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R. F. O'Sullivan and Sons: Irish I Worked Nearby

So I went to the Druid today, for lunch, and was disappointed. The burger looked and smelled great on arrival, but was badly undercooked--I ordered medium and got raw in the center. That immediately puts them out of contention, in my opinion.

Overlooking that, the fries were greasy and not particularly crisp.

Thumb down.

May 20, 2009
e.e.coli in Greater Boston Area

R. F. O'Sullivan and Sons: Irish I Worked Nearby

Will do, sir (ma'am?), and will report back. Also: LOL.

May 11, 2009
e.e.coli in Greater Boston Area

Za: Hospital food, at airport prices.

I'd never heard of "Greek pizza" before. I guess I prefer Italian. I like my crust crisp, thin, and pretty much burnt at the edges.

May 11, 2009
e.e.coli in Greater Boston Area

R. F. O'Sullivan and Sons: Irish I Worked Nearby

Based on the many recommendations in a nearby thread, I just took my 6-year-old goofball to O'Sullivan's in Somerville.

It delivered as advertised. The burgers were well-made and large enough to give rise to their own gravitational fields, and, being nearly spherical, looked like delicious, meaty planets. It's an exceedingly pleasant and cheerful neighborhood pub, and they made father and son feel welcome. They don't have a "kid's menu" per se, but the prices are low enough that you don't care. Lunch for 2 with one beer (Harpoon IPA on tap, hell yeah), one milk, and enough burgers, fries, and onion rings to ballast a destroyer came to $25 + big tip.

The onion rings were excellent, by the way, with a mildly sweet tempura-like batter, and fat, thick, legit slices of onion within. The "fries" are really huge sections of russets, expertly fried. Not crispy, but not greasy, with cubic meters of fluffy potato within.

For the sake of completeness, I'll admit that I'd prefer the hamburgers at Orleans in a blindfold taste test--they're so ^@!&!@#ing good--but O'Sullivan's is, for me, just a nicer place to visit.

May 10, 2009
e.e.coli in Greater Boston Area

Za: Hospital food, at airport prices.

Well, to be fair, the little guy enjoyed his pizza just fine, and I enjoyed his company, and that's the main thing.

May 07, 2009
e.e.coli in Greater Boston Area

Za: Hospital food, at airport prices.

The experience you describe is the one I expected!

May 07, 2009
e.e.coli in Greater Boston Area

Za: Hospital food, at airport prices.

I took my 6-year-old son out for dinner after school, and decided to try the Arlington nouveau pizza standby, "Za," on Mass Ave. It seems to be well-regarded here, so I feel obliged to add my $0.02.

Our pizzas were undercooked. The dough was spongy and bland, with a bare, tantalizing hint of crispness near the edges, but soft and soggy otherwise. It looked like it had been stamped out by a machine, frozen, and revivified. My guess is that the ovens are too cool by a couple hundred degrees.

The ingredients were acceptably fresh. My chicken pizza was underseasoned, and benefited from liberal salting. My son's pepperoni pizza had a pleasantly tangy sauce.

The $7.50 glass of wine would have been overpriced at $3.50. Tannic and tinny. Get the beer instead, if you must drink.

Dinner for my son and myself, including a single glass of wine, was $30.

Next time we'll go back to the Medford Regina, in spite of the long trip and the parking roulette. Za was mediocre, and I won't eat there again.

May 07, 2009
e.e.coli in Greater Boston Area