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La Mama, Legal, Corrib

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La Mama, Legal, Corrib

Joanie | Jun 21, 2006 10:03 AM

Tried the chacarero at La Mama in Allston this week and have to say that it's not as good as Chacarero's downtown. It certainly was made to order, I saw avocado being smooshed and waited for quite a while. But the beef was tough which was the main drawback. I always get a small from Chac. downtown, La Mama has one size for $8 which I assume is equivalent to Chac's large. Looked like it was in a personal pizza box and I'm getting 3 meals out of it, but will stick with Chacarero.

Got lunch at Legal Seafood in Harvard Sq. on Sun., half cuz it was cool and quiet inside and half cuz I had lobster on the brain after the lobster episode on Phantom Gourmet that weekend. We both went for the lobster roll which isn't too bad a deal at $18.95 w/ fries and cole slaw. Would be better tho if the slaw wasn't lame, fries weren't bad. Good sized roll, one of those longer hot dog buns nicely buttered and grilled, piled w/ lobster and not too much mayo, a tiny bit of celery and lettuce in the roll. The lobster salad itself could have been a little more flavorful and there were a couple tough pieces, but okay. Friend also had lobster bisque which I didn't taste, soup was poured over lobster meat. They have tons of lobster specials these days including a lobster/goat cheese/bacon sandwich and they had the brunch menu available too with a lobster omelette and lobster benedict. Nice service, first time there in at least 8 years, pretty good.

Stopped by the Corrib in W. Roxbury for pub food last nite and had two pleasant surprises. Friend ordered a side basket of onion rings ($4.95) which surprised us both with how light and well fried they were. So much better than the weak, cardboard steak fries. Also enjoyed my grilled chicken/goat cheese sandwich. The meat was a little dwarfed in the French bread roll, but the flavor was good and goat cheese nicely warm. He had a turkey club with real turkey, huge sandwich, good deals at $6.95. Thought more people would be watching baseball there but fairly quiet (til a softball team came in as we were leaving), booths were comfy and service was sweet.

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