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JM Curley before a show?

justbeingpolite Apr 7, 2014 08:36 AM

I know we've had the conversation about where to eat before a show at the Opera House, but I'm taking three kids to a show this weekend, and was wondering if JM Curley would work?
What do you think?

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    valcfield RE: justbeingpolite Apr 7, 2014 10:40 AM

    Sooo looking at website it seems like the show is at 8pm on Sat or 630pm on Sun? 630 pm on sunday shouldn't be a problem if you get to jm at five when they open.

    As for Sat- you certainly could eat a meal before 8pm, but you'd probably have to deal with downtime after the meal (by going early to guarantee seat) or risk not getting a table in time if you go anytime after 6.

    If you do go... in addition to the rotating boards, they've recently updated their pickled-deviled eggs to have a bloody mary filling and beef jerky topping; i already adored the pickled whites on the old one (thought it's a genius balance for the creamy/fatty filling in deviled eggs) and this change only makes them better.

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      justbeingpolite RE: valcfield Apr 7, 2014 11:32 AM

      You think we'll have too much downtime if we go at 6?
      I figured it would take a few minutes to get in, seated, and order. Probably not get fed till around 6:45. I think it would be fine, no?

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        valcfield RE: justbeingpolite Apr 7, 2014 11:37 AM

        No my concern is if you get there at 6 you risk the high probability you won't get seated. I don't know month to month how busy it is, but the last two saturdays I've been (both winter 2014) Curley was full by 520. As it gets warmer maybe it'll fill up more slowly, it's just not something I'd be comfortable saying you could count on getting seated quickly if you're going ~6.

        Once you're seated though, I agree you'll get served quickly... even when they're slammed and i've ordered a *lot* of food the pace is brisk.

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          justbeingpolite RE: valcfield Apr 7, 2014 12:07 PM

          Or bag it and make a reservation at Teatro?

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            9lives RE: valcfield Apr 7, 2014 12:42 PM

            I walked by on Sat at about 4:45. There were probably 20 people waiting to get in when they open at 5.

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              justbeingpolite RE: 9lives Apr 7, 2014 01:10 PM

              How many seats? Does that mean no chance?

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                huuvola RE: justbeingpolite Apr 7, 2014 01:42 PM

                I think you've already got the answer to your original question: The place fills up fast, so there's no guarantee that you're going to find a seat at JM Curley. If you don't plan on showing up exactly at 5, either make other dinner plans or give JM Curley a shot with the knowledge that it just might not work (in other words: have a backup plan).

                Short answer: Maybe you'll get in; maybe you won't. It's unpredictable.

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                  justbeingpolite RE: huuvola Apr 7, 2014 02:08 PM

                  Thanks, all

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                    9lives RE: justbeingpolite Apr 7, 2014 04:28 PM

                    How about trying to get into JM Curleys and if that doesn't work (I personally don't think it will, but I sense you want to go:))go to Back Deck on West St, a block away. Not gourmet but I think the kids would enjoy.

                    I live in the area and everything x Social has been VERY busy on Sat eves the last few weeks.

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                      justbeingpolite RE: 9lives Apr 8, 2014 07:36 AM

                      Good thought. I can reserve there, too.

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        addiez RE: justbeingpolite Apr 8, 2014 10:09 AM

        I also love Sip before a show! Lots of options.

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          Nolapants RE: addiez Apr 8, 2014 10:58 AM

          We tried to do this exact thing before Book of Mormon last Thursday and couldn't get anywhere near jm Curley at 5:30. We opted for Sip, which was fine but nothing special. It too was crowded but we got lucky and were seated right away; others who arrived minutes later had to wait. When we left for the show it had pretty much emptied so they must benefit from the pre-theater crowd. I'd try to get a reservation somewhere (I'd go with Teatro over Back Deck but the kids might get a kick out of Back Deck). Or maybe go out in Chinatown?

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          Bellachefa RE: justbeingpolite Apr 8, 2014 12:43 PM

          How old are your kids? I hope they have entered puberty before seeing Book of Mormon.

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            kimfair1 RE: Bellachefa Apr 8, 2014 02:31 PM

            Seriously, this is an R rated show. Maybe even a hard R.

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              justbeingpolite RE: Bellachefa Apr 8, 2014 05:45 PM

              Junior in HS and two in college. Thanks for asking. Is a splurge at No. 9 Park too much?

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                Gordough RE: justbeingpolite Apr 8, 2014 07:12 PM

                How about Kingston Station? The burger is pretty good although not JM Curley level but not much else is. It's less than a 5 min walk from the Opera House.http://www.kingstonstation.com

                Other options include Silvertone, Merchant, Teatro and Shojo which are all within a 7 or so minute walk from the Opera House.

                By the way, the show is absolutely hilarious! Enjoy.

            2. maillard RE: justbeingpolite Apr 8, 2014 12:54 PM

              U-Burger? That would definitely be fast and is pretty tasty. I'd probably go somewhere in Chinatown, myself...

              1. hotoynoodle RE: justbeingpolite Apr 9, 2014 06:35 AM

                as a party of 4, of whom 3 aren't old enough to drink, i'd pick a different spot. if you don't get in, you will then be left wandering around trying to find a place that can fit you.

                make a rez at teatro or head down to chinatown area.

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                  valcfield RE: justbeingpolite Apr 9, 2014 07:12 AM

                  Oh- one thing I should have thought of earlier, you might want to check if there are reservations at Bogie's place, the steakhouse inside jm curley. On a Sat it might be booked by now, but if you ask for 530/6 and tell them you have a show you might get lucky.

                  You can get a lot of the JM mainstays (eg burger) off of the Bogie's 'bar' menu (which is not online), and Bogie's has a few dishes of its own I love (their version of the mac and cheese, the bone in ribeye, bone marrow app).

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                    justbeingpolite RE: valcfield Apr 9, 2014 07:38 AM

                    I was thinking of Bogie's. On their website it says "adults only" so I was thinking it might be only over 18. Maybe I'll give it a shot, though.

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                      valcfield RE: justbeingpolite Apr 9, 2014 07:51 AM

                      good point. i'd be clear you have one hs/underage, but i'm pretty sure i've seen people once or twice that didn't appear to be drinking age, so it's worth a shot.

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                        justbeingpolite RE: valcfield Apr 9, 2014 07:56 AM

                        OK, I'll try it. Still got a Back Deck res backup.

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