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DaVinci, Rendezvous, Pete's Roast Beef

Joanie | Jun 11, 200806:51 AM

Two friends and I went to a fashion show at Da Vinci on Columbus Ave. last week which was pretty fun. The food was okay but I know this isn't the best way to judge. It was an app of a goat cheese pastry type thing on salad then a choice of 3 entrees. I definitely picked badly, the steak wasn't so great and the mushroom risotto was gummy. But my friend's ravioli with corn and pea sauce, or something like that was very nice and the salmon with a potato cake seemed good too. A lemony pannacotta was dessert and that was decent, but PC isn't my fave for dessert. They ran it well tho and it was a great deal at $50 for 3 courses, matching wines, champagne happy hour and tax/tip included. I definitely want to go back and eat there for real.

Fri. a friend and I tried to go to Green St. in Central Sq. but it was too crowded so we wandered over to Rendezvous where we got a couple bar seats. Neither of us were too hungry so we ordered apps, chicken livers for me and scallops for him ($10 and $12). Unfortunately, I was in the midst of crazy allergies and didn't taste a thing. Well, I did taste a little bit of too much vinegar which was too bad that that was all I got out of the dish. Friend enjoyed his scallops, bread and butter was good. We split the lemon pudding cake dessert but alas, I let him eat the rest of it. The ginger cocktail barely made a dent either, sucks to pay good money and not taste. This also happened with what seemed to be an excellent raspberry pinwheel from Canto 6.

Was at the lovely Building 19 in Lynn and figured I'd stop by Kelly's but of course there were no spaces closeby and I couldn't stand the thought of walking too far in that sweltering sun, so I ended up at Pete's kind of parallel to Revere Beach Pkwy. I asked the woman the difference between a reg and jr roast beef and she made a circle about the size of two quarters to approximate a jr. I knew that was BS, it was on a normal hamburger bun with a decent pile of meat. Too bad there was next to no flavor. And this wasn't just my allergies, it was kind of gray and not too tasty, they didn't have the horseradish sauce option, not overly friendly people. At least it was only $3.50.

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