Just had lunch at the Parrish Cafe on Boylston Street in the Back Bay and it remains a solid choice for a great lunch in the Back Bay -- as long as you don't mind paying a bit more. (By the way, the Paris Cafe on Arlington is gone, (and good riddance). Does anyone know what is moving in there?
I've always liked the Parrish gimmick -- sandwiches created by chefs from all over town.
Service is always polite and friendly. Was seated right away near the window -- a bit tight next to another table but otherwise fine and got to watch the people go by.
Got the "Lumiere" -- a pork butt sandwich created by the chef of Lumiere (had a Beavis moment ordering something with butt in it), with a limey mayo on a sesame roll with papaya salad. $10.25. Very satisfying. The pork was great, juicy, tender and hot, although there was quite a bit of fat on it, which perhaps explains the butt part. Loved the salad and the spiced peanuts. $10.25 -- not cheap for a sandwich, but the quality was excellent. I usually get the Zuni Roll which I always enjoy, I think $9.50.
Friend got the Schlesinger, which hadn't been on the menu for a while, and is also one of my favorites. Two thick slices of banana bread topped with a mild cheese (I forget which), smoked ham, comes with a fruit chutney and Asian slaw. Also $10.25. A much bigger portion and much heavier meal (even compared to the pork!). My friend said it was great. It's a bit like eating your entree and your dessert at the same time, always a good thing IMHO.
Anyway, just wanted to give the nod to their consistently good food and service there. As someone working in the Back Bay, it's been a nice place for a special lunch or to take tourist friends when we're in the area. Good local choice.