Review of our first weekend in Boston
First of all I want to thank everyone for the wonderful recommendations that I received from this board. After a long, rainy drive from Rochester, NY we finally arrived at our hotel around 7:30, hopped on the T and decided to go somewhere in the North End for dinner. After walking around for a bit we finally decided on Taranta. We had an absolutely wonderful meal! We started with a caprese salad, very nice fresh mozz. My boyfriend ordered the pork chop, I couldn't believe the size of it when they brought it out. It was perfectly cooked and wonderfully seasoned, the sauce that it was served with was bit sweet for my taste, but he nearly finished the entire thing. After debating between the gnocchi's with lamb ragu or the lobster and crab stuffed raviolis, I decided on the gnocchi's. They were a bit heavier than I would have liked but the lamb ragu was wonderful on a cold rainy night. I did leave wishing I had ordered the ravioli's. Our server recommended a wonderful, spicy red blend I really wish I could remember the name of it, I would love to have a bottle on my wine rack. At first our server was hard to find when we wanted him, but after a few minutes at our table the guy on the internet date at the table next to us was so obnoxious I can understand why he wanted to stay away (come to find out that he had been there boring his date since 5:30, they didn't leave until after 10). Once that couple left we enjoying laughing at him with our server and the host.
We got a little bit of a late start and had a time crunch on Saturday, they moved the Bruins game up because of the Sox. No matter, we did all the touristy stuff we could fit in and stopped at Galleria Umberto for lunch. Their pizza was good, I don't know if it was 40-minute wait good. Next time I want to try whatever those balls were and a calzone when we have more time. After the game we wanted to try and get to over to the Fenway area as quick as we could just to take in the atmosphere. The only bar that wasn't at capacity an hour and half before game was Jillian's and we just managed to make it in there before the line started. Beer filled us up until the game got out of hand then we grabbed some sausages from the vendors for dinner. Oh how I wish we had those vendors back home.
After our long day on Saturday we got another late start on Sunday. I was a little nervous when we got to Parrish Cafe at 11:45 and there was a line out the door, thankfully they just hadn't opened yet and were able to get a table out on the patio. I ordered The Rialto, now I've never had a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with fresh mozzarella, but I really must try to recreate it at home. The pesto and garlic rub were what made the sandwhich. My boyfriend ordered the Meatloaf Club, it was rather entertaining watching him try to fit it into his mouth without making 2 sandwiches out of it. We spent the rest of the day around Harvard and the Head of the Charles, sadly I didn't research that area at all so I didn't know where to go. We split a bowl of Chowda in bread bowl to tide us over until we could get to Albany where I had to drop my boyfriend off and continue the rest of the drive alone.
All in all we had a wonderful trip and really enjoyed our meals. The one thing we were disappointed with was that we didn't have enough time to try Neptune Oyster, that was on our must-do list, but sports got in the way. Oh well, now we have someplace to start for our next visit.
Another thanks for a great report.
You are not too far away, and will hopefully return and get to Neptune.
Food travel planning is one of many reasons I love this site.
It is just this sort of up-to-the minute, am in the neighborhood now, insight into places to try that has been valuable to me as well.
My boyfriend and I took a week vacation to Washington DC in February and I think every meal we ate with the exception of Kinkead's were taken from recommendations off of this site (ane we enjoyed every one). Kinkead's my boyfriend heard a lot about in culinary school so that was on the list even before I found Chowhounds. Thank you all again!
If you come back to Boston, the Kinkeads have a restaurant here called Sibling Rivalry which are the two Kinkead brothers offering a two-sided menu every night. Each side represents one brother's choice of cooking styles.
I've never been, but I have heard people enjoy the experience. I do know it is on the expensive side.