Boston haute and not so
- Susan Marme
Where to eat in Boston, if one's tastes run from real
Chinese food to Taillevent? Is there anywhere one
absolutely shouldn't miss?
There's the East Coast Grill in Cambridge, in Inman Square, a local favorite for grilled fish and all things spice-rubbed. Next door is Jake and Earl's, owned by the same people, which has swell take-out barbecue. Speaking of barbecue, there's a second good 'cue spot in the Boston area -- Redbones in Somerville (Davis Square).
Try Figs if you're anywhere near Beacon Hill...owned by
the famed Todd English who is also at the helm at
Olives (a little more upscale as far as i can tell)...
WONDERFUL pizzas with incredibly inventive
toppings...great pasta...good wine list (even the house
wine is very drinkable)...
Everything down to the bread i've found to be very
Service might leave a little to be desired, however...
The Middle East in Cambridge for my all time favorite
falafel and hummus. Yummy garlicky salad too. Large
beer selection, rock and roll hipster destination
(live music in downstairs club).
I can't recommend Biba's highly enough. I must
say, though that I have been there for Sunday brunch
and weekday lunch - never dinner. Although it's not
a bargain, I have always found it to be a great value -
the food is always top quality, imaginatively prepared
(mushroom risotto strewn with a few jewels of
pomegranite), seasonal, beautifully presented.
Deserts are always magnificient. Waitstaff is helpful,
friendly, not intrusive. The afternoon light coming in
from Boston Common across the street is dreamy. If you
have a chance to splurge - don't miss Biba's.
re: Gary Cheong
Just got back,
Biba's food is very good, however we had lousy
attutude-y service. It seems that one should truly
never eat out on a Saturday night, especially at a hot
restaurant. It was also unbelievably noisy.
Had a good dinner at Hamrsley''s Bistro as well.
Thanks to all who answered-