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some eats (Theo's, ECG, Om, Houston's, Sorriso, Eastern Standard)

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some eats (Theo's, ECG, Om, Houston's, Sorriso, Eastern Standard)

debtslave | Apr 21, 2006 08:26 AM

Theo's in the North End is located kittycorner from the old north church, but I doubt that many of the touristas blindly following the red brick path ever notice it. We had a very solid Saturday brunch there. The pancakes were fluffy, the the side of strawberries were perfectly ripe.

When friends visit we like to take them to our favorite places. On Saturday night ECG delivered, as always. The ceviche and tostones special was fresh and bright. And our server was incredibly accomodating about substitutions for one member of our party who was observing passover.

Our server at brunch at OM on Sunday morning should sign up for lessons with the crew at ECG. Beautiful space, but no substitutions in an omlette? Are you kidding me? They are just eggs, people. And this is just silly - when you have an empty dining room upstairs, don't make your guests wait "for five minutes" in the bar in the hopes that they will run up a bar tab.

The Om brunch menu is interesting, and the scones that come as the "bread basket" for the table were terrific. I had the coca-cola french toast with cherries and carmalized bacon, which was as sweet as it sounds, but was actually quite good. The frida omlette, with avocado, onion and salsa was the best of our dishes. Their bloody mary is a waste of calories.

I know it is a chain, and doesn't really belong on this board, but I have to give a shout out to Houston's California burger. Avocado, red onion, arugula with a bit of vinagrette on a medium rare patty that hasn't been overly-handled. This is my favorite burger in Boston. But more research is necessary.

Sorriso has a drink on their menu - tequila, tonic, lemon juice and simple syrup - that is so bright and refreshing, and so completely avoids masking the silvery herbal notes of the Herradura, that I'm going to have to add it to my regular rotation.

Eastern Standard after a game is probably not a good plan, but we went for it anyway. Uneven service but the roasted marrow app was worth the wait. Accompanied by sea salt, sliced baguette and two mustards, it was a nice end to the night.

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