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Craigie on Main Tonight what to order??

eatingismypassion Jan 15, 2010 12:40 PM

What can't be missed?

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    kimfair1 RE: eatingismypassion Jan 15, 2010 12:53 PM

    Their menu changes often, so it's hard to pin down a specific item. My favorite meals at Craigie have been either A. at the bar, where you have access to both the bar and regular menu, or B. by getting the six course blind tasting menu. The crispy fried pig tails on the bar menu are divine, and they have what I consider the best burger in town. The blind tasting menu (you won't know what you're getting until it arrives at your table) generally consists of 3 seafood courses, followed by 2 savory courses, finished with dessert. On our last visit, we did the blind tasting, and we received a trio of seafood (small anchovy/fried cod ball w/squid ink/calamari "pasta"), scallop sashimi, a fish (the type escapes me) wrapped in house made lardo, wild boar ragu with pappardelle, veal loin medallion with veal sweetbreads, and a yummy chocolate cake . They will also give you a small panna cotta pre dessert, and their divine ancho chili hot chocolate after dessert. Chef Tony Maws will serve you the last savory course personally as well! In terms of their ala carte menu, I prefer making a meal out of several apps, as I find their regular menu entrees the weakest part of their menu (not that I haven't enjoyed them in the past- just that I've enjoyed the other stuff better). Good luck, it's a great place - my favorite restaurant in Boston/Cambridge

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      eatingismypassion RE: kimfair1 Jan 15, 2010 01:03 PM

      We are sitting at the bar. That blind tasting sounds insane-- that must have been a Sunday night?

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        kimfair1 RE: eatingismypassion Jan 17, 2010 07:43 AM

        No that was a regular night, actually it was Saturday 1/2 because it was Tom's last night, so we went to see him off (though he did do brunch the next day). The Sunday ones are later and generally cheaper than that. He has a different blind tasting nightly.

    2. Snoop37 RE: eatingismypassion Jan 15, 2010 01:33 PM

      I think the Burger is overrated but I enjoyed the bone marrow at the bar as well as the pig tails.

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        twentyoystahs RE: Snoop37 Jan 15, 2010 07:15 PM

        Agree about the burger. It was good, but not all that...

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          kimfair1 RE: twentyoystahs Jan 17, 2010 07:47 AM

          That's what's great about food, people can vary so widely on their opinions! I like it because of it's flavor. I get tired of eating so much beef that is flavorless, I like how he incorporated other flavors into the beef to boost the natural flavor of the grass fed beef he uses, without making it seem like a meatball or meatloaf.

          I defy anyone to not like the pig tails, however.

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            twentyoystahs RE: kimfair1 Jan 17, 2010 12:43 PM

            Well, I do think the burger was good, definitely one of the better ones in Boston, no doubt. It was not at all meatball or meatloaf-y tasting. Just didn't think it was all that much better than any of the other really good burgers I've had in Boston. And though i know grass-fed beef is sustainable and certainly more preferable for a variety of reasons, I think the price is a bit high. Just my opinion though. Perhaps my expectations were too high and as a result there was no way they'd be met.
            That all being said, I was recently the lucky recipient of a gift certificate to Craigie and when I head back, I'd certainly consider the burger again.

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              kimfair1 RE: twentyoystahs Jan 17, 2010 07:32 PM

              If you haven't had the pig tails, skip the burger and have those instead.

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