Lunch "down da Lake": Babalicous and Antoine's
First things first: anyone know why the Nonantum neighborhood of Newton is called "The Lake"? When I was a kid growing up in Newton, I'm not sure even knew it was called Nonantume; we all called it "da Lake."
I had a meeting in Newton yesterday afternoon, so I decided to cut through "da Lake" for a banh mi from Bobalicious. It was delicious. Not as good as the Super 88, but very good nonetheless.
I then made the mistage of going across the street to Antoine's. Was this place ever good, or did I just think it was good when I was a kid? I tried a raspberry turnover and an M&M cookie, both of which sucked! Is their famous strawberry cake still good (if it ever was)?
308 Watertown St, Newton, MA 02458
Nice on the History. I love MA lore like that.
"Gotta love that 1950s development mindset. Huh, pond, sure, let's just pave it over."
On the Antoine's part I'm with ya. Never understood. Though from past postings I gather there are some things they do well. Ohlin's in Belmont has the same issue. Most stuff just sucks, but some of their donuts and breakfast pastry are okay.
I'm certainly partial to the strawberry cake; I also like the bismarks and the eclairs (and I have a hard time finding an eclair that I like around Boston nowadays.) In the proper season their zeppole are not as good as Modern's but are pretty darn good.
I have to say that I haven't had a good turnover *anyplace* in many, many years.
I'm in the "depends on what ya get" camp re Antoine's. Their eclairs, pasticciotti and Italian cookies are good. Most of the rest....isn't.
I also overhead the owner talking about trying to sell the place one of the more recent times I was in there, which might mean their heart isn't in it. But I'm still a fan overall-It's a tough business