Free food in Boston?
- Bob Dobalina Jan 3, 2008 08:42 AM
Was responding to another thread and recalled that when you order a sandwich at Falafel King on Winter Street, almost always you'll get handed a falafel dipped in hummus while your sandwich is prepared...yum!
Also, the apparent trend at the Brookline Pomodoro to give everyone a free dessert. (At least it seems to happen with some regularity).
Also, I don't think they still do it, but Namaskar in Davis used to start everyone off with a little non-alcoholic sweet appertif that had threads of saffron in it.
So free, sampled, customarily comped - where do you get free goodies at places in Boston?
(I guess the amuse bouche genre counts could be mentioned too, although I am thinking something that is not necessarily advertised/expected. Bar snacks I think definitely qualify too.)
We received free drinks (including a beer) at China Pearl in Quincy a couple of weeks ago, but my GF thought it was because we had been talking about my Web site a bit too loudly. ;-b
I can't think of too many free items off the top of my head other than the usual items (bread, tortilla chips, crackers, etc.). I do know that Armando's in Cambridge gives out free cookies to children, but the rest of us get nothing (except for great pizza!).
Do bread baskets count?
I was one admirer of the truffled popcorn at Om, but I wonder if that will continue now that the original chef is out. A very bad sign for that place.
The bar at Brasserie Jo offers an excellent crudite of julienned carrots in vinaigrette in addition to excellent baguette and butter.
Union Bar and Grille does that superb mini-skillet of cornbread, also with excellent butter.
Sage does foccaccia with a very fine fresh-tomato sauce, almost like a romesco.
Garlic/white bean dip with good bread at the Franklin Cafe.
At Taberna de Haro, I often get comped a plate of patatas ali oli, a cold, garlicky potato salad, and a very typical free tapa in Spanish tabernas. But I've been going there a long time; I don't think everyone gets this.
Free sangria at Angela's, the only way they can serve it without a license.
Hardboiled eggs at the bars of the B-Side, Brasserie Jo, and at least one other place that escapes me just now.
Ivy used to give free cones of gelato (more like ice cream) at the end of meals. I don't know if they still do.
South End Fromaggio always has great free cheese samples available
Less favorable, but....
Panera - free bite size bread samples
Fresh City (which I loathe) gives free cinammon pita chips