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Acoustics! I'm only 40.....

I second ICOB - lots of space between tables and good sound deadening. The bar was a little noisy, but don't let that put you off.
Lineage in Coolidge Corner was almost too quiet last NYE

Oct 31, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Viale in the old Rendezvous space in Central Square?

Four of us went last night. I liked my mackeral curdo app (a special) and the saffron pasta (with lobster and calamari) was good. Others like their margherita pizza and another pasta. The verdict on the chicken was generous portion (half chicken) but oversauced... putting the same sauce on chicken, brussel sprouts and carrots was just too much sameness. The autumn salad seemed nice, tho one came without the cheese. Ordered roasted cauliflower for the table, which came as a single huge floret with a sort of strange taste - anchovies?

Wait staff figured out that we were Rendezvous regulars and was very gracious, telling us repeatedly that she hoped we'd be regulars there too. Our consensus was that we'd eat there again if we were to be in Central Sq (we are Central Sq Theater subscribers) but that we probably would not go out of our way to return.

Oct 31, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Bagelsaurus - new Cambridge location.

I went this morning, arriving around 8:35. While I waited for my friend, I watched the line (which was easily contained in the store). It seemed to move pretty quickly. My friend, who got her shmear on the side, was handed her bagel and coffee right away. Mine took maybe 2 more minutes. So today they were far more efficient. And my everything (which really was just sesame and poppy) with cream cheese with scallion was good. Not life changing, but good. But they don't have decaf coffee and the regular coffee was totally uninspired.

BUT $4 with shmear seems too pricey for everyday. I certainly was not going to buy a dozen at those prices. Why pay so much to love the texture in the freezer?

Oct 31, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast near Hyatt at olive 8

You are all great. thank you

Aug 08, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Seattle

Breakfast near Hyatt at olive 8

Coming to Seattle next week, staying at Hyatt at Olive 8 Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Anyplace to get a real breakfast near there? (Found lots of bakery recs on the board). Thanks

Aug 03, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Seattle

Anyone check out Mei Mei brick and mortar yet?

went last night on the early side (6 ish) and there were plenty of empty tables. The toast of the day came with egg salad and arugla and it was excellent. Double awesome with pastrami also great. Bacon fried rice would have been a standout anyplace else, but it was third place behind the others. (yes, we had three dishes with eggs). those three dishes were enough for an early quick pre-movie dinner. Good beer list now. And I love their parklet with solar powered lights and phone charging stations. Not sure if you can take your beer outside...

Jul 25, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

restaurant at Dodakin's?

Friends report a sign on Dodakin's used car lot and inspection garage on Beacon St on the Cambridge Somerville line for a hearing to change the zoning to a restaurant. Anyone know anything?

Jul 25, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Need quiet, slightly upscale place for weekend lunch/brunch in Cambridge

My lunch at Abby was NOT quiet. One loud guy at the bar filled the room. Too many hard surfaces!

Jul 19, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Need quiet, slightly upscale place for weekend lunch/brunch in Cambridge

I agree. Nice patio and good brunch

Jul 19, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

Per today's Globe, shaws/ star is owned be Cerberus capital, which controls freedom group, which manufactures assault weapons. Makes stop and shop look better and better...

Jul 19, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Whole Foods Symphony BBQ

They were grilling at the WF on Beacon St in Somerville today... Jamaican jerk something

Jul 19, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

shout out to Temple Bar

Oleana

Jul 19, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

still closed as of a week ago, but looked a little closer to opening...

Jul 17, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

shout out to Temple Bar

I needed someplace that 7 of us, including a wheelchair user and a walker user, could have a reasonably-priced dinner on a Monday near Cambridge, where we could park close by and hear each other talk. Finding someplace that met all our requirements was not easy. One favorite would not let such a big party order off the regular menu. Several places are closed on Mondays. Lots of Cambridge restaurants seem to have rest rooms in the basement. Too many are so cacophonous that we would not have had the kind of visit we envisioned.

We ended up at Temple Bar, which was perfect. In the end, only 6 folks came and only 5 actually ate a full meal. Nevertheless, the brand new waitress was attentive and helpful. The food was really good too! Figured this was a good way to show them some love.

Jul 17, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Bagels coming to Cambridge?

Yup, that seems to be the story. Very exciting. Thanks. http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/07...

Jul 17, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Bagels coming to Cambridge?

My SO returned from coffee with a local foodie with the news that a REAL bagel maker is eying a location on Mass Ave between Harvard and Porter Sqs. Anyone know more?

Jun 22, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Estelle's, South End

I had a good meal there a few months ago, even tho we ordered badly and got two dishes to share that were too similar. Nice people and loved the pickles instead of bread

Jun 22, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Lunch convenient to New Haven train station

Thank you both!

Lunch convenient to New Haven train station

I need to find someplace for lunch convenient to the train station and 91 or 95. I know New Haven, but she does not and needs someplace easily reached from the highway. Also, we will probably want to linger, so not someplace with a line out the door on a June Tuesday... Any ideas? Lenny and Joe's?

June 2014 Openings and Closings

Rendezvous will close sometime after June 21 but definitely by the end of the month. We've been twice in the last few weeks. The staff is still all there, working hard and the food is still terrific.

Jun 16, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

January 2014 Openings and Closings

Anyone know the timeline on Abbey on Mass Ave in Cambridge (between Porter and Harvard)?

Jan 22, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

January 2014 Openings and Closings

confirmed - windows are covered in brown paper

Jan 22, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Best Fried Chicken

I wrote a post about Tryst then saw I was repeating myself. Sorry!

Jan 22, 2014
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Best Fried Chicken

Used to be sold as picnic chicken, cold on the second day.. which I guess would be Tuesday, really cheap.

I also like AFC (Arlington Fried Chicken) on Tuesdays at tryst, to benefit Arlington nonprofits. Best to reserve your meal in advance.

But Coast Cafe is my #1 choice. Sides are nothing special... pick up a salad at Whole Foods down the street first.

Oct 14, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

Dinner options

Thank you all. We had a marvelous dinner at Sea Change before theater. Absolutely the highlight of the weekend. Enjoyed breakfast at Buttered Tin and a quick lunch at Mickey's, so thanks for all that. Saturday dinner did not have to be walkable so we settled on Moscow on the Hill, which was fun. We don't have a good Russian restaurant in Boston, so it was a nice change. (Wedding party convened at Sea Salt for lunch, which was also great. And brunch at Amsterdam, which my companions seemed to like.)

Wasn't until I walked around the hotel that I realized that meritage and heartland are in that neighborhood, creating confusion re: our mobility for Sat dinner. Sorry! We did have a car and loved exploring your beautiful cities.

Dinner options

Thanks! We have reservations at Sea Change for Thursday and my husband is so happy with the breakfast ideas.

Friday night we can go anywhere - the post dinner party is in Minneapolis and we have a car. There are 5 of us, so bar probably won't work. Any thoughts on Lucia?

Dinner options

We are off to the Twin Cities for a wedding and need two dinner rec's. One near the Guthrie (pre curtain, please) Thursday. Doesn't have to be amazing, just prepared to get us to theater in time. Preferably walking distance to the theater.

Second, Friday night. Meritage and Heartland can't take us Friday at 6:30 or 7:00 (wedding party to go to following dinner). What would be your next choice?

We are staying at the St Paul Hotel. we're always looking for good breakfasts when we travel... again, walking distance preferred.

Thanks. This is my first trip not for a conference or staying with friends, so I'm looking forward to independent exploration.

Quiet Cambridge spot for coffee/tea

Thanks for the ideas, all. I have this problem too. Algiers in Harvard Sq is never busy - but I don't like the atmosphere much. If it's mid morning, I tend to go to one of Harvard's many options... Barker Center on Quincy can get crowded but the Knafel Center on Cambridge St is sunny and quiet. Food is nothing special at either, alas.

Oct 01, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

The Harvard Experience

They are huge soccer fans - great place to watch the World Cup matches.

May 24, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area

The Harvard Experience

I always feel like I'm the only one there - my husband does business meetings there so he's not disturbed. Overpriced and sort of sad. It will NOT make him eager to go to Harvard. Cafe Crema has a much livelier vibe (and better food)

May 24, 2013
LauraBear in Greater Boston Area