Fry rating: 6/10
Clover's (Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA) brick and mortar is an adorable two-floored restaurant where two people were standing next to a lit up board that displays their daily menu, typing people's orders into their smart phones and presumably texting them to the kitchen
|Lavender Lemonade - $2 - Refreshing, flavorful, and light|
|The lemonade went well with the centerpieces of the tables, which consisted of a rows of herbs growing on the table, pretty cool!|
My entree was ready first.
|BBQ Seitan - $5|
Speaking of the condiment bar, there was chili oil sauce, ketchup and malt vinegar. Thus after I got my fries, I asked after a creamy dipping sauce. The fry guy said, "Hmm, well how about some mayo and bbq sauce?" I accepted his offer and was happy that we were on the same page as he went ahead and layered them in the same cup as obviously I'd be mixing it together:
|Bbq mayo, layered, next to the chili oil paste, and of course I'd be mixing that all together as well|
|A reasonable dipping sauce|
|The rosemary fries are the thin cut variety, tossed with rosemary and salt in a bowl at the pick up counter.|
|I wanted to try to convey just how huge the serving size was, so I placed it next to my Lactaid for comparison. It could've easily served three.|
I'm not the biggest fan of thick cut fries, and while the rosemary sprigs are nice, I'd prefer to have fries with a nice rosemary infused dipping sauce (like, say, a rosemary ranch or aioli), so that the flavor could be nice and smooth, instead of having to pick up a couple of fries and a sprig of herb in my fingers and then dip it in mayo sauce and bring it all to my mouth.
There are so many things that pop up on the menu from time to time that I really want to try, and sadly, other than the lavender lemonade, none of them was there when I was. I like this place in theory, it's just sad that I didn't get to have the dishes I'm quite sure would've been awesome.
Things to try:
-Avocado Lime Whoopie Pie
-African Peanut Soup
-Honey Dew Agave Fresca
-Fennel Hazelnut Jicama
-Spicy Carrot Soup
When I visited Occupy Boston, I saw that Clover was over there at Dewey Square selling food. Several occupiers were walking around with falafel wraps.
They currently have a new special:
|The Turnip: apple spread, cheddar, roasted turnips, and spinach (sounds pretty fuckin' good to me)|
Finding the place the first time:
The girl who'd told me about the CFL said it was "At Harvard Square."
I said, "Well yeah, but where exactly?"
The look on her face expressed confusion as to what my confusion could possibly be. "You know, Harvard Square!"
I really wasn't sure what all that term encompassed, and I didn't feel like attempting to explain exactly about what I was ignorant, assuming that, considering how she was acting about it, finding this place would be simple. I'd arrive at the Harvard Square stop on the Red Line, and there it would be! And then of course anyway there's Google Maps and its app on my phone.
|Oh sure! Right in there!.. somewhere...|
Apparently, Google Maps is not yet aware of the Clover Food Lab though, displaying only the food truck locations. So when I did arrive at Harvard Square, I looked around, tried to google a bit on my phone, and then started asking people for directions. Ah I've forgotten to mention that the owner of the dog had called me back and left a voicemail asking me to call her back while I was on the Red Line toward here. So now my dilemma was, having come this far and being very hungry, do I turn around and go back as fast as I can or try to find this place quickly, get some food and go back?
I called the owner and learned the way the key works (pull it in, jiggle the key, it turns to the right, then push in as you turn a little further right). She'd be in the airport awaiting her layover flight for 2 more hours, in case I needed to call back if, armed with the knowledge of how it was supposed to work, I still failed. "Okay," I thought, "I can make this." I obviously would have to skip the gym, but I could get lunch and make it back before her flight.
|But, um, hmm, where to go?|
My tactic to deal with this was to pull out my iPhone and pretend to also be using it, even though it'd proven useless in this quest, I apparently needed to signal some degree of affluence so that strangers could stop in assurance that I'd be asking for directions rather than money. It worked.
From then on, every stranger stopped and gave me what directions they could or at least took the time to explain that they didn't know and were very sorry but wished me luck. For my part, I was trying to use my schemas for people who looked like that might be vegetarians, vegans or the kind of yuppie who enjoys frequenting vegetarian places from time to time.
After I found the place and ate, I rushed back to the house and got the key to work on just the third try, though I would continue to struggle with this door every single time I tried opening it, at one point coming to tears about it. The dog had peed inside the house, but it wasn't too hard to clean up, and I'd say my adventure was worth it!