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Must try side dishes and fave bread baskets

nasilemak Apr 5, 2008 02:27 PM

What are your favourite side dishes and bread basket currently served in the greater boston area?

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    VTtoMAtoCAfoodie RE: nasilemak Apr 5, 2008 04:43 PM

    I went to Excelsior during restaurant week, and they had a spice bread in their bread basket that was incredible. I also really like the bread basket at Henrietta's Table.

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      marilees RE: nasilemak Apr 6, 2008 02:47 PM

      L'Espalier's fig bread (not really in a basket, but...) and french bread from Petit Robert

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        treb RE: nasilemak Apr 6, 2008 03:16 PM

        I always like the bread basket at Capital Grille, I also like it at My Place in Rockport.

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          nightsky RE: nasilemak Apr 6, 2008 03:17 PM

          The Turkish bread and the bean salad they serve as a free appetizer at Brookline Family Restaurant in Brookline Village.

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            bachslunch RE: nasilemak Apr 7, 2008 02:09 PM

            Have really liked the bread basket at Sel de la Terre. Some of the steakhouses such as Abe & Louie's and Capital Grille also do good ones.

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              y2000k RE: nasilemak Apr 7, 2008 03:12 PM

              I like the bread basket at Upstairs on the Sq (Zebra Room).

              For side dish, I like the collard greens at Muqueca in Cambridge. They do an amazing job with it.

              1. maillard RE: nasilemak Apr 7, 2008 03:20 PM

                My favorite side dishes are the green beans at Eastern Standard, and the brussels sprouts at Green Street and Washington Square Tavern.

                1. Pia RE: nasilemak Apr 7, 2008 05:16 PM

                  I think Harvest in Harvard Square is overrated as a restaurant, but the bread basket never disappoints. Last time they had an assortment of four kinds of bread, including a traditional baguette, cornbread, and something resembling Irish soda bread that I had to physically move away from me so I wouldn't eat it all.

                  1. BobB RE: nasilemak Apr 8, 2008 06:17 AM

                    I'm a fan of the baked beans at Soul Fire. They're cooked in a sweetish sauce with bits of pulled pork mixed in. Not that fond of their mac & cheese, though, it's bland and boring.

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                      Joanie RE: BobB Apr 8, 2008 08:51 AM

                      Don't forget their collard greens.

                      I like the onion rings at Smith & Wollensky and Bartley's. Agree with the B. sprouts at Green St. Mac n cheese at Ivy is pretty good.

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                        Johnresa RE: Joanie Apr 8, 2008 09:47 AM

                        Yes...do not forget that...lol.

                        Soulfire has great collard greens...not as good as mine, but great nonetheless. ;-)

                    2. meaganl RE: nasilemak Apr 8, 2008 07:08 AM

                      I recently tried the mac & cheese at the Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill and thought it was outstanding!

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                        ade333 RE: meaganl Apr 8, 2008 07:35 AM

                        I agree- last week a group of 4 of us split the mac & cheese as an app at the MetBar in the Natick Mall. It was $6 for the 1/2 portion and very good. The burger bar is fun too- I can't get over the cute presentation of the fries that come out in a cone. And the sweet potato fries are addictive, a must try!

                      2. fmcoxe6188 RE: nasilemak Apr 8, 2008 08:20 AM

                        I really like the bread basket at Masa- varying types of butters and spreads- though the entrees are rather disappointing

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