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substitute dining

Joanie | Oct 19, 2003 08:24 PM

Sold out movies Sat. nite forced us from possibly eating in Chinatown or checking out Dedo (where I talked to the chef while checking out the menu; he seems really nice) to Harvard Sq. where we ended up at Grafton St. for a pleasant meal. All entrees are under $20 which is always nice and while it was fairly busy, no problem getting a table. My friend got a cup of lobster bisque which definitely could have had more lobster flavor from the bit I tasted. His lamb top was excellent, some cut from the rump. Served with roasted potatos and fall vegetables, it was a huge plate and worth the $17 or whatever they charged. My tuna was the only meal with no starch on the plate so I asked for some spinach mashed potato which was a side on a special. She misunderstood and didn't bring the advertised veggies (chard, radicchio I think) and I almost could have counted the spinach in the potatoes but the veggies eventually came. The tuna w/ pepper coating was a weird looking color, came rare as ordered but a kind of unnatural pink. It tasted pretty good but you could tell it wasn't the highest quality (like the tuna at Union). But not bad for two meals at $17.95. Ended on a high note with excellent creme brule served with fruit on the side ($6.95). Very nice competent Irish waitress.

Sun. I thought I'd try the new June Bug cafe in JP but after being in the cold and raw weather, decided a hot meal with a big pile of rice was what I really needed. There's something about Cuban and Brazilian rice that I just love. Miami Cafe had some free tables and the friendly woman who was working there when Dax, Nab and I did the JP crawl (and maybe the only one who speaks English) helped me decide on a stewed beef type dish with an obscene amount of delcious rice, okay beans (pinto I think) and yummy plantains. Two meals again, this time for a mere $8. Hit the spot.

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