Here's the latest bunch of eating if anyone's interested. Going back to the nite before T-giving, we have to hit a seafood place for my brother's in-laws from W. VA so we went to McCormick & Schmick's (in the Park Plaza) cuz they know I like it. Three times in a year, that's as regular as I get anywhere. Everything was great. People who like raw oysters were into all the choices, the fried oysters were great as usual, I had crabcakes the size of hockey pucks. They had a light bread coating on the outside and full of crab inside. Really nice waiter, good desserts, esp. that caramel upside down apple pie. And most everything is <$20.
Finally got a sandwich at Sam LaGrassa's downtown and it was as good as everyone said. As well it should be for $7 and $7.50 each, but if you get a plate for another $1.95 w/ fries and cole slaw, it makes it a much better deal. Pastrami is never a sandwich choice for me but I figured that's what I should order and it was tasty. Fries and cole slaw were good too and w/ a soda for $10, it was worth it.
Went to Lucky's on Congress St. and if you've been to the Good Life, you know what you're in for. A refurbished old man bar with some sandwiches and home cooking entrees for pretty good prices. I had a veggie burger w/ port. mushroom and smoked provolone and fries ($8) which was decent, my friend had fried chicken fingers w/ mashed and veggie. No big deal, more of a drinking place.
We were gonna go to Kapow on Comm Ave. but it was very dark on a Sat. nite, so we headed across the street to Brown Sugar where we waited 20-30 min for a table. Got some chicken satay, dumplings, duck choo chee (I think) and "paradise vegetables". All very good in a nice atmosphere.
I already gave my West End Lounge review and mentioned dinner at Rustica which was our 2nd choice cuz Margo was doing a Xmas party. It's at the east side of Fanueil Hall, as cozy an atmosphere as you can get in that place and having to use the general facilities for all of F. Hall. It started out great with nice bread and a white bean/olive oil dip. Entree prices were reasonable but app. prices seemed high in comparison. My friend got polenta w/ pot roast over it (the polenta was awesome) and I got a super thick pork chop with a great sauce, a tiny bit of applesauce and cabbage (~$16 and $18). You could choose one side so I got carrots w/ maple butter which were good altho slightly underdone. Then we made the mistake of splitting dessert which we didn't need and we made the wrong choice I think. Hazlenut cake was more like a pie w/ shortbread crust and lots of nuts. Okay but not what I was looking for. Then I felt pretty miserable around 4:30 AM for a few hours so I don't know if it was a case of too much food or something setting it off (I skipped some of that pork cuz it looked a little too pink).
Last nite was the Bristol Lounge w/ 3 work friends trying to make up for our lack of a work Xmas party. That's got to be one of the best rooms in Boston altho they never seat us on the Boylston side of the room like I request. Arugula salad w/ a goat cheese crouton was great and our entrees of red snapper, pasta w/ seafood and some olive type sauce, risotto and beef tenderloin ($23-30) hit the spot for everyone. Passed up that amazing dessert buffet which you get for the price of a regular dessert when you eat dinner. I'm already planning a return trip to make up for it. Very professional service, the kind of place where they mix your drink at the table for you. Jazz combo in the background, fairly lively bar, I really like it there.
And there's always the Ideal Pizza on Centre St. in JP where you can get a small onion/green pepper pizza for $4.60. Such a deal.
So I took your advice and made it over to the Bristol Lounge last night for a drink and burger aserved couch side. The burger was very good -- but for 16 bucks, you'd think they could figure out a way to serve decent fries with it. The pianist playing jazz standards and a few Christmas tunes helped make up for the lousy fries. Most of the room is devoted to table service around couches or normal dining chairs. There is also a bar area that seemed crouded, underserviced, and too short for the number of people wanting to smoke cigars and schmooze. The service is good in the seated table area and the parties are spaced far from eachother (very difficult to ease-drop). This would be a great place to go for a drink w/ suited co-workers after work.