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random Boston food impressions

Krista G. | Aug 23, 2001 10:30 AM

Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions for my brief Boston excursion last weekend. I barely had time to stop and eat so my list is woefully short. Regardless, I thought I’d post some random impressions anyway. And despite the looks of this list, I swear I don’t live on a strict diet of greasy food!

Mike’s City Diner: There was a line out the door Sun. morning, which I took to be a good sign. There was a long wait, I figured that’s typical during the weekend brunch rush. I ordered what I think was called an Emergency Room Special (scary, no?) and was treated to an obscene amount of food—two huge pancakes, two eggs, almost half a plate of home fries, three strips of bacon and two pieces of toast. It was pretty impressive. My dining companion ordered a side of corned beef hash and the portion almost filled a dinner-sized plate. Not that quantity equals quality, but I was pretty happy with the meal. The waffles looked really good…maybe next time.

Pho Republique: This was the sort of place I had in mind when I said "non-touristy" "non-stuffy." It made a fun Sat. night stop. We had shrimp spring rolls, which had spinach and (cream?) cheese in the filling served with a tangy/sweet dipping sauce. The creaminess of the cheese was a nice contrast to the crisp eggroll skin. I definitely could’ve eaten more. For an entrée I tried the salmon and mussels with a coconut milk, tomato, saffron and bacon broth. Wow, this was really tasty, albeit rich (though not heavy). I ordered a coconut martini and later a monkey bite. Whoo, both were strong, but I’m a sucker for foofy drinks with tropical fruit. By the time we finished dinner, the bar scene was jumping so we headed to that half of the restaurant. A nice place for dinner and drinks--not too upscale, nor too casual, with a mixed crowd. The amusing part was the "theme" or whatever you want to call it. The waiters all wore camouflage in some form (shirts, shorts) and dog tags. Vietnam War chic?! Who knew?

Buzzy’s: It seemed like the Philly cheesesteak stand of Boston so I had to check it out. As it was around 2am, the place was hopping and a huge line was forming. I’d already eaten dinner that night so I didn’t want to go too overboard. I got an Original Buzzy’s Roast Beef sandwich, no fries, rings etc. It was alright, but nothing special. I’m not sure what cheese was on it—something white. I think Buzzy’s is more of an experience/institution than an amazing food venue. Not that I let that stop me.

No Name Restaurant: I’m not sure how I ended up here, I think I was looking for clam chowder and didn’t have my bearings yet. I’m sure there are better seafood venues in Boston, but I made do. Not big on atmosphere (but I didn’t really expect it to be). I had a seafood platter filled with lots of breaded, fried stuff. I was baffled by the amount of tartar sauce served, it practically took up a third of the plate. It made me wonder if there are people out there who actually eat all their tartar sauce (and coleslaw)? Yeah, it was on the touristy side, but at least I didn’t eat at the Cheers bar, alright?

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to eat in Chinatown. We did a walk through, which was fun since it was the August Moon Festival. Too bad I was bursting at the seams after just finishing a meal at Mike’s. Even the thought of a little bubble tea was too much.

The conclusion is that I’ll have to return when I have more time to devote to serious chowing.

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