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Some eats

Limster | Feb 20, 2006 12:23 AM

Rosticeria Jalisco, East Boston

A combination plate (La Combinacion Jalisco) was quite nicely done, a saute of steak tips, chicken and shrimp with onions and peppers. The shrimp were great, butterflied and sauteed (seemingly quickly and in high heat) to give a tender but firm and ripping texture. Competently made refried beans, rice and guac; good salsas, I enjoyed the smoky roja most. Light horchata, easy on the cinnamon.

I'd go back on weekends to try their Birria, would have likely tried the rotisserie chicken if they had better turnover that day.


Formaggio Kitchen, Huron Ave, Cambridge

Very satisfying apple croissant; not the type one would go out of the way for, but a worthy snack if one's in the nabe.


Armando Pizza, Huron Ave, Cambridge

Excellent crust, thin and crispy; if this slice was representative, I'd give it a tiny nod above Ernesto's. Sauce and toppings are fine, but not as good as Regina's (I like rich oily sauces), even though I consider the crust superior. I think I still like the one at Campania most, but only had that version once.


The bar @ OM, Harvard Sq., Cambridge

Settled for a comforting eggs en cocotte, given a smoky twist with smoked cheese (gruyere?), a layer of chopped bacon at the bottom, a topping of (judiciously applied) dill and parsley or cilantro. My personal preference would have been for yolks a shade softer but that's a quibble. Points scored for warming the pumpernickel bread. The bread's good, but a notch behind the outstanding ones at Oxford Street Grill.

Saw orders of momos (Nepali/Tibetan dumplings) and oysters go by, looked good, and probably better showcases for the kitchen's creativity. The bar menu's only available at the bar downstairs, and the dining room menu with apps and main course is only served in the dining room upstairs.

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