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Lamb Dinner

kathleen168 Dec 18, 2013 01:36 PM

I am taking someone out for their birthday after the new year. They are 70+ and longing for a leg of lamb dinner with gravy and mashed potatoes.

I took her to a Greek restaurant once for this and although she did not express it I believe she was disappointed as they cooked it in a tomato sauce.

Does anyone know of a restaurant downtown or within 50 miles of Boston that offers a nice roasted lamb dinner - even seasonally or weekly if not on their menu consistently

Thank you !

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  1. foodieX2 RE: kathleen168 Dec 18, 2013 01:55 PM

    Check with Tosca in Hingham. The often have lamb but not always roasted.

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      kathleen168 RE: kathleen168 Dec 18, 2013 02:02 PM

      Thank you foodieX2........ she is a senior and I think she really wants and old-fashioned roasted leg of lamb dinner.

      I will check out Toscas for my own pleasure though :-) thank you

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        foodieX2 RE: kathleen168 Dec 18, 2013 02:04 PM

        Call them too, lamb is often a special. Ask to speak to Chris and let them know what are you trying do. They are really wonderful.

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          Bellachefa RE: kathleen168 Dec 18, 2013 02:16 PM

          Tosca's is great but certainly not the homey sunday supper roast, more the delicious chops and shanks. Oh how I love a good lamb shank. Maybe if you get her traditional meal this year, you can talk her into a more elevated shank next year!

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          Bellachefa RE: kathleen168 Dec 18, 2013 02:07 PM

          Sounds like she wants an old school sunday roast. Take a drive to the Wayside Inn - Sudbury for Sunday lunch. Visit the Griss Mill, Chapel, and Little Red School House - from the car if it's cold. And stop by the Wayside Country Store for a browse.

          I've not had the lamb, but it sounds like what she is craving.



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            Bellachefa RE: Bellachefa Dec 18, 2013 02:25 PM

            BTW - you can also order of their dinner menu on Sundays.


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              MABMAQ RE: Bellachefa Dec 19, 2013 11:11 AM

              +1 wayside inn for sunday lamb dinner

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              kathleen168 RE: kathleen168 Dec 18, 2013 02:14 PM

              Yes Bellachefa - she is looking for a true old school sunday roast dinner - thanks - keep them coming

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                opinionatedchef RE: kathleen168 Dec 19, 2013 12:46 AM

                i wonder about Jimmy's Steak House in Arlington. Very popular with older set.

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                  brandywiner RE: opinionatedchef Dec 20, 2013 06:15 PM

                  I frequently meet my brother at Jimmy's when I'm in town. They have rack of lamb on the menu, but I've never seen leg of lamb.

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                treb RE: kathleen168 Dec 19, 2013 03:55 AM

                This will be difficult as most places concentrate on chops and kabobs. Roasted leg of lamb, one of my favs, is not real popular.

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                  LStaff RE: kathleen168 Dec 19, 2013 05:58 AM

                  Greek Corner does roasted lamb pretty regularly I think, but she may have to settle for fries instead of mashed. No mashed at the Aegean in watertown/framingham either but the lemon roasted potatoes are usually pretty good.

                  1. Jolyon Helterman RE: kathleen168 Dec 20, 2013 07:47 PM

                    Gaslight does lamb shank dinner as a weekly (Thursday) special.

                    Also, the Blue Room


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                      ParisLady RE: kathleen168 Dec 21, 2013 08:14 AM

                      The Athenian Corner in Lowell serves a wonderful roast leg of lamb (not in tomato sauce) roasted in its own juices. I am not certain, but pretty sure the Olympia Restaurant also in Lowell serves the same thing. I prefer the Athenian Corner.

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                        Bellachefa RE: kathleen168 Jan 18, 2014 12:43 PM

                        well then?

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                          ParisLady RE: kathleen168 Jan 18, 2014 05:29 PM

                          Where did you end up going and how was it?

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                            kathleen168 RE: kathleen168 Jan 18, 2014 06:44 PM

                            No where yet my sister called They Wayside Inn and they said that they do not offer Lamb Dinners any longer
                            Startingt from scratch - someone told me Lindsayd in Wareham does anyone have any experience with that

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                              riverboy RE: kathleen168 Jan 27, 2014 05:45 PM

                              coach grill in Wayland has great lamb, but it is a rack

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                                CportJ RE: kathleen168 Jan 27, 2014 10:04 PM

                                Desfina in E. Cambridge has roasted lamb, I don't think in tomato sauce, with roasted potatoes.

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                                  grumpyspatient RE: kathleen168 Jan 28, 2014 04:44 AM

                                  I have not been in a very long time but the Olympia Restaurant in Lowell has roast lamb on the menu. Not sure if you'll get mashed and gravy, but you could give them a call to see what the options might be.


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                                    peregrine RE: grumpyspatient Jan 28, 2014 10:10 AM

                                    If you're going as far as Lowell, La Boniche has an excellent lamb shank.

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                                    phatchris RE: kathleen168 Jan 28, 2014 07:27 AM

                                    Both Artu and Quatrro in The North End do Roast Lamb well.

                                    1. Chris VR RE: kathleen168 Jan 28, 2014 10:08 AM

                                      The Continental in Saugus or Century House in Peabody is where I'd bring a senior looking for a nice, old school dinner. Neither has roasted leg of lamb on their menus, but both have rack of lamb.

                                      The Aegean in Framingham lists it on their menu "Roast Spring Leg of Lamb $17 Lightly seasoned leg of lamb, sliced & topped with light brown gravy"

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                                        Bellachefa RE: kathleen168 Jan 28, 2014 11:16 AM

                                        It's time to bite the bullet and invite her for dinner at home. Roast a nice leg of lamb, make a gravy, mash some potatoes and be sure to have some mint jelly on hand. I'm very dissapointed that Wayside Inn was a bust.

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                                          9lives RE: Bellachefa Jan 29, 2014 01:50 PM

                                          Have you tried a lamb top round? I much prefer it to leg of lamb. It has much less sinew. Usually about 2 lbs plus.

                                          Roast it whole or cut into kebabs and grill.

                                          Seen it at Savenors and Golden Goose.

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                                            Bellachefa RE: 9lives Jan 29, 2014 01:56 PM

                                            I will try it. For the OP I think they are looking for an old fashioned lamb roast sunday dinner with gravy and mint jelly.

                                            I recently mentioned on another thread how much I liked the lamb bolognese at Sorellina. The lamb had a brisquet like crust and a subtle gaminess, and the inclusion of mint was lovely. However, that is not what the guest of honor is looking for.

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                                              kathleen168 RE: 9lives Jan 29, 2014 03:03 PM

                                              Sounds awesome 9lives - I think I will definitely try that. Is that the Golden Goose in the No.End??

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                                            kathleen168 RE: kathleen168 Jan 28, 2014 01:20 PM

                                            Thanks - yes it does sound like that would be my best option. i was just looking for a restaurant style dinner as it will be just three of us and a leg of lamb is so large. But I am sure that I will find a few other friends or family members that would love to have a lamb dinner.

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                                              Science Chick RE: kathleen168 Jan 28, 2014 01:35 PM

                                              The size of the leg of lamb probably dictates why so few places offer that as an entree. I'm guessing it isn't popular enough to warrant the preparation and potential waste. Rack of lamb can be done to order, so easier to manage for a restaurant.

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                                                kathleen168 RE: Science Chick Jan 28, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                Pricey as well - science chik -
                                                Probably will create a family dinner one of these winter Sundays

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                                                Bellachefa RE: kathleen168 Jan 28, 2014 01:50 PM

                                                Leftovers will make a lovely shepherds pie or stew with some barley and rosemary, or a ragu.

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                                                Bellachefa RE: kathleen168 Feb 5, 2014 07:41 AM

                                                I've never been, so I can't recommend, but

                                                you might want to check out the Tip Tap Room. They serve assorted game and It looks like lamb tips marinated with mint served with a mash. not an old school prep, but looks like it could be a nice alternative!


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