i am on a quest to catalog every restaurant in boston that serves steak frites. in the end, i hope to determine 1) the best incarnation, as well as 2) a good version to satisfy an impromptu steak frites craving on a ~$15-17 budget.
standards for measurement:
1) tender, high quality meat
2) thin frites striking a balance between crispy and starchy. no other forms of potato allowed! (boiled, mashed, in stews, etc.)
3) bonus points for outstanding sauces, vinaigrettes, accompaniments, and so forth.
i've had it at two places:
aquitaine - $26 - my current #1. link below to old review on it buried in a longer post.
firefly, an american bistro - $15 - i was hoping this would serve as my cheap steak frites option, but the dish disappointed. steak was a little tough, frites were overcooked, and their jalapeno butter came plopped on the steak, straight out of the freezer and hard as a rock. it was mediocre - not terrible - but it doesn't satisfy the craving, and i wouldn't seek it unless out of other options.
so where else can a guy get steak frites in this sun-forsaken city?