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Apr 26, 2008 05:35 AM

Kingston Station

A friend lives down the street from Kingston Station and last night, before heading out for the evening we stopped in for a quick drink. At 7:30 it was not crowded -- there were a few people at the bar and not many eating at tables. Not sure if they get a later crowd, as we never made it back later on. The drinks were pretty good and the service was fast and efficient. I can't attest much to the food, we only tried the truffle fries. They were excellent. Very thick fries, unlike the really thin ones you find elsewhere and not at all soggy. They came with a really good aioli. Overall, it was a great little find. It may not be fantastic, but for a place to go for a quick drink or a quick bite to eat, it was not bad at all.

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  1. I really like it there. I usually go at lunch so I can't speak how the dinner service is. I have found the food, drinks and wait staff all to be great and haven't had a bad meal in the four or five times I have been there.

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    1. re: TomH

      I like the staff as well. The head bartender worked at Johnny D's for years. Not sure if he's still there. I've met the owner, Ky, a few times. He's super nice. As for the food, it's good, not great, but definitely $ for what it actually is.

    2. It's a typical Fanueil Hall meat market scene on weekend nights, a lot of very drunk young adults looking for short-term romance, so I had very low expectations for the food, but it is surprisingly good. I got a great prime flank steak frites for about $18. Decent not great bartending, some fair plonky wines. I hope to try it again sometime on a weeknight.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        i was there on a saturday night at 11 and it was dead... maybe i was there on a slow night?

        fries are great! and i love the grapefruit martinis.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Maybe the crowds are college kids, hence home for the summer or moved on.

          Also, a correction: the late-night $18 steak frites is prime skirt, not flank. I don't think I've seen many prime-grade versions of more modest cuts like that. A good deal.

        2. I went to Kingston Station a couple of Friday nights ago, and I had a fantastic meal. The Shrimp Scampi with Israeli couscous was out of this world, and the Steak Frites is one of the top 2 I have ever had (and very reasonably priced at $24 for a huge portion!) I don't usually like Salmon and would never order it out, but I was convinced and so happy I did. It was a nice thick fillet cooked to perfection, and the lime risotto that accompanied it was beyond delicious. Drinks were also great, specially the blood orange margarita and FIdel Castro!
          I plan on returning in the very near future, and I am definitely trying the truffled frites appetizer next time!

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          1. re: givemefoodnow

            > the Steak Frites is one of the top 2 I have ever had

            Drop some knowledge: what's the other one?

            Those truffled frites are wicked tasty.

            1. re: givemefoodnow

              The tuna tartar is also really tasty, served with homemade potato chips - a surprisingly great combo

              1. re: givemefoodnow

                I love the Fidel Castro. Its a great drink!

              2. Ate here last night with a friend. We walked in around 7 and the bar was packed and LOUD. Luckily the dining room was quieter. Service was a little slow but my friend and I were busy talking so we didn't really notice it. I had a nice Pinot Grigio (didn't catch the name) served in an interesting little juice type glass. The bread basket had 3 rolls: two sweet onion rolls and one plain. Roll was warm, soft and served with some great butter. We both ordered the panko crusted haddock served over mashed potatoes with green beans and roasted tomatoes. Haddock was fresh with nice flavor. Potatoes were good but not amazing. Green beans and roasted tomatoes were great. I'll definitely be back.

                1. We ate there a couple of weeks ago for dinner on a Thursday. The dining room was perhaps 1/2 full, and this was around 8pm. Husband had shrimp scampi on a bed of couscous; I had roasted salmon w/lemon risotto. Both were delicious. We also shared an order of the truffle frites, which was so dangerously good and addictive!

                  Prices are really good for the food they serve, so we'll also be back again!