Curious to see if there are any recent reports. Initial online reviews look good and the menu looks fun. Anyone been?
Haven't been, though it's on my list. I'm glad they moved away from the initial positioning as "grandest restaurant to ever hit Allston".
In the first-world problems department, a flood of openings in the past year has made it tough to keep up. It might be easier if I weren't putting in four to six visits to one place at a time for my Improper reviews, on top of doing a couple of long-form cover features recently, plus a big chunk of the dining portion of the upcoming Boston's Best awards. I'm grateful for the work, but I miss dining out purely on my own whims sometimes. It would be absurd to complain.
Totto has reportedly had long lines on most nights. I've been to one of the NYC outlets, liked it, have been waiting for the initial crush in Allston to die down a bit. I don't think they do lunch yet.
Stopped in for a drink a couple weeks again and enjoyed the atmosphere for what it's worth. The beer, Ipswich Summer on cask dry hopped with Mosaic, was tasty too. The only thing odd is the location; not far off Harvard/Brighton Aves but basically in a residential neighborhood.
Quick update after stopping on the way home from work. Enjoyed the ceviche very much though I should note I don't eat ceviche too frequently. Fish was grouper; quite tender and seemed fresh with just enough fishyness. It was dressed with cilantro, small avacado chunks, lime juice, sesame seeds, dried chili flakes, and a small amount of crushed plaintain chips. Nicely balanced richness of avacado and sesame seeds with brightness of other ingredients. Personally I loved the plaintain crumbles as they added a welcome textural contrast.
Also enjoyed two beers from their very good list which focuses on local, Belgian, British, and German choices. As it turned out the bartender who served me is actually the owner and it was very pleasant speaking with him.
Finally should mention the free bread and baba ganoush served at the bar (and probably the tables). Baba ganoush was truly the best I've had with an incredible depth of flavor from the eggplant (almost mushroom-like flavor).
About a 2 minute walk from the Griggs st stop on the B line.
Finally got to Glenville Stops(GS) tonight.
I was excited to try it because of all the Latin influences in the food,
and I wanted to be supportive of this neophyte business
venture in a rather hidden location. The Globe piece on it had been generally favorable.
Simple décor of a casual bistro; a young waiter on (perhaps) his first waitering job.
Big list of wine and beer, but with a disappointing lack of attention to summer beverages
(sangria, iced tea, prosecco and yada yada, lemonade, non-alcoholic seltzer based drinks.....)
We sampled many of their small plates:
Table eggplant puree
Marinated mushrooms on crostini
Grilled Mexican corn w/ aioli
Sauteed Shrimp w/ chorizo aioli
Asparagus w/ Romesco sauce
Sauteed Octopus w/ Gigante Beans
Chicken Confit sandwich w/aji aioli, pickled daikon and carrot
Without belaboring the details, I will say that My Love found everything 'really good'
and I found almost every dish annoyingly sweet. Marinades and sauces-- they all had a noticeable amount of sweetness - that left me feeling like I had just been through a 'candy counter sampling.' Why go to all the trouble to make a subtly herbed chicken confit, and a spicy ? aji aioli -only to drown out both w/a sweet daikon slaw? The octopus was the most successful dish for me; it had an unusual mix of marinated creamy gigante beans w/ fresh salsa verde-type touches. and the octopus was tender if a bit charred(read 'bitter'.) Portions and prices matched up, imo, except for the chicken confit sdwch, which had a miniscule amount of chicken. Presentation was generally thoughtful.
If you visit Glenville Stops, I do advise you to walk there. The parking gods were def not on our side and it took almost an hour to find a spot. I wish the best for this father and son venture, but I also hope the chef will mature his tastebuds away from sweet . The many tables of young locals looked to all be enjoying themselves, and , in time, GS could make a valuable neighborhood bistro.
Thanks for the report, oc. Very helpful since I haven't made it there yet. Bummer about the sweet components in the dishes. That's something that I'm becoming more tolerant of in small doses, but don't enjoy when it hits me over the head. I think I'll give it a while to mature a bit before heading there.
When we do go, it sounds like the buses are the best way to get there for those of us outside of the city.
I have not experienced the pervasive sweetness you cite. It does crop in some interesting spots: the grape compote on the vine-ripe tomatoes comes to mind, but I thought that preparation was original and delicious, if off-beat. Likewise, the grilled cheese dish has some honey in it, but to my mind, that is akin to a variation on cheese saganaki, which often has a hint of ouzo. The sticky pork riblets indeed have a sweet glaze, but that's hardly unusual for such a preparation, and I think the inclusion of shishitos is a terrific counterpoint.
I didn't notice anything especially sweet or out of balance in the beets, mushroom baguette, burger, masa burger, shrimp, scallops (though I found the mole more fruity than chocolaty), carrot soup, octopus, lamb meatballs, or cod. The menu's sensibility is not all that far off from the row that Pedrosa hoed at Trade, his previous gig, with many Latin American, Med and Asian influences, if no flatbreads.
I'm really impressed with both the beer and wine programs. Just worried about the off-the-track location. I have a hard time recalling a place that was worse situated to take advantage of foot traffic.