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Help deciding between Rendezvous, Troquet, Salts, EVOO

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We finally got a sitter and are eagerly anticipating a nice night out w/o the toddler. Originally we were going with Craigie (been there before) but they are not open on Monday. Then we thought about going to Neptune (and old pre baby haunt), but wife is pregnant again so no raw oysters and no drinking! Have also been to L'Espalier, Clio, No.9. But a little too pretentious for us. I understand Troquet is often lumped with them but are willing to give it a try if it is worth it. So our other choices are narrowed to Rendezvous, Troquet, Salts, EVOO. Haven't been to any of them - any thoughts?
Thanks.

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  1. You could get that deal and a half tasting menu at Evoo on a weeknight, worth checking out. They're all good.

    1. //Then we thought about going to Neptune (and old pre baby haunt), but wife is pregnant again...//

      Must be all those oysters! :)

      Out of all the places you mentioned, I'd go with Salts, especially if you haven't been before. Rendezvous would be my second choice from your picks.

      1. I like Troquet a lot; but they're also closed Mondays.

        1. I'd second EVOO. It's one of my favorite restaurants in the entire area. The tasting menu is a good deal---they usually slip in an extra plate in there.

          1. Oh darn! I just called Salts and EVOO. They are all closed on the 1st of January. Oh well - I guess Rendezvous it is.

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            1. re: jayk

              Well, as third choices go, it's a real good one. I think you'll like the food a lot.

            2. You are not settling- Rendezvous is great and seems to perfectly fit the guidelines you set out. If I get over there this week, I'll order:

              Salad of chilled lobster, avocado and citrus vinaigrette 12

              Braised lamb shank with rosemary, green peppercorns and potato mousseline 25

              They have a way with Lamb and over the years I have learned to savor Steve Johnson's way with a composed salad.

              1. Thanks for your suggestions - I was just looking at the menu. Looking forward to a good meal!

                1. agreed that you're not settling w/Rendezvous. they do a great job, and the food is certainly good enough to warrant a special night out. next time you get a sitter, though, troquet is far and away *my* favorite restaurant in boston. i have dreams about their suckling pig. also, they are a great deal less pretentious than 9park or clio, with a much prettier room and better wine list. *shrug* not really a contest, imho. not to denigrate those other places at all, of course...

                  1. I couldn't agree more with your feelings for Troquet. The food is great and the wine selection is killer.