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Sebastian's - any info?

peregrine Jan 12, 2012 05:12 PM

I saw an ad that Sebastian's was opening in Church Park. Their website shows other locations up and running around Boston and Cambridge. Their menu, salads, sandwiches, soups & a few entrées, looks like decent food before a concert or a show.

Has anyone eaten at any of their other locations? Any comments on quality, price (absent from online menu), etc? Considering the lack of alternatives in the Symphony area, is this place likely to make a difference?

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    terrycatch Jan 13, 2012 12:33 PM

    Their pre-made Greek salad is one of my go-to carry-out lunch options. Costs about six dollars, but the size is right, and the ingredients are plentiful as compared to similar options in the Financial District neighborhood.

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      MXG Jan 13, 2012 12:01 PM

      Sebastian's BLT (SBLT): one of the best sandwiches ever made. I don't know what it is but the combination of high quality, well-cooked bacon, great brioche, blue cheese spread, tomatoes and lettuce is unbelievably better than it sounds.

      Before I had that sandwich, I thought Sebastian's was overpriced and not that special . But that sandwich changed my mind altogether.

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        Bob Dobalina Jan 13, 2012 12:15 PM

        I'll second that the BLT is very good.

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        yanz Jan 13, 2012 11:30 AM

        The location near me also does crepes, which is different from your average lunch place, so if the new location has that, that would be worth checking out. Not cheap though ($6-9). I've never had the salads - they're huge but very expensive, so I've never experimented, though they do seem to have every ingredient imaginable. Their sandwich station isn't bad from a variety perspective. It's not going to have the best Reuben or Italian or whatever sandwich you may typically get elsewhere, but they do have a very large variety of breads, spreads, and stuff to put in a sandwich ($6.50-7.50). They also have a hot foods station with a couple of entrees, sides, and soups, as well as a prepared foods section where you can grab pre-made stuff including sushi. So for a place with variety, I actually find it pretty appealing. But as others have said, nothing in particular is going to stand out as superb.

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          nasilemak Jan 13, 2012 08:40 AM

          They make pretty good customised salads.

          1. peregrine Jan 13, 2012 08:35 AM

            Thanks, folks.
            Expectations lowered.
            The drought continues.

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              Bivalve Jan 13, 2012 06:09 AM

              Definitely meh and expensive. The one in the Financial District is usually jammed at lunch, which means that there is so much stuff moved through the salad bar that it is always fresh. That makes it reliable in a pinch, but nothing to get excited about.

              1. Bob Dobalina Jan 13, 2012 05:27 AM

                Nothing to get excited about as all have said.

                However, if one orders salad with no supplemental proteins, you can get a good value. And compared to a few other middle management troughs, the greens and veggies always seem to be pretty fresh, and the staff always seems to be pretty happy to be working there.

                1. Luther Jan 13, 2012 12:43 AM

                  Boring as hell, a generic waste of space, a plague on white-collar business neighborhoods.

                  1. nsenada Jan 12, 2012 07:19 PM

                    Agree with the others - not really all that much different from the other middle-management lunch troughs around town. There is definitely worse out there, though.

                    1. kobuta Jan 12, 2012 06:22 PM

                      If this is the Sebastian's that is a common lunch time haunt for downtown and also now in Kendall Sq, then they're kind of meh. Make-your--own-salads at a rip off price (unless you get all lettuce), so-so sandwiches and "bowls", and a variety of snacks you can pick up. The one in Kendall also has a crepe station, though I've never had them. They're a step above fast food, but I would lower my expectations if you try it.

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                        jgg13 Jan 12, 2012 06:31 PM

                        Second this, although I'd extend the "rip off price" to cover everything (talking about the Kendall one). Of course almost everything in the immediate vicinity is a rip off so they're not unique.

                        I still go there now and then for lunch but that has more to do with convenience than anything else

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