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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?

Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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.

    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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