Finally made it back to the Franklin in the south end where we were able to sit right down at 6:45 on a Tues. Friend had a great steak and mashed and my pan seared cod w/ porcini spaetzle was pretty awesome. A deal at about $19 each.
Isabella in Dedham Center is a cute place, the height of fine dining there. We split apps. of stacked eggplant and goat cheese and a super fresh mozzarella/tomato salad. I went for a simple yet tasty chicken and one friend loved his seafood pasta dish but the fish was bland, can't remember the specifics. Desserts were fair, entrees ran $18-24.
Five of us went to Rouge on Columbus Ave. where I just had the app. of rock shrimp & arancini, but nice light, flat arancini that were delicious ($9). Dessert of supposed summer fruit cobbler was only fair. People were happy with their brisket, ribs and special fish of the day. Quite empty on a Thurs., we were the only people in the dining room at about 9PM. Fine but over exuberant service.
Went to Abe & Louis twice in a week cuz my friends liked it so much. Got treated one nite and started with the crabcake appetizer, very little filler and a great tartar sauce with it. Two of us got the famous bone in filet, mine was slightly undercooked (from medium) as you worked your way in but not bad. Sides of garlic broccoli and mashed were decent. I took my friend's tuna home and that was good and the key lime was tart and tasty (and not too huge). Went back for Sat. brunch craving their burger with caramelized onions and cheese, again cooked well (a relative deal at $9.95). The omelette with lobster and shrimp was stuffed with huge pieces and my friend liked the crabcake app. so much, she got crabcake benedict which was equally good. Both were $15.95 I think. Service good both times, esp. dinner.
Four of us went to lower Allston to the Breakfast Club where my omelette was fine but didn't care for the underdone toast. Burger, eggs and pancake combo and western omelette hit the spot for everyone.
Brunch on a Red Sox/Patriots Sun. at the B Side (very hard to break for a minute to get the Patriots score) was salmon benedict and an obviously homemade bloody mary. One friend got a chicken BLT sandwich and another got great huevos rancheros with a short stack for us to share for dessesrt. Everything was done well but it seemed a little $$ with most items being about $13.
Had a few tasty appetizers at a party at Eastern Standard but there weren't nearly enough so I ordered their grilled cheese which surprisingly came on boring white bread. I expected much more and $9 would be a better deal with homemade bread and a slice of tomato or something. Fries were fine, an appetizer of the clam fritters was much tastier ($10). Shrimp cocktail looked fresh.
Went to Taberna de Haro in Brookline for the first time and didn't like the attitude when I first arrived. 6PM on a Tues., one person inside drinkig a sangria and I asked if I could sit outside til my friend came and they gave the spiel about having the whole party there but let me sit down. Seemed silly when no one else was at the place. Their ham and cheese croquettes were very good, had a tenderloin of beef on bread and some pork, excellent fried calamari but we were full at that point.
Sat. with the Sox in town was crowded so we ended up at the Brookline Jae's where one friend got a great grilled salmon and another got tuna. I was too full from the Abe & Louis burger so just had a taste then green tea and ginger ice cream which was nice. As was a capuccino pie. Comfy room, reasonable prices (about $18 for the entrees and sides), good fallback place.
It was easy to eat lunch at the original Pizzeria Regina on a Thurs. afternoon. The 4 cheese w/ tomato was excellent as was the sausage, onion, pepper (and maybe mushroom) but too many toppings. Two small pizzas for 4 peole was just about the right amount, $9.99 each.
Finally made it to the Arbor in JP for a b-day dinner. The chef is a friend of a friend so he kindly sent out these great crab fritters, a goat cheese thing and some roasted red peppers. I also got mushroom arancini to start (which I no longer needed, saved one of them), friend got a nice earthy mushroom soup, and a third got a nice green salad. I thought my duck was a bit too rare but tasty as was the side of risotto, huge pork chop and mashed was good, can't remember the other fish. Entrees run about $20-26. I had an excellent caramel pot de crème for dessert for $7, warm choc. cake was fine and peach bread pudding was decent. Good service, very quiet on a Wed. evening.
Can't proofread this, excuse any mistakes.