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Mar 24, 2008 09:47 PM

Odd Request

Taking the girlfriend out to dinner Saturday. Both sort of foodies and have hit up alot of the better restaurants around the city. After a recent (minor) surgery, date is in a sling for a couple weeks and feels very awk. about eating with one hand, etc. Any suggestions on good places that might be a little more fun/finger-foody for this reason, or something else that would fit the circumstances? I was thinking maybe Barking Crab, but I appreciated.

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  1. Ethiopian food is the first thing that comes to mind. You use a flat, spongy bread (injera) as a utensil to scoop various things. Addis Red Sea gets good reviews.

    It's also perfectly okay to eat sushi rolls with your fingers, as well.

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    1. re: Prav

      Sushi is a good idea.

      Allstonian fell on the sidewalk on her way to work the morning after that ice storm we had last month and dislocated her left shoulder. The next day (Valentine's Day, as it happens), we met for lunch at Gitlo's on her way back from her doctor's appointment, and she had little problem eating dim sum with her dominant arm in a sling. But that might depend on how expert your girlfriend is with chopsticks.

      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        I have a good friend (first generation SE asian from a culture that doesn't use chopsticks) who consistently likes to eat at asian restaurants, but is not handy with chopsticks. I bought her a pack of 'cheater' chopsticks (joined at the top, like tongs) in their own carryalong sheaths. They work well with both sushi and dim sum.

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          To be honest, I came in wearing the sling but wasn't able to eat comfortably with it and took it off. Luckily I had that option - it doesn't sound like maxinboston's girlfriend does. He didn't mention whether the arm in a sling was the dominant one, but I wouldn't recommend trying to use chopsticks with the "wrong" hand.

          That said, I think that sushi and Ethiopian food are both great ideas.

        2. re: Prav

          Besides sushi, there's tapas too. Bite size tasty treats and it'd be a nice nite out. You almost need two hands to deal with scooping the food into the bread for Ethiopian food but maxin could help with that I suppose.

          1. re: Joanie

            Dali comes to mind for some good tapas.

            1. re: Joanie

              Don't use two hands at the Ethiopian (or other north African) resto - cultural taboo.

          2. Thanks for the feedback! We're both sushi fiends, so I'm trying to do something a little different. Tapas sounds like the way to go... what do you guys think of Toro vs. Dali? I've been to the first but never made it out to Dali.

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            1. re: maxinboston

              Only been to Toro twice and Dali once but I think T. is the better one. More of a hip atmosphere as opposed to a little more Spanish feeling at Dali if that makes a difference.

            2. Having been in both sling and cast at various times in my life, I'll add my two cents. First off, it sound like it's her dominant hand that's affected, which means she's eating with her less-coordinated hand. That said, you might do best with just your normal faves where she can order something appropriate. With just a fork, chunky pasta shapes (e.g., penne or gnocchi) work well, fish is easy to "cut," etc. In general, "finger food" isn't necessary -- just food that doesn't have to be cut (obvs. a two-handed operation) or isn't too messy (I found it bothersome to have my one good hand wind up completely greasy).

              Good luck.