Post dinner selfie with Sergio, Chef Danko and his longtime friend, Patty Whelen
Provincetown never ceases to surprise. Our most recent trip last week for Carnival is a good example. We’ve been going to Ptown for so long it would be safe to say that we have our routines but there always seems to be a twist or surprise; maybe that is part of Provincetown’s appeal. This year when friends said they had a friend who was an amazing cook who was having a casual get together deep in the East End we tagged along not expecting much.
Imagine our surprise when the friend happened to be Chef Gary Danko, a celebrated chef who spent years running award-winning kitchens in the Bay Area, including Beringer Vineyards and The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco.
Sipping wine in the East End before a delicious dinner
After passing a pleasant hour outside meeting dinner guests as they walked back from the center of town, we were invited to dinner. My only regret from the entire dinner was that I didn’t pace myself better or bring a better camera to capture how beautiful everything was.
Chef Danko’s “casual dinner” for twenty was easily my best I’ve had in Provincetown. What a treat to get a chance to spend time with Gary in his kitchen and to watch him entertain. While I realize not everyone has the same chance that we did, his self named San Francisco restaurant, has received raves from the likes of the NY Times and may be a place you’d like to put on your list of places to try the next time you visit the Bay Area.
Post Carnival lobster dinner with more sides than I can count
Photo Credit: Michael Boots
Photo Credit: Michael Boots
For more about Gary, his cooking and his successful restaurant: garydanko.com.
Boston’s Ocean Prime is serving $1 oysters all day today to celebrate
Apparently today is National Oyster Day and to celebrate number of Boston area restaurants are serving $1 oysters all day. The gorgeous photo is courtesy of the Boston Ocean Prime restaurant, that told me about this great excuse to enjoy your favorite bivalves earlier this week. I wanted to encourage you to stop by the restaurant should you be in the area and enjoy their $1 oysters.
Earlier this summer EaterBoston also created a map of places you can get $1 oysters in their June post The Ultimate $1 Oyster Guide for Summer 2016.
Last week Aquitaine Boston reopened with a Bastille Day celebration that Sergio and I attended. After closing earlier this year to renovate the 20 year old restaurant, their opening was highly anticipated to say the least. The most notable changes to the restaurant include a private dining section in the space formerly occupied by the tiny wine bar and moving the redesigned 11-seat pewter bar to the left of the newly monogrammed floor entrance.
The restaurant is much lighter. The black and burgundy color scheme has been replaced by French oak paneling and brass antique lighting, but perhaps the most appreciated change by patrons will be the second bathroom. Aquitaine has proposed a 14-seat outdoor patio but that may not be a reality until next summer. The menu remains largely the same, with the exception that their lunch special, featuring many of their plates for $12.95 is not currently being offered.
Sergio & Chef Chef Bob Krajewski
Plat du Jour
Aquitaine Bar courtesy of Aquitaine Boston
Aquitaine monogrammed entrance courtesy of Aquitaine Boston
If you think dining in Boston is getting more expensive you would be correct based on the findings of a recent survey published by Alignable Main Street Insights that was based on research done by First Data.
According to the findings, Boston ranks as the most expensive city in the United States with the average meal price of $44.02. That price point also made Boston the city with the highest weekly revenue transactions for restaurants, despite only ranking only 5th in the number of average weekly transactions. For all of you who want to read more about the survey findings, which ranked and compared the 25 biggest cities in America, click here.
This year Boston JerkFest™ has expanded and is a 2-day festival that will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Ben Franklin Institute of Technology at 41 Berkeley Street in the South End.
The outdoor festival features Jamaican jerk spiced food and all things spicy and hot as well as a rum and brew tasting on Friday, June 24th from 6:00 – 9:30 pm. The event will include live music, unlimited tastings of rum, local craft beer and several Caribbean inspired drinks. Click here to get discounted tickets for Saturday only on goldstar.com.
To get tickets for Friday and the Rum & Brew Tasting visit the official event website, bostonjerkfest.com.
One of the South End’s most popular restaurants, Aquitaine, closed for renovations back on February 21st. Shortly after closing they papered their over-sized windows to hide the work being done but soon that paper will come down and their doors will be open for business.
Although their website indicates a Monday, June 20th opening, rumor has it that Aquitaine Boston is targeting June 15th. Regardless, I can hardly wait to see the newly remodeled space and want to wish them all the best. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the South End, and I have missed Aquitaine over these last 3+ months.
Last fall I wrote about Bar Mezzana’s opening in the Ink Block’s Sepia Building. At the time the projected spring opening seemed so far off it was hard to imagine, but fast forward 6 months and tomorrow on Wednesday, June 1 Bar Mezzana opens to the public adding another Italian dining option to the n’hood.
Friends and Family nights were well received and the hype is building for the 130 seat (and 40-seat outdoor patio) restaurant that has ties to one of the South End’s favorite chefs, Barbara Lynch. Time will tell where Bar Mezzana sits in the pantheon of great South End restaurants but I wish them luck and look forward to trying the neighborhood’s newest restaurant.
360 Harrison Avenue (at the Ink Block)