We were all pretty psyched with our meals at Grotto Fri. nite. Started with a nice drink at Spire in the Nine Zero Hotel then walked over to Grotto on Bowdoin St. for 8:30 reservations. It was packed then but only one other party came after us and we ended up closing the joint. Cute place, very nice service, one friend enjoyed the attractive gals waiting on us. Two people started with the garlic soup and one had the cheese plate ($8 and 11) and both were great. I went with the recommended trout dish with spinach and gnocchi w/ bacon ($20). Very very tasty, nice crispy outside and moist inside, a big hit with everyone else. Altho I think the bacon flavor may have overpowered things a bit. One person had excellent ricotta gnocchi, one had the "fantastic something or other" spaghetti which *was* really great and one had the roast chicken (entrees about $16-21). He and I both were curious about the duck w/ duck ravioli but that didn't seem to be the first thing recommended by our waitress. His chocolate cake dessert was very nice, my ginger panna cotta was fine and sorbet was the third dessert ($7.50). They got a couple bottles of syrah and I had a couple glasses of chardonnay (went over my 2 drink limit and paid for it the next day). Everyone was happy with my choice.
Sat. (after laying around and not eating all day) got a delicious cheeseburger at Miracle of Science which is still one of the best in town ($7.25). My side of roasted potatos had sat there too long but it hit the spot. My friend's chicken skewers looked great as did the side of black bean salad. Had a taste of his cole slaw which was a little too vinegary but it's still a dependable if limited menu.
Got some brunch at Panifico on Charles St. which was all right. The eggs w/ chicken hash sounded good, I was picturing Charlie's turkey hash ($8.50). But this was more like some entree of sauteed chicken cubes w/ red peppers and onions. It wasn't hash like at all, too large chunks of chicken to be called hash and little if any potato in it. It was like eating one breakfast dish of eggs and one lunch dish of sauteed chicken. The french toast and pancakes looked good tho and I grabbed a couple macaroons (2 for $1) that were tasty.