Dinner at Stephi’s on Tremont

I will be choosing a winner for both The Olive Press and Honest Tea giveaways tonight, and I will announce them tomorrow morning. If you haven’t entered, now’s the time!

Last night I had a blog-related dinner at Stephi’s on Tremont, the South End restaurant from the same owner and chef as the famed Stephanie’s on Newbury Street.

Stephi’s is a gorgeous open space with lots of natural light. Large windows open out on to the street and are open in the good weather (which we have NOT been having!). It had awesome lighting for food photography!

I started with a lovely Austrian wine, a Loimer Grüner Veltliner. I love Grüners! I tried this Grüner Veltliner at the Austrian wine event that I went to a few months ago, and I liked it as much this time around.

Stephi's on Tremont

Stephi’s specializes in elegant comfort food that is seasonal, decadent, and delicious. We started with an appetizer of rock shrimp that was very lightly fried and tossed with avocado, pepper, and corn. The shrimp were sweet and crispy, and the whole combination was incredible.

Fried Roch Shrimp

We also shared ricotta gnocchi with a variety of mushrooms in a rich, savory brown sauce. Just a tiny bit salty, the broth provided a lovely contrast with the soft, creamy gnocchi and the meaty mushrooms.

Ricotta Gnocchi

Part of the purpose of the dinner was for me to learn a little more about Stephi’s and their use of Cabot cheese. As you probably remember, Cabot partnered with me for a fantastic giveaway a few weeks ago. Love them! Stephanie’s and Stephi’s use 150 pounds of Cabot cheese a week in dishes like their heavenly mac and cheese and signature burgers. After looking at all of the tempting menu items, I had to try the lobster macaroni and cheese. Topped with buttery breadcrumbs and made with 3 types of Cabot cheese, this dish was the perfect comfort food. It was also enough for several meals!

I loved how perfectly cooked the lobster was. Often lobster gets overcooked, but not in this dish. It was melt in your mouth delicious and made me think of summer in New England. The mac and cheese was so creamy and flavorful and included a generous portion of sweet peas.

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

My dining companion had the seared scallops which were huge! Doesn’t this look good?!

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Scallops

I love that Chef Stephanie Sokolove’s restaurants support great local businesses like Cabot Coop while they are making delicious dishes. I hear Stephi’s has a great brunch, so maybe if it ever gets warm out again you will see me brunching on their patio!

I am off to the Vino Voyage this evening, and I will be back tomorrow with a full recap plus the winners of the 2 giveaways.

I am also looking for future Friday Foodie Features, so if you would like to be featured, send me an email!

And since I seem to have a lot of new readers this week, a few links to my favorite posts:

http://traveleatlove.com/2010/02/an-afternoon-in-austria

http://traveleatlove.com/2010/04/what-a-day

http://traveleatlove.com/2010/03/afternoon-at-venge-vineyards

http://traveleatlove.com/2010/03/afternoon-at-venge-vineyards

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    I really like the space at Stephi’s on Tremont but to be honest, I haven’t been completely impressed with the food. That being said, your photos make everything look so delicious!

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I thought it was good but not fabulous when I went about a year ago, but this week the food was excellent. They have a new spring menu which was nice!

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    2. Jillian (back to the nest)’s avatar

      Wow, everything you had looks amaaaazing!

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    3. Simply Life’s avatar

      wow those scallops (and everything else) are making me drool at 8am! :)

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    4. Daisy’s avatar

      Havent been to Stephanies newest venture. I looks so good! I thought you already chose and Honest Tea Winner?! Have fun at vino voyage!

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        I did, but I never heard from the winner so I am going to announce a new one today!

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      2. Mark’s avatar

        I’m on board with Simply Life! Is it lunchtime yet?! Everything looks so delicious.

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      3. Corinne’s avatar

        I cannot speak for Stephi’s brunch BUT Stephanie’s on Newbury has a delightful brunch! I sat outside last summer and enjoyed the french toast (HUGE pieces of bread with lots and lots of strawberries) and the steak eggs benedict! :) SO GOOD!

        Have fun at the vino voyage! thanks for posting links to your favorite posts. As a newbie reader I will be getting into them shortly.

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      4. Elina’s avatar

        Yay for new readers. I love Stephi’s – it’s solid. I’m actually going to have brunch there with my parents for my birthday next Saturday… and then dinner with the hubs at Craigie on Main. Oh it’s going to be a good day! :)

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      5. Melissa’s avatar

        Yay Stephi’s, my next door neighbor! I love having their comfort food.

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      6. RunToTheFinsih’s avatar

        oh my word those scallops look off the chart, I think those are on my list for my next seafood meal!

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      7. Jessica’s avatar

        What a great place to dine at. The atmosphere must have been great; anyone who puts that much care in presenting their food has to care about their customers’ dining experience. Those scallops…I have never seen any so huge! Thanks for sharing.

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      8. Bruce’s avatar

        Havent been to Stephanies newest venture. I looks so good! I thought you already chose and Honest Tea Winner?! Have fun at vino voyage!

        Reply

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