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Need Guidance on Wally's Cafe and Linwood Grill

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galleygirl Mar 17, 2002 08:38 PM

I can't believe I've never been to these places, but I have a guest coming to town this week, who likes live music and jazz...What's the best night to go to Wally's? When do things kick up? I know Linwood Grill posts their schedule, but what's the deal with food and music? Is it separate, or the same space, like Johnny D's? If you eat dinner, do you have a spot for music? And I know it's barbecue, but are there any fish options? Is the food worthwhile? I know there are hounds who frequent both places; pleaase help, I wannah show my friend a good time!

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    C. Simon RE: galleygirl Mar 18, 2002 07:16 AM

    Linwood: The place is split between a bar and a restaurant, which are in completely separate rooms with separate entrances. The music, so I have heard, (I have never been to see a band there) is generally "metal" or "alternative" and draws a fairly rowdy crowd.

    As for the food, because of it's nearby location, this is the restaurant I have probably frequented more than any other in Boston. I am persuaded that the barbecue, oddly, is the least hound-worthy aspect of the menu. I would stay away from it. Stick with the daily specials, which are almost always good. Additional hound-worthy items (Very good!) that come to mind:

    Catfish fingers
    Fritter of the day
    Codcakes
    Macaroni and Cheese
    Mashed sweet potatoes (one friend said he could live on these)
    Fried chicken (best I've found in Boston)

    Also, my fiance adores the buffalo shrimp salad, which, she confesses, is better some days than others. A little inconsistent.

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      chuck s RE: galleygirl Mar 18, 2002 08:43 AM

      Yes they do do fish and quite well. They (the grill, I haven't been to the bar) are always trying new and cutting edge kinds of things. Sometimes they work well, sometimes they don't, but I admire the place for being creative. Things are done with a Carribean flavor. The appetizers are also quite good, I often make a meal of just those. And don't forget the desserts, very yummy.

      Wally's is good most any time, but gets very crowded. Music is continuous and there is no cover.

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