I'm having bad luck with gift certificates, went to Cafe St. Petersburg to use one there but a party was going on so we hit the Family Rest. in Brookline Village. They had a picture of their adana kebab in the window, one of the Globe's top dishes from that Parade article last year, so that's what I chose for an entree. No pita here, a more intersting bread served with a plate of chick peas in oil w/ little cukes and tomatoes. The adana kebab is kind of like little skewers of meat loaf, tasty lamb on nice rice pilaf with a small grilled tomato and some raw carrots for a salad of sorts I guess (fine if you mix it into the chick peas). I wish there were more grilled peppers, onions & tomatoes with the dish, the big chili pepper they serve certainly packs a punch if you're into that. My friend had a vegetable stew which was fine but not the most exciting dish. Entrees run $10-13 so a definite bargain. It was pretty quiet on that crappy nite, even so no one checked with us and it took a while to get the check but it was fine overall.
Go get awesome donuts at Diane's in Roslindale Village. The plain is the perfect combination of crispy and greasy and with the choc. topping (love toppings on cake donuts), it's even better. Still only 60 cents. The blackberry skone (sic) isn't too shabby either.
Cheapest breakfast in Boston: Brigham Circle Diner. They do egg dishes pretty well and you can't beat the prices. I just wish more people in this town had home fries that I wanted to eat more than 3 bites of. Why are there so many dull/dry/tasteless home fries in this city?
Speaking of Brigham Circle, a new sign for Flamers Restaurant was being put up across the street from the diner. I don't know if this is related to Flamers in Dorchester or what, but it'll be good to have another option in that area.
The JP Gazette reported that Tacos el Charro is up for sale, the owners are retiring.