With the closing of Perdix, our original plan of dinner there and drinks beforehand at 28 Degrees got changed to drinks at Great Bay and dinner at Eastern Standard. My brother and I both used to live and hang out in Kenmore and he hadn't really seen the huge changes. To think we were paying $12 for martinis in the former home of the double cheeseburger king and eating rabbit pate by where the Rat was. Whatever, those expensive Great Bay drinks ($12 even for a regular martini) were very good and the bartender Scott was a great guy. He suggested some daiquiri for me with sage and sorbet which I'm glad I got. We also split the crisp tuna rolls ($15) and could have made a nite of it at the bar. Made up for the weird service I had at the ceviche bar a year or so ago.
Eastern Standard at 7:30 was crowded but not jammed. Could have squeezed in at the bar (lots of people taking 2 seats) but we had a corner of the back banquette and that was comfortable. Great bread basket and pickled carrots were immediately brought to the table (unlike other places where they want you to starve so you'll order more things). Our waitress was a little too much, esp. in the beginning, but she knew her stuff and could answer all our wine questions (says she didn't know anything before she started working there). I enjoyed the vouvray ($7), he enjoyed the cava and then some bordeaux called Teyssier that was supposedly a great value at $11. Split the charcuterie plate which was good but not my favorite kind of appetizer but this was his b-day treat so I went along with it. Many different things on the plate ($12). I ended up with the chicken and really enjoyed it. They cut the breast as if it were a duck dish, a little salty in parts but that was okay, good crispy skin. The thigh was stuffed with foie gras and it was served on delicious spaetzle with mushrooms. If they'd only thrown on a little green vegetable. Pork was also good served with cabbage. Should have just split the creme brulee which was excellent but I thought the apricot cream tart sounded good. It was okay but half a c. brulee would have been better. Came to about $105 before tip.