Sat. we thought about eating outside but it cooled off enough that we opted for bar areas of a couple places. First, the much maligned Living Room on Atlantic Ave. which was okay in our small taste test. Shiraz and orange martini were fine as were the portobello fries. More like tempura really w/ a blue cheese sauce, it was a good snack. It's a comfy lounge area, dining room was pretty, plus they had an outdoor dining area. Then wandered into the north end which was crowded as usual but we found a couple bar seats at Lucca. Split a chicken panini supposedly w/ fontina cheese and prosciutto but couldn't really taste them ($8.95). A very good sized sandwich plus they had awesome bread with garlic butter or a white bean/pesto spread. Split warm choc. cake w/ vanilla gelato for dessert, very rich. The bartender was really fun, another good snack.
Went to Davis Sq. for the first time in ages, also wandered thru Teele & Powderhouse Squares. Tried What's Cooking on College Ave. where I got a prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato, basil panini. This was on french bread and didn't come out nice and flat the way I expected. Not bad altho some of the prosciutto was a little chewy ($6.25). A side of cucumber salad was okay and they were very nice there. The choc. bread pudding looked amazing. Instead I got a cookie at Carberry's who had samples of paninis out which seemed a little more of what I was looking for.
Grabbed a bite at the House of Blues in Harvard Sq. on Labor Day before they close on the 14th. Thought for sure I'd get a fried catfish dinner but they only had catfish bite app. so went with an open faced meatloaf sandwich w/ good mashed potatos and sauteed green beans. The meatloaf had a tiny kick to it, good sized meal for $8.95. My friend had the turkey burger ($6.95) on many of the staffs' recommendations, it seemed fine and fairly healthy served with a side salad. Espresso chip cookie at Peet's wasn't so flavorful. Saw the Weather Underground at the Brattle which was a pretty interesting movie (there til Thurs.). Now it's time to weigh in for the first time since restaurant week and a mini vacation. Yikes.