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Downtown Eats for Saturday night

suburban_mom Apr 15, 2013 08:43 PM

Can't get into Bachelor Farmer or Bar La Grassa (and will assume we can't get into 112 Eatery). So, is there anything new downtown? If nothing new, what would be your tried and true recommendation? Warehouse and Nordeast would be considered.

We ate a Vincent on our last downtown dinner and Butcher and the Boar and Solera before that. Type of food and price aren't an issue (although cheaper is better but awesome food trumps all).

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    LauraB RE: suburban_mom Apr 15, 2013 08:52 PM

    I really enjoyed my meal at Borough a few months ago (and my cocktails/munchies at the Parlour bar downstairs a few weeks ago). It is a place where you could spend a little or a lot depending on what you order. We did shared a number of small/medium plates and it was fun to try a bunch of dishes among our group of 4.

    Saffron is another good choice for the downtown vicinity (not new, but quite delicious the last time I was there and is reasonably priced for the quality).

    1. ibew292 RE: suburban_mom Apr 16, 2013 05:24 AM

      I have had some good meals at Sapor Cafe.

      1. drew13000 RE: suburban_mom Apr 16, 2013 06:47 AM

        Borough, Smack Shack or Cafe Maude for new. Saffron, Sea Change, or Butcher Block for tried and true.

        1. splatgirl RE: suburban_mom Apr 16, 2013 07:14 AM

          I just had lunch at Cafe Maude and moved it straight to the top of my list for cocktails and dinner.
          OT and FWIW, possibly the best and most perfect fries I've ever had.

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            BatMan RE: splatgirl Apr 16, 2013 05:03 PM

            I noticed Cafe Maude has 2 locations. Is one any better than the other?

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              splatgirl RE: BatMan Apr 17, 2013 08:08 PM

              This was the loring location. Havent been to the other one.

          2. Db Cooper RE: suburban_mom Apr 16, 2013 09:28 AM

            The two places I've heard the most about are Borough, Sea Change, and surprisingly, Sanctuary. You can find a ton of posts here about Borough because it's hip and trendy so I won't bore you with that. Sea Change because chef Malone was named to Food/Wines Best Rising Chefs list. You'll be happy at both.

            But a lot of people I know and trust have been talking about Sanctuary and Patrick Atanalian's cooking. His duck breast w/belgian waffle and bacon marmalade is to die for, a grown up play on chicken and waffles. They usually have a tasting menu available too and it's fairly affordable. I'd strongly consider it.

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              splatgirl RE: Db Cooper Apr 17, 2013 08:09 PM

              I'd put Sanctuary in the underrated but recommended category, too.

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              run2eat RE: suburban_mom Apr 16, 2013 03:53 PM

              I've done Sea Change twice in the last month, both dinners were amazing. I see why the chef got nominated for a James Beard award.
              Saffron is another all star, always really excellent, and I feel it is underrated.
              Let us all know where you end up and how it was!

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                ChillyDog RE: suburban_mom Apr 16, 2013 11:50 PM

                Qualifying as tried and true, Spoonriver. I usually have either the fish or vegetarian special.

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                  suburban_mom RE: suburban_mom Apr 17, 2013 05:57 PM

                  Thanks for all the recommendations!

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