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Dinner for 2 in the Financial District

Thanks for the suggestions! I think it will most likely be Sel de la Terre or Les Zygomates. I am not surprised by the lack of votes for any of the Financial District restaurants. Does anyone else find it mildly depressing that there as quite so many restaurants that are mostly flash and not much substance?

Jul 21, 2008
bellachow in Greater Boston Area

Dinner for 2 in the Financial District

Hi,

I tried searching the board for the answer to my question, but I couldn't really figure out a definitive answer since a lot of the Financial District posts dealt either with lunch or with business meals.

I am temporarily staying at the corner of Milk St and State St, getting ready to relocate after several years in the Boston area. Next week is our last week and we have a babysitter all lined up so that my husband and I can head off and enjoy a proper adult meal - probably our last in Boston.

Now, if I had my way then we would be off to L'Espalier at top speed to make it truly memorable, however, we don't really have the budget for a meal at that price, although I'm not really looking for a "budget" meal either.

Here's the thing - there are a lot of restaurants right around us, and I have to believe that there must be something worth going to for a special, albeit "not total blowout" meal. I keep coming upon mediocre reviews for a lot of them (Caliterra, Umbria etc etc) so I thought I would just ask straight out where the Chows would suggest for a couple in this area. Of course, the North End is just a short stroll away, and Mamma Maria's is my back up plan, but I'm just curious if anywhere at all in the Financial District is chow-worthy.

Jul 19, 2008
bellachow in Greater Boston Area

Looking for good food and jazz [London]

I'm looking to organise a night out with a few friends to celebrate a birthday, and the guest of honour loves jazz. I'm returning to London after 7 years away so I am totally out of touch with the restaurant scene. I'm looking for a restaurant with live jazz, but also great food. Location and cuisine are not important - just quality of food and music!

Any suggestions?

Jul 01, 2008
bellachow in U.K./Ireland

Catering in Quincy

Hi,

I'm looking for some pretty basic catering for a family get together at Easter - mostly finger food for about 20 people. Any suggestions for catering options in the Quincy/South Shore area? Totally open to different cuisines - doesn't have to be sandwiches......

Mar 03, 2008
bellachow in Greater Boston Area

Quincy area recs?

I've eaten several times at Pho Hoa the new vietnamese in NQ. I thought it was excellent and very reasonable especially at lunch time. Bizarrely enough though we got take out from there a little while ago and it was terrible. I think it might just be that Vietnamese doesn't translate as well into take out, or perhaps we picked the wrong dishes.

Feb 26, 2008
bellachow in Greater Boston Area

ISO Great dining in St. Pete's Beach

Thanks to everyone for the great recommendations. We were actually there for several days so we were able to try out a lot of different restaurants. I thought I'd give my feedback for what it's worth!

For my birthday, we went to Middle Grounds. It was beautifully decorated and the food was good, I was just not totally blown away by it overall. I thought the service was a bit rushed and patchy and the prices were pretty steep.

We ate at Cafe Luna. Unfortunately we were there just after opening and so we were the only two people in there. This was a bit of an atmosphere killer. Overall though the food was a notch above Middle Grounds. I noticed it got a lot more busy later on so obviously we did not pick the right time to go.

Philthy Phils - we liked this place, not a bad local beach bar. My husband did have the chicken bucket which he loved. I had an Asian salad - probably not too smart to have a salad in a greasy burger bar kind of place, and it wasn't great. As I said though, I think it was the wrong choice.

Sea Critters Cafe in Pass-a-Grille - this was awesome, very laid back, food was great, nice back deck to sit out on and enjoy the weather. Loved the grouper nuggets, cuban pressed sandwich and grouper sandwich.

Mad Fish - I think this might have been my favorite (yes, I even liked it more than it's sister restaurant Snappers). The early bird special was an unbelieveable deal. Great ambiance, service, cool decor and loved the bread with tapenade.

We really enjoyed the Black Palm in Pass-A-Grille also. Unfortunately it was pouring down raining the day we went, so no courtyard dining for us. Still, their paella was out of this world and I had a pork chop with spice rub which was delicious.

Thanks again for the recommendations - we certainly enjoyed exploring the area!

Jun 26, 2007
bellachow in Florida

New Restaurant in Quincy - Firefly BBQ

Not to wade back into the Firefly's smoker debate, but I did read in the local press that the reason they took a few months to open was due to the construction of a smoke stack. I have walked there and smelt the smoke from a distance, so perhaps they just run it at certain times? Just a thought...

May 20, 2007
bellachow in Greater Boston Area

Pregnant chowhound seeks romantic recs

I was wondering if anyone could help my dilemma. Next week is a big anniversary for my husband and I, and we want to have a great meal at a romantic restaurant to celebrate. We were thinking about L'Espalier because we were there last year and absolutely loved it, but in the end decided we'd like to try somewhere a) different because we don't go out for fancy meals in Boston that often and b) slightly less eye-poppingly expensive.

Being four months pregnant, I wanted to avoid steakhouses (because I can't bear steak cooked above medium rare and I'm supposed to eat it well done), sushi (just too difficult to resist) and anywhere where their best feature is an extensive wine list (again, it's just too painful to know what I'm missing out on).

Any suggestions?

May 14, 2007
bellachow in Greater Boston Area

New Restaurant in Quincy - Firefly BBQ

Last night we had dinner at the newly opened Firefly BBQ in the old Redwood Tavern location (corner of Adams St/Furnace Brook Parkway).

The service was a little chaotic - the front of the house seemed frazzled and we had two waitresses which got a little confusing (I think one was training the other). Nothing too serious though considering it was only their third night open and they were very busy for early on a Thursday night.

For an appetizer we had the cracklin' bread which was basically like a cheese, onion and bacon pizza cut up and served with a cheese dipping sauce. It was tasty, but not outstanding. I probably would skip next time.
To drink we had iced tea which was house brewed and really good.

I should point out that I am not a BBQ expert so I cannot comment on how authentic the meat was. I can only tell you that the sauces were excellent (and varied, you got a choice of six and there is a sauce and condiment bar so you can try them all if you want before you order). They ranged from mild to spicy with hot sauce available if you wanted extra heat. Between us we had ribs, beef brisket and chicken. The chicken was the pick of the evening - very tender with a strong, smoky flavor. The beef was a hit too. The ribs were a little tough, but did have a great taste.
Sides were mixed - I had the grilled corn on the cob and BBQ baked beans which were great. The mac and cheese and corn bread on the other hand were nothing special.

Overall, I would give this place a thumbs up. They were definitely still working out some kinks with it being a new opening and the waitstaff were still finding their feet. I also felt it was a little bit "gimmicky" as opposed to being a nice, basic BBQ place like Redbones.
However, the food was solid, and prices were certainly reasonable. More importantly, for me at least, it adds something new and different to the dining scene in Quincy.

May 04, 2007
bellachow in Greater Boston Area

ISO Great dining in St. Pete's Beach

I am visiting St. Pete's Beach at the end of the month for one week. The day we arrive is my birthday and I'm looking for somewhere to have a great meal. It doesn't have to be super upscale, I'm more looking for great seafood and a memorable meal. The place I'm staying recommended Fetishes, Cafe Luna or Carino's - any opinions?

As for the rest of the week - I'm all about the great local places, anywhere that I just can't miss?

May 04, 2007
bellachow in Florida

Fun, inexpensive spot on South Shore?

Definitely La Paloma - their margaritas are phenomenal. Also, what about Little Q Hotpot in Quincy Center? I think it's a fun place to be with a group and it's certainly cheap....

Mar 22, 2007
bellachow in Greater Boston Area

l'espalier: recent takes?

I have to weigh in on the whole pretentious/non-pretentious debate. I definitely agree that L'Espalier does take itself seriously and definitely puts a lot into presenting itself as a formal, special occasion restaurant. However, I have to say that when my husband and I splurged for a birthday treat, I found the staff to be completely delightful. I have been to much less high end restaurants and experienced much snootier service. I felt that everyone there, from the Maitre d' to our waiter were only interested in us having a wonderful meal.

Personally, I had a wonderful time, and yes, it was expensive, but we were there for nearly three hours and it is an experience we will remember for a long time.

Mar 19, 2007
bellachow in Greater Boston Area

Get Fresh Rotisserie Quincy - Review

It is next to City Hall, and on the same block as Gypsy Kitchen and the Fudge Shop. It's hard to spot because it doesn't face out onto Hancock Street. You have to walk down the block towards the Stop and Shop Building, and it is at the end of that block around the corner.

It's open for lunches and then open until about 8pm so you have to get there pretty early for dinner!

Mar 15, 2007
bellachow in Greater Boston Area

Get Fresh Rotisserie Quincy - Review

Sometimes I feel like I've eaten in every restaurant in Quincy, so I was excited to have such a great experience in a new place. Last Friday, my husband and I tried out the Get Fresh Rotisserie and Grill on Hancock Street in Quincy. It's a little hard to find - tucked around the corner on the way to the Quincy Center T. In fact, unless you were looking for it you'd be hard pressed to stumble across it, which is really a shame.

I'd heard good things about the food so we decided to go for dinner even though I guess it is more of a lunch place. When we first walked in I was a little leary because it really does have a sandwich shop feel to it with just a couple of tables. However, it is nicely decorated and quite cosy, plus I'd already been tempted by the sight of one of the specials - roasted salmon with panko flakes, pistachios and lemon.

The salmon turned out to be a great choice - absolutely delicious and a complete steal at under $10 for a good piece of fish, great rice pilaf and a tasty salad with balsamic vinaigrette. My husband got their half chicken meal with macaroni and cheese and roasted vegetables. He has since declared that it's the best roast chicken he has had in a long time, and the mac and cheese was outstanding. It wasn't baked, rather it was prepared in a skillet in a really flavorful, creamy sauce.

After all that we still made room for homemade tiramisu cake which was divine. The owner, Julie, made a point of introducing herself, and I think it's the first time ever in Quincy that I've been in a restaurant where every customer who came in greeted Julie by name and seemed to be an old friend.

So, in summary, we had great comfort food, dessert and drinks for under $30 for both of us. It is definitely a very casual place and we had to fetch our own drinks and clear our own tables, but it seems like a small price to pay. They also have take out which seems like a great option for those nights I'm just too tired to cook. I would definitely give this place two thumbs up.

Mar 14, 2007
bellachow in Greater Boston Area

Christmas Pudding!

I just called Cardullo's and they do indeed have Christmas pudding!

thanks for the info.

Dec 14, 2006
bellachow in Greater Boston Area

Christmas Pudding!

Due to my general lack of organization this year, I have failed to have my mother send me a Christmas pudding from England in time for my Christmas meal next weekend.

Does anyone know where I can get a proper Christmas pudding - not a plum pudding, but a real, heavy fruity Christmas pudding that I can pour brandy all over and set on fire? :)

Dec 14, 2006
bellachow in Greater Boston Area