Sat. a friend and I hit Union on Washington St. right as a post-ballgame crush got there. Two kind gentlemen let us have a table in the bar area since they were just drinking and we had a thoroughly enjoyable meal. It was a little nuts around the bar but we didn't feel too crowded (and better than waiting the estimated 45 min). The dining room is cool looking with some rounded banquettes that would be fun with a group. I agree with MC SJB that the cornbread is quite sweet and while I ate every bite, I think it'd be nice to offer some other breads/rolls for dinner. We had a great waitress, very personable, good with suggestions and did well with the crowd. Split two apps, the lobster fricasee w/ sweet corn and gnocchi and fried calamari. The aioli with the latter was tasty, very garlicky and there were some hot peppers mixed in with the expertly fried squid. The lobster dish was yummy. Lots of menu items had corn, using it before it disappears I guess. The tuna came highly recommended so they split that for us in the kitchen, very rare w/ a peppery crust served with fennel and cooked tomatoes. All the desserts looked great and when we asked about them, my friend mentioned it had been my b-day so our gal said there was some sampler with 4 desserts for $12. We only got three: walnut bread pudding, a dark chocolate dessert and brown sugar cheesecake (with a candle). The cheesecake was our favorite, a slightly different flavor from a typical cheesecake w/ a pistachio crust. We mentioned there were 3 instead of 4 items and she offered to bring the lemon meringue cake which sounded good but we were too stuffed. Decaf lattes were excellent and only $2.50 each. With a half bottle of chardonnay, it came to $85 before tax and tip.
After a run to the reopened Frugal Fannie's in Westwood (yippee) on Columbus Day, I figured this was the time to get to Waltham and try Dominic's on Main St. since it's only open weekdays til 5:30. Plus there'd been a blurb on one of the dining shows this weekend. Got the parma, mozzarella, tomato panini and it was indeed quite good. The bread is very rustic, not too much oil as had been mentioned here a while ago. Sandwiches were all $6 and above but I got two meals out of it (only by restrainig myself, could have scarfed the second half easily). Nice staff, I asked if they were ever going to open on the weekends but their "maybe" didn't sound too convincing. Went down Moody St. for a huge "small" mocha flake cone at Lizzy's ($2.65) and found all the other places everyone talks about (Mi Casita, Tom Can Cook, etc.). There was an Italian place with paninis that looked good. Also cruised by Carl's on Prospect for a future steak sub. So many places, so little time and extra calories to play with.