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Have to agree with those who are big on Prezza in the North End. Ate there Wed. nite and really liked it, even tho I just had a salad (baby spinach w/ pecorino and pancetta) and a portobello mushroom w/ polenta and goat cheese app. My friend had a small portion of gnocchi and an app and we really enjoyed it. The room is really pleasant and the waiter was nice. Entree prices are fairly high, apps were $9-12 or so.

Just visited my first Naked Fish (by the Arsenal Mall) and it was pretty good. I was surprised at how nice the room was, figured it'd look more chain-like. Got a mangorita which was huge and tasty, we split fried oysters and coconut fried calamari and they did a good job with the fryolater. I had almond crusted artic char w/ green beans and coconut rice (I was picturing Thai style but this was loose and dry), my brother had plantain coated red snapper and his wife had sea bass. Entrees were $15-20 and it was all done pretty well, seems like a dependable standby.

Went back to Barcode on Boylston St. for the first time since I had a major allergic reaction to either the tuna or mussels in a dish I had there (different chef/menu at that time). It was a Tues. nite but really quiet, esp. in the big dining room. Not sure if people only go to drink or what. Had a lobster club sandwich which was all right, split a mixed greens w/ goat cheese crouton salad and my friend had gnocchi. We split apple crisp for dessert but it was much too cold. Okay, not great.

Brunch at the Washington Sq. Tavern in Brookline today was all right. Got omelettes ($7.50) w/ cheddar, caramalized onions and red peppers and spinach, tomato and goat cheese. The omelettes were good, not too big but came with only fair home fries that were luke warm and one small piece of grilled toast with a spot of butter. Think I'll stick to dinner there.

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