Restaurant Roundup

I have been on a roll lately as far as blogging topics go, many thanks to my travels to Ireland and the Czech Republic. I am thankful for this considering the fact that, in December, I really wasn’t sure if I could even write another post! I just got stuck in rut, and I am happy to be out for the moment!

As a result of all of that busy-ness, I have completely neglected writing about some GREAT meals that I have had out in Boston recently.

 

Gaslight You may remember a recent post, Gaslight Enchants, where I sang the praises of the South End brasserie that combines comfort and great service with really fresh and delicious food. After that post we were planning on returning to Gaslight, and I was pleasantly surprised and grateful when the restaurant sent a gift certificate in response to my review, making it that much easier to go back. Since my husband started a new job last week, we decided to celebrate on Friday night, and on a bitter cold Boston night, Gaslight seemed like a perfect spot. What we weren’t anticipating was the fact that everyone else in Boston also decided to eat at Gaslight! I must say that after years of a bad economy, I am heartened to see restaurants completely full with people waiting. BUT we didn’t have to wait! Somehow they found us a table for two, and within minutes we were sipping on drinks, me a Madame Lillet, made with Lillet Rouge, St. Germain, and a champagne float, and the hubs a Fin du Monde beer. The oysters on this night were absolutely perfect, as they tend to be this time of year. I ordered the Poelee Espagnol, the same dish that the hubs had last time because I really wanted to steal it from him that evening. The hubs had the special rib eye which came with a delicious red wine caramelized onion and a fried on the outside mashed potato ball, which I am sure had a more sophisticated name that I can not remember. I do remember the crunchy, soft, butteriness of this side and how once again I wanted to steal his food, in addition to eating my own :) I know I mentioned it in my last Gaslight post, but they have parking, a little touch that can not be overlooked when going out in the middle of winter!

 

Craigie on Main It was probably pretty clear in this post that I really love Craigie on Main. If it wasn’t clear enough there, then maybe my Best of 2009 post will sell you on Craigie. All I know is that if you live in or are visiting Boston, you should try to go here. We celebrated the first in a string of 30th birthdays at Craigie on Main last week, and it was exceptional as always. I won’t do a full recap of everyone’s meals, but I will tell you about what I had. Raija, the birthday girl (and guest blogger) ordered an appetizer of grilled Spanish octopus that was grilled, sort of meaty, perfection. I was told by a few Twitter friends to try this, and I am glad that she ordered it so that I could. :) I went for the vegetarian tasting menu and had the same mushroom ragout topped with a delicious, runny farm egg as my last visit. In addition, I had the Early Winter Root Vegetable Gratin. I wish I had gotten a photo of this because the layers were so pretty, and the dish itself was pure comfort and deliciousness! My dessert was the Peanut Butter Parfait made with homemade Hob Nob cookies. Hob Nobs are English (I think) but abound in Irish desserts and are a crunchy, oaty cookie. Even though I am not much of a dessert person, I pretty much died over this one.

The Ledge The Ledge, in the spirit of keeping things local, is a relatively new Dorchester restaurant and bar and apparently is a huge hotspot. A 35 minute wait for dinner in Dorchester? Well worth it here! They have a really long, contemporary bar with a great wine list and even a house brew of their own. On the chilly Friday night that we had dinner here, I had just run 15 miles the night before and was in major hangry mode. I wanted something not so healthy, so I chose the fried haddock sandwich with sweet potato fries. A restaurant with good sweet potato fries can win my heart over, and these did. My fish was flaky and lightly battered, topped with coleslaw and served on a big toasty bun. The hubs had steak tips with two sides, mac and cheese and maple glazed butternut squash. Yummmmmmm. Everything was amazing, but the maple butternut squash was something that I would eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have a fun looking cocktail menu, very friendly service, a young neighborhood vibe, and great food. And did I mention that the prices are sort of ridiculously low? I was happy to see that this new establishment was full of people, and happy people who looked like they would be coming back for more. I know we will be!

Pssssst Did you enter to win my raffle yet? The prizes, a $100 gift card to Williams Sonoma or a (me) & goji custom mix, the beneficiary of the ticket prices? The ALLY Foundation. Each ticket is $10, and they can be “purchased” by making a donation here:

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  1. Kristin Pizzi’s avatar

    I am from boston myself. Craigie on Main looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well’s avatar

    I know what you mean about getting in a rut, or just being way to busy to blog, but it’s always nice to get out of it! All these restaurants sound super fabulous! I so long to live in a city where I can have culinary adventures!

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  3. Kelly’s avatar

    I am always on the lookout for new restaurants to try so I definitely appreicate this post! I actually looked at the menu for Gaslight the other night so it’s great to know you recommend it.

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  4. Fiona Fit’s avatar

    Have you tried the steak tartare at Gaslight? It’s the best! Thanks for the other reviews. I’ve been meaning to try Craigie on Main

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