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My daily double: Chacarero for lunch; Farm Grill gyro for dinner

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Nothing much else to say. Just braggin'.

Oh, one more thing: My daughter and I shared some apple strudel for dessert at Farm Grill. Awesome. Might have been better if we had taken it home and heated it up, but who has the patience?

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  1. Largely due to the lack of Greek in the area, I feel lucky to work up the street from Farm Grill. Their cold white bean salad is a cheap and tasty snack with a warmed pita. I'm looking forward to trying their taramosalata.

    Though I've never had it, Farm Grill's galaktoboureko (sp) also looks delicious - a flaky soapbar of phyllo dough wrapped around dense eggy custard and soaked in honey and cinnamon.

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    1. re: Prav

      "Though I've never had it, Farm Grill's galaktoboureko (sp) also looks delicious - a flaky soapbar of phyllo dough wrapped around dense eggy custard and soaked in honey and cinnamon."

      Yes, it absolutely is. Next time you go there, try it! It's in my top ten list of most delicious things ever! Wish I had one right now.

      1. re: Kiyah

        My top ten of favorite octopus preparations includes their octopus salad. Get it on one of their combo salad plates....

        1. re: galleygirl

          You've sold me, I'm picking some up after work today. I haven't yet found an octo-salad yet that I've liked.

          1. re: galleygirl

            The galaktoboureko IS delicious. Very good rendition.

            As for the octopus-- one unbelievable trick I've tried is to get Farm Grill's marinated octopus, bring it home, throw it on the grill and give a squeeze of lemon. Out. Of. This. World. (and if you've ever made octopus at home you'll know it's SO worth paying the premium to have them start it)

      2. That *is* braggin'. Good on ya. I had the kind of day yesterday where breakfast was a protein bar and lunch was another protein bar. Blech. I intend to make up for that today with lunch at Sichuan Gourmet.

        Yesterday was saved by a decent prime skirt steak for $24 at, of all places, the Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill. That place is pretty bad, in my opinion -- the Caesar salad was wretched, made with torn romaine, an Outback-level salad for $9 -- but that skirt was one of the better not-crazy-expensive steaks I've had lately. It came with a red pepper jam that was like a lot of ripe red hot sliced chilis lightly sauteed in some kind of sweetish sauce, nice fire, surprisingly complementary. The place worked as a celebratory dinner venue for some older relatives, but I wouldn't hurry back there on my own.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Found this thread while doing a search on Metropolitan Grill....we went there today for NY Day brunch and actually had a pretty good meal. Enjoyed an excellent burger with excellent fries (sprinkled with cheese and truffle?) and a tasty Bloody Mary. I'm not sure how the rest of their food is, but since I'm always looking for more burger options, I thought it was worth relaying that they do a decent one.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            I'm shocked. I wouldn't have guessed Metropolitan club had a thing on the menu worth eating. My (hopefully) only experience there was unremittingly dreary.

          2. Farm Grill has one of the best chicken gyro plates I've had, especially with the sides you can get. Whatta bahgain!

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            1. re: BlueTrain84

              I am not a big fan of their chicken gyro sandwich, which I ordered on a recent visit when they had no more lamb. There was nothing per se wrong with it, but it didn't wow me like the lamb gyro. That said, I have no doubt that the chicken gyro platter would be worth a try.

            2. And you were in bed by 7pm. Good going! lol

              1. Where us Farm Grill? I would imagine somewhere near Downtown Crossing or am I way off?

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                1. re: bostongal

                  Way off.

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                  Farm Grill & Rotisseria
                  40 Needham St, Newton Highlands, MA 02461

                  1. re: yumyum

                    Pssst: don't tell too many people about The Farm Grille. It's already way too crowded at lunch. It's a real treat to patronize a place like this: good food, delivered by people who take pride in what they're doing and maintain one of the cleanest eating establishments this side of the operating rooms at Newton Wellesley Hospital.

                    Some food writers have poo-pooed the decor, to them I say, "go eat someplace else!"

                    1. re: TheTrout

                      Not only is it way too crowded at lunch, but it's pretty darn crowded at dinner time too. But it's well worth battling the crowds.

                    2. re: yumyum

                      Near New England Mobile Book Fair? If true, I can combine two missions!

                      1. re: ErstwhileEditor

                        Yes-- right down the street. It's a great two-fer trip to do Farm Grill and the Book Fair.

                        Now all we need is a chowhound-like website for books...

                        1. re: newhound

                          Well, here's a start, from a wonderful independent bookstore in Porter Square.

                          http://portersquarebooksblog.blogspot...

                        2. re: ErstwhileEditor

                          Two-fer? PUH-leeze!
                          China Fair, the second-best Filene's Basement down the street, an excellent Marshall's, and, if you have a card, Restaurant Depot...

                          1. re: galleygirl

                            Threefer, come visit me at work down the street! :) Oh, and Baza, the Russian market, too.

                            1. re: Prav

                              And hit the Piano Mill for a one-of a kind shop. Then head back to Farm Grill for re-fortification.

                              1. re: newhound

                                I work directly across the street from the piano mill, but someone told me it's been closed for a while!

                                1. re: Prav

                                  yea couple years unless someone reopened something similar there.