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Restaurant review: UpStairs on the Square

Upstairs on the SquareAfter 31 years co-owners Mary-Catherine Deibel and Deborah Hughes have decided to close their successful restaurant in Harvard Square.  When word of their closing was announced, I spoke to my very good friend and fellow blogger, 40-Something Life about having a last hurrah at UpStairs.

I suppose this isn’t quite a review as much as it is a tribute to a restaurant that has been uniquely true to itself over its 30+ years in business.  For my final dinner at UpStairs on the Square I made reservations for the Soirée Dining Room and we were seated near the beautiful fireplace in the back third of the room – sometimes called the Jewel Box because of the round windows and champagne bubbles in silver leaf that decorate the walls.

Upstairs on the Square appetizersDinner was superb from start to finish with flawless service that was attentive without being intrusive. We started our meals sharing the beet trio $17.00 and grilled oysters $18.00. While both starters were delicious the half dozen grilled oysters served on a bed of salt were so good that I kicked myself for not having ordered them before. The oyster shells were hot to the touch, but the meat of the oysters only warm providing a uniquely delicious dining experience.

For our main plates we opted to try some of the house favorites. Tracey (40-something life) ordered the crescent duck served with beets and the juice of blood oranges $33.00. The duck was succulent with a salty exterior that made it impossible not to devour.  Upstairs on the Square main dishesI opted for the monkfish which was served with mushrooms and sauce that was so addictive my dining partner had to dip her bread into it a second time to enjoy it again. I had contemplated ordering the salmon but our waiter had suggested I try the monkfish and I’m happy he did. The fish was delicious with the bottle of Laroche Chablis we had ordered with our dinner.

Upstairs on the SquareFollowing our meal, we were provided complimentary glasses of sparkling wine served in classic champagne glasses.  Perhaps it was the bubbles or just knowing that we’d not return again but neither Tracey nor I wanted the dinner to end so we ordered  a cheese platter $15.00 and glasses of Sauvignon Blanc.  The cheese plate included (from left to right) Charmoix – a cow’s milk cheese from Belgium, Gran Pyramide de Chevre – a goat’s milk cheese also from Belgium and a Comte (my favorite) from France.

I will miss this restaurant and would encourage anyone in the area to make one final reservation – preferably for their Soirée Dining Room before they close for good on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2013.

UpStairs on the Square you will be missed.

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Restaurant review: PICCO

picco bostonPICCO is an acronym of sort that stands for Pizza and Ice Cream Co. This affordable South End restaurant serves up delicious pizzas, home made ice creams (flavors change daily) as well as a host of other pastas, sandwiches and salads that are all affordably priced.

In their initial review, The Boston Globe referred to PICCO as, “A destination pizzeria disguised as a neighborhood joint, Picco tempts even the most persnickety foodies with delicate brick-oven crusts and top-drawer toppings…” Although that review is several years old, PICCO’s food remains consistent. While service fluctuates depending on the night and staff, their menu and price point make it one of the better casual dining options in the South End.

South End Dining

Neapolitan pizza chopped tomatoes, fresh mozzarella & basil $20.00

The Neapolitan pizza shown above remains one of my favorites at PICCO.  Served slightly crispy with the mozzarella still bubbling, it takes a bit of restraint not to pick up a slice right away.  The pizza smells of slightly burnt crust and basil when it is first served and is large enough to share with another.

PICCO Boston Ice Cream

Small ice cream sundae $5.00

What would a visit to PICCO be without sampling some of their ice cream?  We shared a small ice cream sundae opting for the vanilla, pistachio & brownie ice cream with oodles of hot fudge sauce and whipped cream.

PICCO is located is at 513 Tremont Street, Boston in the South End. They open at 11:00 am daily.

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Beat Hotel in Harvard Square

Beat Hotel BarLast week I was invited to attend a digital media dinner hosted by the Beat Hotel in Harvard Square.  The subterranean restaurant, bar and music venue resembles the owner’s other venue, The Beehive in the South End, but it manages to exude its own character.  The Beat Hotel earned my immediate gratitude when I learned the owners have brought back a few popular menu items that they had served up at Pho Republique but more about that later.

Beat Hotel Soursop Fresca

Beat Hotel Soursop Fresca

Capable of seating 360 and offering two bars in addition to live performances 7-days a week, makes the Beat Hotel not only a unique destination but also a very welcome addition to Harvard Square. I have to admit I really enjoyed everything about my first visit. I loved the look and feel of the space that was inspired by the Beat Movement from the 1950s and think that this place will thrive in its new home.  As I mentioned  previously, the owners have given a nod to a popular restaurant they closed in 2010, by adding Pho Republique’s smokey chipotle BBQ spare ribs ($14) and crispy tuna springroll ($11) to their menu.

Beat Hotel Pho Republique I practically lived off of Pho Republique’s crispy tuna springroll so I was excited to see this return and the opportunity to eat this regularly is enough incentive to get me to head over to Harvard Square.  For the record, both taste exactly as I recall and remain as addicting as ever.  There are approximately 20 items from The Beat Hotel’s large menu that one may choose for appetizers and shared items with most reasonably priced $10-$12.

The dinner menu includes approximately 20 items.  One menu item featured is the Beat Hotel’s Earth Bowl.  These range from $20-$26 depending on the protein you include and the portions are very hearty including a natural selection of grilled and roasted vegetables, rice pilaf  and tasty sauces to accompany your protein.  I opted to try this and was pleasantly surprised by the variety of textures, flavors and portion; only order if you really are hungry!Beat Hotel Dinners

My table guests were nice enough to let me photograph their dinners.  The first photo shown above is Sergio’s massive organic chicken piccata that was served on a bed of gnocchi and spinach for $23. Unfortunately, the image next to it is hard to see, but it turned out to be my favorite meal, 40-Something Life’s swordfish tacos for $24.  The photo in the lower left corner was my salmon earth bowl and in the lower right is the Halibut for $34. I failed to try the halibut, because I had stuffed myself into a pleasant food coma, but it smelled and looked delicious.

I’d encourage people to check out this venue for dinner, drinks or just a fun night out to catch some great live music. The website includes a current calendar of upcoming acts.

Beat Hotel 13 Brattle Street / Harvard Square

617-499-0001 / frontdesk@beathotel.com

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Restaurant review: Tavola

Tavola is an authentic Neopolitan pizzeria and pasta restaurant in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.  Originally an Italian grocery store the original sign and some of the grocer’s shelves can be seen along the left wall when you first enter this long, rectangular restaurant, but my eye was immediately drawn to the massive wood burning oven at the far end that cooks the pizzas. I ended up chatting with the owner, Nick Accardi, who took over this restaurant about 18-months ago and he proudly told me about the restaurants history and why they are so passionate about the food they make.

Tavola Hell's KitchenI also had the chance to chat with the handsome Italian bartender who spends his days in Brooklyn as a struggling artist.  This neighborhood restaurant is definitely worth crossing town to check out.  Antipasti range from $8-13; pasta and entrees are $16-28; and the individual pizzas range from $10-19 — while the pastas all looked good, I knew I was going to order a pizza.  After chatting with Nick I ordered a glass of Sangiovese and the Calebresa Bona which comes topped with Esposito’s hot sopressata, fresh ricotta, plum tomato and basil.

Tavola Hell's KitchenThe thin crust is substantial enough to cradle the hot cheeses, meats and herbs that melted in my mouth.  The salty toppings had just a bit of heat but nothing that would set your mouth on fire and I used a bowl of olive oil that Nick gave me to dip the crust of the pizza so when I was done there was hardly any evidence that a pizza was once there.

Do you like pizza? Are you in New York? Head over to Hell’s Kitchen, say hello to Nick or the friendly Italian bartender, Francesco and try their pizza.

Tavola’s is located at 488 Ninth Ave in Hell’s Kitchen.

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Restaurant review: Hendriks NYC

Hendriks Murray HillHendriks is in Murray Hill on the corner of 3rd Ave and 37th Street in New York City.  The restaurant opened earlier this summer and can seat 60+ patrons on the dining room floor and another 15+ at the bar.  Large windows and white washed walls and ceilings provide an open and airy feeling to this comfy neighborhood restaurant that is open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

The menu is comprised of classic American fare sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.  One-third of Hendriks’ dinner menu is dedicated to appetizers that range from $6-$12. The menu also includes salads, a few pastas and main plates which mostly range from $15 – $25.  The waitstaff all seemed genuinely friendly and service was both prompt and helpful, answering my questions confidently and making suggestions.   The beer and wine menu is just what one would expect from an upscale neighborhood restaurant in terms of price range and options.

HendriksI couldn’t decide which appetizer to order so I opted to try both (I told myself this is for research purposes).  The Soppresatta for $6 was a steal. It was so delicious I’d come back for this as a snack regularly if I lived closer.  I rolled up each slice of dried salami with the thinly sliced Parmesan cheese, drizzled with honey, and chewy, sweet figs.  Combined it tasted like a slice of heaven and I greedily ate every last bite. The second option, Chick Pea Fritters – also $6 – proved to be satisfying, but I couldn’t stop obsessing over my first plate and really only ate the fritters because they accompanied my ale so nicely.

Hendriks BurgerWhenever I go to a restaurant for the first time, I temper what I want with what I see on a menu.  In this case, I really was craving pasta, but with just 3 plates on their menu and 10 plates focused on fish and meat, I thought it better to follow the menu’s lead. Because I’d already committed to a good Octoberfest brew, I opted for the Black Angus Burger ($16).  The thick burger was served with the aged cheddar still melting on it.  It also came with a heaping glob of smoked onion jam and had pickles and lettuce on the side.  Lest I forget, the thinly cut french fries came out hot and salty and sprinkled with sage and Parmesan cheese.   I wish I could share the smell emanating from my plate, because I’m fairly certain you’d immediately salivate. I know I did.

I’d certainly recommend Hendriks if you’re near Murray Hill in Manhattan.  Let me know if you try Hendriks and tell me what you thought of your meal.

Hendriks  -  557 Third Avenue & 37th Street  -  (212) 686-8080

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Restaurant review: Border Cafe Harvard Square

The Border Cafe is a local restaurant chain that first opened their doors in Harvard Square in 1987.  The Tex-Mex and Cajun menu is very affordable, making it a popular destination for students. The atmosphere is very casual and the portions are quite generous as you can see by my glass of iced tea (below) which is so large you’ll definitely need to head to the bathroom at least once.BosGuy Restaurant ReviewI’ll be the first to admit that New England will never be known for their Tex-Mex or Mexican cuisine so I’ll defer to food snobs to call me out on my lack of experience, but I’ve never had a bad meal here. The service is consistently prompt and the waitstaff is knowledgeable – making helpful suggestions. Our (complimentary) corn chips were served warm, our drinks brought over promptly and the food was damn good. BosGuy Restaurant ReviewOn this visit Sergio and I ordered a Chicken Burrito ($8) and Quesadilla w/ a side of homemade guacamole ($9). Both were served as requested and despite the very large portions, nearly finished. I had the quesadilla and had to pull back the tortilla to able to devour all the tasty melted cheese and veggies.  I also ordered a side of black beans ($1) because they are so good here and ended up waddling out after I ate too much.  While this particular location can be crazy during peak times, it remains a favorite location for quick, easy, cheap eats in Harvard Square and is a place I would recommend for a casual night out.

Border Cafe – 32 Church St. – Harvard Square – (617) 864-6100

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Restaurant review: Oak Long Bar + Kitchen

Fairmont Copley PlazaIn 2012 The Fairmont Copley and their restaurant, The Oak Long Bar + Kitchen, completed a $20 million remodeling and reopened to the public. A few months later, I provided my first review of Oak Long Bar + Kitchen in September 2012.

Earlier this month I found myself at the bar of this Back Bay gem and figured I’d see if the menu and cooking was as good as I recalled. The restaurant’s menu has changed as is so often the case and I was sad to see the tagliatelle dinner with braised ribs and lobster was no longer available. However the menu remains largely the same with flatbread options, several hearty main plates that range in price from $23 – $41 and a number of “snacks” or small plates from $8-$21.

Oak Long Bar + Kitchen BostonI started my dinner with the hearth baked bread $5.  The bread was extremely buttery and you could smell and taste the rosemary liberally sprinkled alongside pretzel salt which was delicious with my beer.

Oak Long Bar and Kitchen BostonI opted for a slightly healthier option, the Steak Salad $25, which was cooked as I asked. The presentation of the long stalks of romaine lettuce was prettier than my photo does justice, and the only disappointment was the accompanying bread that came with my salad.  My friend opted for the Steak Frites $41 but substituted his frites for a medley of summer vegetables. The over sized cast iron plate makes an impressive first impression. Fortunately, the meal lives up to the hype as my friend repeatedly mentioned how much he enjoyed his meal.

One year later and it appears that Oak Long Bar + Kitchen has proven that they are able to consistently serve a hungry public that is only too willing to step into this beautiful Back Bay restaurant.  Have not tried the Oak Long Bar + Kitchen or has it been a while? Give them a try, but reservations are recommended.

Oak Long Bar + Kitchen – Copley Square – 617.585.7222

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Restaurant review: Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

davio-s-boston-diningDavio’s has been operating in Boston since 1985.  It moved from Newbury Street ten years ago in 2003 to Park Square where it has continued to thrive despite recent economic troubles which is impressive since most plates range from $30 – $45.  I’ve always liked the oval shaped bar in the Park Square location but had not dined there in quite a while so in the spirit of ‘research’ I co-opted a friend to join me for dinner.

Davio’s hallmark is their steaks and service, but on this visit we experienced neither. We were both craving carbs, and our perpetually befuddled server, while very polite, was too overwhelmed to be of much service.

We started our meal with salads and my friend’s beet salad ($13) was so nicely plated that I was a tad envious when it was served. Unfortunately, my photos don’t do it justice so I’d direct you to The Boston Globe photo.  Despite the gorgeous plating of the beet salad, I preferred my Baby Arugula Salad with shaved Parmigiano, lemon infused olive oil ($10).

Davios Back Bay Salad

Following our salads, we opted for carbs over protein.  Shown below is the Mezzaluna dish ($25) that I had which was a half moon shaped ravioli-like pasta stuffed with Buratta cheese.  The slightly sweet sauce was offset by the artichokes, grilled leeks and diced tomatoes. My friend ordered a half portion of the Lobster Risotto ($16). Although the photo of the risotto looks washed out the dish was creamy and rich, something I’ld enjoy when it is a bit colder.

Davios Pastas

Despite the questionable service, I’m still a fan of Davio’s even if I’m not a regular.  I also know that the staff is well trained and our experience was a fluke rather than the rule.  Davio’s also has locations in MA in Chestnut Hill, Lynnfield and Foxborough as well as outside New England in Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Davio’s – 75 Arlington Street, Boston - 617.617.4810

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Restaurant review: Ginger Exchange

BosGuyGinger Exchange opened their second location by Symphony Hall at 250 Huntington Ave earlier this past summer. Self-described as a “fresh Asian kitchen”, I thought it was a comfortable and affordable option for dinner.  As with so many Asian menu’s it goes on forever so in lieu of my usual description, visit their website for details, gingerexchange.com.

We started with the Crab Rangoon ($5.95) followed by the Original Pad Thai with chicken and shrimp ($10.95).  I was sharing dinner with Sergio so I refrained from ordering any of the chef’s specialty rolls, but there were many sushi options on the menu that caught my eye – perhaps next time.

The Crab Rangoon come six to an order and were served warm. The crispy wonton and cream cheese were slightly addicting and a good start to our dinner.  The Pad Thai that followed also proved to be very satisfying.  If I wasn’t sharing this plate I would have preferred some hot sauce / oil to bring more zip to the plate, but otherwise I thought it was very tasty.

Ginger Exchange Symphony foodGinger Exchange has a full bar. They are located across the street from Symphony Hall and just a few doors down from the Huntington Theater Company and NEC’s Jordan Hall, making it a good option either before or after catching a show / performance.

Ginger Exchange – 250 Huntington Ave, Boston – 617.867.9999

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Restaurant review: Boston Chops

Boston Chops logoSince Boston Chops opened in March, I’ve been a regular at their bar.  I first reviewed Boston Chops menu last March, and I offered a review of the restaurant’s brunch menu in June 2013.

On this visit, Boston Chops was offering Chateaubriand. I have never tried this famously tender cut of meat and since this reoccurring house special is ideal to share; served as four thick cuts totaling 20 oz. Sergio and I decided that in the name of ‘research’ for my blog we’d give it a try.

Below is an image of my half of the serving; 10 ounces of what turned out to be incredibly tender and flavorful meat. I rarely order red meat but would suggest this to any meat lover. Our waiter, Chris, followed protocol suggesting a Bearnaise sauce, but the meat really needed nothing to accompany it. However, I will admit the Peppercorn sauce Sergio requested did taste great alongside the crispy french fries that were served.

Boston Chops Chateaubriand BOrdering the Chateaubriand is a splurge at $85, but when shared, it is similar in cost per serving to the restaurant’s 8 ounce Filet Mignon but even more tender.

Boston Chops  - 1375 Washington Street - 617.227.5011
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Restaurant review: Abby Lane

abby lane bostonAbby Lane is a 200-seat restaurant and bar located in the heart of Boston’s Theater District at 255 Tremont Street.  It opened in November 2012 to much fanfare with a sleek new interior that was designed by HGTV designer and Massachusetts native, Taniya Nayak. Chef Jason Santos who is still perhaps best known for his time on television’s popular cooking competition, Hell’s Kitchen, is the executive chef.

The menu at Abby Lane offers a bit of something for everyone but with only approximately a half dozen main plates, we turned our attention to the rest of the menu that is divided into small plates, soups & salads, sandwiches & burgers and pizzas. With some helpful tips from the bar staff we settled on the Shitake and Goat Cheese Pizza ($13) and the Abby Burger ($14).

Abby Lane Boston Pizza and BurgerWhile the bar was comfortable and the staff helpful and friendly, we both agreed that the food was not memorable.  Even though the pizza looked delicious when served, the crust was bland and the toppings lacked the flavors we expected. The burger also looked delicious, served with fried onion rings and toppings piled high but unfortunately the bun was a bit stale, the ground beef lacked the grilled flavor I had hoped for and tasted a bit dry.

Despite a disappointing dinner, the look and location of Abby Lane ensure that it will be quite successful, serving crowds each evening that come for a quick bite either before or after attending a show at one of the Theater District’s many play houses.  I’m just not sure that I’ll be among them in the future.

Abby Lane — 255 Tremont Street – 617.451.2229

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Restaurant review: 3 Squares

3 Squares NeedhamThis past July Aaron Krug opened 3 Squares at 669 Highland Avenue in Needham, MA.  Krug remodeled the space so nicely you’d be hard pressed to recognize the building was once a Bickfords.  Three Squares, which takes its name from the concept of having three square meals a day, is open daily serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If you live nearby or are looking for a convenient place to meet in the area, try this comfortable, family friendly restaurant that mostly caters to local residents. Dinner plates range from an affordable $12 for a plate of their Truffle Mac & Cheese to their most pricey item, Pan Seared Salmon for $18.

3 Squares Pesto AranciniWe started our dinner with the 3 Squares Chopped Salad ($11.50) which is large enough to split or have as a main plate. We ate only half of the salad before trying the Pesto Arancini ($6.99) that are shown above. The pesto, if added, was so subtle that I’d suggest either adding more or renaming it.  Regardless, these fried balls of risotto and cheese were satisfying and great for sharing.

3 Squares Main PlatesThe dinner menu includes a combination of fish, meats and pastas with a selection of burgers that looked good.  However we opted to try the Braised Short Rib Pappardelle ($13.99) and the Baked Atlantic Cod ($14.99).  The braised short rib made the pappardelle a heartier plate – probably better for the upcoming fall weather than the summer.  Far lighter – and better in my opinion – for a dinner on a warm summer night was the cod.

3 Squares DessertsIn the name of research, we sampled two desserts from 3 Squares menu; Star Spangled Berry Shortcake and Adam’s Apple ($6.95 each). I loved the presentation of the shortcake and the warm apple dessert was delicious.  I was rather proud of myself for showing restraint by not devouring all the melting whipped topping as it oozed into the apple and sharing with Sergio.

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Restaurant review: Five Horses Tavern

Five Horses Tavern South End Outside ViewThe second location of Five Horses Tavern at 535 Columbus Avenue in the South End opened a little more than two weeks ago, and this past weekend I stopped by for lunch.  Extensive renovations by Owner Dylan Welsh, GM Sarah Hanson and Chef Aaron Parsons have transformed the space. With the kitchen now in the basement, Five Horses Tavern can seat 74 inside and 20 on their patio in good weather.

The redesigned space will give you pause upon entry. You’ll first notice the new bar featuring 40 taps that seats 11 followed by a comfortable dining area filled with tables and booths. The decor has rich colors like hunter green walls, dark brown molding and exposed brick. The large windows facing Columbus Avenue helps to make the space feel open so the effect is more cozy than cramped.Five Horses Tavern South EndThe menu is exactly what I would like to see more of in the South End (and especially in SoWa). It is filled with comfort food created with a twist that makes it distinctly their own and priced so one can visit again and again. The menu’s most expensive item is $19 but most items range between $11 – $18.

Chef Parsons has some favorite ingredients that reappear through out the menu. Leveraging the abundance of lobsters in Boston, he has four plates that include this crustacean. Pork belly, avocado and spicy ingredients like chilies and jalapenos also appear repeatedly on the menu.

Five Horses Tavern South End Grilled BrieWe started with the Grilled Brie ($10), served with frisee, pomegranate seeds and honeyed almonds sprinkled with togarshi for additional flavor. The brie nicely spread over the lightly toasted bread, and I layered the frisee and almonds with the cheese to enjoy all the flavors and textures this plate offered.

Five Horses Tavern South End Fried Chicken SammySergio ordered the Fried Chicken Sammy sandwich ($12) with a side of cheddar jalapeno mashed potatoes (as shown above). The sandwich was very satisfying and the potatoes lived up to their hype, but the wilted greens under the chicken and the bland bun could be improved upon.

Five Horses Tavern South End Tuna TacoI opted for the Tuna Tacos (3 for $16) served on flour tortillas with greens, jicama, avocado, and a blood orange chili glaze. These proved to be addicting. Upon biting into the taco I first tasted the blood orange glaze but the flavors of the seared tuna and shichimi dusting quickly follow. I loved the tacos and will definitely order these again.

Five Horses Tavern is a neighborhood pub that serves some delicious (and affordable) food with a friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. Our server, Richelle, proved to be very helpful which only enhanced what turned out to be a favorable first visit to Five Horses Tavern. I’d suggest giving the South End’s newest restaurant a try.

Five Horses Tavern – 535 Columbus Ave. - 617.936.3930

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Restaurant review: Pepe’s Wharf

MiroPepe’s Wharf is located in the East End of Provincetown just off of Commercial Street. The restaurant has been around for four decades and consistently serves good food with a beautiful view of MacMillan Wharf and Provincetown harbor.

I like Pepe’s for three reasons: the view, the food is consistent and our friend Miro (shown above) works as a host at Pepe’s this summer so its a good excuse to say hello.

Pepe’s menu is divided into soups, salads and appetizers that range in price from $8 to $24 — most of the more expensive options are if you add lobster. The remainder of the menu is divided between burgers and sandwiches that range $10 to $21 and main plates that range from $17 to $32.

Pepes Wharf DinnerMy advice when dining at Pepe’s is to stick to the burgers and sandwiches.  The food is filling and satisfying – but it is the view that I appreciate most.  Dinner reservations are strongly recommended and if you stop by, be sure to tell Miro that I say hello.

Pepe’s Wharf
371 Commercial Street
(508) 487-8717

Restaurant review: Boston Chops

Boston ChopsLast weekend Boston Chops opened for brunch.  The menu includes a half dozen traditional breakfast items, a section of grilled steaks and sandwiches as well as raw bar and a selection of salads.

The menu also has a number of cocktails including a bloody Mary selection that allows patrons to choose how spicy they like their drinks (served rare, medium or well done). I started with a Charred Shishito Bloody Mary served with a wedge of lemon, pepper jack cheese and a charred Shishito pepper ($10).  My request to have it made “Medium” provided just enough kick for me.

While I was tempted to try Boston Chops burger it was too early and so I opted for one of the healthier items on the menu, the kale omelet with mushroom and cheddar and a side of potatoes. While the omelet didn’t appear to have any mushrooms, it was both filling and delicious and really helped balance the spicy cocktail I continued to sip through out breakfast.

Boston Chops brunch

Boston Chops Kale Omelette $13

My dining partner in crime, Sergio, opted to try Boston Chops French Toast which came served with a mixed berry compote that the menu refers to as a ‘seasonal marmalade’ and a generous serving of Rhum Anglaise that is unbelievably rich and sinfully delicious. The marmalade was so good I put a spoonful on my side of toast and had to refrain from taking extra spoonfuls when Sergio was not looking.

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Boston Chops French Toast $12

If ordering a full plate of French Toast seems too decadent (it really isn’t though) but you want something sweet, check out the sides like Chops house made donuts in chocolate sauce or Pecan sticky buns $7 each.

Boston Chops is open for brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 3pm.  While reservations may not be necessary these first few weekends it is still a safe bet.  I thoroughly enjoyed my food and will be returning again and again.

Boston Chops is located at 1375 Washington Street in Boston’s South End.

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