Dining at Towne

Sometimes a memorable dinner is more about the company than the food. When you are dining with the owners of the area’s hottest new wine store, a teacher from Le Cordon Bleu, a Certified Specialist in Wine (and candidate for Master of Wine AND wine instructor), a Starbucks coffee expert with an arsenal of great stories, a fabulously fun and stylin’ stylist, and the larger-than-life Chef Robin White, the food just somehow fades into the background.

Thanks to the magic of Twitter, I somehow found myself meeting this group at Towne Stove & Spirits last night. We convened at the bar, some of us meeting for the first time (past visits with Chef Robin White are posted here and here), and then traveled across the restaurant and up the stairs to a big table, separated from the larger dining room with a folding screen. I think, at first, we thought they expected us to be loud Winking smile, but it turns out they had a much larger corporate group on the other side.

I have to admit, I was talking and listening too much to pay attention to many details of the meal, and the lighting wasn’t great for photos. But there was wine, and it was good.

wine at Towne, Boston

I did find the lobster chowder to be quite delicious with lots of tender lobster and a big, buttery biscuit that just soaked up the soup and melted into it.

lobster chowder

For my main course, I had the burratta and arugula salad which was just okay. The burratta was missing that gooey center and was a little more like regular store-bought mozzarella.

The husband and I shared dessert, cake with caramel ice cream, topped with maple cotton candy, which was definitely my favorite part. I haven’t had cotton candy in ages, and this was a fun way to combine the childhood treat with a classic New England ingredient.

maple cotton candy

Overall, I found Towne to be a little peculiar. It is a huge restaurant with a lot going on everywhere, from the décor to the noise level to the overwhelming menu, which is intended to reflect cuisines from all over the world, but kind of just feels all over the place. They could probably cut the menu in half and still have a huge selection of items but a little bit more focus.

Luckily, the stories and laughs our table more than made up for any of this. Who would have thought 140 characters could lead to evenings that could last well into the night?

If you are a blogger or on Twitter, have you met any of your contacts in real life or attended any events? Or if you are a blog reader, have you attended any events to meet bloggers?

 

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  1. Megan’s avatar

    Hmm… I’ve been wanting to check out Towne for a while. It sounds like you enjoyed some of the dishes… the atmosphere seems a bit off though. I’m so happy you got dessert!

    I have definitely gont to a bunch of meet-ups and events with other bloggers — that’s one of my favorite things about blogging.

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  2. Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana’s avatar

    Not on twitter, but I definitely have used the blog world to help me find great places to eat!

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  3. A Boston Food Diary’s avatar

    I swear every review I read of Towne is completely different! I actually really enjoyed my meal there back in August- found each item to be enjoyable. Since then though I have been back a few times for drinks and watched numerous plates getting sent back. I think your analysis may be right- more focus and theyd be a winner.

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  4. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    I love meeting other bloggers….most of the time ;) Sounds like a great evening and the food sounds amazing!

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  5. Daisy’s avatar

    Great to hear your take on this spot. I’ve been wanting to check it out, maybe even for that cotton candy dessert alone. Sounds like a wonderful group of people to dine with.

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  6. Hadley’s avatar

    What a fun night, although I’m not sure what was in that food…I kept dreaming that Robin was sleeping in our bed all night, snuggled right between me and TJ! LOL……

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  7. Michelle’s avatar

    The cotton candy dessert looks amazing. I’ve been to Towne only once and wasn’t super impressed with the food or the service but maybe I’d go back for some cotton candy!

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  8. Susan’s avatar

    My favorite part of blogging is meeting people!

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  9. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

    How fun that Twitter led the way to this dinner! so far I haven’t met anyone I’ve connected to Twitter or other bloggers. It’s the distance that makes it hard.

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  10. Alicia’s avatar

    oh, I’ve met a couple people through social media *wink*
    I’ve heard the same thing about towne: its a little all over the place. I have a few friends that complained of lackluster service too…..but I’m still curious and want to check it out..

    maple cotton candy? I’m intrigued.

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  11. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)’s avatar

    I met other bloggers for the first time at the Food Buzz Festival!

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  12. Leeanne’s avatar

    In CT, we foodies have done a lot of connecting through Facebook and Twitter, especially Twitter. We’ve done a pretty good job of meeting up for group dinners and attending events together, even though it’s difficult because we literally live ALL over the state.

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