Lots of snacks this week. Was going to try to link to the small bites article in yesterday's Calendar section but can't get to it on boston.com.
Bonfire (Park Plaza hotel): Tues. we stopped by their taco happy hour before a movie (til 6:30). Small interesting tacos for $2 each on a plate with strips of nacho chips and a bit of salad. Two of us split 2 duck, salmon, tuna and prime rib w/ horseradish. Nice bartender but even on a cold nite, it gets very warm at the bar with that open grill. (Wait for Along Came Polly to come out on video.)
Bertucci's (take out from the Newton Corner store): Always realiable IMHO. Shrimp w/ cream and a sausage and onion were perfectly respectable.
Cookin Cafe (Comm Ave. across from the Allston Star Mkt): Good for a quick and easy meal. Western omelette was cooked well done as requested (with home fries and toast for $6).
Back Bay Summer Shack (across from the Sheraton): Went to their $3 happy hour (til 6:30 and late nites at the end of the week) with Nab, Dax and Stagger. No one was overly impressed but for $3 each, it's hard to complain. RI calamari was probably my favorite even tho I prefer no peppers (they tend to sog it up I think). Bermuda fish chowder was totally not what I expected, looked like beef stew with odd spices but some liked it. Stuffies got two okays and two nays. Shrimp & corn fritters (I think) were typical fritters in that it was a mass of fried stuff and could have been anything inside but the remoulade was good. Mussels in tomato broth was a large portion but nothing to distinguish it. Nab can comment on the corn dog and I guess the east coast oysters got approval.
Pour House (Boylston St.): Since happy hour at Cactus Club was too crowded (1/2 price apps til 7:00), we moved along to the Pour House to discover they have various half price nites. Thurs. is 1/2 off Mexican so Stagger and I split a chicken quesadilla w/ black beans and rice (usually $6.25). Passable but lots of food for that price (and esp. for $3.13). Dax can comment on the three tacos and Nab broke the mold w/ a burger and tons of fries. Chicken sandwiches are half price on Wed. I think and burgers are on Sat.
Nothing to write home about but good for a snack. As long as you don't wait 20 min for the freaking 39 bus to take you home in the freezing cold.