First we'd wanted to go to the Miracle of Science, on Mass Ave, but it was so chaotic and we couldn't figure out whether we were to seat ourselves or were to wait to be seated that after 10 minutes of dumbly standing there, we decided to leave. Then we walked down to Central Kitchen, only to find out that the wait would be at least an hour, if not longer. No, our hungry stomachs couldn't tolerate that, and there was no room at the bat to enjoy a glass (or more) of wine while waiting. So it was onto the Green Street Grill.
It looks like a dive from the outside. But my friend, who'd been there before, promised good food - and by this time, I would have probably happily settled down at a pizza parlour if the restaurant was going to be a long wait. We were told by the hostess that it would be at least 30 minutes - and since we spied two seats open at the bar where we could wait in the interim, we settled in.
Two drinks later (a glass of the new beaujoulais and a glass of sangria for me, vodka tonics for my friend), a table was finally ready. (It turns out we could've also eaten at the bar - which some people, my dining partner included, seem to have an aversion to. Why? It's fun talking to the bartender.)
We spilt the grilled shrimp with chorizo as a starter. Yum. I wish I remember the sauce it was served in - we'd had a lot to drink on empty stomachs by this point. It was tangy and not too oily - my only wish is that they'd had more shrimp in the dish, because it seemed rather dominated by the chorizo. Bread came with a slightly cinnamony-spread.
My friend got the ribeye as an entree, and I didn't taste any of it because I was too focused on my seared scallops, which were nicely done - seared on the outside, still soft and tender on the inside. The scallops were served with some garlic grits, which were good but buried under the sauce so I couldn't really taste them. I heard the ribeye was good - it was polished off as well. Full (and tipsy), we couldn't even consider ordering dessert.
Service was slowish, as the restaurant was rather crowded. Our bread didn't actually come until after we were done with the appetizer (which the waitress apologised for), and it took forever to get the check. Lighting is uneven, which rather annoyed me - it was dim at my friend's end of the table, yet as I was seated directly under a small overhead light, I felt as though I was in some sort of spotlight which I did not enjoy.
Tab came to about $40 each, for 1 appetizer, 2 entrees and 1 bottle of wine. (The before-dinner drinks had been paid for at the bar). All in all, it was a pleasant and casual place. There were lots of large groups there, and it is a rather festive atmosphere for a group gathering, as well as being a nice place to catch up with an old friend.