Lineage and Eastern Standard
Last night we decided to try Lineage in Coolidge Corner since we live only ~15 minute walk away and had heard good things from a friend. Overall, I would call it good, but not great. We split an appetizer of wood fired pizza with mushrooms and potatoes. This was really tasty on a nice crisp crust. I would totally go back to the bar and order this as my dinner with a glass of wine or cocktail. For entrees I had Irish Sea Trout (like a slightly milder version of Atlantic salmon) - the fist was very nicely cooked and had just the right amount of salt (although the fish itself could have used a bit more pepper or some other spice). It came with a rather odd combination of ingredients which worked well, but did not quite reach the level of being awesome - little potato and herb "beignets" (these were really good, but to be honest did not quite fit in with the rest of the stuff), roasted cauliflower, pomegranate seeds and butternut squash puree (which was very creamy). DH had sirloin steak with greens, mushrooms and potatoes. It looked good (and cooked rare as ordered). We split the butterscotch pudding for dessert, which was good, but not quite as good as the butterscotch pie I had a Caffe Umbra a while ago... Our waitress was nice, but seemed a little green. So, the verdict, it was tasty but I can think of some other restaurants in this price range I would rather go back to instead of this one for dinner. However, as I mentioned above, I would very much be up for going back for some pizza or other appetizers at the bar.
After dinner, we met up with a friend at Eastern Standard for some delicious cocktails. This time around I tried the Pegu Club (gin, bitters, orange and lime) - nice and tart - and the Red Hook (rye, maraschino, probably something else and the world's most awesome cherry at the bottom). I love how willing the bartenders are to make suggestions for new things to try. I think my other favorite that I stole sips of was the Frisco (which the menu described as a west coast sidecar).
I got to Lineage a little bit and always have a good time. I was over there the other night with a friend. The halibut with gnocchi, corn and chantrelles was a knockout, and the steak was great.
My one complaint about the place was more service-oriented: runner dropped our oysters, simply said 'oysters,' and was gone before we could ask what kind they were. I expect a better job on the presentation -- imagine if the cheese plate was dropped at yr. table and the server simply said 'cheese', you know?