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Suggestions for best prix-fixe mid-week dinner?

twentyoystahs Jun 18, 2009 06:38 AM

Hi guys,
Taking a friend out for a birthday dinner and would love a good dinner without breaking the bank.....I know a lot of spots offer specials during the week --ideally I'd like a place that has a lot of options, of course good and fun atmosphere, and hopefully a prix-fixe for $30 or less. Back in the day I enjoyed Grotto 'cause you could order anything from the menu for $33...but I've been there/done that so would love to try something new. Now w/the economy I know lots of spots are offering specials.....South End would be great but I'm open to really anywhere in Boston or Cambridge.
Thanks so much!

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    marn209 Jun 19, 2009 11:07 AM

    I went to a really good price fix dinner last night at Dante in Cambridge. It was $35, and yes a few specific items are additional costs, but the meal was really good. If the rain ever stops, it also has a very nice patio with a gorgeous view of the Charles.

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    1. re: marn209
      Parsnipity Jun 20, 2009 03:18 PM

      I was going to suggest Dante as well. We had a large group for a really nice dinner and not only was the service outstanding, but everyone found something they were happy with. We're hoping to go back to take advantage of said patio soon.

    2. LauraBear Jun 19, 2009 10:52 AM

      Rendezvous has a Sunday prix fix for $38
      At various times, they have also done it other nights, but last time I was there, it wasn't advertised... you sort of had to know because you got an email...

      1. Science Chick Jun 18, 2009 07:04 PM

        Les Zygomates runs $39... but you get great live music without a cover and a wonderful selection of wines by the glass.......

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          edgewater Jun 19, 2009 05:48 AM

          Evoo features their $35.00 prix fixe every day and it includes almost everything on the menu. Last week I had foie gras custard for an appetizer followed by a chicken sausage stuffed soft shell crab and strawberry rhubarb crisp with ice cream for dessert. Each course was outstanding as was the service. I would highly recommend Evoo.

          1. re: edgewater
            dfan Jun 19, 2009 08:46 AM

            Yeah, we went to Evoo a couple of months ago and I couldn't believe what good value (and flexibility) the prix fixe provided.

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              tsackton Jun 19, 2009 09:26 AM

              I was just at EVOO last night for there $35 prix fixe. Spectacular deal. Highlights from the our table included: grilled asparagus w/ caramelized prosciutto & plum jam (app), strawberry gazpacho (app -- utterly delicious, great combo of flavors), day boat scallops with spring parsnip puree (entree), braised lamb with semolina fritters (entree), lemon & lavender crème brûlée (dessert), and lemon tart w/ fresh strawberries (dessert). Really, everything was at least well executed, and some things (the strawberry gazpacho, the scallops, and the creme brulee) were outstanding.

              1. re: tsackton
                pocketviking Jun 20, 2009 10:47 AM

                EVOO really is a great experience. Went last night & everyone was happy. Favorites from the prix fixe were the steamed clam app. with tasso ham and white beans, the strawberry gazpacho and the diver scallops & all four desserts at the table: lemon tart & strawberry-rhubarb cobbler were exceptional, & the warm chocolate cake and the sassparilla (sp?) sorbet were v good. A la carte, the fried oyster app and the tenderloin with out-of-this-world orange bernaise.

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            teezeetoo Jun 18, 2009 06:57 PM

            You can check www.hubeats.com for deals. I like La Morra and Da Vinci but I think a lot of places are offering specials during the week.

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            1. re: teezeetoo
              twentyoystahs Jun 18, 2009 07:45 PM

              thanks for the hubeats.com heads-up. really helpful!

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              y2000k Jun 18, 2009 02:27 PM

              KO Prime has a couple of deals

              1. gansu girl Jun 18, 2009 09:39 AM

                We were at Banq the other night, and they have a $29 prix-fixe that looked good. it only runs 'til 7:30, I believe, so you might want to check & plan accordingly . . . .

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                1. re: gansu girl
                  twentyoystahs Jun 18, 2009 10:12 AM

                  Awesome, thanks, if you know of any more, keep 'em coming!

                  1. re: twentyoystahs
                    BobB Jun 19, 2009 08:22 AM

                    I wouldn't use it for a special occasion, but for a real budget meal, Tasca in Brighton does a three-course prix fixe for $16.

                  2. re: gansu girl
                    Joanie Jun 18, 2009 10:19 AM

                    That's the one I was gonna suggest. DaVinci also does a $30 something 3 course, every day I think. Haven't gone, they do $3-5 bar food too. I think marco does 3 courses for $25 from 5-7. Ruth's Chris has a $39 one now. Scollay Sq does $22 for 3 courses. Townsends in JP has 2 courses for $15 until 6:45.

                    Edit; I mean Townsend's in Hyde Park.

                    1. re: gansu girl
                      joebloe Jun 21, 2009 07:16 PM

                      The $29 recession special from BanQ runs Sun-Thu from 5:30-7:30pm.

                      Texas Roadhouse have $7.99 meals Mon-Thu 4:00-6:00pm.

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                      KaraK Jun 18, 2009 09:10 AM

                      I walked by Gargoyles in Davis Sq last night and saw a sign in the window stating that they are now offering a weeknight 3 course pre-fixe for $30.

                      1. CreativeFoodie42 Jun 18, 2009 07:14 AM

                        For steakhouses, Mooo has a $35 prix-fixe dinner but its only offered on Sunday and Monday nights. I believe Ruth's Chris and Fleming's offers prix-fixe dinners during the week as well.

                        Sel de la Terre does $35/dinner at their Boylston Street location. I haven't tried it but it is definitely a fun atmosphere.

                        Craigie on Main does the Chef's Whim on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for $39.99 for four course and $54.99 for six course. I think this is a steal and its usually a great scene there.

                        Ten Tables (both in JP and Cambridge) to Chef's Tastings also with different price points. I think those are offered everyday. I did the non-vegetarian tasting in Cambridge and it was really great.

                        And T.W. Food also does a $39 prix fixe dinner Sunday-Thursday.

                        Hope this helps!

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                        1. re: CreativeFoodie42
                          cochon21 Jun 18, 2009 08:48 AM

                          EVOO has a great prix fixe deal for 35 I think.

                          1. re: CreativeFoodie42
                            tsackton Jun 18, 2009 08:54 AM

                            If you go on a Tuesday, the $49 four course + wine at T. W. Food is an excellent value. You can look at the menus in advance on their web site. The regular $39 prix fixe gives you more options, but doesn't include wine and is 3 courses rather than 4 (still a great value, IMO).

                            Ten Tables also has a similar wine dinner (JP location only) on Tuesdays ($42), as well as a $32 prix fixe on Wednesday (JP) and a $38 prix fixe on Sunday (Cambridge).

                            EVOO (at the corner of Kirkland and Beacon Streets in Somerville (10 minute walk from Harvard T stop) has a $35 three course prix fixe (+$15 for wine pairings).

                            FYI, the Chef's Whim at Craigie is only available after 9pm. Although I agree it is a steal (I've only had the 6 course, which was nearly as good as the 6 course chef's tasting at 2/3 the price).

                            1. re: tsackton
                              twentyoystahs Jun 18, 2009 10:33 AM

                              A question: with the $42 wine dinner at Ten Tables, do you have much choice with the prix fixe menu? I like how you can order anything from their menu with the Wed $32 deal, not sure if that's the case though on Tues.

                              1. re: twentyoystahs
                                tsackton Jun 18, 2009 12:26 PM

                                It's been a few years since I've been to the wine dinner at Ten Tables, but my recollection is that it was a fixed menu (although they do accommodate vegetarians). Maybe somebody who has been more recently can give an update.

                                1. re: twentyoystahs
                                  Snoop37 Jun 19, 2009 06:34 AM

                                  Ten Tables on Wednesdays offers a three course menu where you "pick your favorite three"- appetizer, entree, dessert and its only for $32. My friend and I went two weeks ado and we had a great time. Food portions were generous as well. I ordered the roasted chicken for my entree and it was well done and filling.

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                                    missbidon Jun 19, 2009 09:24 AM

                                    I was there at the Ten Table in Cambridge this past Wednesday. They had the $42 tasting menu. I would have taken it but everybody at the table needs to take it too. they didn't mention any prix fixe.

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                                      Bob Dobalina Jun 19, 2009 09:26 AM

                                      The pick 3 is only at TT JP - TT Cambridge does not have the same deal, but they have a special on Sunday nights.

                                2. re: tsackton
                                  jajjguy Jun 20, 2009 01:07 PM

                                  Craigie always has the "neighborhood menu" which is a $38 (i think) prixe-fixe, no choices.

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