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Kid-friendly AND good for out of town guests

We are recent transplants from Boston and have a 10month old. Our first visitors are coming this weekend and we are looking for a baby friendly restaurant that is also special enough for out of town guests. Our baby is pretty well-behaved and we will walk him around when he gets bored so we just need there to be a high-chair, people that won't look at us funny, and relatively timely service. We also will dine early (5:30ish). One of guests is a vegetarian so we need a good veg dish or two. And we are looking for mid-priced but also in an interesting neighborhood, or with a good view, or something that would be fun for guests.

Thanks for your help!!!

Jun 23, 2010
panda681 in San Diego

Baffled by the in laws this weekend

I've seen kids sitting in the patio area of Hammersley's. Especially if you go between 5:30 and 6 you will definitely get a table and there won't be a ton of people there. Since the patio is also sort of on the main sidewalk, you can always duck out and have a good run up and down the sidewalk if he gets antsy. My veggie MIL also really liked the food there.

Jul 31, 2009
panda681 in Greater Boston Area

Sour cherries?

Thanks! And bear and I follow the same blog, so check out smittenkitchen :-)

Jul 29, 2009
panda681 in Greater Boston Area

Sour cherries?

Anyone seen sour cherries in any of the markets around Boston? I have a craving to try a recipe for a sour cherry pie, and looking over old posts this seems to be about the time they were ripe last year. Thanks!!

Jul 28, 2009
panda681 in Greater Boston Area

Best Non-Alcoholic Cocktails/Virgin Drinks/Mocktails/etc.

I third the Craigie recommendation. I went there not even thinking to order a mocktail, but the waiter noticing my big pregnant belly and suggested I order one to complement my meal. Dare I say that my husband thought it was better than his cocktail.

Jul 28, 2009
panda681 in Greater Boston Area

Thoughts on Prezza's latest menu

My husband and I went there to celebrate our birthdays on July 1st. It was our first time, and thought the food was great. We had the blue cheese stuffed figs and the arancini with tomatoes and clams for starters. These were both excellent and huge portions. I am glad that I only ordered the appetizer portion of lobster gnocchi for my dinner. This was also good but a little on the bland side. The coconut creme brulee was very tasty and was very well flavored with pieces of coconut. The fruit tart was just the basic fruit with pastry creme, nothing too special. We were also impressed with the generous wine portions.

The service was a bit mixed. We had to ask for water refills a couple times. But they did do the candles in our desserts so that was a nice touch.

I would definitely recommend it, even if its just to get a couple appetizers, which I thought were the best part of the menu.

Jul 13, 2009
panda681 in Greater Boston Area

Best breakfast burrito on a Saturday am

We ended up going to Ball Square cafe, which has a mexican omelet (not burrito). Despite the lack of tortilla it was very tasty, and the filling was definitely freshly cooked as the peppers and onions were still crunchy not mushy. We are usually Soundbites people (and had never been here before), but I may have been converted as the servers/manager were WAY friendlier. I will definitely keep these suggestions in mind for another time, thanks!

Jun 29, 2009
panda681 in Greater Boston Area

Best breakfast burrito on a Saturday am

My husband LOVES breakfast burritos, and wants one for his birthday tomorrow, and while I think I make a pretty good one he says its more fun to go out. So where should we go for a good breakfast burrito on a Saturday morning (and by good I mean must have beans and tasty fresh salsa)? Would prefer something on the cambridge/somerville side of the river, but not opposed to suggestions elsewhere, and we have a car. Thanks!

Jun 26, 2009
panda681 in Greater Boston Area

T.W. Food & Craigie on Main -- Service is no match for the food

I also ate at Craigie on Mother's day, both my husband and I had the pre-fixe. We especially like the pork in all its various forms, including cured pork belly on white asparagus, and the pork 2 ways entree. I really liked the other appetizer which was lobster ragout with mushrooms and asparagus. The poached egg added just the right amount of richness to the rest of the dish. All together, every dish had a perfect balance of flavors and textures, like the smoky fish amuse that came with tiny potato chips. Being students, this is the best restaurant we have ever eaten at in Boston area, and the food definitely lived up to the expectations I had from reading about it here.

As for the service, overall I thought it was excellent. We arrived around 6:30 so it was about half full for the first 30 min we were there. But the waiter was very good at explaining the menu to us first-timers. Also being pregnant, he suggested I let the bartender whip me up a mocktail. Both of my drinks were amazing, but my favorite was fresh pineapple juice, rhubarb juice, ginger beer and bitters. I am still dreaming about that drink! And since I couldn't have the dessert wine that came with the pre-fixe he took the mocktails off our bill. My husband also asked for a suggestion for a glass of wine to go with his entree and the waiter brought over a taste of two different ones to let him try. Again, maybe we are unaccustomed to such good service since we don't normally eat at such nice places, but I thought that was really helpful instead of just telling him the name of two possible choices and letting him choose. The only slow part was the wait between the amuse and appetizer, but they apologized profusely for the delay and we were happy to munch the delicious bread and drink our drinks.

Again, thanks to the Boston hounds for all the reviews of Craigie, it was a fantastic place to go for our rare splurge.

May 12, 2009
panda681 in Greater Boston Area