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Martini's in Framingham

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Julie Feb 15, 2001 10:52 AM

Martini's just opened about 3 weeks ago. It's off of Rt. 9 in Framingham, at the Edgell Road exit. (It used to be Coyotes, then Cactus Grill)

It is owned by the same folks who own Go Fish and The Rat Pack Cafe, both in the Natick/Framingham strip of Rt. 9.

I had dinner at Martini's last week and I really enjoyed it. They bill themselves as a steak house and sports bar. The second floor houses the sports bar but I did see them seating diners upstairs as well. There are tv's everywhere, even in the downstairs dining room, but the volume is not on. I did not go upstairs so I don't know if the volume is on up there.

Anyway, the tv's don't seem appropriate downstairs, nobody paid any attention to them. Some are small ones hanging down from the ceiling, others are larger and inset high up into the walls. I wonder what they were thinking.

On to the food. The menu has a nice variety, in food as well as prices. The steaks and other grilled entrees come with a choice of sauce (from about 7) and a choice of two side dishes (from a list of about 15.)
When I saw the large selection of sides I was concerned that the quality would be compromised as doing so many dishes well proves to be impossible at most restaurants. I was pleasantly surprised when my side dishes were as well prepared as the Filet I had ordered. I had the scalloped potatoes (served piping hot) and the garlic broccoli (nice and crisp), my companion tried the spiced carrots and asian green beans and was quite pleased. They went well with her entree choice of short ribs.

They serve a warm loaf of bread to start the meal which was crusty and chewy and delicious. We didn't try any starters but they offered two soups, a few salads, and lots of seafood appetizers.

We shared a creme brulee for dessert which I also thought was quite good. It was served with a sprinkling of very fresh raspberries and blueberries, a nice touch in the middle of winter.

As I said, the prices run the gamut...the most expensive steak was $26. They had two sizes of Filet, the smaller at 6 ounces and $18. The meat was very tender and cooked exactly as ordered. Other grilled choices included veal chop and a center cut pork chop. They had 4 fish selections, all at 14.95.

They also have a 'comfort foods' selection with items like mac & cheese and chicken pot pie, both for $8.00 (they don't include any side dishes.) There is also the short ribs, for $13.95, a meatloaf (I forget the price) and for the die hard, a hamburger.

They offer 4 desserts, I think they were 4.95 each. The creme brulee, a cheesecake, some chocolate type cake and I don't remember the 4th.

They also have an extensive drink menu, I assume they serve martinis, but I don't drink so I didn't pay attention.

I was impressed at the quality of the food so soon after they had opened. One of the managers came around to make sure everyone was happy. He mentioned that some of the chef's from Go Fish and Rat Pack were on hand to help them get started, which may explain why things were humming pretty nicely.

I'm looking forward to my next visit. If you're interested and not sure of where it is here's the phone number:
Martini's - 508-879-2321

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