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Estragon

Went a week after opening. Love the space and service was excellent. Completely different atmosphere than Toro, but would have to say the food at Toro is far superior. Goat cheese salad with walnuts and blackberries was a miss, cod cheeks were very good, eggplant chorizo good and my favorite was the scallop. DC loved the Moorish lamb skewers but thought they could of used a sauce. Love the complimentary olives with orange zest and the sangria. Only real miss for me was that they seem to have the majority of their wine list priced between $45-60. Ordered a sparkling rose for $48 and there wasn't anything cheaper in the sparkling section. If I remember correctly, they had maybe one white wine at $26 another at 30 something and then jumped up to the $50 and above range. Similar for reds. Hate it when restaurants do that. Will be back, but will stick with the sangria.

Jun 16, 2008
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Need help on a romantic restaurants...

Icarus in the South End fits the bill. Not sure how soon you're planning you're special night, but they do a prix fixed for the month of July (think it starts after the 4th). Three courses, $30.

Jun 12, 2008
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James Beard Winner- Patrick Connolly

Thank you!

Jun 11, 2008
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James Beard Winner- Patrick Connolly

Connolly of Radius won Best Chef Northeast this past weekend in NYC. He was up against: Rob Evans of Hugo's in Portland, Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier of Arrows in Ogunquit, Micheal Leviton of Lumiere and Marc Orfaly of Pigalle. Was wondering if we could update thoughts about Radius' food in light of his win....(realize there are plenty of older threads). I'm in love with the tuna avocado app, but generally don't go for a sit down dinner.
Have been to all restaurants mentioned with the exception of Hugo's. Not sure if I would have voted the same way the Foundation did since nothing draws me to Radius on a regular basis.

Jun 11, 2008
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Amrhein's no no no no no please God NO

I've been many times, mostly for drinks, but always end up eating something. It's not bad if you're looking for a cheap bite. This is the kind of place you only order certain things- buffalo tenders, maybe a cup of soup, burger, sandwich or chicken broccoli pasta, pub food. I would never order shrimp cocktail and NY strips, although steak tips have been decent. Being an ex server, don't think leaving a note with reduced tip is appropriate. Ask to speak to a manager. Don't eat the steak if it is over cooked!!!! If the manager was just as flaky as the server, then I'd be upset.

Jun 11, 2008
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Romantic Restaurant in Cambridge? (Engagement Plans!)

Salts. I was there for a birthday this past Friday and the service and food couldn't have been more lovely. They really made it special. I like that it is a small, intimate place, not a lot of hustle and bustle. It only has about 12 tables and no bar scene. I think Upstairs and Rialto are too much and not very romantic at all.

Jun 04, 2008
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Cupcake Outrage in Back Bay

Actually, it is the fancy packaging that drives up the price in a lot of these bakeries. All the cute boxes, bags, ribbons and dividers are built into the price of the cupcake. You are paying for the paper goods which I wouldn't mind if they are trying to be green in any way.Eco friendly packaging is more expensive. I'd rather have great food packaged in something made from recycled material myself than a pretty box that jacks up the price.

May 28, 2008
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Bachelor party ideas? Steak and cheap drinks

Stockyard is much better choice than Frank's. Frank's is an old-timer place, hardly the kind of place to have a bachelor party dinner. At least the Stockyard has a big bar with TV's and lots of bars close by if some of you want to continue.

May 09, 2008
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Summer is Coming...Where to find 'skinny' food

Thanks for the suggestions and the link to the previous posts. Most suggestions are for downtown area. I'm in Cambridge (love the beet sandwich from kirza btw), will travel but tend to avoid the Financial District. Have been meaning to try Baraka for some time and will try Sebastians in Kendall soon.

May 08, 2008
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Summer is Coming...Where to find 'skinny' food

I actually agree with you! I try to keep it healthy during the week and go nuts on all of the above (sub rose and margaritas for the g&t for me) on the weekends. Some times I start my 'weekend' on Wednesday.

May 08, 2008
purslane in Greater Boston Area

Summer is Coming...Where to find 'skinny' food

I love to eat, love to drink, but with Summer fast approaching, I tend to choose lighter fare or healthy food more so than Winter time. Where are your 'go to' places for healthy food? I realize everyone will probably have their own definition of 'healthy', but for the most part, take out, a particular dish or restaurant that doesn't leave you feeling like you have to unbutton your pants, do a lap around the block or detox from a ton of butter and richness? My stand by is the Fresh Rolls from Le's (formerly Pho Pasteur). Thai lettuce wraps are another favorite. For those chowhounds looking to keep the waistline trim, what do you eat?

May 08, 2008
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Best brunch in Cambridge?

I go to East Coast grill for brunch at least twice a month. It's my favorite brunch in Cambridge. Make your own bloody mary bar is fantastic. Plenty of variety. I also go to Ole a lot for some of their great guacamole. I find Ole is heavy on the egg items though, and doesn't have a lot to choose from without.

May 08, 2008
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Best sandwich... ever?

I'm going to have to agree with Striper. Thanksgiving sandwiches are my favorite. After reading about GFC I went last Saturday. Sandwich was okay and not worth the wait. Not sure if they were short staff? The woman at the counter told me it would "be a while." I realize that they have to press each sandwich, but can they only make one at a time? As I waited, (close to 20 minutes), three people went up to the counter asking for their sandwiches. One poor guy discovered that there was no sandwich coming for him. His friends had already eaten.He took it to go. Mistakes happen (just being a wise guy but not sure where the break down happened- she writes it down and hands it to the sandwich guy),but restaurants need to stay busy to stay open. Not certain how this place could handle more business. On a separate note, had Izzy's sandwich for the first time- loved it! Looking forward to the next warm-ish day to hit Belle Isle.
Any other suggestions for Thanksgiving sandwich? I think Mike's Diner does one?

Apr 30, 2008
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Looking for a nice brunch place for this Sunday...

Toro is great for brunch or maybe the new Orinocco in Brookline Village.

Apr 30, 2008
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