La Casa de Pedro, The Hyde (and Hyde Park comments)
Finally made it to LCdP in Watertown, never went to the old location. It's really a nice space, bar was packed when I arrived but finally found a seat to wait for my friend. Tried a mango daiquiri which seemed fine but taste buds were a bit compromised last nite. We sat in a big booth and had okay service, starting with him wanting to know if we were ready to order before any water was even poured, but it was okay. We split a chicken/avocado arepa ($6) which was fine but I definitely prefer the hot filling ones I've gotten at Viva Mi Arepa in West Rox. I wanted spicy food and not that many entrees have lots of spice. I chose a pork dish that listed both jalapeno and tomatillo but it wasn't spicy. It *was* huge with falling off the bone pork, tons of it with rice and beans, fried yucca, plantains, I guess that was it. Pretty tasty. Friend's pork dish was also huge, he had medallion style which had more of a kick. About $18 each, way too full to think about dessert.
Tried the Hyde for breakfast on Sun. Had assumed that it would be a little spiffier from its time as Dottie's or whatever it was called. Furniture seems kind of in limbo, either be old school or update it. Whatever, it was a fun place with good food so that's what matters. Tried the eggs w/ roast pork hash and spinach ($9). They put in baby spinach leaves with the meat and potatoes and it was good, altho the pork was a tad dried out. Came with two eggs over medium, the way I expect over medium to be (runny yolks but both sides cooked). The best thing is the way they grill the toast, just makes it much tastier. Really nice people working there, will have to try other items for all meals.
I saw a lot of stuff in the area and on the ride that I hadn't noticed in a while. The fish shop seems to have disappeared, now it's a place whose name begins with K and looked Asian but I also noticed mac & cheese on the menu, so not sure. There are a few Caribbean and Spanish places on Hyde Park ave. but I don't know anything about them. Cafe Tata is in Hyde Sq. proper, it was on Hyde Park ave. when I ate there a few years ago. Caribbean style. A few doors from there was New York Fried Chicken which was new to me, as was a placed called Las Vegas Seafood on a side street off Cleary Sq. Lots of people getting takeout. I think I saw three restaurants with plastic covers on the tables, ha ha. Couldn't tell if the Park Ave. lounge is still open, I liked that place so hopefully it's still around.
Viva Mi Arepa
5197 Washington St, West Roxbury, MA 02132