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Gargoyle's and Rod Da

Joanie | Nov 8, 2003 11:42 AM

Went back to Gargoyle's in Davis Sq. for the first time since they remodeled/enlarged/moved and it was good altho it didn't knock my socks off the way it did the first time. We probably should have sat at the bar which would have been more fun since the dining room was fairly quiet. Nice server altho my friend thought she was a little too much. I'm on a chicken liver app. kick these days and their fried version was the best part of the nite. Very tasty, served over greens with some vinaigrette for $8. The green salad looked fine but she should have gone for the more exciting version w/ goat cheese and nuts for just a dollar more. I had duck with parsnip pierogies and my friend had scallops with spinach pasta. The duck was only two medium slices of breast which ended up being enough, good taste. The pierogis weren't the best, can't remember the vegetable. Scallops were delicious, pasta was fine. With almost all entrees less than $20, you don't feel like you're being ripped off. My gingered apple/pear crisp w/ vanilla ice cream was nice and the chocolate terrine fit the bill for chocoholics ($8). Maybe I should have ended with their creme brulee which may have been the best I'd ever had the first time I went. Overall, quite decent but not all I hoped it would be.

Grabbed some takeout from Rod Da (am I spelling that right) on Harvard St., got the special of spicy fried chicken with basil sauce and rice. I find that Rod Dee and its sister place tend toward rather dry rice dishes and this was no exception. The basil sauce was lots of basil but basically, pieces of fried chicken on white rice w/ a few green peppers, no sauce. The chicken was tasty and it certainly provided a kick, but I wish it had a little more sauce. This happens with the green curry dishes too. In any case, it was $7 and I'm getting two meals. Plus I think people would be happy with the spice, I bet if you asked for some extra kick it'd really pack a punch if that's what you're into.

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