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IMG_6489Thursday night, September 4th, Buick hosted an evening at Sweet Cheeks Q. To follow the conversations check out the hashtag #summerencore and #bosdistrict along with the twitter handle @districtdrive. It was the perfect summer evening, we had the whole patio to ourselves and they pulled up the canopy so that we could eat under the stars.

IMG_6485Guests included Rachel from Eater Boston, Eric from Urban Daddy Boston, Erik from Thrillist and Tom, aka Boston Tweet. There were two signature drinks for the evening, a “Regal Buick” and a “Palmer Encore”. So here’s what you’re thinking: what does Buick have to do with BBQ? From time to time they do these events to get out in front of their audience. People buy cars every 8-10 years, you don’t want to wait that long to have a conversation with them. The evening was relaxed and casual – it was about the company and the food, talking about a new car was a bonus. Buying a car can be pretty stressful, trust me, I bought one a little over a year ago – from a 25 year old girl who looked like she just came from a club – it was so awkward I didn’t know where to look.

IMG_6486I love how creative they got with the seating. Guests were sent home with a Buick wine stopper and the opportunity to take a Buick vehicle out for a full week for a test drive. Conor, co-founder of SoonSpoon joined me for the evening and we had a blast! He’s from Texas, so this was right up his alley.

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The cocktail hour featured small canapes: summer tomato with whipped pimento cheese and charred scallion; maple crisped southern “Johnny cake” with bluefush pate (above); smashed cucumber with North Carolina tahini and dill; and crispy oysters with lettuce and corn salsa.

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First course was plated: pork belly and grits with smashed tomato sauce and shrimpy sauce. How can one go wrong with pork belly?

imag1407The second course was served family style: a fried chicken and shrimp boil poured out right onto the table. How amazing is this? The fried chicken was PERFECT, crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. You should have seen the size of those shrimps! Tiffani came out and chatted with us over the course of the meal – we talked Top Chef, opening your own restaurant, and where the other best places in the city are to get fried chicken. We met briefly at a Good Ones party months ago, but this was a nice chance to get to know her a little better. Let me tell you, she couldn’t be nicer or more down to earth.

imag1409Don’t for get the sides: biscuits with honey butter, mac and cheese, collard greens, fried okra and broccoli casserole. The best part about Sweet Cheeks are the biscuits – not only are they enormous but they still manage to feel light – and that honey butter? Forget about it – I dream about that stuff.

imag1412Dessert was a gigantic nutter butter with garnishes. One word: AMAZING! On the regular menu, it’s just the nutter butter, so this one was kicked into overdrive. We couldn’t finish it all! Thanks to Buick and Tiffani for a wonderful evening. Can’t wait to pick out a car and take it for a spin!

Disclaimer: Buick invited me to attend this event as their guest – all opinions are my own.

Sweet Cheeks Q

1381 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

http://www.sweetcheeksq.com/

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IMG_0217You may know Bar Louie – they have a location at Patriot Place. They had their soft opening on Friday, September 20th. They invited me to be their guest with a few of my friends to help them test their soft opening. Bar Louie has a prime location at 121 Brookline Avenue – perfect for a drink before the Sox game or dinner before a movie at the Regal cinema next door.

IMG_0219Like most of the bars on the street, they have high windows that open up onto the street – great people watching. I think it was confusing for Sox fans – Bar Louie looked like the perfect location to go because all the other bars on the block were packed with a line around the corner. The hostess had to continually tell people that this was their soft opening and turned people away. People were very confused. They were told that Bar Louie was opening at 8pm and they should come back. When I got to the front of the line they didn’t have my name on the list, but she said not to worry, they were having issues with their reservations. We arrived at around 6:30pm. The front area near the street was pretty sparse, most people were at the bar or in the back at high top tables. When I asked the hostess if we could sit at the table closer to the window she looked at me with a blank stare…so I explained to her that the table she originally wanted to sit me at would be fine.

IMG_0220They have a large bar in the middle of the room, with booths, high tops and couches around the perimeter. TV’s surround the bar, so no matter where you are sitting, you have a good view of the game.

IMG_0230The noise level was ok, but we weren’t at full capacity. Liked the ambiance here – a little more of an upscale bar,  and it’s nice to have other options in this area.

IMG_0222Our waitress was a little confused with what was on the menu and what/how we could order. We were offered one appetizer to share for the table and every could have an entree, with the stipulation that we all had to get something different. We get the bruschetta to start. It comes out in an enormous martini glass – a playful presentation. It was tasty – the bread was toasted just right and the bruschetta was flavorful. (regularly $8)

IMG_0223The food and non alcoholic beverages were provided for us, but we paid for alcoholic beverages. I had the strawberry margarita: Camerena Silver, O3, fresh sour, lime, and strawberry purée ($10). Really nice flavor, and loved the presentation. We waited some time between our app and our main course. It gave us time to take in the sights. It was hard to tell who was a waitress, other than the fact that they were all gathering around the host stand and chatting. They were all in black tops of some sort, but some were in booty shorts, some were in jeans. All of the servers were pretty young, the younger staff gives the place a good spirit, a really fun vibe. I think that they could have benefited from another day or two of training – but that is what soft openings are for right!

IMG_0225I had the mac and cheese (regularly $10). The dish was good, if not a little one dimensional. It came out a little on the luke warm side but it had a very nice presentation.

IMG_0226The meatball hoagie (regularly $10): premium meatballs, pepperoni, marinara, spicy giardiniera, mozzarella, parmesan, on a hoagie roll. The tots were way too salty but the sandwich was good – the meatballs had a really nice kick to them.

IMG_0227If you follow this blog, you know I am a sucker for anything with a fried egg on it. This burger is no exception! The Louie burger was tasty, probably the best dish out of the three. (regularly $12) Prices here are affordable, entrees running around $10-$12, beers on tap at $7 and mixed drinks hovering in the $10 range.

IMG_0228Overall a good experience. As I mentioned before, the servers could use a bit more training to make the process smoother – I can imagine how swamped they would get during Sox games and they need to be prepared. The bartenders were on point, cranking out drinks like pros. I look forward to coming back in a few months to see what it’s like when they are in the swing of things, this place has good potential.

Bar Louie

121 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA

http://www.barlouieamerica.com

https://www.facebook.com/BarLouieFenway

*We were offered complimentary food and non alcoholic drinks.

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IMG_9221Barrio Cantina, a Michael Schlow restaurant, took over the previous space Schlow had as Happy’s Bar and Kitchen. The comfort food restaurant has been morphed into a Mexican restaurant, but the space feels very similar.

IMG_9222Maybe it’s because the Red Sox are out of town, but the place is pretty quiet. It takes a beat for someone to help us at the hostess stand and they seem to be having a shortage on menus. We get seated near the bar/service station and out waitress seems to be a bit off – whether she’s having a bad day or what, the service was lacking. There was just this really weird vibe. Our water glasses were filled when we sat and weren’t filled again until we had paid the check and were ready to leave, and it was by another server who was awkwardly loitering around the bar.

IMG_9223Love the space – the decor, and the long bar. The weather is pretty iffy, and on the cool side, but there are people eating outside on the patio.

IMG_9224We order guacamole but it never comes. Our waitress seems to have just forgotten about it and we don’t see the sense in reminding her as out entrees come out pretty quickly. We get the shredded chicken tacos with poblano peppers. They are tasty and have a little bit of a kick to them.

IMG_9225We also ordered the spicy shrimp tacos with avocado and bacon, which don’t look as appealing as the chicken tacos, but they are in face good. There was a lot of spicy mayo on these, so they packed a little punch.

IMG_9226We also ordered the complete burrito with chicken, beef, pulled pork, chorizo, salsa, avocado, hot peppers, rice and beans. The sheer size of this thing is amazing – we ate this baby with a knife and fork it was too big to lift up and eat! Overall the food was ok, the price was right at three plates for around $36. I’m sure this place is hopping on game days, but we walked out with a weird feeling – having not been thrilled when this place was Happy’s and now not thrilled with this place being Barrio Cantina. The service in general needs to be upped, which we thought was odd, seeing as service is pretty high at Schlow’s other restaurants we have been to.

Barrio Cantina

1363 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115
857 753 4100

http://www.barrioboston.com/

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IMG_5454This one has been sitting in my photos for months now, I just stumbled upon it. I won’t write a full review, just a quick thought. Tasty Burger’s special “Hanukkah Burger”, an all beef patty topped with a potato cake and apple sauce. Not as pretty as their twitter pic that first made me salivate (see their original tweet here), but still quite tasty. Wish there was a little more apple sauce on it, but overall, an amazing burger! They should have this year round.

Tasty Burger

http://www.tastyburger.com/

1301 Boylston Street Behind Fenway
Boston, MA 02215
617.425.4444
OPEN 11am – 2am

See website for other locations and menu options

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Island Creek Oysters are based out of Duxbury, Massachusetts and their new restaurant in the Hotel Commonwealth helps them spotlight (and highlight) their brand.

Island Creek Oyster Bar is located in the old space that Great Bay used to occupy. The space is pretty large and open. The front area has a bar (and lounge, ie: high top tables) that wraps around into the main dining area (see above).

The place was pretty quite on a Monday evening which was nice. I read various reviews that said that the noise level from the bar spilled over into the main dining area, making it hard to hear across the table.

We start with the no shell Snug Harbor Pei mussels with white wine, garlic, shallots and parsley ($10). I don’t know what I expected, but this wasn’t it. That’s not a bad thing. When it came out, it reminded me of bubble tea. There were little cous cous type pastas inside the broth. The mussels were tasty-instead of eating it with the toast that came with the dish, we used the fresh sour dough bread from our bread basket (which was made in house, along with the house made butter with honey and spice).

Then we split the scallops with two kinds of mushrooms ($29). The scallops were cooked to perfection-super buttery smooth inside and slightly salty.

And split the tile fish with roasted cauliflower ($26). The plating was beautiful-you almost wanted to admire it more than eat it….almost. The tile fish is a white fish, light, sort of the consistency of a bass. I love roasted cauliflower, this had an excellent flavor to it-almost nutty and salty. This dish is so simple and it allowed for the tastes of the fish and the cauliflower to really shine.

The drink menu was small, and a lot of the choices were made with spices that I dont think you would find in most drinks-allspice, fennel, and elderflower to name a few.

There is no menu online, it changes often, but to see a sample go to menupages or urbanspoon (click on the pdf). The service was good-but was that because there were almost as many servers on as there were guests? When we asked our server for suggestions, she said the scallops and the tile fish but then recited the exact wording on the menu, and adding a ‘lovely’ here and there. I want to know why you like it, for instance, I like the tilefish because it’s light and not fishy, or I love the scallops because they melt like butter. What I don’t want is, I like the scallops, they come with two types o of mushrooms. Perhaps Monday isn’t the day when they put their A-game servers on. That being said, the food was excellent, we would definitely go back.

Island Creek Oyster Bar

500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

617.532.5300

http://www.islandcreekoysterbar.com/

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We had been to Basho once before (see post), but this time we came back to use our groupon. Apologies in advance for the dim lighting in the pictures….Above are the fried chicken meatballs ($8). They were light and came smothered in a light sweet sauce.

The shrimp tempura dinner ($21) which I had before. I love the sauce and the light crispy shrimp and veggies.

Some sushi-spicy tuna maki ($6.75), sweet potato tempura maki ($5.25) and the spicy yellowtail maki ($6.50).

And the piece de resistance was the Celtic roll or the Celtic Burrito Maki. I saw it advertised on Urban Daddy as ‘basically a tuna maki roll the size of a small burrito, deep fried tempura style.” It’s pretty darn excellent-because who doesn’t like deep fried sushi?

Basho

1338 Boylston St,Boston

617-262-1338

http://basho.douzosushi.com/

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We tried Basho this weekend-Basho is a Japanese noun meaning “a place where things happen”. I had a Buywithme coupon, but we ended up not using it-saving it for when we go back for dinner. The space is quite large, the room to the left was empty-everyone was being seated in the room to the right. There was one waitress working and the hostess was trying her best to help out. There were about a dozen tables seated mid afternoon.

Basho is spacious, with white walls mixed with dark wood and a splash of lime green make the restaurant feel very modern. Clean lines and minimalist decor add to the modern feel.

The booths give you a bit more privacy, as the walls around them are high. The tables out in the open have a cafeteria like quality. There are large windows in front to let in lots of light to the space.

We start with the edamame, with salt and a lime ($4.75). I’m thinking to myself, what is this, tequila? We skipped the lime and stuck with just salt. They were good, but they were a little overcooked.

My dining companion gets the chicken teriyaki lunch ($8.95). The chicken is tender and the sauce is really flavorful-I really enjoyed the few bites of this dish I had. The chicken is served over a bed of rice with a side salad.

I order the shrimp tempura bento ($9.95) that came with three pieces of tempura shrimp, and 1 each of tempura red pepper, squash and broccoli over a bed of white rice.

The other half of the bento had a salad, and I use that term loosely. There were a few pieces of lettuce and 3 slices of tomato and as you can see from the picture, the tomatoes aren’t even red/ripe. The sauce/broth that came with the tempura was excellent since the tempura itself was basically flavorless. The broth was flavorful and salty-yum! The tempura was light and was not greasy at all.

The service was a little lacking, and I felt bad that there was only one waitress. We are going to go back again and try Basho for dinner, and see what the atmosphere is like at night-it was pretty laid back during the lunch crowd. I wonder the Red Sox fans will like this place-if it will be as crowded as the sports bars near by.

Basho

http://basho.douzosushi.com/

1338 Boylston Street Boston MA (Between Kilmarknok and Jersey)

Validated parking at 1330 Boylston Street garage $4 for 3 hours after 5pm

(617) 262-1338

Lunch 11:30am-3pm; Dinner 3pm-1am

COLD APPETIZERS
Homemade Organic Tofu  6.00
with seasonal mushroom, yuzu and soy dashi. Served chilled.
Spicy Tuna * 10.25
on crispy sushi rice
Tuna Tartar * 12.00
on crispy seasoned rice cake
Tuna Tataki * 12.25
with apple mustard and ponzu
Escolar Carpaccio * 14.75
Oyster or Cherrystone on Shell * 6.50
Kobe Beef Carpaccio * 26.00
highest quality Japanese beef
Beef Tataki * 10.25
with ponzu
Monkfish Pate * 9.00
with ponzu
Yellowtail Usuzukuri * 12.50
with yuzu sauce
Tuna Kimchee Sashimi* 14.75
with spicy garlic sauce
Snow Crab Sunomono   9.00
with light sweet vinegar sauce
Sashimi Appetizer * 10.75
salmon, tuna and white fish
Sashimi Naruto * 10.75
tuna, yellowtail, salmon, and asparagus rolled in cucumber
Naruto * 8.00
crab stick, shrimp rolled in cucumber with tobiko, avocado and spicy mayo
Baby Octopus  6.00
with spicy sauce, cucumber, orange, and ponzu
Lobster Ceviche * 16.00
with yuzu yellow pepper sauce
Torched Salmon Salad * 8.25
with crabmeat, shiitake and mayo
Ohitashi   (v) 5.75
steamed spinach with sesame sauce

HOT APPETIZERS
Crispy Shrimp   9.50
glazed with creamy spicy sauce
Steamed Edamame  (v) 4.75/5.25
choice of salt and lime or spicy ginger and garlic
Shumai  6.75
steamed or deep-fried shrimp dumpling
Gyoza 6.75
pan fried or steamed pork ravioli
Scallop or Seafood Kaiyaki  9.75
baked on half shell
Sautéed Shrimp 9.50
with black vinegar and garlic sauce
Steamed Bun Sandwich  7.75
with Kurobuta pork and pickled cucumber
Foie Gras Teriyaki * 15.00
with braised daikon, miso cured cheese and Sauternes soy
Roasted Eggplant 8.25
with red miso and mozzarella cheese

YAKIMONO
GRILL
Hamachi Kama   10.75
broiled yellowtail collar
Beef Roll* 7.50
glazed with teriyaki sauce
Rack of Lamb* 9.25
with pesto sauce
Miso Black Cod  10.75
caramelized with sweet miso
Grilled Duck* 12.25

ROBATA GRILL
(ON SKEWER)
MEAT  VEGETABLE
Tsukune seasoned ground chicken 4.00 Grape Tomato (v)  2.00
Chicken Thigh 3.50 Shiitake Mushroom (v) 2.00
Chicken Breast 3.50 Trumpet Royal Mushroom (v) 2.75
Kawa chicken skin 2.50 Asparagus   2.00
Kobe Beef 6.75 Japanese Eggplant  2.00
Spicy Duck with mushroom 6.25 Kabocha Squash 2.25
Pork Tenderloin and Scallion 3.75 SEAFOOD
Pork Belly and Mustard 3.75 Shrimp with miso 5.00
Pork Belly Rolled on asparagus 3.75 Squid Roll with Shiso 5.00
Pork Belly Rolled on grape tomato 3.75 Scallop with Mentaiko Aioli 5.75

AGEMONO
FRIED
Agedashi Tofu 6.25
with spicy daikon, scallions, and soy dashi
Softshell Crab Tempura  11.95
with cauliflower puree, spicy cognac aioli, and ponzu
Fried Chicken Thigh  7.75
with sansho aioli
Fried Chicken Meat Balls  8.00
with robata teriyaki sauce

TEMPURA
(2 PIECES PER ORDER)
Water Eel 4.50 Bell Pepper 2.00
Scallop 4.50 Broccoli 2.00
Shrimp 4.95 Eggplant 2.00
White Fish 3.75 Green Beans 2.00
Avocado 2.00 Zucchini 2.00
Cauliflower 2.00 Sweet Potato 2.00
Asparagus 2.50 Shiitake Mushroom 2.00
TEMPURA ROLL
Lobster Tempura Roll  12.95
fried lobster, asparagus, and avocado wrapped with soy paper
California Tempura Roll  10.95
fried California roll with a touch of spicy mayo and eel sauce
Yellowtail Tempura Roll 10.95
fried yellowtail, crabmeat, avocado and tobiko
Salmon Tempura Roll 10.95

SUSHI/SASHIMI
(first price is for sushi, second price is for sashimi)
Fried Bean Curd 1.50 N/A Tobiko **-fish roe 2.50 5.00
Egg Omelet 1.50 3.00 Salmon Roe ** 2.50 5.00
Crab Stick 1.75 3.50 Sea Urchin ** 3.00 6.00
Squid * 2.00 4.00 Water Eel 2.50 5.00
Octopus 2.50 5.00 Sweet Shrimp * 3.00 6.00
Cooked Shrimp 2.00 4.00 Fluke * 2.50 5.00
Striped Bass * 2.50 5.00 Kobe Beef M/P N/A
Scallop * 2.50 5.00 Salmon * 2.75 5.50
Tuna * 3.25 6.50 Wild Salmon * 3.25 6.50
Pickled Mackerel * 2.00 4.00 Yellowtail * 3.00 6.00
Snow Crab 3.00 6.00 Albacore Tuna * 2.50 5.00
Smoked Salmon * 2.75 5.50 Chutoro * fatty tuna  M/P M/P
Escolar * 3.00 6.00 Toro * tuna belly  M/P M/P

Sushi: 1 piece per order
Sashimi: 2 pieces per order
** Available to add quail egg for $0.50 per order

MAKI ROLLS/HAND ROLLS
Crab Stick 4.50 Avocado   (v) 3.50
Cooked Shrimp 4.75 Cucumber   (v) 3.50
Salmon * 5.00 Asparagus   (v) 3.50
Tuna * 6.00 Natto   (v) fermented soybean 3.50
Yellowtail Scallion * 6.00 Oshinko   (v) pickled radish  3.50
Chutoro * fatty tuna scallion M/P Ume   (v) plum paste  3.50
Eel Cucumber 6.25 Kanpyo   (v) marinated gourd  3.50
Eel Avocado 6.25 Spicy Salmon * 6.00
Futo 7.25 Spicy Yellowtail * 6.50
Spicy Tuna * 6.75 Spicy Scallop * 7.00
Spicy Seafood * 6.00 Shrimp Tempura * 7.00
Sweet Potato Tempura 5.25 Shiitake Mushroom Tempura 5.00
Alaskan * 6.00 California * 6.00
salmon, avocado, and bonito  crab stick, avocado, cucumber,
flakes   and tobiko
Philadelphia * 6.00 Salmon Skin 6.00
smoke salmon, cucumber, scallion  cucumber, pickles, fish flakes
and cream cheese   and scallion
Kamikaze * 6.75 Garden (v) 7.00
shrimp, cucumber, tobiko, and   lettuce, asparagus, carrot
spicy mayo  cucumber, and tomato,
wrapped with layer avocado

CUCUMBER HAND ROLL
Eel Avocado  7.00
Spicy Tuna *  7.00
Spicy Scallop *   7.00
Spicy Salmon *   7.00
Spicy Snow Crab   8.00
Spicy Yellowtail *   7.00

SIGNATURE ROLLS
COMBINATION
Basho Roll * 13.95
fried snow crab, lettuce, shiitake, asparagus, pickles with jalapeno
aioli wrapped with cucumber and soy paper
Caterpillar Roll * 10.95
eel, cucumber, tobiko, spicy mayo wrapped with layer of avocado,
unagi sauce
Dragon Roll  12.95
sweet potato tempura wrapped with eel, avocado, touch of unagi sauce
Green Monster Roll * 14.95
softshell crab, spicy mayo, wrapped with escolar and seasoned
with cilantro pesto
Phoenix Roll * 15.95
crab stick with spicy mayo wrapped with seared salmon and
tobiko, unagi sauce
Rainbow Roll * 12.95
shrimp, crab stick, tobiko, spicy mayo wrapped with tuna, salmon,
white fish and avocado
Red Spider Roll * 15.95
soft shell crab wrapped with tuna, tobiko, touch of unagi sauce
Russian Roll * 13.95
eel, salmon skin, cucumber, onion topped with caviar
Spicy Avalanche Roll * 15.95
spicy tuna, cucumber, wrapped with soy paper, with toasted
cheese & snow crab
Tiger Roll * 13.95
eel, cucumber wrapped with smoked salmon, torched squid
and salmon roe

TUNA, SALMON, YELLOWTAIL
Crunchy Roll * 12.95
fried onion, cucumber, spicy crumb wrapped with tuna, tobiko, salmon,
salmon roe, touch of mango sauce
Fenway Roll * 15.95
asparagus, cucumber, avocado wrapped with seared tuna, wasabi tobiko,
touch of wasabi sauce
Summer Roll * 12.95
cucumber, avocado, tobiko topped with spicy tuna
Torch Toro Roll * 19.95
cucumber, onion, asparagus, layers of torched toro and jalapeno
Yuzu Yellowtail Roll * 15.75
avocado, cucumber & spicy mayo, wrapped with seared yellowtail,
black tobiko, touch of yuzu sauce
SHELLFISH
Alligator Roll  15.95
shrimp tempura wrapped with eel & crab stick, touch of chili paste
Amaebi Mango Roll * 13.95
mango, cucumber, grilled pineapple wrapped with sweet shrimp
touch of mango sauce
Boston Roll * 10.95
lobster, lettuce, tomato, asparagus, tobiko & spicy mayo
Crazy Roll  8.00
shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber & spicy mayo
Dynamite Roll  11.95
avocado, cucumber wrapped with torched spicy seafood salad and cheese
Scallop Kiwi Roll * 13.95
mixed seafood, seaweed salad, tempura crumb, topped with scallop, kiwi,
black tobiko
Snow Mountain Roll  12.95
shrimp tempura topped with snow crab
Spider Roll * 10.95
soft shell crab tempura, avocado, cucumber, tobiko & spicy mayo
Volcano Roll * 8.00
crab stick, tobiko, avocado, cucumber toasted with spicy mayo & unagi sauce

Black Cod Miso Yaki Dinner 21.00
Tuna Steak Teriyaki * 24.50
with grilled veggie and teriyaki butter sauce
Pan Seared Scallop  22.00
with shiitake risotto, pine nut and lemon butter sauce
Grilled Salmon Teriyaki  19.95
Shrimp Tempura Dinner 21.00
MEAT
Sirloin Steak with Ginger Teriyaki 21.00
with steamed seasonal vegetables
Grilled Chicken Teriyaki 17.00
Kobe Beef Stew* 35.00 with seasonal vegetables in sukiyaki broth
Grilled Duck Teriyaki* 21.00
with sauteed seasonal mushrooms and mango tamarind teriyaki sauce
Katsu Dinner 19.00
choice of pork or chicken with katsu sauce
Grilled Rack of Lamb 21.00
with mushroom sauce and mustard miso
VEGETABLE
Vegetable Tempura Dinner (v) 17.00
with tempura sauce and sansho aioli
Steamed Seasonal Vegetables (v) 17.00
with ginger dressing
SUSHI
Sushi Sashimi Platter * 45.00
Sushi Dinner * 21.00
Sashimi Dinner * 25.00
Chirashi Dinner * 23.00
RICE & NOODLES
White Rice 2.50
Brown Rice 3.00
Sushi Rice 3.50
Smoked Salmon Fried Rice 12.95
Vegetable Fried Rice  (v) 10.25
Kimchee Fried Rice  (v) 10.25
Yaki Udon/Ramen  (v) 10.25
add Chicken 12.00
add Shrimp 14.00
Pan Seared Duck Udon/Ramen in Soup 12.50
Kurobuta Pork Udon/Ramen in Soup 12.50
Veggie Udon/Ramen in Soup  11.00

SOUP
Miso Soup  with tofu and scallion 3.00
Spicy Lobster Miso Soup 8.00
Cherrystone Ginger Soup simmered with fresh ginger 5.75
Dobin Mushi served in pot with seafood and chicken 7.50
Shiitake Mushroom Soup  (v) 6.00

SALAD
House Salad (v) mesclun greens with house dressing 5.50
Spicy Tuna Salad with mesclun greens 12.25
Seafood Salad with spicy mayo 7.50
Seaweed Salad (v) with cucumber in light vinegar 5.25
Grilled Chicken Salad romaine lettuce, carrot, crispy noodles 9.95

BEVERAGES
Ice Green Tea 3.50
House Green Tea 1.50
Coffee 2.95
Mineral Water 4.25
Sparkling Water 4.25
Soda 1.95
Juice 2.50

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So we roll over to Tasty Burger on a weekday night, and it’s freezing outside. We order our burgers and wait outside in the parking lot at the take out window for about 15 minutes. Our shakes come before the food, so we add to the chill by slurping down our milkshakes while we wait. We then regret not sitting down for dinner inside.

Popular offerings are a single or double burger and shafts which are their own 1/2lb hot dogs. We order a ‘bag of burgers’ which has 5 inside, a single burger and a mushroom burger-along with 3 drinks: vanilla shake, strawberry shake and a lime mint slushie. Total: $54. Yikes! For a take out window…for 3 people…and then we remember that that’s for 7 burgers and 3 drinks, doesn’t seem so bad then…

The burgers are flat patty style, grilled to order, on a sesame seed bun. Not bad….but was hoping to be wowed.

Shakes were good…fries were crisp on the outside yet mushy on the inside.

The mushroom burger was good, although a little heavy on the a-1 steak sauce, and where was the swiss cheese??

Burger places are popping up all over the place. This place has potential, but you have to wonder how a take out window with no cover is going to survive in this New England weather. Perhaps they should consider heat lamps or some sort of tent for when it rains/snows. On that note, the inside is pretty cool looking: inside of an old garage (isn’t that all the rage these days) houses some casual tables, a bar, and some flat screen tv’s. This place definitely calls for another try at some point…

I saw this post on Grub Street which is part of the reason that made me want to try this place:

What to Eat at Tasty Burger, Bringing Jalapeño Burgers to Fenway

Tasty Burger, the burger joint from the folks behind Franklin Cafe and the forthcoming Citizen, is now open near Fenway Park and we’ve got the menu for your perusal. The obvious point of comparison here is New York’s Shake Shack: flat patty burgers available single or double. Tasty Burger, however, offers a wider variety of toppings than the Shack, from spicy jalapeño, cheddar, scallion and olives, to pineapple and teriyaki sauce. In addition to the burgers, there’s sandwiches, a slushy-focused beverage list, and an ample selection of hot dogs, called shafts, which is pretty hilarious for a restaurant just down the block from Machine.

Burgers
Single Or Double – Beef Tenderloin Burger served with iceberg and tomato on a sesame seed bun 4.00 6.00; add slice of cheese .50; add bacon 1.00; add extra patty 2.00
Sack Of Five Hamburgers Or Cheeseburgers take away only 18.00 21.00
Spicy Jalapeño cheddar, scallion, olive 7.00
Blue Collar batter fried patty, honey mustard 7.00
Big Kahuna pineapple, grilled red onion, teriyaki sauce 7.00
Gorgonzola melted blue cheese 7.00
Mushroom sautéed mushroom, a-1 steak sauce, swiss 7.00
Onion Burger cheese, caramelized & crispy fried 7.00
Butta Burger creamy vermont butter 7.00
Turkey Burger chipotle mayo, grilled red onion 7.00
Veggie Burger homemade, loaded with veggies 7.00

Special Sandwiches $7
Organic Chicken grilled, parm or buffalo

Fish Fry cheese, tartar, shredded lettuce

North Ender handmade grilled sausage, roast onion & pepper

Shafts
Our Own Half Pound Char Grilled Hot Dog
Boston Dog zesty red pepper relish 8.00
Coney Island chili, chopped onion, celery salt 8.00
Zum Zum house sauerkraut & grain mustard 8.00
Chi Town chopped salad, pickle 8.00
All The Way burger, dog, bacon, chili, cheese 12.00

Salads
Greek romaine, tomato, feta, olives 6.00; Caesar romaine, croutons, homemade dressing 6.00; Thai Chicken lettuce, noodles, scallion, sesame dressing 8.00; Hamburger Salad garden salad with grilled burger patty 7.00

Side Items
Nitro Nuggets plain or spicy fried organic chicken, ranch 6.00; Hummus, Guacamole & Chips all homemade, even the tortilla 6.00; Pile Of Onion Strings fried thinly sliced sweet onion 4.00; Hand Cut French Fries 4.00 add sausage gravy or chili cheese 2.00; 50/50 Fries & Rings 4.00

Shakes, Drinks & Slushies
Black & White Shake 5.00; Green Monster Shake 5.00; Vanilla, Strawberry, Coffee, Or Chocolate Shake 5.00; Lime-Mint Slushie 4.00; Lemonade Slushie 4.00; Raspberry-Rickey Slushie 4.00; Soda sm 1.50 lg 2.25

Beer Mug / Pitcher: Budweiser 3.75 13.00; Bud Light 3.75 13.00; Bass 5.00 18.00; Harpoon IPA 5.00 18.00; Hoegaarden 5.50 20.00; Stella 5.50 20.00

Mix A Six Of Cans Daily Selections On Chalkboard

Wine Glass / Bottle. Daily Selections On Chalkboard

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I love this place. I think that every time we take people here they are a little hesitant. When you hear that you’re going to a French Cambodian restaurant, I don’t think you know what to expect. Located in the St. Mary’s area of Brookline/Boston, the Elephant Walk is a refreshing change of pace. They have an affordable tasting menu that has all the things I love, so I’m a happy camper. I have to admit that I get the same thing every time…I never try anything new because I love and crave my standby choices.

There are two different rooms-the front room which is like a sun parlor (see photo above). Usually these tables go first, so when you make a reservation ask to be put in the front room. It is so sunny and bright, open and airy…and you have a great view for people watching on Beacon Street. The other room is inside, a little darker, but a much bigger room.

I get the tasting menu. You can get a three course for $29.95 or a four course for $33.95. My starter is the Rouleaux (which you can get vegan). They are Cambodian spring rolls with ground pork, crushed peanut, beanthread noodles, carrots and onions served with fresh greens and herbs for wrapping and tuk trey on the side for dipping. I love the spring rolls on their own, without the greens and mint wrapping. I don’t even bother with the sauce most of the time. They are super crunchy on the outside, and full of flavor (not greasy at all). I could eat a dozen!

Sometimes I dream about the Loc Lac. Sauteed, cubed beef tenderloin, lightly caramelized in black pepper, garlic and mushroom soy, served over lettuce with lime and black pepper dipping sauce. The meat is so moist and tender you could die. The flavoring is a little sweet with a bite at the end from the black pepper. Imagine the most tender steak tips you’ve had and then imagine them even moister and even more tender-this is what you would get. It comes with a side of white rice which is good when you mix it all together-the sauce has a wonderful flavor to it.

I ordered the Mousse aux fruits de passion-a refreshingly tart and sweet passion fruit mousse served in an almond lace cup;garnished with a fresh pineapple macerated in a dark run, sugar and lemon juice. I have to say that I don’t usually get this dessert, but thought I would try something new. I didn’t care for the fresh pineapple-I just thought that the taste was a little off. I loved the mousse-so light with a wonderful sweet flavor. The lace cup had a great taste and it added just the right amount of texture to this dish. And who doesn’t love raspberry coulis?

I normally get the le peche au chocolat- a rich creamy truffle cake perfectly paired with raspberry sauce and I highly recommend it. The ‘cake’ is like a slice of fudge-it doesn’t look like a large enough portion when it arrives, but it fills you up! The chocolate and the raspberry go so well together.

The service hasn’t always been consistent here for me. Sometimes it has been great, and other times we sat waiting for a waiter for what seemed like hours. That doesn’t deter me from going back though…

The great thing about the Elephant Walk is that they offer a gluten free menu along with a vegetarian and vegan menu. And we aren’t talking two or three options-there were  10 entrees that were gluten free and 6 vegan options!

The parking is limited in the St. Mary’s area (especially on Red Sox game days), but you can valet park your car at night for $9. A lot of people think that the restaurant is in Brookline, but it is considered Boston-on the corner of Beacon Street and Park Drive.

Lunch and Brunch Sunday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm

Dinner Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm; Friday and Saturday 5pm-11pm

Elephant Walk (Food and pictures were from this location)

900 Beacon Street Boston MA 617.247.1500

www.elephantwalk.com

delivery available with dining in and reservations available at opentable.com

Alternate locations: 2067 Massachusetts Avenue (just outside Porter Square) Cambridge, MA 617.492.6900

663 Main Street Waltham MA 781-899-2244

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I have only been walking by this place for about 5 years-there really is no excuse for not trying the place. They have a cute patio for outdoor dining when the weather is nice. We happened to go on a day when it was pouring-so we ate inside. The restaurant is partially below ground-and much bigger than it looks from the outside. We were greeted and seated promptly. There are enough rooms and corners that you can easily have a private corner to yourself if it’s not busy. The decor is forgettable-it doesn’t add to your experience.

We were greeted by our waiter with salsa and chips-yum! We then both ordered the burrito azteca-not very creative I know. (Large flour tortilla filled with marinated chicken, rice, chopped tomato, onions, cilantro, topped with cheese and red sauce)

I kid you not-this was the biggest burrito I have ever seen-it may have weighed 5lbs and if you threw it, it could have been used as a deadly weapon. It was pretty tasty…I got 2 meals out of it! It comes with rice and beans with a side cole slaw like salad for $12.95, quite affordable! I walked out with half a burrito and a stuffed stomach-I felt like you had to roll me out.

The burrito was good-perhaps next time I go there I will be a little more adventurous- and hopefully be wowed. But if you are looking for an affordable place that is a step up from your regular burrito joint-this is your spot.

Sol Azteca

914A Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02446

617.262.0909 or call 617.278.2121 for deliveries

http://www.solaztecarestaurants.com/

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