Sorriso, Donuts and more
Haven't gone out much since returning from vacation but made up for it this weekend. Took the drive to Medford to check out Donuts with a Difference on Sat. and they were good but I'll stay closer to home with Diane's in Roslindale. Old fashioned was light and not too greasy, which isn't necessarily a good thing since I like a little more grease with my donuts. I went off my beaten track with a jelly donut (haven't had one in years) and that was fine. But damn, I'm jealous of the Californians w/ a donut joint on every other corner. And they all have maple frosted old fashioned which isn't carried much around here.
Went to Sorriso on South St. with my brother Sat. nite and as you might imagine, it was quiet with no downtown work scene. The hostess made it sound like the dining room was gonna fill up with large parties and folks had to sit in the bar area but only one arrived and there was still plenty of room. We prefer the bar anyway and enjoyed the nice relaxing space, plus we had a great bartender who was a lot of fun. I had a pear "martini" which she had to look up the directions for, he had a real one. Small plate of fried artichokes to start and they were great. Caesar was very good tho on the small side. We then had mussels that had some chili in there which I didn't catch but C. sure did. None of the entrees really grabbed us so we split the lobster pasta dish (they won't make half orders) and that was only okay. I didn't read the description enough I guess cuz I didn't expect a sauce w/ tomatoes. Lobster seemed a little overcooked but there was a fair amount of it. It wasn't worth $27 tho while the other dishes ($7-11) were more fairly priced. The high point was an amazing choc. bread pudding that even the non dessert eater ate half of (actually, he says he's not a dessert eater but does a good job every time I order it). It came with whipped cream and I asked for some vanilla ice cream. They only had a few flavors, vanilla wasn't one of them, I went with mascarpone which they charged $2 for. It was all good tho. C. ordered a bottle of white that I wasn't familar with, came to $126 w/ tax. We had a fun time even with only one other guy at the bar (nice guy from Jacksonville) and liked the place a lot even tho the meal didn't knock out socks off.
Grabbed a late lunch at the Independent in Union Sq. Sun. where I was the only person. It was on the cold side in there and I kind of regretted not going to a warm cafe, but they served a decent Sun. lunch from 2-5 and had stuff that sounded good. I went with a pressed roast chicken & grilled onion sandwich w/ fries for $9. Sandwich was nicely grilled but there seemed to be the tiniest shreds of only dark meat chicken. Fries seemed a little overdone, a little old maybe. I asked for a side of mayo and was surprised to see a small charge for aioli when the bill came. So it was okay and I've got the second half of the sandwich for lunch, but not great.
We had a casual Easter brunch last week at Paparazzi in Copley Sq. where I enjoy their reasonably priced brunch that includes a bellini or mimosa. I knew we wouldn't need a reservation and we sat right down at 1:30. I however ordered the wrong thing this time. It said chicken hash benedict and I was envisioning something like Charlie's turkey hash but it was stew-like. This is the second time I've ordered a hash that looks more like stew to me (happened at Sabur too). Not what I wanted with my eggs and english muffins. Friends had steak & eggs and steak benedict and they enjoyed it. They also served breadsticks, foccacia and blueberry bread, so it was more than enough food for $9.95-$14.95.
My usual stops by Canto 6 in JP have prdouced a tasty almond croissant, lemon/raspberry scone and smoked turkey sandwich on pepper brioche. That was a nice twist to the sandwich.
I really wanted to try a pizza cuz I'd heard good things but he wasn't into that. Nor the risotto croquettes which the bartender talked up. Supposedly the pastry chef is the chef's wife and they have a little competition going on. Definitely a cool place to hang out, munch on a few things and drink wine in big glasses.
His wife is also the pastry chef at Les Zyg - or she was on my last visit a few months ago. They're an interesting duo. Being a football fan you'll want to check out their Monday night pizza specials during the season. Hopefully they'll do it again this year. $5 pies and a fun bar scene, far from the typical sports bar environment. The pizza and risotto balls are both terrific. I'd also add the buffalo mozzarella to the must-try list. It's the best I've had in the city; Fresh light, a teeny bit salty. Melt in your mouth amazing.
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