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Joanie | Dec 3, 2005 06:46 PM

Mentioned hitting Eastern Standard in Kenmore Sq. Tues. nite, very happening. This is the standby place after going to a party at Foundation Lounge and not getting enough food, altho the shrimp shumai and crab rangoon were fairly tasty. Asked to split the cheeseburger which was done for us in the kitchen, lots of fries (and salt on the side as requested). Friend had a nice glass of pinot noir I think. Split a large pumpkin creme brulee for dessert. Pretty good service from a harried water. Came to about $30 pre tax and tip.

Ate dinner at the B Side for the first time in years and am always surprised at the creep up in prices. But it's a fun place and that drink menu is impressive. Too bad neither of us felt like imbibing at 6PM on a Sun. Salad w/ walnuts, goat cheese and pear was wonderful ($8). An order of mussels was HUGE in a great broth (altho not quite as good as Aquitaine Bis), with some nice French baguette on the side ($11). Friend's tuna looked okay.

Finally got to Trattoria Toscana in the Fenway for a nice entrecote with sides of wonderful roasted potatoes and some zucchini, which was surprisingly served cold. Friend had a pork dish but it seemed to be about 1/3 less than I had. Entrees were about $15 and $17, cheap house wines, nice service from young kids.

Got a late breakfast at Charlie's on Columbus Ave. Fri. when I knew it wouldn't be too crowded. Those are some fairly high prices for basic diner fair, $5.95 for a baloney & cheese sandwich with chips??? I got the standby turkey hash w/ two eggs, supposedly over medium but not really ($7.45). Hash was well done as requested but didn't seem that flavorful, toast looked like it was brushed with melted margarine. Turkey club next to me was huge but there aren't really any bargains here and I'll spend my next weekday off hitting another place I can't usually get to. I did make it to the Davio's bakery tho which is only open weekdays and their macademia white choc. chip cookie was pretty darn tasty for only $.75. Later had a decent brownie on a graham cracker crust for $1, those are the prices I like for baked goods.

I'm surprised Game On is always so dead, unless they get a late nite overflow of people who are sick of being at Avalon or something. They changed their menu a bit and no more lobster roll, plus a drink menu wasn't ready yet. We split a great plate of fried calamari for just $8 and a decent philly cheese steak pizza but I'd stick with the portobello/caramelized onion version. I previously mentioned both dishes were a little heavy on the salt but not too too bad. It's a nice space but awfully huge and do they really need a girl selling Red Sox t-shirts at this time of year, at 7PM on a Tues. nite?

Ate at the Druid in Inman Sq. for the first time, everyone was craving a burger (and one Shepherd's pie). Asked for med. well but it seemed a little beyond that. Can never get that right cuz when I ask for medium, it always seems less done. Also seemed to be some herb in there, pesto or something. We saw green flecks and I pesonally prefer an unadorned burger. The handcut fries on the other hand were some of the best I've had and it was a decent deal for $8. The S. Pie for about $11 was huge and entrees were all $15 or less. Service was fine from the one waitress working there, will try something different next time.

Take out pad thai from Dok Bua was fine, spicy as requeted but only two shrimp and the rest tofu. Shopped at all three Watertown Armenian markets for our going away party and they're fun to explore. The spices in there smell great, olives were wonderful as were some various spreads. And got a choc. chip macademia cookie from Michael Schlow who happened to be doing a book signing when I walked into Booksmith this evening and had baked those to have out. He was very friendly, I grilled him on my favorite and least favorite TV food people (Tony Bourdain and Rachel Ray).

That's all.

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