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Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
7:03 pm
[larivee22]
A Vegetarian Trip to Redbones, Davis Square, Somerville
 "I see no entrees without meat in them," Eric said, glancing over his menu at me, "except the Portabello Mushroom Sandwich. We can't both eat one thing, should we just order appetizers?"  I glanced at my menu and took a sip of Sam's Summer*,  "I don't see why not, I've never tried succotash." 


We had come to Redbones because summer was coming and we wanted to try something different.  Redbones is something of a local favorite with Tufts and Harvard students: the surf shack decor, the cheap booze, the affordable food, the fact that it is one of the few places in the Greater Boston Area where you can get decent barbecue.  Eric and I are past our student days, and barbecue is not really on our radar.  Our visit was made in the spirit of experiment:  what would two vegetarians eat for dinner at a place called Redbones? 

"Well," I said, "I call dibs on the mushroom sandwich.  They have a veggie burger option, but I don't know... I've had bad experiences with those.  Does the spelling of chicken as "chik'n" indicate that they're using fake meat?" 
"I don't know, we'll ask."
"Mmmmm.  I've always wanted to try hush puppies, ever since the characters ate them in Summer of My German Soldier."
"And the garlic mashed potatoes look good, and maybe succotash? It looks meatless."
"What exactly is succotash?"
"Well, here it's made of lima beans, corn, onions, and peppers."
"Weird. I always pictured it as more of a fried-spinach type thing, like ravis."

The waitress came to our table and took our orders, the "chik'n sandwich," sadly, was made of real chicken, so we pigged out on the cornbread.  The cornbread was made of the fine, white corn meal that is a hallmark of Southern and Midwestern cooking (Sarah Vowell talks about it in her famous Thanksgiving essay), but is relatively hard to get in the Northeast.  I ordered my mushroom sandwich, and Eric got three appetizers: the mashed potatoes, succotash, and hush puppies.

Our food arrived quickly.  My mushroom burger was wonderful, well fried and with a satisfying sense of chewiness.  The "onion merlot jam" was merely a certain type of pickled onion, and was delicious.  It came with an unremarkable side salad that Eric and I shared.  Eric's appetizers were really big, an entire plate of garlic potatoes, a big bowl of succotash, and another plate of hush puppies.  No one was going to go hungry eating any of those dishes.  I asked to try a hush puppy, and Eric graciously let me grab one off his plate and dunk it in the garlic sauce.  It reminded me a bit of the french fries I used to get at chippies in Edinburgh: vaguely oniony, crisply fried starch soaked in vinegar.  Comfort food.  I also cadged a forkful of garlic potatoes (real potatoes, just the right amount of garlic, wonderful), and finished off his succotash when he got full.  (It tasted a little like minestrone, except more bland.) 

The results of this experiment: any vegetarian can go to Redbones with his or her meat-eating friends and be assured of something to eat.  However, it would probably not be a good place to regularly go for dinner. Obtaining a pre-date snack, though, should be no trouble at all.

C

Sunday, April 17th, 2005
11:30 am
[missallie89]
The Cheesecake Factory. (Chestnuthill MA.. in the Atrium Mall).
Before I start this review, I just wanted to say HEY to Gabby and that I love you and the only reason I am posting in here is because I love you.

Alright, now... I don't even know if somebody else has already made a post about the cheesecake factory, because I'm just way too lazy to look. So if they already did, oh well. But if not, COOL.


ALRIGHT. The Cheesecake Factory. Many of us know this place as "that really expensive place in the Atrium Mall", "that place with great food and bitchin cheesecake." or, if your anything like me, "MY HOUSE OF WORSHIP."


I'm not really so sure what makes this place so special. Perhaps because it's close to South, and those of us (freshman and sophomores) who don't have cars, can easily walk through the woods and get there and enjoy a wonderful lunch instead of going to your history class. Whatever it may be, this place is AMAZING.

The food. I'm not going to lie to you guys, usually when I go here to eat, even if it's lunch or dinner time, I USUALLY just get a slice of cheesecake and I'm good. But I have discovered that their food is delicious. My favorite, the turkey club. It's wonderful for a light, casual lunch. And for dinner, the small individual cheese pizza. Who here does not love their own pizza? You get your own box! It's pretty sweet. So those are my two favorites, and I don't know about everything else on the menu, seeing as I havent had it yet, I cant tell you about them, BUT I'm sure everything is great.

And last, but not least.. the reason you go there: THE MOTHER FUCKING CHEESECAKE. When you walk in to the cheesecake counter and see all of the different flavors, how the hell are you supposed to choose just one? I would recommend COOKIE DOUGH, it's my favorite and I always get it. Fresh strawberries, Dulce de leche, and Oreo are all pretty good to.

I don't know... this review wasn't exactly top quality, but I just felt like advertising my love for the cheesecake factory. And if you have never been there, you need to go. It's kind of like how everyone wants to see Venice before they die... you want to go to cheesecake factory before you die.

So, I give The Cheesecake Factory an A.

~Allie
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
9:46 am
[guttyelg]
Wanted: A decent restaurant
Ok,
I moved to the Davis Square area over a year ago, so I'm still fairly new and may be off-base on this one:

I haven't found a great restaurant in Boston yet.

Of the few places I've lived I've always found a few places that I'm in love with. Now, when I visit those places, I rush around to hit all of the best restaurants while I'm there. Anyway, this is what I'm looking for, within reasonable distance of Davis square:

1) A decent sub shop. Some place that makes their own bread and has some decent variety of sandwiches, but not too nouveau. Somewhere between standard pizzeria fare and panera bread, but tastes good.

2) An affordable restaurant where I can get BREAKFAST at 6am on sunday morning, that's not a damn diner. I've been to a lot of the places people recommend and none of them are hitting the spot. Seems like every place around opens at 11 for brunch, or is only heavy, greasy, nasty food. I'm looking for something light and fresh tasting, but not too light. Something a little innovative.

Also it seems like most of the restaurants around that are worth a damn have to have some ethnic affiliation. What happened to American food, or innovation? All these restaurants are great but I'm American and sometimes I just want some high quality american food.

Sorry for the rant but please help!

Current Mood: worried
Friday, March 18th, 2005
11:47 pm
[cynical_sarah72]
If you want good Chinese food in Newton go to Green Tea. They are good. Get "The Matrix". It's like sushi with steamed salmon. Heaven on earth I tell you. Whatever you do don't go to China City because they suck and can't seem to deliver on time and sometimes don't deliver at all! If you want something done right you have to do it yourself. So that's why you should pick up food from Green Tea.

B+

Current Mood: awake
12:29 pm
[kimmercake]
Grasshopper in Allston
This is a pretty long review so bear with me!

The Grasshopper is an all vegan Asian cuisine restaurant. I was first introduced to it about a month ago when the Student Activities Department at work (Suffolk University) hosted an all vegan luncheon – catered from the Grasshopper, of course. I tried a bit of everything but my faves were the tofu chicken fingers and a dish that resembled General Gao’s chicken (but it wasn’t spicy, nor chicken).

Anyways, I went home that raving about the “chicken fingers.” I begged my boyfriend to go with me ASAP to the actual restaurant as he lives really close to it in Brighton. Side note: he is a very picky eater and is completely vegetarian. I really didn’t think he would go with me but when he said yes I was so excited.

So last night we ventured out to Grasshopper. The restaurant itself is a bit tricky to get to if you aren’t driving. We took the B line to Warren Street, then walked down Gordon Street, turned right on Cambridge Street, and the Grasshopper is at the intersection of Cambridge and North Beacon Street. Total walk time was about 5-10 minutes.

We sit down and the place is kind of typically decorated in Asian/American chintz: Christmas lights strewn around, large hazy fish tank, weird animal portraits on all of the walls, little mood lighting lamps on the tables, etc. We get our menus and promptly get served tea and huge glasses of water, which I love because the sodium in Asian food can sometimes be too much for me; I need a glass of water handy!

So we look over the menu – I want the “chicken fingers,” the boyfriend wants something that resembles pork strips. We order the Vegi-Chicken fingers and the Barbecued Vegi-Pork and some sodas. They arrive, piping hot, and both on a bed of salad and dressing. Gorgeously plated and looking spectacular, we dug in. The Vegi-Chicken fingers are orgasmic – they have a very light, sweet batter and the tofu is the perfect consistency. The sweet sauce for dipping just adds to the experience. They aren’t too too greasy and soft rather than crunchy. I just adore these things. We didn't know what exactly to expect with the Barbecued Vegi-Pork but lo and behold, they looked EXACTLY like pork strips. The boyfriend was very pleased. However, not sure where the barbeque came from – I couldn’t tell what the flavoring was but it wasn’t very barbeque-ish. Anyways, they were strips, crunchy on the outside, stringy tofu on the inside. They were delish, especially combined with the spicy, vinegar-like dipping sauce they are served with – not to mention the sweet sauce and salad dressing we already had.

Next was dinner. I had no idea what my favorite faux General Gao’s chicken was called and the boyfriend told me he heard rave reviews of a dish called the “No Name.” I read the description on the menu (“Battered gluten in a sweet and sour sauce, served with assorted vegetables and topped with sesame seeds. Served with steamed brown rice and house salad”) and that kinda sounded like it so we ordered that and the House Fried Rice. The “No Name” arrived and it was indeed what I had had at work! I was so excited! Delicious fried little pieces of gluten in a sweet, savory sauce served over snow peas, broccoli, and water chestnuts and topped with sesame seeds. The “No Name” came with a side dish of plain brown rice and another small salad with dressing. This dish seriously tastes so much like chicken/pork I can’t even believe its vegan. The House Fried Rice was a bit…funkier. It was plain brown fried rice service with broccoli and snow peas served with a mélange of tofu, seitan, and gluten. I guess this dish is for people who like their fake meat to look like real meat because there were pieces that resembled shrimp, sausage, chicken, steak, etc. I for one don’t care about what it looks like as long as it tastes good. There were 5 kinds of fake meat in the friend rice and honestly, I didn’t really like any of them. There were chunks of tofu that looked torn apart and tasted like they came right out of the package, the shrimp looking pieces look EXACTLY like shrimp but the taste was too fake-fishy, there was another small white piece that tasted like water/nothing, then there was the seitan that tasted like cigarette smoke (yech), and lastly little thinly sliced strips of yellow tofu which were actually quite tasty. I fished out the rice, veggies, and yellow tofu for myself and my boyfriend and left the funky rest on the plate. The rice however tasted delicious, I was just a bit skeeved by the weirdo, meat shaped tofu.

Everything combined on a plate was divine – the sauce from the “No Name,” the lightness of the Vegi-Pork, the crunch of the gluten, and the sweetness of the “chicken fingers” all made this dining experience wonderful. We had TONS of leftovers which made up enough for 2 tupperware containers when we got home (I just scarfed mine for lunch).

The price: For 2 appetizers, 2 main dishes, and 2 sodas the bill came to about $33. I left $6 for a tip. This dinner was pricey but the portions were so huge, totally worth the price. Now we know next time to just order 1 appetizer and maybe just the “No Name,” as it came with its own rice plate anyways, we didn’t really need the fried rice.

Ending notes: This food was fantastic, I can totally see myself becoming a regular at the Grasshopper. Best of all the food didn’t leave me feeling heavy and laden with grease like normal Chinese food does. I was definitely stuffed beyond belief but I didn’t feel like I ingested mounds of icky gross ingredients. Everything was natural and healthy. And of course I loved that it didn’t give me a tummyache in the middle of the night. Also, the picky eater boyfriend LOVED it which I was blown away by. We will definitely be going back really soon.

Grade: A

Current Mood: good
Tuesday, March 8th, 2005
6:02 pm
[sugarfree_jazz]
Hi, I'm new here.

So I suppose that I should first explain that I will not be able to supply all of you with reveiws too frequentely, seeing as I only live in the Boston area part-time. However, when I'm around, I'll do my best. And now, on with the review.


Just a few months ago, I first discovered a little tibetan restaurant in Teele Square (Somerville) called The House of Tibet Kitchen. It's a charming place: very small, never too busy, the wait staff is wonderful, and concerned, but not overbearing in the least.

Every main course comes with the most delicious lentil soup as an appetizer. It is a soup made to represent the 5 elements, a different kind of lentil for each element. Each of the lentils has a very distinct flavor, and it leaves your mouth in a flurry, trying to figure out what has just happened. It's lovely, unlike any soup I have ever had before.

I am not a big fan of any of the other appetizers on the menu; they are mostly greasy, and the flavors do not really meld well with one another. However, all of the main courses, either vegetarian or otherwise, are incredible. The portions are rather large, so I would reccomend sharing things, especially if you do not want to leave having over-eaten. For, the food there is so amazing that, in my personal experience, I cannot bear to leave any behind.

Tibetan food, for any of you who have not experienced it before, is very similar to Indian food, but perhaps milder, and less greasy. The House of Tibet Kitchen in particular has very fresh food, unlike many other Indian and Tibetan places that I have been to in the past. It's a lovely experience, and not too pricey either. I would highly reccommend it.

A
Friday, March 4th, 2005
11:05 am
[androidqueen]
finale (harvard square)
i went out for dessert with a bunch of friends last night at finale in harvard square. it was an overall good experience, though, given the price, probably not one i'll be repeating for a while!

the atmosphere was really great. the dining area is discreetly separated from the counter, and is not crowded. also, they have a curtain around the door which keeps most of the cold air out. i don't know why most boston area restaurants don't do this in the winter-time.

despite the fact that they'd told me when i made the reservation (for which they required a credit card! this, i do not understand.) that they wouldn't seat me until all of my party (9) was there, they went ahead and seated us while we were waiting for the last one to show up. our server was spectacular, friendly but not space-invading, very accommodating (allowed us to put a couple of orders on a separate check, let us buy from the menu that ends at 8 when we showed up slightly after 8), never rushed us, told us which her favorite port was, etc. i wish i'd gotten her name because i would recommend her with all my heart.

the food and drink were also very good. a couple of my friends got the warm spinach salad, which was very good. the presentation of everything was absolutely. i had ordered the "fantasia" to split with my boyfriend, which was essentially a sort of combo plate with a strawberry tart, a praline-ish shell with raspberry stuff inside, some orangey-caramel custard, and a few other things that i'm sure have names. i had only taken a few bites (a few delicious bites!) when our server showed up with a whole other dessert, complimentary, for my birthday! raspberry and mango (?) sorbet in a praline shell with some sauces. none of the portions were huge (except for the creme brulee), but they were certainly enough to satisfy. i had a 3 port flight, which, i know, would have gone better with chocolate (the wine recommendation next to the "fantasia" suggested a gewurstraminer) but was also very good.

the only negative surprise was when we got the bill. my boyfriend refused to let me look at it, because it was my birthday, but apparently gratuity was included (not surprising, given the size of our party), and it was 20%. not that our server didn't absolutely deserve it, and as it turns out, we left her even more than that because the rest of the people at the table thought the service was so good, but it's something to be aware of.

overall, i think it was a win. it's not something i can afford to do very often, but i'll definitely do it again.

A
Tuesday, March 1st, 2005
9:45 am
[glitterrain]
Coconut Cafe (Newton Centre, in Newton)
I don't really know why I go here so much. I mean, the food is awesome. Best Thai iced tea I've ever had, and really good other stuff as well. But the service is terrible! I think the waitstaff just hates me and my friends. But here are some examples.

I order crispy Pad Thai with shrimp. My friend orders normal Pad Thai with chicken. They give me crispy with chicken and her normal with shrimp. We tell them, and they get offended and bring them into the kitchen, blatanly pick the chicken and shrimp out, switch them, and bring them back. There is still chicken at the bottom of my bowl and there is shrimp in hers. What if she was kosher?

We are always really nice to the waitstaff and they ignore us in turn. And they are nice to adults, so I know they HEAR us, they just are rude to teenagers. We're still paying them, so they should not do that. For instance, my friend once asked the waitress what was in Thai Iced Tea (allergies!) and she ignored her completely. Just turned around and walked away. Once I told the waitress I liked her dress (it was really pretty!) and she just ignored me and walked away. Why?? Did complimenting her fashion sense OFFEND her? I don't get it.

Sunday night, a friend and I went there and they brought her dish LITERALLY 25 minutes before mine when we ordered the same thing. We figured they forgot it, so we asked for it and she got defensive and brought it to me.

ALSO, they were really rude to my dad when he got takeout once and they told him 20 minutes so he came in 20 minutes and they said "Sorry, it's not ready yet. Come in 10 more minutes." He couldn't find parking or something so he had to go home and then drive back to Newton Centre.

If you do go, try any kind of pad thai, egg rolls, thai iced tea, or dumplings. They're all really good. And the menus are really cool. It's good food. But if you want good pad thai in Newton AND good service, go to Lams in Newtonville. It has the best pad thai in the world.

C+
Sunday, February 27th, 2005
2:21 pm
[grahams]
Eagle's Deli (Cleveland Circle)

First, a disclaimer: I like good food, especially good deli food... But I'm not a huge fan of huge portions. So when a person like me visits an establishment rated as the #2 Place to Pig Out in the World, I already have my guard up. Eagle's is known mostly for it's "wall of fame" of those who have been able to eat their competition-sized burgers... They have a menu of burgers ranging from "normal sized" all the way up to a $50 burger weighing in at 5lbs. I'm not in to gorging, so I stick to their food intended for mortals.

Their Gobbler sandwich, featuring sliced turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce (gelatin-style), and gravy on rye is great. Their burgers are good, but I'd rather hop on the 86 (which starts right there in Cleveland Circle) to Harvard Square and hit up Bartley's or Charlie's if given the choice. French fries are very hit-or-miss... Most of the time the fries are cooked too hot (so they are either over done on the outside and perfect on the inside, or just right externally but not cooked through), but occasionally they've hit the mark.

For me, the big problem I have with the place is the service. First of all, it seems like it takes forever for an order to come up. Now cook-to-order is one thing, but several times I have ordered my sandwich with fries, but when the sandwich is done they are just putting the fries in the oil, so I have to wait. In addition, some of the staff are complete dicks... My girlfriend ordered a "Reuben with tomatoes instead of meat", and the fat guy behind the counter started arguing with her that it wasn't a Reuben anymore because there was no meat. After a few minutes of him forcing the issue, she eventually said "Whatever you want to call it, just make the damn sandwich". For the patience they ask of you while waiting at the counter for your order to come up, they don't have much patience as you are looking at the menu deciding what to order.

For me, the sandwiches used to edge out all the negatives, but recently I've found myself fed up. I just don't like having to battle to get a god-damned sandwich. Perhaps they think their attitude is charming or endearing, but really it is just annoying. I don't need to be waited on hand-and-foot, and I don't demand blind respect from a restaurant staff, but I do expect to be treated like a human being.

C+

1:17 pm
[barbalette]
Border Cafe

The Border Cafe in Harvard Square is a good choice if you are short on money. If you are short on time or patience, however, it may not be wise to go.

The service is very hit or miss, as the waiters tend to go to the extreme ends of the service spectrum.

example: When I went last Sunday, I had a waiter who brought the check to a table IN HIS MOUTH and he gave me sass when I asked for water. Another waitress was more than happy to get us water, guacamole(more on this later), and extra plates.

Despite the sometimes less than desirable service, the food is consistently good whether you order a burger or burrito. The guacamole is the best I have ever had, better than authentic mexican restaurants even. The aforementioned burgers are surprisingly delicious considering that the restaurant is a mexican/cajun joint.

The atmosphere is a bit hokey but fun, and the prices are extremely reasonable for a sit-down place. The food is very good and usually comes out in a timely fashion, though not always. The service, as I previously stated, is either SUPER or awful. For all of these reasons, the Border Cafe has garnered a...

 

A-/B+

12:57 pm
[cynical_sarah72]
Greek Farm Grill
So I went to the Farm Grill last night. I would tell you where it is but I'm real bad with direction. All I can say is that it's in Newton and it's next to Newbury Comics... So I guess the food is good. Except they put too much dressing on the salad, it's always crowded, there aren't too many good places to sit, they always bring you the wrong food, and there's a creepy old man who's supposedly a waiter. Other than that it's fair. The chicken kebobs are good. I like onions but I don't like peppers so I just leave them. But vegetables were not meant to be served in brown liquid.

B-

Current Mood: bored
12:52 pm
[tatsuchan]
pho shizzle
Pho Pasteur; there's one in the garage mall but as of today Mi Casa moved out so the garage mall is now going to be taken over by the scene kids and all the dirty hippies only have the second floor island of tatoos and body piercings, and now they sell scene kid things so the scene kids really are taking over.

Anyway. Pho Pasteur. I've always eaten at the ones in Chinatown, but beware that upon leaving Chinatown you may feel a thick layer of tar collected over your skin, hair, and clothes.

Oh, Chinatown.

For under five bucks, get the chicken Pho Ga, a delicious Vietnamese version of chicken noodle soup, except worlds better and in a huge bowl which one could bathe a baby in without too much struggle. It's a ton of soup.

Pho Ga is prepared by cooking the chicken, dark meat and fat included, in the water, then adding in such things as burnt onions and various spices. It's insane. And delicious. The noddles are many, the chicken perfectly tender, and you recieve a plate of fresh sprouts and a lime to do as you please with. I highly reccomend using the lime; squeeze it into the Pho Ga and then let the rind float around. Hoisen sauce and some hot sauce is also nice. Hoisen on the chicken and noodles is delicious but know that it will turn your broth dark brown and kinda like gravy so you might not want to be a pyscho sauce feind like myself.

As for drinks, you get tea automatically in a little cup and have your little metal tea pot on the table to refill at any time. This is real tea, with the leaves floating around at the bottom. It's not fabulous quality, but it's decent.

The best cold drink in the whole restaraunt is the frozen coconut drinks. Hell, I hate coconut, and these were the equivilant of an orgasm in my mouth. Seriously folks. The lemonades and limeades are good too; very unique.

Vietnamese food is delicious.

You will not leave Pho Pasteur hungry, and it's always nice to have a huge vat of your leftover broth to take home and take swigs off like a drunk hobo for the rest of eternity.

A health note: if you're a germ freak like me beware. I am the kind of person who never used a public restroom (including school) or swimming pool or other gross thing. Heck, I hate sharing bathrooms with my own family. But if you can adore the thick smoggy air of Chinatown in the first place, you may be okay with the fact that everything will always be a little sticky, that the chopsticks you use are in a big can of chopsticks which have been open to everyone, and that you probably don't want to see what goes on in the kitchen. But who cares. I think anyone whose eaten McDonalds or mexican food (mmm) has abused their bodies enough. It's a little sketchy, but there's a lot of students who float in and out of Pho Pasteur, oh and a lot of Asian people too.

The end.

-[e]-

Current Mood: awake
12:51 pm
[mongoman0800]
Mike's Pastries
Mike's Pastries, located on the gorgeous Hanover Street in Boston historic North End can only be summed up in one word... orgasmic. At least... the food is.

If you have not been, my friend, you have not lived. However, Mike's Pastries can be very intimidating to newcomers. The small pastry shop holds 100 people at a time... easily. It's a mad rush to the ordering counters. Will you be lost in the crowd?

The hardest part about Mike's Pastries is seeing what they have to offer. The glass displays are always covered up by hoards of customers ordering their food. To see what they have to be offer, I like to perform a move called the crotch-see-through. It involves ducking down and looking at the food counter through people's legs. It seems to work pretty well.

When you have in mind what you want to order, kindly shove yourself to the front of the line. I was tall, so this was easy, but someone of small stature might want to consider biting ankles, pulling long hair, or tackling a person's knees. Once you get to the front, you can proclaim yourself a true Bostonian, having gone through one of the cities most trying challenges.

I would recommend the ORIGINAL canolis (or with the chocolate chips on the ends) with powdered sugar, the peanut butter squares, fruit tarts, ruggala, and Jordan Almonds (these are not at the counter, you have to ask for them).

All in all, this restaurant is an experience, and once you walk out of the restaurant with the token Mike's Pastries box tied with the cool retro blue and white string, you will be the object of all jealousy. For real, I walked on the train and all conversation stopped, as all the passengers intently stared at the box. Then i started eating, in front of them. So I'm an asshole... whatever.

However, the place can get REALLY crowded and chaotic sooo...

A-
12:40 pm
[cheezmunkee]
Elephant Walk
There are two Elephant Walks in the Boston area, one in the city itself and one in Cambridge. I have been to the restaurant in Cambridge multiple times, and let me tell you, it is superb. the choices are amazing, a perfect mix of Cambodian and French food. They have great steak, great tea, and wonderful appetizers at fair prices. Perfect for a birthday for your parents or someone close. Be warned though: this is not a caasual eatery. It is classy and can get very busy on weekends. Be sure to make a reservation. Also, I once went and ordered some fish and it came to me completely undercooked. However, the manager apologized, got me a new dinner for free, AND gave my entire family gift certificates to the restaurant! Wonderful service, great people, great food.

A
12:30 pm
[glitterrain]
Fire and Ice
The one in Harvard Square. Go to Fire and Ice if you are REALLY hungry, or else the flat cost of 17 dollars (it IS 17, right?) plus a drink is a waste. If you're hungry though, and in the mood for trying lots of different things, Fire and Ice is your man.

It's sort of an "experience resteraunt". People get these colorful bowls and put whatever they want in it- meat, pasta, poultry, vegetables, seafood... and then they choose a sauce, and watch the cooks, at this big round hot table, cook it up. Sort of in the spirit of a Japanese steakhouse, except more waiting because there are always 10 bowls or so waiting to be cooked. Then you eat it. Then you get more, if you're still hungry. See why you need to be hungry?

Fun for birthdays and group outings!

B
11:30 am
[glitterrain]
Anna's Taqueria
Quite often is the question raised- is this Brookline Taqueria pronounced ANNE-Uh's or ON--Uh's? My personal (and correct) pronounciation is "ANNE-UHS" but hey, to each his own. It's not the name that matters. It's the amazingness. Because this is truly amazing.

Anna's is real cheap. In a way that resteraunts just are not cheap. It's cheaper than Burger King. It's cheaper than MacDonalds. I have never spent over 5 bucks at Anna's, and that is with a drink, a super burrito, and chips. If you wanna do the bare minimum (get a small burrito with no drink or anything), you could pay in quarters if you'd like.

But the best part is, you would imagine this food would suck. BUT, it doesn't. At all. Nothing compares. It doesn't taste like a normal burrito. It's just...you have to try it. You'll want to go back.

A
1:08 am
[mongoman0800]
TGI Friday's
Hands down the best part of TGIFriday's on Newbury Street is the fact that you can sit at the tinted windows and make fun of ugly people. Period.

It is for this fact that I continue to go to the afore mentioned restaurant location. So what if my honey mustard was a little too yellow for my liking. Who cares if the waitress never refilled my drink through the entire course of the dinner. I didn't mind. I was too busy pointing out ugly fashion on the street.

So apparently the biggest thing about TGIFriday's is their new 3 course meal for 12.99 with a choice of 4 appetizers, 12 entrees, and 2 desserts. This is bullshit. The two desserts are this:

low fat cheesecake and regular cheesecake.

That's not a choice assholes. But regardless, the food is good, usually filling, and pretty. Although the menu lacks the versatility of a Chili's, the food is made better.

However, the waitstaff can sometimes suck dick. I finished my drink before we ordered the food. She ignored the empty ass bottle on the table the entire time. Each time she passed she'd offer to get me another drink. She was a boldfaced liar. And I gave her a one dollar tip. Bitch.

In addition, Friday's does not automatically give you a birthday cake when you say it's your birthday. This gives MAJOR points against them. Fuck you, it's my birfday.

However, eating french fries while calling someone seperated only by a thin sheet of glass "fatty" very audibly gives this restaurant the recommendation from me.

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12:55 am
[mongoman0800]
The Birth of Something Great...
Ok, so here's what's up.

Gabby and myself have decided that what the world needs is restaurant reviews from annoying people like ourselves.

So here's the deal.

Go to a restaurant. Eat. Post your experience up in hurr. It's that simple.

Eat. Review. Post.

Or shortened even more to... ERP.

Stop talking, and start ERPing.
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