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summer restaurant week!!

julieapfel Jul 20, 2009 08:15 AM


I like to use restaurant week to go to restaurants that I wouldn't be able to afford (or justify) otherwise. Last time I went to lunch at L'espalier and was so in love with my meal that I am definitely going again. What places can you recommend I try that, if it weren't for restaurant week, would be too expensive? Think L'espalier or Mistral prices.... I love all the kinds of food there are so no limitations on types of cuisine. Thanks!!

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    fayth RE: julieapfel Jul 20, 2009 08:15 PM

    Went to Locke Ober for Winter RW and loved the restaurant,service, and the food.Here is my report with photos:

    3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

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      9lives RE: fayth Jul 21, 2009 12:05 PM

      I'm goint to Locke Ober this year. I like them for lunch and they've eliminated lunch x RW. Also dinner at Sensing.

      I've had good experiences at Persephone, Taranta, #9, and Asana

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        bgavin RE: fayth Jul 24, 2009 12:14 PM

        Had an awesome meal and really great service at No. 9 Park during winter restaurant week.
        This time, for various reasons, I am going to Persephone twice.
        And L'espalier once.

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          purple bot RE: bgavin Aug 11, 2009 11:29 AM

          I'm sure you realize by now that Persephone is closed...

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        BlueTrain84 RE: julieapfel Jul 21, 2009 09:53 AM

        Aquitaine should be on your list.

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          bakerboyz RE: julieapfel Jul 21, 2009 11:57 AM

          In looking at the menus for RW this year and in previous years, most but not all, participating restaurants modify their menu offerings with less than expensive items such as with hanger or skirt steak as their steak offerings. Now, I am not promoting the steakhouse or seafood chains but Capital Grille, Ruth's Chris, Oceanaire, pretty much offer standard items right off their regular menu (Sirloin, Filet Mignon, etc.). Mooo has a nice menu but they are only doing lunch. Frankly, for $33.09, I would rather not have a piece of chicken or a hanger steak.

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            julieapfel RE: julieapfel Jul 24, 2009 07:21 AM

            I did RW at the Oceanaire last year or the year before and was severely disappointed (the bloody mary was good though and it came garnished with a cocktail shrimp). This year I am doing Upstairs on the Square, Mistral, and Sorellina. I'll try to get Locke Ober and Aquitaine during the winter RW.

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              jinx1832 RE: julieapfel Jul 24, 2009 11:27 AM

              Can you provide more detail on your visit to Oceanaire? It seems like previous feedback on the RW menu was pretty positive.

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                julieapfel RE: jinx1832 Jul 28, 2009 09:07 AM

                I just looked at the Oceannaires RW menu and it looks very familiar and it might be the same as when I went. It is jogging my memory a little so....
                Jinx - I got the calamari appetizer (which was about 2/3 size of the normal serving) and they were very good. I think I got the mahi-mahi dinner and it was not good. Dry, not seasoned right maybe, either way, I didn't like it. I think my RW friend got a different fish, maybe a white one, and i think she liked it. My boyfriend ordered off the RW menu and got shrimp Scampi that were swimming in butter and wayyyy undercooked. I know Scampi is a buttery dish but this was gross. I think I got the cheesecake for dessert. It was average cheesecake. I'm sorry I am not more helpful! Go to L'espalier lunch instead!!

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                bgavin RE: julieapfel Jul 24, 2009 12:17 PM

                We had a very disappointing experience at Mistral during Winter RW.
                I had been there during a normal time and loved it and wanted to show my husband a great meal.
                But our service was awful - like waiting for 15 minutes and not getting menus or an offer of a drink, till we had to ask someone. Food was ok, but snotty service, noise and generally less than elegant meal overshadowed the experience.

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                  tysonmcneely RE: julieapfel Jul 27, 2009 10:59 AM

                  I went to Oceanaire during the last restaurant week. My experience was enjoyable. But I also went on a weekday when it wasn't crowded (maybe a tues or weds) and I also ended up dropping about $200 for 2 people after booze and additional food (oysters, side dishes) and tip. Foodwise, the highlight is definitely the crab cakes, almost no filler.

                  As another random question, it looks like L'espalier is only serving lunch for RW. Does anyone know what time lunch goes until?

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                  julieapfel RE: julieapfel Aug 11, 2009 07:07 AM

                  I went to Sorellina last night with 3 other people, 2 of which have been to non-RW Sorellina for dinner. I personally loved my meal. I got the sweet corn soup (zuppa) with crab meat (so sweet!) and the duck entree. The duck was standard, the skin very crispy (and half my entree waiting for me at home!) The desserts were by far the best part of the meal though. I got the torta - almond cake with cherry gelato - if you like marzipan get this! 2 others got the panna cotta with fresh berries and were equally impressed. Everyone else got the sirloin as their entree and they all agreed it was a little tough. I get they're not going to offer a filet for RW so I wasn't surprised by that result and didn't order it. The 2 people who had been there before said it's 100 times better if you go off the regular menu, but I am glad I went and had a good experience. Service was painfully slow but polite, and water refills were prompt. Sorry if this post jumped all over the place. I'll post about Upstairs on the Square after I go tomorrow nad Mistral next week.

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                    rovingfoodie RE: julieapfel Aug 11, 2009 04:16 PM

                    We're going to Meritage for dinner tomorrow and L'Espalier for lunch next week - any suggestions for don't miss items on the RW menus for either one? Anything to stay away from? So far I'm looking forward to trying the wine pairing and the citrus dessert selection at Meritage...

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