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O'Sullivan's; Geoffrey's Cafe; Skyline

hiddenboston | Feb 24, 200806:12 PM

Went to O'Sullivan's with a friend of mine on Thursday night. I must say that I hadn't been pleased with some of the oversized meatballs I've had there over the past few months, but the blackjack burger I had there on Thursday tasted like the great burgers I used to have there. Hopefully this will continue. By the way, Mr. O'Sullivan inexplicably had the back wall redone in stone, complete with an electric fireplace built into it. The whole thing looks a bit weird to me (especially with the other walls being wood paneled), but hey, if it keeps the place warmer than it usually is during the winter, I'll be happy.

Friday was a lost day because of the snow, so I didn't get to any other restaurants until Saturday evening, when we took a trip over to Roslindale to dine at Geoffrey's Cafe. I hadn't been there since the fall, so this was the first time I have actually eaten indoors there; the little dining room is dark, moody, and cozy, making it a great date place. Our waiter was a hoot--very funny, full of energy, and moving through the place like a bat out of hell but never bumping into anyone. My beef bourguignon had a wonderfully rich wine sauce and the meat was lean and tender, but one piece of meat was a major gagfest, as it was a big blob of tough fat and gristle. Nasty stuff, but the rest of it was delicious, so I can overlook this. My GF's pan-seared tilapia was so good that I kept hoping she would hit the women's room so I could steal some of it. A shame that is only an occasional special on the menu. After we finished, the waiter told us about a "yummy golden cupcake" that was the featured dessert that night, so of course we tried it, and it was indeed very yummy and it was also very golden. It was a nice end to another solid meal at Geoffrey's.

On Sunday I pushed myself way too hard on a snowshoe trip, so I needed lots of calories to make myself feel better, and Skyline at Marina Bay in Quincy pretty much did the trick. The views at Skyline were memorable, the Killian's Red was quite refreshing and, well, great (as all beers are, IMO), and the place was very quiet and mellow, which suited me just fine. As for the food, everything was....not bad. The bread with oil wasn't bad, the corned beef with swiss cheese wasn't bad, the steak fries weren't bad, the chicken quesadillas weren't bad, everything wasn't bad (the beer was great, however--not sure if I mentioned that). I really didn't mind the fact that all the food was pretty basic, as I needed something to get my energy back, so I was happy enough with our lunch at Skyline. I have heard that dinners at Skyline can be very good, and the seafood dishes are sometimes excellent. I would like to go back there for dinner one of these days; perhaps when the weather warms up a bit so we can sit outside...

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