Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
As is typical, one Palateer went sweet while the other went salty. For the sweet, we shared a honey grain with honey pecan cream cheese. It was certainly a welcome morning treat, but even we had to admit it bordered on pastry territory. The Jalapeno bagel (the one with a slab of cheese on top) with sun dried tomato cream cheese was good as well. Although untraditional in their bagel and cream cheese combinations, ABP thinks outside the box, and we respect them for that. Although not the best Bagel in Boston, ABP does a fine job amongst the chains in Boston.
Friday, April 17, 2009
The Palateers were not inspired to any great degree by this Vietnamese and Thai restaurant, but it did fill our bellies and we were happy for it. The tom yum soup (3.50) was spicy and hot, and hit the sour spot in the back of our throat. The service was quick and maybe a little clumsy (they gave us one more thai iced tea (2.95) than we ordered, which didn’t stop us from slurping it down). We were especially impressed by the Goi (5.95), a sweet and vinegar heavy cabbage salad with strips of chicken. Our main course was a big old disappointment with much to be desired. Basically, it was a lump of tasteless bean sprouts with a few nondescript tofu chunks and snow peas (8.95). But we blame ourselves for ordering anything but Pho in a restaurant called Pho Basil. If you happen to come, look at what your neighbors ordered and if it looks tasty, then order the same thing. For the price, fast service, modern atmosphere and delightful salad, we recommend Pho Basil.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Our onion bagel was of ordinary size and selectively chosen from a fresh baking sheet. It was adorned with a manageable slather of flavorful lox spread ($2.99). The bagel was crispy on the outside, doughy inside. The honey grain bagel was chewy and sweet, chock full of wholesome fiber. Stuffed with vegetable cream cheese, the bagel was energizing and a good substitute for a cup of coffee. Overall, the bagels were good and receive a firm endorsement from the Palateers.
We were less than enthusiastic about the bagel sandwiches. The roast beef sandwich ($5.99) was not very memorable but the bagel was still good. This led the Palateers to conclude that simple is better at Finagle, and a bagel for breakfast, was just as good as a bagel for lunch (even on the same day).
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Therefore, let the Great Boston Bagel Hunt Begin.
Episode 1— When did Bruegger lose his bagels?
The movement for the fast foodization of the American diet has no sympathy for its victims. Bagels have fallen to the onslaught and Bruegger’s Bagels is one of the aggressors.
Just to be clear, Bruegger’s Bagels has embarrassingly small bagels. Some say it’s not the size but quality of the bite; however, when it comes to bagels, size is often at the forefront of our mind. Somewhere, in the pursuit of profits, Brueggers miniaturized its main asset, while keeping the price the same!
In terms of the taste of the bagel (we had an everything and a plain)…well…it was not something to rave about, so we won’t. Mediocre small bagels have no place in the hearts of the Palateers. Now, we have heard tell tale that Bruegger’s rosemary olive oil bagel is exceptional. We will give our followers the benefit of the doubt, and welcome all comments on Brueggers’ experiences both good and bad.
We also found fault with the surly slow service. Surly service at a bagel shop is ok (heck, it’s the morning and people just want to wrap themselves in bagel bliss), but when they are slow and surly, we have problems. Chop chop there Brueggers! You have four guys manning the counter, you think the schmear guy can handle the complexity of pouring my cup of coffee as well!
Episode 1 was a mark of aversion, but we remain hopeful that the perfect Boston bagel is still out there. If you have suggestions about good bagel places in Boston, please feel free to comment.
Also check out the cartoon history of the bagel here.
Anywhere America because it’s a big honking chain
Friday, April 3, 2009
Boston, MA 02116
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