries were of the frozen type, but at least not battered and pretty good. They had nice cold beer on tap which hit the spot, despite the rain. A look around showed general use of prepared foods and things like baby carrots -- overall execution was good, but hindered by the ingredients. Choose the bread pudding as a finale and was taken out of the fridge and microwaved, tasty, but could be better.

Missed lunch yesterday to catch the second half of the World Cup match. Chose the Paddock based on breadth of the menu and proximity. Started with clams casino which were well executed so they were nicely brown, but the littlenecks were still briny and succulent. Decided to split a plate with fried haddock and teriyaki steak which I wouldn't normally order. Both fries and their rice were ordered. Fries were a definate notch up from Sparta, good thick steak fries (still frozen) and the rice was again surprisingly good. I hadn't expected much from the Steak, but this was a snack... and they provided a full 10+ oz portion of strip steak with a non-overbearing and not so sweet sauce (not traditional japanese, but not red lobster or 99 either -- no garlic, catchup, etc). Haddock was tasty, but breading could have been better. We ate everything. Service was good up until we needed the check, where we had to accost the bartender to call the waitresses. Not a problem since they were friendly about our splitting the food and the substitution of fried for baked haddock.

The haddock is a rainy day regular for me and I think I will keep it as such (even on 90 degree days like yesterday), Sparta has promise but no strong pull to go back.

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