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sharpless Oct 1, 2006 10:05 PM

Hounds - I'm headed to Inman Sq. for a friend's birthday celebration. I seem to remember some negative things said about ECG on this board in the past, but since I'm going what should I opt for?

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    ace1317 RE: sharpless Oct 1, 2006 10:16 PM

    Stay away from the more expensive cuts of steak and everything is great. My favs are the brisket, any fish, and be sure to try the ribs (you can get a 1 bone sample for a couple bucks) and the plantains with mango chutney.

    And if you get the chance to go for brunch, the duck rellenas are one of the best dishes I've ever had.

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      Gabatta RE: sharpless Oct 2, 2006 12:19 AM

      Fish Tacos. Wet Bones.

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        LauraB RE: sharpless Oct 2, 2006 03:20 AM

        I really liked the tuna sausage dumplings from the blackboard menu a week or so ago.

        1. tatamagouche RE: sharpless Oct 2, 2006 10:27 AM

          Hm, not sure what you're thinking of, because if you just use the search engine to look for ECG posts you'll mostly find oodles of highly positive reports.

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            Blumie RE: sharpless Oct 2, 2006 08:42 PM

            I love, love, love ECG, but find that the appetizers make me happier than the entrees. The tuna tacos, the aforementioned dumplings, the by-the-bone ribs, the buffalo shrimp, the fried fish tacos (when they have them). You just can't go wrong. I also love their burnt ends sandwich. My typical meal there nowadays is 2-3 appetizers, or an appetizer and the burnt ends sandwich.

            They also recently changed their beer-on-tap selection, and other than the fact that they've added Miller Lite, they now have some more interesting selections, including a seasonal Pumpkin Ale (I don't think that it's really made with pumpkin!) that I tried last night and really enjoyed.

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              DavisSquare RE: Blumie Oct 3, 2006 07:02 PM

              What he said. Seriously, that's a little scary since it's my exact ordering strategy. Absolutely the best non-special I've had there is the tuna tacos. Sometimes I'm tempted to get two orders.

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              curiousbaker RE: sharpless Oct 3, 2006 06:09 PM

              Personally, I love ECG, but don't like the BBQ plates. At. all. But if I steer clear of the brisket, ribs and so on, ECG is my favorite restaurant. Favorite dishes include: black and blue tuna, pasta with lobster and sausage, fried plaintains, the BBQ oysters. As a rule of thumb, the fish is all good. And I love the roasted banana splie for dessert. They also make a mean planter's punch, and the "tranquillo" (pineapple and vanilla infused rum) is great.

              1. heathermb RE: sharpless Oct 3, 2006 06:16 PM

                I had the braised short rib on Saturday night and was pretty disappointed. While the polenta on which the meat was served was good, it was pretty greasy and not great.

                The meat itself was almost inedible. It was very, very tough and stringy and took so long to chew each bite that I gave up about 1/4 of the way through.

                As it was my only disappointing meal at ECG (and my first non-seafood meal there) I'll absolutely go back but stick to fish and oysters next time.

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                  Mr.Og RE: sharpless Oct 3, 2006 06:19 PM

                  I echo the sentiment on the appetizers generally being more interesting. I love to get a couple Wet Bones and the mussel appetizer.

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                    fenian RE: sharpless Oct 3, 2006 08:34 PM

                    Their plantains are terrific and the bartenders do a great job with the cocktails. I think, overall, that the restaurant is more fun than good--I'd order all small dishes and drinks. Don't love the tuna tacos because of too much marinade, but they're pretty good.

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