Lunch at Locke Ober
We're doing a bunch of high end dining before our kid is due and started off with lunch at Locke-Ober yesterday. I've lived around Boston the majority of my life and had never eaten there or even walked down Winter Place and looked in the window, so felt I must. It's gorgeous old school carved wood and flip-out bar stools around the edges and hoped it would be a cozy place for some warm fare on a winter's day...but it felt a bit stiff. I think if it were full of people it might feel a little more clubby in that old steak house kind of way. There were only two other parties there and they looked rather used to eating there.
I ate the JFK lobster stew, as it seemed the thing to try (and I figured I could at least evoke the MLK era somehow if eating in super whiteyville on MLK Day, lol), and I had a baby greens salad with a fried puffball of goat cheese. The food was all very fresh and expertly cooked, but certainly not particularly interesting. The stew was more of a bisque with chunks of lobster (no other chunks of things) and was delicious, but proved painfully rich for my digestive system. My hubby had the steak sandwich and said it was delicious and a friend had the charred salmon which was perfectly cooked with a very distinct but non-cloying soy taste. They served excellent coffee.
(Two older men at the bar shouted "Aren't you going to come back and say hello?!" after a friend and I walked by on our return from the bathroom, so I figure the drinks must be plenty strong if they're hitting on younger, obviously pregnant women, lol.)
The steak sandwich arrived underneath an artfully airy nest of delicious fried vegetable strands, which were more entertaining and much lighter than a pile of fries would have been. I'd say I was pretty pleased with the whole thing, but definitely more so if I ignored the cost. $18 sandwiches require a certain suspension of disbelief.