The comments about the party at Great Bay reminded me about a party I was at at the Back Bay Summer Shack on Wed. I amazingly have never been to either location, mostly cuz so many people ragged on the high prices but looking at the menu the other nite, it seemed relatively reasonable. Clams were high at $19.50 but came w/ fries and slaw, don't think those sides came before when my friends complained. In any case, there was some great stuff: oysters, clams (both raw), excellent tuna tartare, crabmeat and lobster rolls, corn dogs, buffalo wings, shrimp phyllo dough things and lobster tamale bruschetta. The bruschetta and tartare were my favorites and I think the former was only $5 on the menu. Couldn't finagle any dessert out of anyone tho. This party also pushed cranberry vodka. Jasper was wandering around talking to everyone and the servers were all very nice, it definitely makes me want to eat there for real. Altho that room feels too much like a kid's playroom or something.
Went to Birch St. in Roslindale before Thanksgiving. It's a nice space to have in that revitalized neighborhood with a cool bar area and big booths. Tasted lots of things, my meal was the duck breast w/ a berry sauce ($19) plus squash and they substituted asparagus for carrots with no problem. Plate looked beautiful and tasted decent. Not the best I've ever had but fine. A bowl of clam chowder with some bacon was very good and a deal at $5. They also ordered tomato bruschetta. An appetizer of gorgonzola gnocchi w/ butternut squash served as a meal for one person and filled him up for $10, along with a side of frites ($4 I think). The fries came with truffle oil and were pretty good but could have been crisper. Bread and olive oil was very good. Service was a little humorless but fine. It just seems that a neighborhood restaurant like that should lower their prices a tad. Paying $11 for a burger in Roslindale just kills me.