Deluxe, Taste of India, Jose's
Made it back to the Deluxe in the South End early on a Wed. evening so the crowd wasn't a problem. Pretty cool eating at a place where nothing's over $10 on the menu. Got the grilled cheese on a nice hearty grain bread. It also had tomatoes and more unusual, figs but it was a very tasty combination. It came w/ cole slaw that was a little too sweet for my taste but a good supper for $6.95. My friend had calamari and pasta in a spicy sauce. You've got to deal with smoke there tho.
That was the last meal I could taste after my cold really kicked in and even spicy Indian food didn't clear things up the next nite. We tried Taste of India by Northeastern which bills itself as Bangladesh cuisine. Split the fried potato patties, onion naan and a shrimp curry that was supposedly Bangladesh style (and came with rice). I could feel the spice but can't comment on the taste. But my friend really enjoyed it and said it was his best Indian food experience out of about 5 tries. Prices were pretty good altho the shrimp dishes were relatively high ($15.95; apps $2.50-5). It's a very nice, kind of fancy room but only 5 other people were there. Hopefully they do good Symphony business at least.
Sat. we tried a little hole in the wall called Jose's on Sherman St. in Cambridge, kind of behind Alewife (very off the beaten track area for me). It was typical tex mex, funky interior, pleasant service. But we asked for hot salsa and it tasted less spicy than half the stuff I get out of a jar. My taste had returned so I could tell that the chili was okay and the chimichanga was huge but not spicy. I'd read a review in Cheap Eats of an Indian place where the expert said "if this is medium, I wonder what hot is like". We wondered if this is spicy, I wonder what mild is like. The margerita was decent, flan was tasteless (or was that me?), no reason to go out your way for this place.