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Sep 1, 2010 04:41 PM

Sat. night -- Looking for a place with a menu focused on seasonal produce...

Taking husband out for dinner on Saturday and he has finally given some guidance on where he wants to go -- a place with a menu focused on seasonal produce....I guess that's the way to say it. He envisions an appetizer of tomatoes, basil, mozzarella or a gazpacho with roasted chicken or fish for an entree.

I suggested the Blue Room but he shot that down.

Suggestions? A place that takes reservations would be highly desirable.

Boston, Cambridge or north of town preferred.

TIA, Sara

The Blue Room
Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

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  1. if you're looking specifically for roast chicken, then you have to goto Hamersley's Bistro. Other places to consider that also take reservations are Rendezvous, Harvest, Bergamot, Evoo and Garden at the Cellar.

    There are a ton of choices. Provide more specifics and I'm sure all the other hounds can help narrow'em down for you.

    Hamersley's Bistro
    553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

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    1. re: mgcmonkey

      Thanks mgcmonkey...I think his vision is really just one of being wowed by the freshness and seasonality of the meal...something crisp and summery and almost healthy :-)

      I keep thinking Erbaluce for the seasonal aspect but I think he's more focused on American than Italian.


      69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

      1. re: owen_meany

        make a reservation @ hamersleys bistro. their online menu appears indicative of what your husband is looking for.

    2. Oleana in Cambridge is not American....but is focused on seasonal produce in all its glory. Even if he doesn't especially respond well to Eastern Mediterranean seasonings, there might by dishes he'd love. Produce from her husband's farm in Sudbury.

      The garden setting is lovely bu even with a reservation, it's first come.

      I'm mentioning Rendezvous in Central square cambridge...they featured a farm menu in August, not sure if it's still on....but if he shot down Blue Room might do the same for Rendezvous...both formerly associated with Chris Schlesinger of East Coast Grill...who by the way always features a farm vegetable plate. Maybe Garden at the Cellar, also in Cambridge?

      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

      East Coast Restaurant
      1456 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122

      The Blue Room
      Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

      1. Troquet is doing an appetizer of squash blossoms stuffed with burrata and heirloom tomatoes and has particularly good fish preparations (try the cobia).

        1. Medford's Bistro 5, which I haven't been to in years, advertised an "heirloom tomato celebration" this month.

          ew, the website:

          Bistro 5
          5 Playstead Road, Medford, MA 02155

          1. I think you'd really enjoy bergamot.

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