Henrietta's Table, East Boston stroll
10 of us ate at Henrietta's last Mon., making up the majority of the customers in the dining room. I think there weren't more than 3 other tables of people altho the patio was about 2/3 full. My last meal there had been just okay but this was quite good. We all went with the "yard sale" which is two courses and a side for $25 on Mon-Thurs. Their prices have gone up enough that when most entrees aren't served with a side, it's too pricey but this was a good deal. I started with a very nice crab cake with a little slaw on the side. Entree was seared salmon in a slightly creamy sauce with some peas, and a huge side of mashed potato that I passed around. Good bread basket. Finished off someone's strawberry pie which was delicious. Salads were huge, had a taste of the pot roast which was fine, sides of broccoli weren't warm enough. Margarita with jalapeno didn't have the punch you'd expect. Server was very good, a nice time.
After walking around the crowds by the tall ships, we went to E. Boston to finally try Belle Isle seafood. Probably should have gone with the very well priced clam plate, only $14.50, but had heard they had a good lobster roll. It had a lot of meat and not much mayo, but didn't have much taste, could have used some lemon or salt or maybe even more mayo. Roll wasn't buttered which is always a drag. $18.95 with a side of tasty onion rings so not a bad price but when you see a side of fried smelts for $3.99 and a clam roll for $10.95, it makes you wish you'd chosen something else. And I can't believe they don't have a couple picnic benches outside.
We walked over to Ecco and had a refreshing beverage at their bar, a mango "martini" and a dark and stormy. Then across the street for my first Santarpio's experience in decades. We were able to sit right down and started with an ordered of the grilled lamb which deserves the hype. The pizza was tasty too, we got half mushroom and half sausage. The components are very flavorful but I wish it wasn't so goopy and overly tomato-y. That's just the way it is tho so I'll either deal with it or wait another 10-20 years to go back.
After, we walked over to a little outdoor music thing at Piers Park which is so beautiful, I had no idea. It was too late to hit Cafe 303 but this is a great place to come relax and look at the great views. There's some sort of music every Tues. and Sun. at 5PM.