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Dalyas in Bedford

My dad, for his 60th birthday, picked the place based on Zagat reviews. I did not have high hopes until I read some good reviews myself on chow. So, being a rainy night, the fireplaced room ( even though it was gas) was very nice. Our waiter was fairly attentive, although we had to search him out once or twice. The wine list was pretty good for a place in the burbs..although we chose a 2004 bottle of Shiraz ( $22) which ended up being 2005..it was still good for the price. The menu is varied: Steak, duck, fish, pasta, but not too eclectic that the older set might be turned off. There are some items ( pate', escargos) that you might not find on menus outside of the city.
The food was excellent. There is a prix fixe menu, which I chose, thinking portion sizes were smaller. They weren't and were quite large, in fact. I started with the crab cake, which was buttery and flavorful, served with a sauce reminiscent of thousand isle dressing (skip it). Main course was sirloin in a bordelaise sauce (very good) and dessert was bananas foster bread pudding with chocolate icecream from 'next door' bedford Farms icecream..decadent. My dinner was the least tasty of all though. My family ordered: Ceasar Salad ( large and crisp, with anchovies offered on the side), Mediterranean Pot Roast: Delicious, moist beef infused with flavors of roasted vegetables (fennel I think), served with feta mashed and lots of roasted baby vegetables. Salmon: served on cake of sticky rice, infused with flavor of kaffir lime, seared to perfection..my favorite dish. and the Swordfish special: Very thick chunk of mildly flavored ( not fishy) swordfish topped with crabmeat...but the best thing was the lobster ravioli served with it...homemade and huge, in a simple butter sauce. Dessert was good..the icecream is decadent. My mom had a light lemon mousse topped with a sweet-tart fresh berry sauce...very good. Even the coffee was good. With the bottle of wine & 2 beers ( limited selection), dinner was $190 for 4 people. What you'd pay in town but without the bother of traffic and parking is free. It is also adjacent to the Minuteman Bike trail if you feel like commuting that way ( no dress code) and working off your meal after. I would highly recommend this for taking parents ( and others) out for a 'special' dinner. Reservations are recommended unless you go during the week (as we did) as the dining room is pretty small.

Apr 18, 2007
spirit7125 in Greater Boston Area

Davio's Boston Tonight

RECAP: So, we had a great time last night. It was bustling due to Restaurant Week. Only one person in my party got the RW menu, the most notable item being the mushroom ravioli, which were earthy and delicious. I shared the fois gras with her and it was one of the most decadent things I've ever eaten..absolutely wonderful. As I was the only wine drinker, the waiter recommended a very nice Sangiovese for it. I followed with the tomato soup, something I'd never have ordered if it weren't for your recs. It was thick and delicious, very warming on a cold night indeed. I was torn between the bolognese and the gnocchi. The waiter recommended the latter and though it wasn't the best sauce, the pasta was light, fluffy, and very fresh. My friends had items ( which I also sampled) such as mac & cheese: not as creamy as I'd like, but tasted like gruyere was in the mix; lobster risotto: tasty, but again, not creamy-I like risotto that will cling to an downturned spoon; and a chicken and penne dish that was just okay. For dessert, they had the apple tart, which was far better than my dessert, the tiramisu. The RW dessert was three mini pastries, all were delicious. The service was excellent for a very, very busy night. I will be returning to sample the "carne" portion of the menu. Oh, and the martini's are excellent too. Thanks again for your recommendations!

Mar 09, 2007
spirit7125 in Greater Boston Area

Davio's Boston Tonight

That was my next question...thanks

Mar 08, 2007
spirit7125 in Greater Boston Area

Davio's Boston Tonight

So maybe if others in my party will share it, I'll order it...don't want to burst an artery or anything, eating it all on my own. Thanks for the recs...the one at Aujourd'hui looks more like what I'd like to keep all to myself.

Mar 08, 2007
spirit7125 in Greater Boston Area

Davio's Boston Tonight

I was thinking of the bolognese. I had read good reviews about it. What's so great about the tomato soup? I've only had Campbells' :-)

Mar 08, 2007
spirit7125 in Greater Boston Area

Davio's Boston Tonight

Looking for the best items on the menu...I am not into the "restaurant week" menu. Wondering about the fois gras, the pasta, and the steaks.....any recommendations? oh, and wines to match..

Mar 08, 2007
spirit7125 in Greater Boston Area

Best Vegas Breakfast-Diner style

Thanks for the replies..I had heard about the buffet at Aladdin and we plan to go there for dinner one night. I think we'll put Black Bear & Peppermill on the agenda..we do have a car.

Jan 30, 2007
spirit7125 in Southwest

Best Vegas Breakfast-Diner style

Looking for large portions, good quality, basic omelettes, pancakes, etc. on the cheap.
On the strip preferably near Mandalay Bay.

Jan 29, 2007
spirit7125 in Southwest

Best Restaurants in Las Vegas.........

Going to Vegas in May, what are the prices like at Emerils...I always get nervous when they are not listed on the website...

Jan 29, 2007
spirit7125 in Southwest

Leg of Lamb in a Dutch Oven?

Just got a lovely new heavy enameled dutch oven and thought I'd use the Leg of Lamb I have in the freezer. Any suggestions?

Jan 29, 2007
spirit7125 in Home Cooking

Seeking delicious fried clams Quincy/Dorchester

ps...there is no seating at the Kelley's in Revere..so the ambiance isn't quite there in the winter.

Jan 29, 2007
spirit7125 in Greater Boston Area

Seeking delicious fried clams Quincy/Dorchester

I had the fried clams at Kelley's yesterday..along with a scrumptious Lobster roll. They are very, very good..not gritty at all and good sized. Portions are very large though. We got a small and it was too big as a side dish for two to split. I have had better at Woodman's, but it's just too far to drive.

Jan 29, 2007
spirit7125 in Greater Boston Area

Newport and Providence - Jan. 19-21?

I went to see "Wicked" last eve in Providence and went to Trinity Brewhouse for the third time. Haven't wanted to try anything else on the menu after having their amazing NY strip. It's served with delicious mashed red-skin potatoes and a nice little salad. The meat is always cooked to perfection and goes very well with the many freshly brewed ales, pilsners, and stouts they have on tap. I got the winter lager which was delicious. The ambiance is "noisy college hangout" but the service, food and beer is outstanding..it's also very reasonable and portions are large.

Jan 12, 2007
spirit7125 in All New England Archive

Know Fat!????

As both a dietitian and a foodie, I like the idea of being able to choose a restaurant where I know the calories & fat on occasion. It allows me to indulge in richer foods on other days without blowing an artery by age 40. Given this country's health, it's a good idea. The food here is simple and fresh, which allows us to appreciate other menu's richer, more complex foods. Just think, the longer you live, the longer you get to appreciate good restaurants.

Dec 05, 2006
spirit7125 in Greater Boston Area

Save me from Hogs-n-Heffers

Thank you all for the suggestions. I will run them by my friends and hopefully we can find some common ground.

Dec 05, 2006
spirit7125 in Manhattan

Save me from Hogs-n-Heffers

I think I like the menu at Francisco's Centro Vasco the best. Thanks for the suggestions.

Dec 05, 2006
spirit7125 in Manhattan

Save me from Hogs-n-Heffers

I have worked in many kitchens....I like CLEAN. Thanks for the post.

Dec 05, 2006
spirit7125 in Manhattan

Save me from Hogs-n-Heffers

This looks perfect..good prices for homemade pasta..thanks!

Dec 05, 2006
spirit7125 in Manhattan

Save me from Hogs-n-Heffers

That sounds great..any names?

Dec 05, 2006
spirit7125 in Manhattan

Save me from Hogs-n-Heffers

We went to Keen's last time and it was absolutely delicious. Just want to try a different place.

Dec 05, 2006
spirit7125 in Manhattan

Virgin Visit to Manhattan

I have to agree...on my last visit, I tried many slices of cheesecake. Carnegie was the best, Juniors was the worst.

Dec 04, 2006
spirit7125 in Manhattan

Save me from Hogs-n-Heffers

I am traveling to NYC with a jeans/t-shirts crowd that would enjoy the "floor show" at a place like H&H rather than choosing a restaurant based on food/ambiance. I am desperately trying to find some places that are jeans-friendly, unfussy, large portions (steak a plus), good drinks, and decent prices. We are staying at the Sheraton New York near times square. One place that was mentioned to me was Divine Tapas. Any others?

Dec 04, 2006
spirit7125 in Manhattan

where have you never had a bad meal?

I love L'Espalier for an unforgettable "special" evening out. I enjoy their lack of pretense almost as much as the food. For less pricey & more casual, the Fireplace and Metropolitan Cafe in Brookline and the B-Side lounge in Cambridge.
I felt like Italian this weekend and tried an old Cambridge landmark: La Groceria, in Central Square. The homemade oversized Tortelloni Bolognese with a glass of chianti was outstanding. For dessert, Finale.

Dec 04, 2006
spirit7125 in Greater Boston Area