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Side Street Cafe Florence MA

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Side Street Cafe Florence MA

Vinny Clams | May 11, 2006 03:21 PM

Anybody try Side Street Cafe in Florence yet?
I've been there a three times already and had one fabulous meal, one very good meal, and one horrendous meal. Go figure.
Here's the scoop: they have 2 killer apps: the smoked shrimp/crabcakes and the pan fried oysters. The oysters were perfect size and so fresh. I could have eaten a dozen shrimp/crabcakes they were so good. A nice crisp salad comes gratis with all meals. The first time I had grilled skirt steak..very beefy and spiced nicely in a red wine sauce. Very Good. The grilled salmon was among the best I've EVER had anywhere..and I've eaten and enjoyed alot of salmon. Just fabulous. The most recent meal, the semi-boneless roast chicken was an unmitigated disaster. I could not believe it came from the same kitchen. The chicken was slightly undercooked, tough and rubbery, the skin flabby, and it was hardly semi-boneless. Almost inedible. Bleech. Maybe it was a bad night, but it was crowded and so I ate some anyways, paid the bill and left. Hope they get their chicken act together because I love a great roast chicken!
The desserts were fine. The service friendly and helpful. Really a nice place with nice folks, rubber chicken notwithstanding.
No liquor or beer/wine license yet so we brought our own and had fun. No corkage fee.
So, 'hounds..what you say about this place?
Vinny

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