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what's cooking...

lynn Dec 15, 2001 03:59 PM

us a relatively new place on college avenue, off powderhouse square near tufts. only three tables, mostly takeout. it could me called mom's home cooking -- mac and cheese, meatloaf and some stylish stuff like portobello risotto cakes and apricot-glazed chicken wings. a main dish with 2 sides is 6.95. great desserts -- tarts and chocolate bread pudding with bourbon sauce -- nothing over $3 a serving.

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    Amy RE: lynn Dec 15, 2001 04:24 PM

    I went there today for lunch. Great, well-prepared meals to eat in or take away. I had a portobello mushroom risotto cake and a small side of sauteed greens. They were both very tasty -- the greens sufficiently garlicky, the risotto cake surprisingly flavorful. I took them home and got out for under $5. The meatloaf also looked delish, and she had just taken some roast squash out of the oven, ready to mash. That looked really nice, too. The smells in the joint were like my mama's kitchen.

    I talked to the chef who said they are in their 10th week and business has been good. I can see why -- the food is all fresh, relatively healthy, and reasonably priced. Although I am not a dessert maven, the bread pudding and almond pear tart looked great.

    If you're in the neighborhood, give it a try. It's comfort food at its best.

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      Linda RE: Amy Dec 17, 2001 01:32 PM

      Are they open after 7-8pm? A friend who lives nearby says she never sees the lights on when she's walking home from the T.

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        Amy RE: Linda Dec 17, 2001 02:43 PM

        They are open until 8 p.m. on weeknights. Saturdays she shuts down at 4 p.m. and they are closed on Sunday. Tell your friend to leave work just a little earlier and try a delicious portobello risotto cake. ;-)

        1. re: Amy
          kaiju RE: Amy Jan 12, 2002 04:46 AM

          The standout regular item for me is the brownie with cream cheese frosting, which has a great cinnamon flavor. I also like the cuban sandwich.

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            Lindsay B. RE: kaiju Jan 20, 2002 12:10 PM

            What's Cooking offers two shots of excellent espresso for a dollar fifty. It's good, too. Way better than what you could find at Starbucks, the Someday Cafe, or even the Diesel Cafe. What's Cooking's biscotti are excellent as well. Try their pear almond torte.

            I wasn't impressed with their risotto cake, however. I didn't like the texture at all. I think that the cakes started off as creamy risotto, but degenerated from creamy to mushy as they cooled. I think the cakes would taste better if they undercooked the rice slightly. Also, I didn't think the mushroom flavor penetrate the cake very well.

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