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May 24, 2014 09:24 AM

Boston dishes so rich, they will send you to the boneyard.

Last night, Sorellina's soft polenta side with parm

Scampos Lobster Pizza

and you?

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  1. The pork sandwich at State Park.

    1. esk's salad that includes sweetbreads, lardons, hazelnuts and a poached egg.

      but... lettuce, amirite?

      1. Zo's pork gyro
        Chacarero sandwich

        Both are prohibitive of getting any work done in the afternoon.

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        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          Also near Zo's: Cafe Latina's roast pork with crispy skin.

          1. re: bizkat

            Cafe Latina has been closed for quite some time. Team is at Discovery Cafe in Kendall.

              1. re: mkfisher

                A not quite as good (and sometimes nowhere near as good - it varies) version can be had as the friday special there. No tostones, no sauce, the rice isn't quite as good, the pork can approach the old pork but almost never succeeds. Portions are smaller and prices are higher.

                That said, they a) exist and b) are 2 blocks from my work. I dig it.

          2. Lobster Roe Noodles at ICOB and the Gorgonzola Gnocchi at Grotto.

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              1. re: opinionatedchef

                I was trying to remember if I have had Gorgonzola Gnocchi, as it is such a strong flavor. Once I saw the description on the menu, I think it works, and I think I had it years ago. Not sure.

                However, something really bothered me. At the top of the menu they say

                "Please choose one option from each course for $40 (No sharing or splitting)"

                REALLY???? No Sharing??? I can understand no splitting, but being told not to share a bite with your dinner companion? Maybe they mean that two people cannot share one prix fix dinner, but really, how often does that occur, that they would choose to introduce their menu with this rule? Makes me reconsider the restaurant group as a whole.

                1. re: Bellachefa

                  obviously they don't mean trading bites. :)

                  as somebody who worked more than enough restaurant weeks and in places that had prix-fixe menus, YES, people try to split one of those meals often. it's incredibly tacky.

                  sorry if it's off-putting to you, but it's an unpleasant reality.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    sorry if my opinion is off-putting to you, but I completely disagree with you. Your example of restaurant week menus is irrelevant in this instance.

                    Grotto has chosen to make their opening statement of hospitality on top of their regular menu. That is the only thing obvious to me. No smiley face inserted. That choice is an unpleasant reality.

                    1. re: Bellachefa

                      There are less obvious ways to achieve the same result. An asterisk pointing to a note at the bottom of the menu with "Plate sharing / splitting charge: $30", maybe.


                      1. re: Bellachefa

                        Grotto stores and serves its wines at room temp, which can exceed 80 in the summer. Their (not-so-great) food and service pale in comparison to that travesty.

                        1. re: Bellachefa

                          What are you disagreeing with, that people would try to share a prix fixe menu? I'm absolutely sure that it happens.

                          Now, I don't know that it's intended to be schmucky/cheap.... I find that a full 3 or more course menu is really too much food for me and I'd actually really like to share a menu with my husband than to end up with leftovers. No matter how yummy they may be, I don't always want to cart them around. But I wouldn't try to do it on a prix fixe, mostly because I have been back of house and I know that's not expected or profitable.

                          1. re: Chris VR

                            I'd guarantee in most cases it's meant to be cheap. When two diners come into a restaurant and split what they would consider a standard meal (appetizer, entree, dessert) across two people they are certainly losing money if that table could have gone to other diners who would have paid for a full meal each.

                            1. re: QuakerInBoston

                              You're probably right but to give people benefit of the doubt, so many people these days have had bariatric surgery that I am sure that's a factor more often than you'd think (that's not the case with me, I just get full really quickly... I loved my meal at e in Las Vegas but it was torture getting those last courses down.)

                2. Jasper White's pan-roasted lobster at Summer Shack. The recipe has been published but I avoid looking at it since I fear knowing how much butter is in that out-of-this-world sauce!