Three of us made plans to try the Kobe Beef Sliders at Spire the other night. Unfortunately, the one night we were able to coordinate a time, it was one of three nights that Spire is closed due to private party. Damn private party.
So, we trudged off to Manta for some cocktails. Great cocktails, horrible service. The bartenders have to get over themselves. We were not inspired by the bar menu so we decided to head out to the North Street Grille.
I had been wanting to try this place for awhile. The menu looks great but its a funny location. The last time I walked by, it was empty. Given the meal that we had, I don't know why this place isn't hopping.
We started off with the rare tuna tartare, seaweed salad and homemade potato chips as well as the mac and cheese. Both apps were delicious. The mac and cheese was wonderful. It had big chunks of bacon and green apple. I was skeptical of the green apple but was won over with my first bite. The tanginess of the apple complemented the saltiness of the bacon. I also enjoyed the tuna tartare, but I think dish worked best deconstructed, v. as a whole. Each part was delicous. The chips were perfectly fried, the tuna tender and flavorful, and th seaweed tasting, well, like yummy seaweed. But, when I piled all the tuna and the seaweed on to a chip, it didn't work for me. 2 items together would have been fine, but there was too much going on.
For a main course, I ordered the truffled lobster risotto with sweet peas and parmesian cheese. I also ordered a side of rosemary fries (just because I didn't get enough of the potato chips). These were both delicious. The risotto had huge pieces of lobster in it and was laced with truffle oil. And, the fries, the fries. I cannot go on enough about these fries. Thin french fries, perfectly fried. You have to love a chef with a good hand on the frier. The fries were sprinkled with rosemary and a course sea salt. The bowl was huge and I ate about half the bowl. I would go back for the fries alone.
The other two main dishes were the carmelized sea scallops and the monthly burger. Both were very good but the burger was the weak link. My friend ordered it medium rare and it was medium well. Still juicy, but not as bloody as she would have liked.
We were too stuffed for dessert. Final bill was $40 a head. This included 2 apps, 3 main dishes, 1 side of fries and a bottle of red. This was an above average meal for a reasonable price. It's definitely worth a look if you are at a loss as to where to go in the North End.