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Feb 9, 2012 06:38 AM

Birthday Dinner Question (Hungry Mother)

My wife wants to take me out to somewhere I've always wanted to try...

#1 on my list has been Hungry Mother, though while I am open to what appears to be their menu (online) doesnt look like they have too many options she would like. Does anyone know if that's more a sample menu or is that the standard?

I am open to recommendations as well. We've been to almost everywhere in the South End.



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  1. That's pretty standard from our experience. It changes a little, but that's more or less what you can expect. I have the same issue with my wife, as she doesn't like much there. We live right around the corner, so fortunately I'm able to duck into the bar and grab my monthly catfish fix when she's not around.

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    1. re: mkfisher

      thank you - might just switch it up then... of course, heading into Friday it's going to be difficult to find a solid pick

      1. re: mkfisher

        Any Kendall Sq recommendations for dinner? I feel like that's unchartered water for us

        1. re: meeps2002

          I've always counted on Blue Room for a depandably good dinner in that area that doesn't break the bank, has a good cocktail menu, a locavore bent and creative preparations.

          Salts is where I'd go for an exceptional meal in that area. Although it's been a while since I've been there, the last meal I had there was so excellent that it's still at the top of my mental list.

      2. Just curious - there is fish, veg, chicken and steak on the what's left for her to like?!

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        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          I know my wife finds the food there incredibly heavy. Combine that with the fact that some of the ingredients are unfamiliar to her (something like pompano), and she just goes into that place in the wrong frame of mind.

          1. re: mkfisher

            I'm surprised to hear you say incredibly heavy - I always thought it was pretty reasonable given the southern roots or vs. say Tupelo, which does seem heavier to me by comparison. Of course, I don't usually get the tongue.

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              I know her two most recent meals there were the shrimp & grits and the french gnocchi. I used to live in New Orleans, so I love grits and I don't find them heavy. She disagrees. I do think the french gnocchi are on the heavy side. But yes, I'd agree with your view on Tupelo. To be honest, I think she just has it in her head that the food is heavy, and just can't get past that. Whether or not that is reality is a totally different story.

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  This post did what I needed it to do - convinced me to hold the reservation and just have her deal with the menu. I am so excited to finally dine here

                  1. re: meeps2002

                    I like everything (if well executed obvs) so I'm not helpful on the picky front. I adore HM and my experience over and over again is that even if something on the menu looks a bit boring and limited, it always blows me away when I actually eat it. Probably why I keep going back. My point is even if there is only one thing on the menu that is appealing to your wife, it will most likely be delicious.

                    Does she have a sweet tooth? The desserts are off the hook.

                    1. re: heypielady

                      look at ten tables cambridge I think they have best food in town

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                The tongue was one of the favorite parts of my meal there!