Edamame and Fries at Harvard Gardens (!)
I had some surprisingly great stuff at Harvard Gardens last night. I've never been a HG hater, in fact I had a roast chicken there once that I thought gave Hammersley's a run for its money. But generally, it is a basic comfort food place that is fine if you're in the neighborhood, but nothing to go out of the way for.
But I had some edamame last night there that was out of this world. Salt and peppered, yes, but something else I'm embarrassed to say I could not identify, which totally worked. And they had some truffle-oil-drizzled-and-parmesan french fries that have got to be way up there in the french fry food chain.
Also had the mac and cheese, which I've always thought was excellent. For "regular" mac and cheese, I think it is the best around, better than Silvertone's and others I've had. (Note: by "regular", I mean not fancified by truffle oil, or lamb, or anything like that. North Street Grille had the best "fancy" mac and cheese I've had.)
They have a cocktail which they call a "French 75". It is not like any French 75 I've had, but it was good: Hendricks gin, lemon juice, champagne, and I think triple sec, IIRC.
The caesar salad was edible.
The brunch at HG is surprisingly good, and inexpensive. I recently had a make your own omelette with a healthy dose of whatever you wanted inside (and the price includes all ingredients so you really can get whatever you want). The dish came with really good home fries that have tasty onions and parmesan cheese on top and a side of bacon for like $8.50. Also, it is never crowded for brunch whereas other places in the area (BHB, Paramount, Panificio) often have lines out the door.