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Spicy food, cocktails, and The Replacement Burger


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Spicy food, cocktails, and The Replacement Burger

maillard | Sep 16, 2007 10:55 AM

Lots of good food and drink for me this week... After a bad day of bad news and boring work, I went to Green Street Grill with a friend for some drinks. I can't remember the names of the drinks, but they were good. I had one with maple syrup and one with molasses. My friend had some drink that I can't remember with bourbon or scotch and a drink that was like a cosmo, but with apricot brandy. All were interesting and tasty. People next to us at the bar ordered food and it looked pretty good, but we figured why get expensive decent non-spicy food when cheap, awesome, spicy food is just a few blocks away.

So we went to Mary Chung's. We ordered Suan La Chow Show and General Gau's chicken. Our waitress, Alice, asked "You want it spicy?" I thought she was asking if I wanted the General Gau's chicken non-spicy like it is at most places or like it normally was. So I said "Oh, yes! Spicy!" with perhaps a bit too much enthusiasm... Because holy smokes, that food almost killed me. I think I had been getting a bit too big for my britches lately about my tolerance for spicy food. But that meal has humbled me. Even eating plain rice hurt. It was fun, but I don't think I'll be doing it again anytime soon. It was too spicy to be tasty for me.

Last night I went to Washington Square Tavern. And I would like to hereby nominate them for Best Girly Drinks in the Boston Metro Area. As much as I love the drinks at Eastern Standard, B-Side, and Green Street, sometimes I'm just in the mood for something froufy and fruity. However, I don't ever want something sickly sweet. WST has a pretty big menu of fun cocktails and they're all very good. And enormous. Which may or may not be a good thing...

Even better than the drinks, though, is the burger. I finally had a chance to try their burger and it was seriously tasty. And even better, it was almost exactly like my favorite burger in Portland (at Cafe Castagna). It had the same nice bun, butter lettuce, red onion, and good fries. It was a bit over-cooked, but still incredibly tasty. I can't wait to go back...

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