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Garden of Eden, South End, Boston/Panificio, Charles Street, Boston

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Garden of Eden, South End, Boston/Panificio, Charles Street, Boston

Limster | Nov 22, 2003 11:47 PM

Garden of Eden

A pleasant, cafe-casual and well-lit spot. Wouldn't mind stopping in occasionally for a relaxing meal.

In the moderately sized meatloaf sandwich (aka the gray street), two reasonable slabs of meatloaf gets slightly dressy in a mildly sweet, fruitty tomato sauce (described on menu as an apricot-tomato ketchup) with a good spicy kick that I found quite enjoyable. Good whiff of dill and sharp red onions. The barest touch of toastiness on the foccacia, just right for me. Not outrageously pricey, but quite a tariff nevertheless. I think it's fine considering the location and the well tweaked sandwich.

The hazelnut rum chocolate cake was poor, a small thin slice for $2 or 3 iirc; its crumb dry and harsh.

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Panificio

A more dusky atmosphere, drawing on framed black and whites for a comfortable old timey ambience.

Pizza's nothing to write home about, the moderately thin crust a little bready, and baked in a rectangle. Essentially a cross between Naples and Sicily. At least it was oven warm, with a competent sauce and mozzarella. But the Upper Crust is very close, and superior by far.

A fresh-tasting mesclun salad with creamy crumbles of a mild blue cheese, good toasty walnuts, and neat slices of apples and a softly acidic dressing with harmonizing qualities. A good salad, but I think it's cheaper at lunchtime.

A big homey hunk of apple caramel cake for dessert.

Not a place that I would necessarily seek out or crave, but it's nearby and offers a charming setting. Currently, I'm more inclined to this place for lunch than dinner, but it's based only on their appetizers, as I didn't order any entrees.

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