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Aug 15, 2007 02:53 PM

Summer produce driven menus?

I finally have a night available (Sun, Aug. 26) to enjoy a summer dinner in Boston, Cambridge, surrounding areas. I'm looking for a place where the menu changes very frequently to accommodate the produce as it comes available. Open to tasting menus, even sitting at the bar and hopping around a couple of places to try some great dishes. (I have actually even considered trying to get up to Arrows as I've heard so much about the garden and mnu there but that might be a bit much). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. My very favorite seasonal cooking in town is at Craigie Street Bistrot in Cambridge.

    The prix fixe menu changes nightly, and nearly everything on the menu is produced locally (not to mention organic and/or biodynamic). The pinnacle of this is the "chef's whim" menu, available on Wednesday and Sunday nights after 9:00; at $55 for six courses, it's also fairly reasonably priced for Boston's fine dining scene.

    Nearly all of this board's high-end favorites have a fairly high degree of seasonal awareness. A few of my top picks along these lines: Salts, Chez Henri, Clio, No. 9 Park, Troquet, Hamersley's, the Blue Room. I'm sure others can add many, many more great choices to the list.

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    1. re: finlero

      I had been thinking about Craigie Street, esp. the "chef's whim" menu. Do yo know if there is any flexibility in what is offered i.e. no organ meat, etc.?

      1. re: CanIHaveABite

        Beyond vegetarian-only (which is not only fine, but actually something I'd seek out there, especially this time of year), I'm not entirely sure, but I suspect they would accommodate you.

        When I called to reserve a table for the whim recently, I was asked if there were "any dietary restrictions" they should know about, but seeing as no one in my party had any, I didn't pursue the point.

      2. re: finlero

        You can probably make a no organ meat request. When we did the chef's whim menu, we had to req no cream or cheese (butter ok) because of a particular allergy, and they were so kind and accomodating. It was one of the best meals I can remember. (Also: I never would have ordered organ meat, but it came at the whim of the chef, and it was excellent. Perhaps go ahead and give it a try?)