Finally tried the new location of Geoffrey's in Roslindale last Sat. It was probably the only place in town with 3 screens tuned to football and only 2 of us watching (when I called to ask if the game was on, he said "something's on", I asked "something like football?" and he said there *was* a brown ball up there). We waited for a minute to get 2 seats at the actual bar, I got a drink from their very reasonably priced list. About $7-8.50 for martinis, with lots of fruits marinating in vodka on the bar. Nothing on the menu is over $14.95 if I remember correctly. We split chicken lives wrapped in bacon in a great port wine sauce and some unnecessary sour cream on the side plus a few greens. I had the meatloaf and poured over the extra port sauce since it came w/ no gravy. Huge piece, tasty, sides were a little burnt but that's okay, good mashed potatoes and grilled zucchini on the side. Friend had chicken saltimbacca which was also a large plate. Desserts don't seem to be as extensive as they were in the south end location and the choc. chip bread pudding was just okay. A little too sturdy consistency for my taste but a large piece for $6.95. Bartender was decent but never refilled water without my asking. Friendly atmosphere, dining room is pleasant, good standby place.
Grabbed breakfast at Sealy's in South Brookline (I think) during the holidays, hadn't been there in years. Omelettes are well priced, I went w/ broccoli/mushroom/onion for about $6. Better home fries than usual. Also got a sandwich at Bloc 11 in Union Sq. and it was okay, turkey w/ herbed ricotta and caramelized sandwich on ciabatta bread, $7.
Went back to Columbus Cafe and ate on the bar side Wed. nite. Very quiet there, I hope they're doing okay. I think the place is cute and it's another reasonably priced spot, I think prices now top out at about $17 there. Bellini martini was $9 and I just got the crab cake app for dinner. I'd heard good things about their crabcakes and had a little issue previously when they weren't on the menu and the bartender said they could make them, but I was served basically a potato cake. These were full fledged crab with a good amount of meat and good sauce. They don't hold a candle to Abe & Louie's, but with lots of greens, it was fine for $9.95. Friend really liked his chicken enchilada and it was a good time hanging out.
Last nite I told my friend what she should buy on sale at the Natick "Collection" then we went to the swanky side of the mall and ate at the bar of Sel de la Terre. I wasn't overly impressed. I have to find out what I'm missing with this bread basket that's universally loved on this board. I find it pretty boring, an olive bread, a dark one and a lighter one. Nothing crunchy, sweet, foccacia-like, plus this was served really cold. I ate it anyway but I've had much better baskets around town. We split crabcakes (again) and these were really tasty. Again, not overflowing w/ crab but a great sauce and some greens. I went with short ribs, mashed potato and roasted brussel sprouts, super tender meat, good stuff. Friend's salmon dish seemed a little overly apply with the sauce she had. Good enough but $26 for all of their entrees including gnocchi and chicken makes it not the good price it was way back when they opened with that one price per course concept. As far as the last course goes, she's a chocolate freak so we split the terrine but it was kind of boring. It had little bits of crushed pistachio nuts on top and a couple sauces, one suppedly with lime which we asked for on the side. It was all right. The bartender was pretty funny, some people might think he crosses the line being to pal-ly but we all got a kick out of each other. The bar was quiet but dining room still pretty busy at 8:45. Maybe we should have gone to the Met Bar instead.