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chefboyardee Aug 31, 2006 02:50 PM

Missed all of restaurant week b/c we could not get a babysitter, but have one tonight. Any ideas of new places or old favorites to try? Really open to anything, although a hole in the wall is probably not what the SO is looking for. Last night out was at Dante, and loved that. Been to Toro a while ago, also loved that, but probably not willing to deal with the wait/attitude tonight. Stella was OK, and the son of Mistral (forgot the name of restaurant) did not impress. Any ideas? We were thinking of Salts if we can get in, it has been a while since we where there. Thanks in advance.

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    twentyoystahs RE: chefboyardee Aug 31, 2006 02:53 PM

    My new favorite spot is Ten Tables in JP. Have had two outstanding meals there. The best night to go is on Wednesday, when they offer their $25 prix fixe, but apparently the $35 wine dinner on Tuesdays is good too. That being said, you could probably get in tonight without a problem. It's casual, and intimate, with delicious food and good service. A gem.

    1. mcel215 RE: chefboyardee Aug 31, 2006 02:55 PM

      I love Gargoyle's in Somerville.

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        anthonyd RE: chefboyardee Aug 31, 2006 03:14 PM

        I just went to Ten Tables a few weeks agao and had a wonderful meal. I had been years ago when they had a different chef, this was a much better meal. I can't wait to go again. Service was wonderful.

        1. Bob Dobalina RE: chefboyardee Aug 31, 2006 03:44 PM

          I went to Ten Tables recently also - It's pretty cramped, rather bustling, very good food, not quite the stratosphere, but I enjoyed it very much.

          That said, it is not on the level of fancy as Dante and Salts - not exactly a hole in the wall, but let's just say it emulates the neighborhood (which is a good thing!), and possibly not what you are looking for.

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            adams_jo RE: chefboyardee Aug 31, 2006 03:57 PM

            No attitude...best Florentine food in this country is at Trattoria Toscana in Fenway. Small and cozy.....if you're looking for over the top this is not it. Very modest but awesome pasta. Make sure they're not on summer vacation as I heard they temporarily shut down for lunch but not dinner.

            Had tons of fun and great flavors at Oleana. Kinda funky. Really good stuff....should be able to park across the street in a lot, which makes things easier.

            1. Joanie RE: chefboyardee Aug 31, 2006 05:11 PM

              If Salts doesn't work, maybe Rendezvous also in Central Sq. Eastern Standard after the game starts. Prezza in the north end. Avila's getting mixed reviews but new and a nice space.

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                sflory RE: chefboyardee Aug 31, 2006 05:36 PM

                I second Rendevous in Central Square, had a great meal there this spring, with really comfortable friendly service. Fresh food, prepared well, not too crazy.

                Tried OM in Harvard Square last night. Really pretty space and we were both really pleased with the food. Fun drink list.(not a bif fan of the truffled popcorn in place of a breadbasket) 2 cocktails, 2 glasses of (expensive) wine, 2 apps, 2 entrees, 1 dessert - ran us about $150. Less than I expected.

                Uni the sushi bar under Clio was wonderful when I tried it early summer. walked in off the street and sat at the sushi bar and they really treated us right with little special extra treats the chefs were trying (comp'ed us some Kobe beef dumplings, yum) I am not a huge sushi fan either, but they take it up a notch.

                We ate at Dante last week too - really enjoyed it. Waiter a bit too earnest, but otherwise good.

                1. MaggieMuffin RE: chefboyardee Aug 31, 2006 07:35 PM

                  Pigalle still has restaurant week on this week if you want to try there. I ate there was night, and it was worth the trip.

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                    FoodFool RE: chefboyardee Sep 1, 2006 04:03 PM

                    We recently had remarkably wonderful meals at EVOO on Hampshire St. in Cambridge. Went there for the second time with out-of-town company, who are great travelers and foodies, and they agreed it was wonderful, and wine list excellent.

                    We are great fans of Oleana, and believe it to be one of the best restaurants in New England, as well. The meal at EVOO was one of the best we have had since having our minds blown in France. No kidding!

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