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Good weeked of eating...The Gaff, Painted Burro, Local 149


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Good weeked of eating...The Gaff, Painted Burro, Local 149

digga | Mar 3, 2013 05:38 PM

We went to the Gaff after checking out the Rose Museum at Brandeis (a fun Ruscha exhibit, along with fabulous works from the permanent collection). We loved the Gaff! Cozy space, friendly service, great beers on tap and pretty good food, too. I had a serviceable veggie burger, accompanied by fresh McDonald’s-esque fries. An (important) quibble – I wanted the bun to be griddled. B had the buffalo chicken pizza - he told the bartender he loved it. She concurred. He scarfed it down!

A light snack, post-Somerville Theater last night at Painted Burro (our first time there, finally!). Refreshing cucumber and “el Diablo” margaritas. I got the shrimp and fish tacos, short rib and achiote chickecn tacos for B. Fish was fine but nothing special and the shrimp would have been good if it wasn’t so salty. It was tough to discern the flavors through all that saline. At the urging of B, I took at bite of the chicken taco – now that was a tasty bite of food. Honestly, we didn’t mind my just-ok tacos….service was good (even at 10 pm) and we loved the convivial atmosphere (but what the hell was going on in the bar area? Maybe we’re getting too old for that $#!T? LOL!).

We decided to eat in Southie today after seeing the awesome 80’s exhibit at the ICA. Except for lunch at Franklin Southie last year, we never hang out in Southie. We initially sat down in Lincoln Tavern, but it was a zoo…Annoyingly loud and we were ignored. Dude, let’s get outta here….so it turned into late lunch (5 pm) at Local 149, which hit the spot. Neat interior, with lots of fun industrial elements. Low bar, like at Rendezvous. Way more our speed. B had a Dogfish/Sierra Nevada collaboration IPA that he loved. Mussels in bleu cheese/brandy sauce that I thought sounded nasty, but actually was quite rich and good. Waffle fries were a guilty indulgence. Kale salad turned B into a convert via the pert dressing and pickled red onions. The chickpea stew with Brussels sprouts was a bit too salty but it had a vaguely Indian taste that I loved (also, the fact that it was served in a metal bowl gave it an Indian feel). I gave B most of the chorizo that came with it, but I kept one delicious disc. It’s an appetizer and the serving was small but if it was offered in entrée size, I would get it again….just please, ratchet the salt down a little. There were lots of things on the menu that we both order. It’s rare that in one weekend in Boston, we check out new-to-us places that we would re-visit. Successful eating weekend!

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