First of all, a tip of my own. A friend works in the PR department of Bread & Circus so I emailed him to find out what the deal is with the new one supposedly going up across Cambridge Street in the old Shaw's building. He says they had the lease all signed but then the building got sold so now they have to wait for a slew of high rises to be built on top of it before they can go in. Were looking at 2006. Seriously. So, given that, where do most people do their grocery shopping?
So the future Mrs. Joypirate and I decided it best to move in together prior to our winter nuptials and now we need recs. Specifically, I need help wading through the slew of Italian sub shops/Italian restaurants in the Beacon Hill area (closer to Cambridge Street). Based on my searches it seems as if Antonios is out but what of these other places? Hows this place called Primos on Myrtle? Specifically I need recs in the following areas:
-Best meatball sub in Beacon Hill? I sampled Venice Ristorantes last night and it wasnt too bad. Nice sesame seed rolls, lots of cheese.
-Best late-night pizza-by-the-slice? Again, I tried Venice Ristorante and it wasn't bad. New York-ish in form. Any other options?
-Best mid-range Italian and high-end Italian? Limster, your tip on Grotto has been filed away nicely for higher end. Lobster and beets?!??! Fantastic. Torch is in mind too. Is Il Bocconcino still good for mid-range?
-Is Phoenicia any good? I just returned from Montreal and had some pretty tasty Lebanese food so perhaps Im setting the bar too high for them.
-Does the Beacon Hill Pub have a steady and enduring commitment to the broadcasting of college football? Ok, non-chowish question but they do serve $1.50 pints correct? Am I correct in dismissing The Hill as preppy and Harvard Gardens as fratty? Am I correct in assuming that Beacon Hill Pub is the diviest? Im strictly talking about weeknights here; I know it suddenly gets wildly fashionable on the weekends. What about food/drink at Sevens?
-The fiancée wants to know when Café Podima will go the way of Angora and realize that blended frozen yogurts must give you a Nutella option (personally, I think a Blizzard from Dairy Queen is actually better than both of these places but that's another fight for another day).
-Breakfast/Brunch places. Im thinking both pastry type-places a la Carberrys and bacon and eggs places. We typically dig diner fare but the fancy-shmancy brunch at Beacon Hill Bistro looked promising as well.
Thanks in advance hounds!!!