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J&J, Bengal Cafe, El Amigo, Lupita, Mamma Lisa

Aromatherapy | Feb 24, 200802:19 PM

Bacalhau a Escondidinho at J&J was a really nice piece of salt cod fried and smothered in sautéed sweet peppers and onions, the whole covered with their sliced “homemade fries” and garnished with olives and sliced hardboiled egg. Man it was good. Lovely fat flakes of cod with a denser texture and a bit of salty funkiness. And lots left over (partly because I wolfed the whole saucer of complimentary chicken gizzards—which may be a weekend thing, and only if they think you’ll like them). With 2 glasses of wine and an espresso, the bill was just short of $25 post-tax.

Recent weekend lunch buffet at Bengal Café ($9) had nice stewed chicken (dark meat, on the bone), freshwater fish & bean dish (not my fave), and several good vegetable dishes, a couple mixed ones and a really welcome spicy mustard greens with dried chili and, I’m guessing, mustard oil and ground mustard seeds. And dal, of course. And an interesting not very sweet homestyle dessert, some sort of rice thing with nuts and molasses that went well with a nice cup of tea (extra).

Taqueria El Amigo’s tacos especiales (carnitas)—that’s a lot of porky goodness for $5.25. Perhaps a bit too much. Ha ha. Speaking of porky goodness, I had my first mulita at Tacos Lupita (carnitas again). What took me so long? The ultimate quesadilla, and loved the smoky brownish salsa served with it.

Spinach calzone at Mamma Lisa’s (Broadway, Winter Hill) was nice but a bit bland. Lots of it though and cheap ($2 IIRC).

Taqueria El Amigo
196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453

Aguacate Verde
13 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02143

J & J Restaurant
157 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

Mamma Lisa's Pizza House
312 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

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