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Best options at Eastern Standard

cannedmilkandfruitypebbles Mar 24, 2010 10:58 AM

I've been here for drinks a handful of times- and I love it. But i've never been for dinner and the menu has never really interested me.

Now, to the point: I'm going to a concert on saturday around the corner and my DC says we should just eat at ES for convinience's sake. I don't fully disagree but now I'm wondering what to eat? What are the standout options? or should I have a liquid dinner at ES and suppliment with Uburger across the street?

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Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Uburger
636 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215

  1. cannedmilkandfruitypebbles Mar 29, 2010 10:59 AM

    To update everyone.....

    On the whole I had a good meal at ES. I started with an Aviation cocktail and, as always, was as good as the last one I had when at ES.

    The meal began with the Frisee Aux Lardons. It was good. The egg was poached perfectly, the lardons were a bit rubbery, and the greens a tad overdressed but on the whole, it was good.

    I went with a sandwich as my main- the Cuban. The sandwich itself was huge, heavily buttered and nicely crisped in the paninni press. But as I was eating, I noted there wasn't really a whole lot about the sandwich that made it a Cuban. It wasn't smokey, the bread wasn't even close to a Cuban roll, and it tased mostly like deli ham. But still, it was perfectly good- and the housemade chips along side were fantastic.

    We worked in a carafe of house white- the waiter had a hard time recalling the varietal but we ordered it anyhow. It was OK. What you'd expect as a house carafe wine.

    After the meal I ordered the cheese course. This adequate if not a little disappointing. $14 yields three small pieces of cheese, four half slices of toast, and dollops of house made spreads. The cheeses were Ok but nothing special- an aged Gouda, a Camembert, and a Cheddar. For comparison, the previous week I had a cheese course at Sel Del A Terre in Back Bay; it was cheaper, more exotic/rustic, and had a lot more thought put into it.

    I accompanied the cheese with a Flying Dutchman. A mixture of house infused Arrak, some Allspice and Citrus. A fantastic drink.

    I feel the same way i did initially in regard to Eastern Standard. The food is not very interesting, a bit over priced, but the atmosphere is lively and the drinks are phenominal.

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    Eastern Standard
    528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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      Sunday Cook Mar 24, 2010 01:11 PM

      We eat at ESK all the time (in fact were there last night) - I love their burger and mac and cheese. Cod fritters, fried calamari, the beet salad - tons of app options. Their main menu is great too, although more than you may want to spend pre-concert.

      Grab a seat at the bar if you can and enjoy.

      1. g
        gourmaniac Mar 24, 2010 11:37 AM

        Things I've liked in the past are the marrow on toast and the salt cod fritters (both appetizers). not been wowed by entrees and think they have dropped a little in the last year or so. I recall someone liking their wiener schnitzel and it might be a saturday special.

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        1. re: gourmaniac
          cannedmilkandfruitypebbles Mar 24, 2010 11:51 AM

          The marrow is the only item that stuck out. I was thinking Marrow and the salad with poached qual egg and sweetbreads. still underwhelmed.

          1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles
            barleywino Mar 24, 2010 12:28 PM

            not really a dinner item but the house potato chips with onion dip...should tide you over calorie-wise until after the concert

        2. k
          kimfair1 Mar 24, 2010 11:19 AM

          Haven't eaten at ES except for the bar in a while, but they make my favorite steak tartare in town. I also had an excellent charcuterie plate there on Saturday afternoon, pate, chicken liver mousse (the best I've had), pork/tomato sausage and corned beef tongue. It was a really nice plate. I believe those items are on the restaurant menu as well, but as I said we prefer the bar.

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