Ended up at Red Sky where Naked Fish across from Fanueil Hall used to be. By default since silly me thought the North End wouldn't be as jammed on a crappy nite but I was wrong. Could have squeezed in at the bar at Prezza but it was too claustrophobic. Not a problem at Red Sky which has been open a week. Pleasant place with the de rigeur loungey look going on toward the front, with couches and low seating. Good sized bar, interesting menu where I could have eaten anything. We went with a field greens salad w/ goat cheese, pear and walnuts (never seen that before, huh?). Good but I didn't see any pear and the goat cheese was in rectangular chunks which was odd. Also tuna tartare from their tapas menu (nothing over $5.50) which was a good sized mound but really needed to be dipped in the drizzled sauce to have flavor. We split a pizza w/ fig, prosciutto and (more) goat cheese that was smaller than I thought it'd be. Dessert was pineapple upside down cobbler w/ pineapple ice cream. Pretty tasty. Special drinks were $10, I had a pomengranite martini in a mid-sized glass, friend had a glass of red wine in a boring glass. Bartender was pleasant and it was all okay and not a bad price at about $48 before tax & tip. Things migth be able to get great when they've had some more time, the menu is certainly promising with nice combinations and nothing more than $22. Just nothing to wow you at this point. Stopped at the Plaza III bar for a nightcap where my choc. "martini" didn't fill the glass, which granted was one of those huge ones so it was just as well. Wine came in a nice goblet, about 8 choices for reds. The bar menu is a relatively good deal, curious to try it some time since no one ever talks about that place (maybe rightly so).
Tried the barely noticeable Auntie B's on Centre st. in W. Roxbury for breakfast. Good townie place where a small combo plate of 1 egg, 2 bacon, homefries and 3 silver dollar pancakes was $4.25. Only open til 1 or 2, need to go back for a turkey club with real turkey. Cook/owner said they were going to redo their storefront and I commented on it not being so noticeable, which I guess everyone says. Two other W. Rox things: Real Deal will make anything a panini (I think) so I got the Tony Soprano which was roast beef, cheese, horseradish sauce done on the grill. Huge sandwich for <$6. Anna's donuts are up to 89 cents and didn't seem quite as good.
Okay burger at the Linwood last nite, but the quality of the meat wasn't as high as most places these days. Too symmetrical and had to have been frozen. Fries weren't crispy enough. Friend's fish sandwich was a better choice, both about $7.95.
Found another good after work deal, the "9 to 5" at blu, where certain apps. are $5 and cocktails are $9. We started with a lychee martini, some lemonade combo and something blue. Started with fried sea dabs and eggplant flatbread. Both really good, love those sea dabs which I first saw at Azure. Then we got another round, white wine and two more girly martinis along with some fried cauliflower and calamari. Calamari was a huge plate of very lightly and beautifully fried squid. Cauliflower was good too but we were getting full at that point. Didn't bother with the fried mozzarella which I think was a step above the normal style but didn't pay attention. Bartender was pretty friendly, complained about someone serving him a barely shaken martini. Very quiet on a Tues. evening but a nice way to spend 5-7PM.