Friday, July 23, 2010
Steve’s diner provides one of the few respites from the high price cuisine on Newbury street. You can get yourself a full delicious breakfast for less than $10 - truly unheard of amongst its peers. We’ve been going to Steve’s for a long time especially for their lunch specials and brunches. But be prepared on Sunday mornings, the place can get packed.
Where did all the Greek diners go? After My Big Fat Greek Wedding, one would think that they would be back in vogue. But unfortunately Steve’s is the only true Greek diner that we can think of in Back Bay, South End, Kenmore and Fenway region. What’s not to love about a Greek diner’s big wholesome portions of filling food and many veggie options? We have already demonstrated time and time again on this blog that we are BIG fans of the diner business model.
Usually we go for breakfast, but this particular evening, we were looking for dinner. Sitting amongst the sea of ladies, we noticed the two females to our right enjoying some tasty looking seafood. We decided to skip the moussakka and spinach pie (also delicious options), in favor of the fried cod and the broiled scallops.
The scallops were done to perfection. Not overdone and melt in your mouth with a bit of butter, lemon juice and salt. The fried cod was tasty and hit the spot. Usually we don’t go for fried fish but we were craving variety.
Steve's Greek Restaurant
316 Newbury Street, Boston
Saturday, June 26, 2010
But we recently had a meal that suited our summer spirits. Sushi really is a summer food: light, portable and cold. We find that our one issue with sushi, and this is admittedly a self-criticism, was that whenever we went out for raw fish we always got the same boring combinations (ie Salmon, Yellow Fin and Tuna). In short, we weren't living true to our adventurous claims of fame. We made it our mission to change all of that at Osushi.
Nestled in the great internal maze of the Copley/Prudential mall, the restaurant provided ample opportunities for creative dining. Under appetizers we were intrigued by the miruhimo(fresh clams with mustard sauce) and the sushi rolls had such name poppers as Godzilla Maki.
Unfortunately, many of these options were well beyond much of our price range (hey, eating adventurously comes at a price) so we reneged and ended up getting edamame ($4) for an appetizer so we could go a little crazy later on. The edamame wasn't bad, but it did take a really long time to get to us. We think they just forgot us.
Now hold onto our seats because we went hog wild for the rolls. Our first adventurous roll was the vegetable tempura ($8). A potpourri of fried carrots, yams, asparagus, yamagoou, cucumber and avocado all served on a avocado soy puree. It was delish.
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
We liked the service. It was Italian, almost exaggerated Italian. Every one of our “Thank you's” was met with a prompt “Prego”. When ordering, we were specifically told that we had to order in Italian, as in the language. None of this bothered us, we found it quite entertaining. The décor could have been ripped right from a godfather movie with a whole collection of faux marble David busts in every corner and very fitting exposed brick walls. The very comfortable booths seem fitting locations for the the planning and scheming of the family. We see why they would come considering the great fresh baked bread and olive oil.
The prices are a bit high at Davide, so come with a full wallet. For our appetizer, we got the Involtini di Melanzane translated as rolled eggplant stuffed with goat cheese and ricotta in plum tomato sauce ($12). We really liked this dish. Think of a strip of fried eggplant delicately cut from the prized portion of an eggplant parmesan then wrapped around melting goat cheese, with a nice big slice of Parmesan cheese on top.
326 Commercial Street
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Al Funghi - get your mushroom on
For six people, we ordered the Margarita pie ($10.95) with fresh plum tomato, mozzarella and basil and the Al Funghi ($12.95) with plum tomato, mozzarella and practically an entire container of mushrooms. Starving, we devoured the pies, which proved to be just a little too much for the six of us. The pizza was just greasy enough in a melt in your mouth kind of way, although the crust was a little burnt on both pies. We hardly noticed as the pizza disappeared almost as fast as it arrived on our table in true Express form.
Margarita - classic cheese without the frills
Il Panino Express – crisp around the edges but perfect for satisfying your pizza fix in the North End.
Trattoria il Panino Express
227 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
Friday, April 23, 2010
So b.good has a system for the burger eating process. First, you choose what type of burger you want from four choices: Beef, turkey, veggie and chicken breast. Kudos to b.good for sourcing local beef and house grinding both the turkey and meat and making their own veggie burgers. After choosing the base, you then needed to decide upon the style. Should we go for the El Guapo — bacon, homemade jalapeno ranch, lettuce, tomato, onion, or the seasonal special—the Guacho— chimichurri, pickled onions, provolone, lettuce, tomato?
We love structured choices like these because it makes you feel empowered without ruining your meal. Other restaurants, give you unlimited choices which is often times too overwhelming. For example, there are certain burrito places that allow you to put what ever you want inside your tortilla. What ends happening is you get a gut bursting mess of vegetables, ingredients, toppings and flavor combinations that have no right being in the same mouth as one another. It is good to have choices but too many choices can leave you with a stomachache.
For our structured choice number 1, we got the turkey burger ala the Adopted Luke— mushrooms, caramelized onions, swiss and homemade bbq ($6.29). This was seriously the best turkey burger we have ever eaten. Too bad we had to split it. While most turkey burgers are dry and overcooked, this one was moist and delightfully flavorful. When combined with fixin's of the luke, it was definitely the best choice.
mind. We heard that they recently changed their veggie burger recipe, so this may be a reason.
137 Mass Ave
Boston, MA 02115-2606
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Buried way in the South End, we found the aroma of blooming Bradford pear trees queasy and weren't sure if we would have an appetite. Like all good diners, there was a line when we arrived. We waited. And waited. It was one of those awful types of lines that doesn't ever move. We gazed intently at people who were near done, mentally willing them to remove themselves so we could snag their tables.
While waiting, two counter seats opened up, but being Bostonians, we figured that we let the people in front of us sit down, but then, charging in from no where, two gargantuan beefy people swooped right in taking the counter seats. We were like, “Hey, hold up. There is a line” And they were like, “Counter space is free for all” and we were like “Well we were kind of waiting” and we were ready to brawl for counter space on a Sunday morning, when everyone was hungover, but then two nice diners right next to us got up and offered their seats, and we were like “Oh, thanks” and all was forgotten. And that is the story of how the Palateers won the battle for breakfast.
Our waitress was wicked cool. She had an incredible six sense for empty coffee mugs that needed filling. The first thing we ordered was the hash and eggs ($7.50), because the nice people who gave us their seats said the hash was homemade. Eggs over easy and with hash browns and toast, it was indeed good homemade hash.
Our second dish was the phenomenally priced two eggs, toast and bacon ($5.05). We made the mistake of ordering the grits (against the recommendation of waitress who insisted that we should have gotten the home fries). We guess that grits are just one of those things that taste better south of the Mason Dixon line.
Priced how we like it—cheap—and good American size portions, with a lot of New England character, Mike's City Diner was the medicine we needed to cure our colds.
Mike's City Diner
1714 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118-3307
Thursday, April 8, 2010
When we arrived, we beelined it for the dessert display. Wowzers, we were two tiramisu, one chocolate mouse and a jumbo lobster tail away from ruining our dinner. But we refrained, making solemn promises to save our indulgence for the finale.
We were seated and soon had epileptic flashes from the flat screen television right behind us, reflecting all forms of madness off the menu before us. Maybe it was meant to distract us from the pricey entrees. Before ordering, we did have reservations about the price; however, our doubts were unfounded.
The quality of the meal far surpassed our expectations. Our salads were top of the line good. Some of them were a meal unto themselves. You should have seen our eyes pop when they presented us with the Antipasto Salad ($14.95). A heaping pile of different salami, rolled up cheeses, grilled and fresh veggies, olives, hot peppers, on a beautiful bed of lettuce. It was a good way to start the meal.
Colombo's Cafe & Pastries
544 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601-5408