Friday, February 20, 2015

Cherrywood Coffee - Free Yoga Every Morning!

There's free yoga at 8am every morning, as well as stuff like this advertised on the bulletin.

Banh Mi: Yes! The flavors!  The French baguette for it was actually done well! How is it that this coffee shop with free yoga and a comedy open mic and tons of outdoor live music has, among lots of other things, an excellent version of a banh mi!? I couldn't have come back to Texas quickly enough!Chips and salsa: The salsa at this mother effing coffee shop is better than almost all the Mexican restaurants in Boston.




Try the peanut butter cup for dessert. It's actually vegan, supposedly. It's so good I think they're lying about that.

Enjoy some espresso ($2.25) on the patio outside, though actually it was a little bitter.


They also have a great local beer selection on tap!

Yoga, Coffee, Food, (Restroom,) Beer, Peanut Butter Cup, Repeat!




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Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

The Pharmacy can cure many of your ails, as they have natural (cane sugar) phosphate sodas, a great list of local and other fun beers.

We tried a strawberry ginger ale ($3.50), and it was so good.



Stroganoff Burger ($8.50) with mushroom stroganoff bechamel, sour cream, caramelized onion, swiss cheese: Sooooo good. All the creamy wonder and meat on a soft, pillowy bun. Those buns. Oh my.
Cold pasta salad: Great


The Pharmacy burger less the mustard plus mayo: Yum! Those buns, so soft... Oh my.
Tater tots: Good stuff
Side of garden aioli: Basil aioli, yum!

I want to eat all of the food from here every day. Hrmph.


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Friday, February 6, 2015

Philco Bar + Diner

Philco is on my list of restaurants that make me think I'd like to live in a city for a while.
Nutella Grilled Cheese with today's Jam, Havarti and Ohio Cheddar ($4! Now that's a reasonable price!): The cheese was a bit overwhelmed. It's a fun sandwich, though you could make it at home and maybe make it better. Plus, then you could so be high while eating it.


The Breakfast Biscuit, with a chorizo patty, chevre, shallot preserves and a fried egg ($6): This was one of those dishes that made me wish I had ordered what my date ordered. I want to go back to Columbus just to ear several more of these. Every element of it was excellent. Making ground chorizo into a patty was genius. The chevre melts into a sort of cream sauce. The biscuit was wonderful. The egg fried perfectly. Damn. 

The Johnnycake Sliders with Blackstrap Pulled Pork and smoky Napa slaw ($9): These were good, but they were a little dry and needed a little salt, pepper and Sriracha. I was jealous, as I said, of the Breakfast Biscuit. 

Look at all these cute local beers!
They have Sriracha and Valentino sauce. They have happy hour specials, a daily soup and pies.

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Side note: At a gas station nearby, I saw these! If they hadn't all been expired, I definitely would've been excited to try at least the Biscuits and Gravy. Tater Salad potato chips... it's genius, really. If Larry the Cable Guy gets to have a line of potato chips, I'm definitely going to be a comedian with a line of something. Maybe some kind of fat kid ice cream line.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sweet Cheeks: Too Damn Expensive

Sweet Cheeks annoys me because, as a Texan, I find their BBQ way too damn expensive and not good enough to justify it.

Searching for a good biscuit in New England is a sport for masochists and thus, a pastime of mine. Sweet Cheeks had put me out of my misery on this front.
These biscuits ($10 for 4) were so moist and addictive and perfect with the soft honey butter (spread it on, watch it melt, then bask in the heavenliness)... the first time I had them. I would've come just for these, the rest of the food being pretty iffy.

And I did come back for them, but they got bigger and less impressive. They're no longer perfectly moist but a little too fluffed out, overworked. Damnit. The honey butter is still good.


Left to right:
Bbq: good
Sweet and sour: a bit too sour
Ginger jalapeño: good

Fried Green Tomatoes ($7) - Fried Green Tomatoes: They come with a very dill-heavy jalapeno ranch that was pretty tasty, but the green tomatoes themselves were not ripe enough.

Fried okra ($7): I do so appreciate the long pieces.
Jalapeño ranch: They actually charge you $1.50 for ranch. It's good, but that's a bit steep for a side of ranch.

Heirloom Baked Beans: These are good, and they're well-stocked with meat.


My search for food fried chicken ($21) in New England continues. Skip it, it falls apart so that you can't get skin and meat in the same bite without a fork. I've had better from grocery stores.
Farm Salad: Arugula, something fennel, candied walnuts, Brussels sprouts, grapes, Parmesan and probably more. A great side salad.


1 Texas-sized Wing: Two wings came, so apparently even the number "one" is bigger in Texas. Good smoke flavor, a little chewy, really large... hormones?
The brisket sandwich ($12) was nice and moist. Just add a little salt.

Ribs half rack ($18): Tons of meat, and the flavor's fine, but they're not at all that fall apart kinda thing I'm looking for. Anyway maybe it'd be better if they'd just serve you a half again this size for $10 or something, so not every option here leaves you paying $30 for any kind of meal.


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Cinquecento

They call themselves a Roman Trattoria. Roman, Italian, whatever, it's good stuff, with only a little South End pretension instead of the North End annoyances.

They have a great whiskey selection. Ask the bartender for a recommendation - he might just give you a few samples :]



Octopus: Truly good. Like in Mexico City except the accompaniments weren't quite as good.

Burrata: great, not amazing

Gnocchi Bolognese: awesome

Steak: good, not amazing
 I'm told that next time I should save room for a chocolate dessert to pair with their port.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Natsumi

Natsumi is a very nice but comfortable restaurant in Midtown West, in other words, a great find. With some of the best sushi I've ever had, it's an instant favorite.


Butterfly Green Tea Ravioli (with lobster, shiitake filling and lobster bisque -$12): More like a mildly creamy tomato bisque with truffle oil than a lobster bisque but good stuff all around.

Natsumi Nigiri (with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, seared tuna, seared salmon, seared yellowtail and a crunchy spicy tuna roll - $22.85): all the nigiri was excellent, truly.The tuna roll was good.

The Spicy Blue Crab Roll (with avocado, asparagus, pepperoncini(!), yuzu tobiko, and green tea powder - $15) was one of the best rolls of sushi I've ever had.

Doppio Toro Roll (with salmon toro, yellowtail toro, avocado, asparagus, pesto, tempura flakes and spicy mayo - $18): Good but the least good of the sushi as the middle stuff was too dry and crunchy

Obligatory tamago ($2) - good, moist, sweet but not too sweet! Up there with the best I've had so far.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Nomad

My sister and I needed somewhere good and interesting to eat near the Eastville Comedy Club, and we lucked out choosing Nomad, a North African restaurant with a fun menu, great good, delightful decor and feel, not too fancy, but nice. And it was easy to get a table for two at 8pm on a Thursday. 


Duck Pastilla a L'Orange: Oven-baked thin layers of filo pastry with walnuts and a side of fennel salad ($9): An amazing dish with so different and delicious flavors.

Lamb tagine: braised lamb with prunes, caramelized onions and almonds served with couscous ($21): so good

Merguez sandwich served on home made bread with chakchouka side of French fries and salad ($15): really good
Fries: good
Harissa aioli: good


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