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  • jellybelly Nov 28, 2001 08:36 AM
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Anyone been to the new 608 (formerly Lilli's)? Stuff at Night writes that there is a new emphasis on food.

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  1. Here's some stuff from ne.food:

    DPH wrote in message news:...
    > masspete@my-deja.com (Pete from Boston) writes:
    >
    > > rnewman@thecia.net (Ron Newman) wrote in message news:...
    > > > In article ,
    > > > stephencurry@mediaone.net (Stephen Curry) wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > It's in the location formerly called Lilli's, at 608 Somerville Ave.
    > > > >
    > > > > Same owners, new chef, I believe. They're going to still have
    > > > > occasional music performances, but more emphasis than before on food.
    > > >
    > > > Any idea why they changed the name? "Lilli's" is a more memorable name
    > > > than "608".
    > >
    > > Lilli is the owner (formerly involved in the old Green Street -- not
    > > the new abomination in its place -- which the new 608 is to resemble
    > > in format), 608 the street address.
    > >
    > > Lilli's built quite a following and reputation during its brief but
    > > memorable run. It was the best music venue of its type in greater
    > > Boston (though due largely to its location, I think, it never drew
    > > enough to stay viable). With the coming of the new format, with its
    > > much more subdued decor, expanded seating area, full menu, and
    > > deflated music program, I think the owners are trying hard to make the
    > > point that they're doing something new, in the hopes that people will
    > > not think "eat at LILLI'S?" and brush off the idea. The name change is
    > > meant to reflect that this is something new altogther.
    > >
    > > Either way, I am saddened to see the passing of Lilli's as it was.
    > > Finally someone had one-upped the Middle East Downstairs, and it
    > > sputtered out.
    >
    > I ate there last night. It's definitely something new. For
    > the first time I struggled mightily to find anything on the
    > menu that interested me.
    >
    > The only reason we stayed was because there aren't any
    > alternatives close by. (Another party looked at the
    > menu and left while we were waiting for our order)
    >
    > Nice looking room though (I may be biased by my memory
    > of 'Club 3' though).

    I actually have the menu on email and am surprised nothing sounded good to you, unless they completely changed it. Fried oyster po boy? Burger? Salmon or steak dinner? It's not huge by any means, but there's some interesting stuff I think.

    Joanie

    MENU:
    SNACKS
    Homemade Potato Chips w/ Melted Blue Cheese   $4
    Scallion Pancakes w/ Kimchee    $4                                   
    Sweet Plantains w/ Spicy Ketchup     $4
    Assorted Olives tossed in Fresh Herbs, Garlic & Extra Virgin Olive Oil   $5
    Vietnamese Chicken Salad-Lettuce Wrap   $4
    HOT AND COLD APPS
    Boston Lettuce Salad w/ Beets & Blue Cheese Dressing   $5
    Arugula Salad w/ Fried Squid & Capers   $7
    Middle Eastern Salad Plate    $7
    Curried Cauliflower Soup   $5          
    Fire - Roasted Poblano Chile Stuffed w/ Braised Pork   $8
    Hot Salted Head-on Shrimp   $7
    Pizza of the Day  $8
    SANDWICHES
    (Sandwiches served w/ Fries & Homemade Pickle)
    608 Cheeseburger    $7
    Grilled Pearl Hot Dog w/ Sauerkraut  $5                                  
    Fried Oyster & Pickled Pepper Po' Boy  $8
    ENTREES   
    Miso Glazed Salmon
    w/ Soba Noodle Salad & Asian Greens   $14
    Roasted Latin 1/2 Chicken
    w/ Black Beans, Rice & Jicama Slaw   $14
    Baked Spinach Lasagna
    w/ Portabello Ragu & Parm - Reggiano    $12
    Grilled Skirt Steak
    w/ Red Wine - Shallot Sauce, Parsnip Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans   $15
    DESSERTS        
    Really Rich Chocolate Cake   $5                          
    Banana Bread Pudding   $5
    Mango Sorbet    $ 5 
    Vanilla Ice Cream   $5

    1. I went there about 2 weeks ago. Meant to write a review but forgot.

      I used to go to lilli's once and a while. It was a great place to catch a band. It's owned by the same woman who owns Bella Luna in JP.

      Inside looks pretty much the same as the old Lilli's. They just painted the walls and added some more tables. Even with the new paint it's a bit on the dark side and it still has that warehouse feeling.

      I went with my girlfriend on a Tuesday night. It was pretty quiet. A few people at the bar and maybe 3 other groups dining.

      She started with a curried squash soup and we split the potato chips w/blue cheese and we both had the burger. The soup was pretty good, creamy and a good curry flavor. It was way too hot though. Once it cooled down it was fine.

      The potato chips w/blue cheese sounded like a really good idea. I use to go to a great bar in NY that had the best fresh cut chips, crisp on the outside and still soft in the middle. Unfortunately these were overdone, they were way too dark and didn't have much taste besides a slight char. They didn't skimp on the blue cheese but the chips were way too salty and the salty blue cheese didn't help. Too bad.

      The burgers could have been great. They were big and jucy. Good quality beef that were formed by hand. Just way too much salt again.

      A table next to us had ordered a bunch of entrees. From what I could see they looked pretty good. The table seemed happy.

      I think 608 is promising. Waitstaff was great. I think they were bored on such a slow night. At one point we had 2 waitstaff and a waterboy at our table all at the same time.

      I'm just hoping that I caught them on an off night. Just ask them to go easy on the salt.

      -jm

      Link: http://www.bar608.com/

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      1. re: horrible

        Strange. I went to 608 and had exactly the same meal as horrible did, but with an opposite reaction. I didn't think the squash soup was anything special. In fact, the night I had it, it didn't have much of a flavor at all, was thin and watery, and boiling hot. I didn't eat it. However, the chips were great and not overcooked at all. No char anywhere to be found. The burger and fries were awesome--one of the best burger/fries combos I've had in a while. I do like my burgers, fries, and potato chips a little on the salty side. So maybe our different opinions are due to that, or maybe the chef was having an off night when you went.

        I went to 608 by accident. I was trying to go to B-Side Lounge in Cambridge. They said it would be at least 45 minutes for a table, but that I could sit right away at their "new sister place down the street". That turned out to be 608. They told me the menu was the same (not true at all) and that I'd get a table immediately and a free snack (true--that's why we got the chips). Anyway, the space is cool, but there was no one there and this was a Friday night. I think it has potential though, and I'll probably go back.