Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Teatro--Summer Time in the City

If you couldn't tell, the Palateers have been a little lax in their postings. Maybe its been the heat or the new recession budget or that the warm summer nights are much better for picnics and leisurely strolls, but we must admit its been a while. Sitting in the commons on one of these particular nights, watching a Shakespearean romp, we decided it was well past due for a dining out extravaganza. Thus possessed with this desire, we made our way towards Teatro.

The tall ceilings and the blue lighting captured our attention and the long dining area, exuded an elegant ambiance. It wasn't very busy, considering it was a Friday night (we must have stopped in between theater times), so we sat in the best seat in the house (back left corner), where we were able to watch a free show of eating characters. Although we were initially forgotten by the wait staff, they apologized profusely and bribed us with bread and chickpea dip. We sipped two dollar refreshing shandys, a mixture of lemonade and beer, and wondered whether the 30 year old woman sitting with the 70 year old man was his daughter, wife or girlfriend.

Lovely Shandy
For dinner, we had two different pastas. We had a Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage, Broccoli Rabe & Garlic, a very salty albeit fresh and satisfying dish ($18). The real deal which was worth an encore was the lasagna noodles with veal meatballs in a marsala and fried sage sauce. Bread absorbing, delicately sweet sauce, smothered six well sized balls of veal. Those wonderful meatballs..... We enjoyed ourselves immensely and ate like Roman senators.

The Real Deal
Cool d├ęcor with an eclectic menu that ranges from Crispy Calamari to Grilled pork chops plus a friendly wait staff warrants a standing ovation.

177 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 778-6841
Cambridge/Boston Restaurant Review

Saturday, August 1, 2009

R.F. O'Sullivan - A burger to beat the band

The classic burger receives a quality makeover at this unassuming joint on Beacon Street in Somerville. A hop and a jump from Porter Square, RF O’Sullivan & Son transforms the quarter pounder and fries into an unequivocal culinary experience.

The Palateers ventured in with no prior knowledge of the greatness of the O’Sullivan & Son burger. The lengthy menu full of 25 variations on a theme – the hamburger – tickled our fancy. There is the Jalapeno Burger, sure to give you a kick, the Mama Burger with tomato and melted mozzarella, the Papa Burger with bacon, tomato and mozzarella, the Black & Blue Burger, and the Smoked Gouda burger. The list goes on. For chicken lovers, most burgers can be replaced with grilled chicken, and there is a veggie option as well. With prices ranging from $8-$9, every ½ lb ball of beef is accompanied by a choice of supersize crispy onion rings or homemade slabs of potato. The Palateers recommend ordering half onion rings and half fries to taste the full range of experience.

Order a drink to hold you over, as the slow-cooked burger experience may hold you hostage to the tantalizing smells for half an hour of suspenseful waiting, especially if you come with a large group. But with the first bite, all anxieties from the long wait will fall by the wayside. All conversation will also cease, replaced by the quiet sounds of satisfaction heard only when one devours a truly sensational burger.

Gouda makes a bigger burger better

R.F. O'Sullivan & Son

282 Beacon Street

Somerville, MA 02431

(617) 492-7773

Cambridge/Boston Restaurant Review