Dinner at The Hyde (http://www.thehyde02136.com), relatively new in Hyde Park (visited in Nov. '09, opened in Feb. '09, Globe review in June '09). The setting is an old diner, which is comfortable; somewhat reminiscent of the B-Side Lounge (but lighter) crossed with the Rosebud in Somerville. Very friendly and gracious staff, and the chef/owner Brian makes an effort to come out and speak to all the patrons. This is simple, since even on a Friday night there were only four or five tables full at one time, which is an absolute travesty considering the level of food. We had the grilled brie with fresh cranberry jelly and toast for starters, and a grilled statler chicken breast and pork chop for dinner. The chicken was very tender, served with gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans. The potatoes were homemade and coarse, and very tasty without the overpowering salt or butter taste that you sometimes get with mashed. The pork chop came with the same sides, and was sauteed in butter and chives and was outstanding. The flavor was noticeable and it was cooked perfectly. Other basic comfort food dishes were on the menu as well - reminded a bit of the Garden at the Cellar's menu without the rosemary truffle fries. We had a cinnamon bread pudding with vanilla ice cream for dessert, which was much lighter than it sounds. The beer menu is also notable, with several types (all bottles currently) from Dogfish Head, Avery, Arcadia and Blue Hill. The chef plans to construct a brewery in the basement to serve fresh brewed beer on tap; he formerly worked at Cambridge Brewing Co. As a West Roxbury resident, I am thrilled to have The Hyde nearby, and while I appreciate the ease of getting a table on a Friday, I hope they get the word out and stay open - the chance for a suburban microbrewery and food like this is too good to waste.
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1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
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