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Real Deal and others

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Real Deal and others

Joanie | Apr 24, 2006 07:51 AM

Stopped by this sandwich place on Centre St. West. Roxbury and had a delicious "Carmella Soprano" panini. As I've said many times, you can put anything between buttered and grilled bread or rolls and I'm pretty happy but this had a good filling of eggplant (menu says roasted but it was fried), provolone, spinach, red peppers and pesto aioli. I got 1 real and 2 small meals out of it for $5.95. A million sandwiches, subs & wraps on the menu, very similar to the Brookline Spa with gangster names (are they associated?). They also have pizza (and slices), burgers w/ fries for $6.25, etc. I *will* be back.

Sat. after taking the nephew to sheep shearing in Waltham, we stopped at Wilson's Diner on Rt. 20 and sat at the counter. Not that super friendly service you often get at diners. I ordered a grilled cheese w/ bacon and asked for fries and a chocolate shake. Couldn't fries or frappes at a diner(!) and the grilled cheese came on the burnt side, but it was only $2.75. Friend had a cheeseburger club served w/ home fries which looked good. Not the best diner experience (esp. compared to the recently visited Yankee Diner in Charleton MA).

Thought I was meeting people at Johnny D's in Davis Sq. for brunch on Sun. but something got screwed up and that place was a zoo (Tufts goes home shortly), so after passing a long line at Renee's, I ended up at Sabur which wasn't too great. Scrambled eggs could be served with either gorgonzola polenta, a potato pancake or lamb & potato hash. They all sounded great but I went with the hash. Bad choice. It was like lamb and potato stew, with no lamb. I would have said something to the bartender but he never asked how everything was. So the $8 scrambled eggs were fine as were the slices of orange but it didn't feel very satisfying. I made up for it by finally going to Darwin's where I just had a nice florentine. Then I hit the Harvard Sq. Hi Rise for the first time where most of their cookies are >$2 threshold that I hate to cross, but they had a choc. hazlenut for $1.50 (and not much smaller) which was good. No attitude at either place in my short dealing with them. Pretty mellow upstairs at Hi Rise that cloudy day.

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