Things seemed fairly quiet out and about last nite which surprised me since it was Thurs. and a pretty nice nite. We were able to immediately grab a table in the bar section of Sibling Rivalry about 7:00 which surprised me (and there were several tables in the dining room). They've got some heating issues they're dealing with, it went from blowing quite hot to quite cold air on my back and there was no happy mediuim. Plus the giant TV seemed a little out of place but it was fun there. Their fancy drinks are $10 and offered some combinations you don't always see. My friend had some sort of ginger/champagne/cointreau/don't know what else that was pretty good while I got pear liquer, apple vodka & raspberry puree. Would prefer more pear flavor but it was good. Lots of interesting choices on the menu and the pumpkin ravioli someone next to us ordered looked great, but we went with the Thai mussels ($11) and pierogi w/ crispy beef & horseradish sauce w/ truffle. I guess the truffle is what jacked up the price to $12 for two little pierogi. It's potato and dough for god's sake. But the sauce was delicious and the crispy shreds of beef were tasty as well. The sauce for the mussels was very nice but we had to ask for bread which didn't come immediately like it did for everyone else. Our waitress was nice but very harried. Many other things I'd like to try on that menu tho and one of the chefs was hanging out at the bar. Things are a little more sedate in the dining room.
We then wandered across Tremont St. to Nightingale which was very quiet, got seated right at the window. A couple glasses of a white wine I'd never heard of which she compared to pinot grigio for $7 and two more appetizers: cod cakes w/ frisee and warm spinach salad w/ smoked trout. Both very nice altho I think I liked the spinach salad better without the trout. Split a spiced apple cake w/ cinnamon ice cream that just wasn't that great, kind of dry and the ice cream didn't have much flavor. Good service, cute room, pretty bathroom w/ a fresh flower arrangement. Lots of interesting entree choices but last nite was a nite of appetizers. Two wines, two apps., one dessert w/ tax and tip was $56.
Nice to have some good dining experiences after mediocre food at Cafe Belo, the little Middle Eastern place on Park Drive (tough lamb, almost stale pita), Red Sauce (yeah I know but there were reasons), etc.
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