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  1. I've been to Strip-T's only once since Ribelle opened, at lunch (which is when I usually go), and had the fried cauliflower, provolone and broccoli rabe sandwich. It was spectacular. I'm reposting my pic from the "best vegetarian dish" thread.

    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

     
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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I love that sandwich,

      1. re: veggielover

        What's the inverse of vegetarian?
        Today I had the fried scrapple with an egg on rye + pepper jelly. I've been spending a lot of time in PA lately, and have been too afraid to try scrapple there.

        But this.....

        Spoke with Paul briefly. Ribelle is keeping everyone busy, but the attention to detail has not tailed off at Strip T's.

        Go...

        1. re: okra

          Not to be a complete contrarian, but I really don't think the attention to detail has been there for months.

          Once upon a time I think they were *really* busting their ass to get everything perfect. Even when something missed with me, my reaction was almost always "that doesn't quite work for me, but wow it was executed well."

          That's a heck of a lot of work to keep up, and they're hot and trendy with a full reservation book. My impression is that these days when the fish comes out of the fryer NQR or a nice cut of meat gets an uneven grilling job, it doesn't get tossed, it gets plated, and while once upon a time the *mildest* possibly-unhappy comment would get a motivated and interested response, I've more recently had rather more specific complaints blown off with the bored waitstaff classic "dunno, that's the way it comes" and sent an almost-untouched portion to the garbage with nary a comment.

          For me it's gone from "must eat there weekly" to "occasional tasty lunch spot". Still a very tasty lunch, but I think the dinner experiments have gotten overambitious for the work they put into them.

          1. re: kf2vv

            hmmm, that's interesting. we had the inverse experience this wk for lunch. The Grilled Romaine,Oxtail and the burger and the chicken not pho sandwich, creamy slaw and fries were all stellar and tasted exACTly as they have since the beginning. but i'm so sorry you've had the opposite experience.

      2. re: MC Slim JB

        Thank you so much for highlighting this sandwich. I went today specifically for this delight and it was absolutely awesome. I'll definitely be back!

        1. re: CambridgeFoodie

          So glad you liked it! I felt a little guilty every time I horfed the whole thing down, but it's just vegetables: it didn't really punish my gluttony the way the lamb sandwich there would if I ate the whole thing in one sitting. (That's a hint: go back and get the lamb sandwich when it comes back on the lunch menu.)

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Woa Woa Woa, let's not start throwing words like "gluttony" around when talking about finishing that lamb sandwich in a sitting. Last time I had it, it was so flavorful, the only sin would be not finishing it.

            1. re: Klunco

              Yeah, about that "would if"; it's actually "did when". I felt like I needed a Fernet afterward. Lotta animal fat in one sitting. But an incredible sandwich.

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com

               
        2. re: MC Slim JB

          huge fan of the cauliflower sandwich. my favorite sandwich in boston…. actually one of my favorite things to eat in boston.

        3. I have been 3 or 4 times since Ribelle opened and Strip-Ts continues to be amazing. My most recent report here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8980...

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          1. re: GretchenS

            Hi Gretchen, i was just thinking(re: you) that the fun of being the head cheerleader on the ST's squad -- is that you have so many on the squad with you :-}

          2. I've been once since Ribelle opened, and would say it was on par with what we've had before. apps and sides were all excellent (in fact, probably the best set of moxie wings of the few times i've had them), and desserts killer too, this donut may be my favorite.

            Mains were good but not quite as well executed- pork was a bit dry, fish skin a chewy instead of crispy- but we left quite happy, and the newbies we brought were suitably impressed.

            1. Went for lunch at about 12:15 on Saturday, walked in, plenty of seats available. We tried new stuff, sharing the eggplant bahn mi ( I liked it more than my wife did), and the smoked turkey Reuben, which we both thought was fantastic.Great hot fresh fries. I also got to use the bathroom for the first time there, what a ...unique experience!

              1. Went to Strip-T's once for lunch and once for dinner in the past month. The lunch was excellent, tried the terrific cauliflower sandwich and the fried fish sandwich. Fish was tasty and well-prepared but not quite as adventurous. Dinner a few weeks ago was somewhat of a letdown, though. One DC ordered a pork dish which came out nearly cold. Sent it back, it returned barely warmer. Tried a taste of another DC’s tuna special. Fish was fresh, but nearly flavorless, as was the side (wheatberries, I think). My dish was pretty good, Tautog with a since smoky sauce. Oh, of course the brioche donut was superb.

                1. I've been twice since Ribelle opened and no letdown as far as I'm concerned. It still remains the standard by which I compare all other dining experiences in the Boston area. And when I chose to go elsewhere, I inevitably ask myself why I didn't just go back to Strip-T's.

                  1. Going for our anniversary dinner this week. Have not been there for dinner since this summer. Any suggestions from the current menu??

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                    1. re: Kat

                      i could live on the Tako yaki (app.) , and the burnt eggplant puree and toasted quinoa are amazing components in whatever they're served. I really like that corn cream basil blueberry donut but i could only eat 1/2; had the rest the next day and it was still v good!

                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                        Thx, sounds great, I'm soo looking forward to this meal!

                    2. Went with a friend last night and had a wonderful meal. We shared a foraged mushroom risotto with pistachios to start, which was just fantastic, full of umami and loaded with mushrooms. My DC had a seared fluke steak that came with lovely crispy red quinoa (we asked, they crisp it on a plancha after cooking it), and lots of veggies and with a big schmear of roasted eggplant puree. I had the pork chop with tiny brussels sprouts, apple, trumpet mushrooms and baby leeks with a very peppery applesauce. We about licked our plates, everything was so delicious. One thing that continues to make me very happy is that the set-ups are so varied and so interesting that sometimes they even outshine what is meant to be the star of the plate (pork chop or fish), not that the star is ever less than fantastic. We also got to try a bit of housemade duck prosciutto they had just begun to slice and it was a knockout.

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                      1. re: GretchenS

                        Hi Gretchen, we were there last night as well! Started with the spicy crickets and rolled pig's head. Crickets were delightfully crunchy with a spicy kick from the sauce, a happy start to the meal. Rolled pig's head was served a a very thin slice of deliciously fatty pork topped with chopped egg on top of a wafer thin crispy cracker. Wicked small caesar was not that small and really garlicky, which i loved! Mains were the fried lobster stew and steak. Did not taste the stew (allergy). My steak was cooked perfectly medium rare, topped with a sunny egg and served over a bed of cranberry retried beans with a green sauce on the side similar to the mint/ cilantro sauce in Indian restaurants. The steak and egg were fine, but the beans were a weak spot. They didn't taste remotely of cranberry and were gloppy in texture. Sauce did not complement the beans at all. I think I should have ordered the pork, as you did!

                        Desserts were a double chocolate cookie ( for kid) and the local apple pie with caramel and cream ( OK ). All in all, it was enjoyable, but I was not enthralled by my steak. Starters were the standouts of the meal.

                        1. re: Kat

                          Nice report, Kat. Just curious, could the beans have been cranberry beans and not beans with cranberry?

                          1. re: Kat

                            The cranberry, i believe, refers to the color & type of bean - sorry, not to cranberries.

                            1. re: Taralli

                              And refried beans (that was supposed to read "refried," wasn't it?) are arguably, by definition, "gloppy."

                              1. re: Allstonian

                                i mean if we're going to be picky... i'd say more 'mushy' or 'pasty' or 'mash-like' even... gloppy sounds more liquid-y to me than i expect my refried beans ;)

                                1. re: valcfield

                                  Fair enough, although some versions are pretty soupy. I know one place with excellent refritos that are served in a bowl with a spoon.

                                  1. re: Allstonian

                                    The "refried" beans were soupy. I did not like the consistency; refried beans usually have a stiffer consistency, in my experience. Fair point with the cranberry beans, never heard of them before.