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Phantom Gourmet Card - Where Should I Eat?

Me and my g/f received a $100 Phantom Gourmet Gift Card for Christmas, and we're trying to figure out where to use it. We're open to any of the places on the list, so location doesn't matter.

The only things to consider - I am the hound - my g/f is really picky, and gets turned off by a lot of the "weird" stuff.

Here's a link with all the participating retaurants...


Thanks for all your help!

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  1. Does gf like southern soul food and jazz music (no gourmet fussy food, just good southern soul)? If so and for an awesome fun experience Bob's Southern Bistro (used to be Bob the Chef has a great Sunday Jazz Brunch. Check out their website. You'll enjoy red, beans and rice, fried chicken, ribs, eggs, bacon, typical breakfast stuff, collard greens, mac& cheese - AWESOME JAZZ MUSIC - great people. It's a great experience. We love it. But don't sit too close to the band up front unless you don't mind not talking to each other until your finished. :-)


    1. Since food isn't her thing (although the food is awesome here) at least the experience she'll get a kick out of (if she likes Jazz at all) the line starts when they open so get there early so you aren't standing out in the cold.

      1. Sonoma in Princeton is nice (and on the expensive side, so a gift card is good). Chloe in Hudson is also nice! I had really good experiences at both places.

        1. If you're the hound I would skip Bob's since the food is nothing to write home about. On that list, which is limited in the hound sense, I think the following would have some interesting things for you and simple items for your GF:

          Cafe D in Jamaica Plain. I've only been once but I really enjoyed my meal, the atmosphere and service. Here's some reviews from Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/x3HbJNeMS2Kkx...

          Sandrines in Cambridge. It's wonderful French restaurant right in Harvard Square. I love the food here. It would be a real treat for you and the simple entrees of chicken or filet would be enjoyable for your GF. Desserts are very good there, make sure to save room.

          Mamma Maria's in the North End would be my choice. It's a real treat. It's a beautiful space, romantic, terrific food... You'd spend over the $100 but it's a good place to splurge.http://www.mammamaria.com/index.html

          1. We would recommend, from the list you supplied, either Il Capriccio in Waltham or Pane e Vino in Providence.
            Wherever you decide, let us know.

            1. I agree, Mamma Maria's in the North End is fabulous but ........................you'll have a different fabulous experience at Bob's Southern Bistro. You can be hound and love Southern Soul Food - I think when Kittychow says "nothin to write home about" - might mean it's nothing fancy, gourmet. It's not, it's just awesome southern soul food that you may have to travel a lot further south to find. But it's the whole experience - food/music - that will make you go ahhhhhhhhhh!

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              1. re: lexpatti

                Goodness I don't care that it's not gourmet. Soul food shouldn't be. I do enjoy Bob's, but I don't think the food is awesome. I think the place is fun and I haven't had a *bad* meal there, I just haven't had a fabulous one there either. IF I had a $100 to throw at dinner I'd go some place that wasn't ordinarily in my budget...

                1. re: kittychow

                  I must be missing my New Orleans fix. Can't seem to find anything close to New Orleans (southern or cajun) up here! I should start a new topic, :-) And your right about the budget, I eat out whenever, where ever - when I should be thinking of my budget. This Vinny's at Night looks great, I love a new experience not just great food.

                  1. re: lexpatti

                    Funny. I've spent a lot of time in NOLA. Really tough to find sould food up here on par with all the little joints rollin' out good grub down there. There's a little place in Cambridge called the Coast Cafe that puts out pretty decent fried chicken, mac n cheese, collards (although they use smoked turkey rather than pork), and candied yams. Hole in the wall full of soulful goodness. Not NOLA style though... About now I'd give anything for one of Jacque-Imo's deep fried roast beef po-boys!

                    1. re: kittychow

                      Dont even tease me - I think if someone opened an authentic Po boy shop in New England - I alone would help it succeed. I've thought of it myself, not sure there's enough who appreciate it to support it though. We did recently find a good southern soul/bbq place in Manch, NH if I need a fix of that. They had a hard time introducing southern soul food to the area, they had to introduce it very slowly - now they are a big hit.

              2. I see Vinny's at Night on the list, a CH Boston board darling.

                The food is straight-up red sauce Italian, albeit done exceptionally well.

                The quirky location puts it over the top: the back of a Somerville convenience store. You literally walk past the bags of chips and packs of gum to get to the restaurant, nicely decorated once you're there.

                Great meal, great find. "Which is why Phantom call it...a Hidden Jewel."

                1. I'm a BBQ snob, so I'll I'll probably skip Bob's - Vinny's at Night sounds intriguing though...

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                  1. re: Biggie

                    Bob's isn't a BBQ place, but a southern soul place. Lots of good southern bbq places but hardly any southern soul. Either way, Vinny's looks awesome - I've read quite a few review. It's now on my list.

                  2. I would go to either Chloe in Hudson or Il Capricco in Waltham. Both places have a good mix of adventurous and more standard fare. I had the best darned mac and cheese of my life one night at Chloe, and Il Capriccio is romantic and pricey - the perfect place to go when you have a gift certificate. Both have excellent wine lists, also.