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Dining and entertainment combined?

chowciao Jan 24, 2007 06:22 AM

Where's a good place in the metro Boston area that has a great dinner and entertainment combination?

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    lexpatti RE: chowciao Jan 24, 2007 06:40 AM

    r u talking like a dinner show, like a mystery dinner theatre. Or just dining with some music too?

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      chowciao RE: lexpatti Jan 28, 2007 02:56 PM

      Hmm..I guess a bit of all the above...just something interesting to go along w/dining. Not a club-goer (outgrown that, I guess), but like the idea of something to see/do along w/or after the meal. Thanks!

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        lexpatti RE: chowciao Jan 29, 2007 07:26 AM

        If you love Jazz and Southern food, see my comment and website below for a great time at Bob's Southern Bistro. Love this place. Upcoming Fat Tuesday is a great time - crowded!!! People enjoying good food, good music.

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      DoubleMan RE: chowciao Jan 24, 2007 06:44 AM

      MEDIEVAL TIMES!!!!!!!!!

      Boston, thankfully, doesn't go in for that food/entertainment combo.

      Some places, such as Les Zygomates, have jazz during dinner. Lucky's has a Sinatra brunch.

      Another option may be to get tickets at the A.R.T. and then take advantage of one of the restaurant deals at Harvard Sq. restaurants for ticket holders----usually a $30-40 3-course dinner with a glass of wine at Conundrum, Craigie St. or Upstairs.

      1. Chris VR RE: chowciao Jan 24, 2007 08:06 AM

        The belly dancer at Karoun in Newton! Food is good, belly dancer is fun, and they even let the brithday boy wear the fez if he asks nicely. Or at least they did for our party. We really enjoyed it.

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          ShakeNBake RE: Chris VR Jan 28, 2007 06:19 PM

          The belly dancing and the food are MUCH better at the Middle East in Cambridge. The Karoun staff are not the most welcoming.

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            limster RE: ShakeNBake Jan 28, 2007 07:43 PM

            I found the waitstaff at Karoun for our table very patient and welcoming; might be a matter of individual waitstaff, rather than a universal trait of the restaurant.

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              Chris VR RE: limster Jan 29, 2007 04:43 AM

              Same here. But Middle East is a good suggestion too!

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          mud RE: chowciao Jan 24, 2007 08:25 AM

          I was at Cesaria in Dorchester on a Saturday night and they had a lovely Cape Verdean crooner. Food was good too!

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            joneats RE: chowciao Jan 24, 2007 08:48 AM

            DoubleMan we don't have Medieval Times but we do have the medieval manor - www.medievalmanor.com in the south end. you know, if you're into that type of thing.

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              DoubleMan RE: joneats Jan 24, 2007 08:59 AM

              Oops, my bad. Wrote the wrong name.

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                MC Slim JB RE: joneats Jan 24, 2007 09:30 AM

                Medieval Manor is still open? I live around the corner from there, and I just assumed it met with a much-deserved demise years ago. I'd love to see a post from someone who's been in more recently that 15 years ago.

                Belly dancing can also be found at the Middle East and at Tangierino. DJs and food at The Enormous Room, at Middlesex Lounge, and at River Gods. I haven't seen it lately, but Central Kitchen occasionally had performers, like one guy and an acoustic guitar.

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                  ElizabethHenton RE: MC Slim JB Jan 24, 2007 10:48 AM

                  central kitchen then head upstairs to the enormous room

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                fenian RE: chowciao Jan 28, 2007 06:25 PM

                I was walking past a Cambridge jazz club and BBQ place called Ryles tonight, and wondered what people on chowhound thought about it. it was packed with people. i figure the food must not be good, because i've never seen it mentioned on here. but i'm curious if anybody has any opinions.

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                  MC Slim JB RE: fenian Jan 28, 2007 07:23 PM

                  It does get mentioned once in a great while. It's called Mitch's, and it's of the "grilling with burned-on finishing sauce" school of so-called barbecue, no slow smoke cooking that I can taste. Not a dining destination. Ryles is a fine little jazz club otherwise.

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                    yumyum RE: fenian Jan 29, 2007 01:45 PM

                    Ryles is packed for the music, definitely not the food. That's a shame ... it's a cool little place.

                    To the OP's question, I like brunch at the Plough and Stars anytime, but its especially good when they have music in the background. Not all the time, and I don't have a schedule, but it's a good one.

                    And Sagra, the new restaurant going into the 400 Highland space in Davis, will have Sinatra-like crooners when it opens. Not sure if that's a good thing, but I would *love* some good simple Italian food in that locale. I've been to a real Sagra (community or town supper) in Italy, so the name gives me some hope.

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                      chowciao RE: yumyum Jan 31, 2007 06:23 AM

                      I think something like Sagra sounds very intriguing. I'll have to check it out when it opens. Thanks!

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                    jenga RE: chowciao Jan 28, 2007 08:32 PM

                    i love going to bob's southern bistro. great southern food and jazz!

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                      lexpatti RE: jenga Jan 29, 2007 07:12 AM

                      I second this. I love this place. It's great southern food and excellent Jazz!!! I'm not sure about dinner and Jazz - I always do their Jazz Brunch on Sundays. Do they have the entertainment and regular menu on other nights (because I do love their menu too)? I should check out their website again. Here's for those that want it tooo


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                        jenga RE: lexpatti Mar 9, 2007 08:02 AM

                        i believe they have a new website: http://www.bobssouthernbistro.com/

                        they definitely have dinner and jazz thursday through saturday.

                    2. Bob MacAdoo RE: chowciao Jan 29, 2007 08:04 AM

                      Bob's does not have live music every night - just Thursday-Saturday nights, plus jazz brunch. They also have a live show early on Monday nights with Berklee profs and their guests but that only takes place during the semester. A jazz buff friend of mine swears the Monday night gigs feature the best jazz jams in Boston.

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                        lexpatti RE: Bob MacAdoo Jan 29, 2007 11:48 AM

                        very good to know. thanks. I'm booking the Fat Tuesday gig - went last year. Great time.

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                          Dax RE: Bob MacAdoo Jan 29, 2007 01:52 PM

                          You can always walk down the street to Wally's for jazz (and no cover, but 2 drink minimum). Usually Berklee students playing or one of the usual groups. Pretty good. Get there before 9 to get a table.

                        2. finlero RE: chowciao Jan 29, 2007 12:10 PM

                          The quality of the food at Johnny D's in Davis Square is rather widely debated on this board. You might think of it as upscale-yuppie-hippie-pub fare. Burgers made with hormone-free Coleman beef, Ceasar salad with Bell and Evans chicken, etc.

                          Some people find the food bland and/or poorly executed. Personally, I rather enjoy their burger and seasoned fries; ditto their mixed green salad with champagne vinaigrette. Good quality ingredients, with the cooking staff avoiding attempted heroics, but doing a fine job of playing it safe.

                          Regardless, the main draw here isn't the food, insomuch as the eclectic live music. Their January lineup alone features rock, folk, jazz, blues, calypso, Cajun, salsa, and a number of in-betweens. I'd venture to say that in the pantheon of venues around town offering dinner and a show, their food is pretty high on the tolerability scale.

                          While I've not yet personally experienced their jazz brunch, I've seen more consistently positive sentiments about the food here than at dinner.

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