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Stephi's on Tremont - Anyone go yet?

alwayscooking May 9, 2009 09:07 AM

Since I've seen nothing on this board, I need to assume it's eh (I trust CH perhaps a tad too much!). Not a big fan of the other so let me know.

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  1. MC Slim JB RE: alwayscooking May 9, 2009 09:41 AM

    I don't like the original Stephanie's on Newbury at all, so it's a bit mystifying that I really enjoyed a lunch here. It's a handsome room (in that all-veneer, nothing-solid kind of way), big comfy bar seats, a complete transformation of the old Garden of Eden space, the same fine Tremont St patio. I had one of their classics, a chunky chicken salad, about a chicken's worth of meat, beautifully roasted, almost naked, with some greens and sliced tomatoes and a hunk of just-okay Irish soda bread with pretty good butter.

    It still has that SoN disease: that dish would feed two people, but it was excellent in its very simple way, and service at the bar was terrific. Prices actually look a bit lower than the original. It looks to be another one of those South End successes like Stella and Sibling: there's much more interesting food to be had nearby, yet suburban hordes will line up here on weekends. Still, it was significantly better than I thought it would be; I expect to give it a try for dinner sometime.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB
      alwayscooking RE: MC Slim JB May 9, 2009 09:44 AM

      Thanks for the reply. Walk by it frequently, but haven't felt inspired to go in and try it. Guess I still miss the neighborhood brunch at Garden of Eden.

    2. SaraASR RE: alwayscooking May 9, 2009 07:36 PM

      I went shortly after it opened and it was a slight mess. The server was extremely unprofessional which resulted in the manager coming over and smoothing out a (very awkward) situation. The food was OK, but I thought it was overpriced. My DC got the seared tuna salad, which ended up being less $ than my garden salad with grilled chicken. Makes no sence...

      That being said, the space is nice, they have an outdoor patio, and a decent drink selection. If someone wanted to go back, I would... but I wouldn't suggest it.

      1. RoseWethersfield RE: alwayscooking May 10, 2009 05:49 PM

        I have to admit, I've gone for snacks and drinks after an event at the BCA. The tater tots and mac and cheese were actually pretty tasty. The atmosphere -- well, I find it a problem when there is a lot of straight men (older) hitting on younger women in the SE. Not cool.

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          alwayscooking RE: RoseWethersfield May 10, 2009 05:51 PM

          They've moved down from Sibling Rivalry?

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          twentyoystahs RE: alwayscooking May 10, 2009 05:58 PM

          We sat on the patio tonight and had an early dinner; I thought it was very good. I had the roasted chicken, really flavorful with a crispy skin; it came with tasty mashed potatoes and roasted carrots. They also bring out a loaf of hot bread (i think flavored with garlic butter), really good. I was pleasantly surprised. We had an appetizer of hoisin chicken, served with little pancakes and i thought that was excellent too.

          My guess is it'll be a hit both with folks in the neighborhood and people venturing into town to visit; it's casual and comfortable and the outdoor patio is perfect for south end people watching. Plus --lots of interesting salads on the menu and I don't think there are that many spots in the south end that offer that option --so I think that'll work in their favor too.

          1. Monty RE: alwayscooking Sep 20, 2009 05:11 AM

            I went to Stephi's for lunch last week. Simply put the place is a Rip Off. Food is OK but the prices are out of whack. I had a bowl of soup (very small for $8), ahi tuna salad (big and tasty) and an ice tea...with 18% tip...$32.

            1. CreativeFoodie42 RE: alwayscooking Sep 21, 2009 05:49 AM

              I went for Stephi's on Tremont for brunch last month. Like the other posters, I'm not a huge fan of Stephanie's on Newbury so I was hesitant to go, but it was the only place available without a huge wait for brunch. The food concepts were actually really great and I chose the meatloaf hash (meatloaf sauteed with onions, red peppers and mushrooms served with two fried eggs, hollandaise and a small individual gravy boat). Unfortunately they had the same problem with the Newbury Street location - large amounts of food with very little taste. It was dreadfully underseasoned. The service was also very unattentive. I try not to judge a place by its brunch but I don't think I'll be returning anytime soon.

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