Social - Newton Cornet
A great new addition to the area. Appetizers were creative and delicious (chicken lollipops, baby philly, mussels), and we particularly enjoyed the sirloin, boneless beef short ribs, and the burger entrees. Portions are very generous!
The service was very friendly and accomodating. There are like 40 beers to choose from (many on tap), and the choice of wines by the glass were quite excellent.
Save room for dessert - likely the highlight of the evening: We all shared the lava chocolate cake, creme brulee, and poached pear - amazing!
Big bonus - validated parking next door...
Finally made it and unfortunately I now understand the lack of chatter. In a nutshell, high aspirations, poor execution. Tuna tartare featured excellent ingredients, but there was too much going on (scallions, tuna, tobiko, seaweed salad, lime/wasabi sorbet, two sauces...). Bib salad with "goat cheese vinaigrette" lacked any discernible goat cheese. Chicken lollipops were accompianied by shredded celery and carrots, a strange nod to buffalo wings that was difficult to manage. Adult potato chips oozed grease and the creme fraiche was tasteless. A fine piece of Atlantic salmon was expertly grilled, but I can't say the same for the aspargus that came with it, grilled to limp submission. The tomato bisque - lobster grilled cheese app was perhaps the best-executed plate we sampled; simple, straightforward, and tasty. Sevice was fine. My father described his first trip to France as a failed mission to find a bad Sancerre. I'm sad to report that my mission to find a bad Gruner Veltliner was successful here. The abundance of TVs gives a sports bar vibe, as does the excellent beer list. Had much higher hopes.