Where: Tryst - 689 Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA 02476
When: February, 2012
I stumbled upon Tryst’s menu while looking for brunch places to go with Beth and Daniela last weekend. Being car-less by choice, I don’t get out of Cambridge and Boston very often so thought it would be fun to explore a bit as I had the luxury of being picked up and dropped off (thank you, D!). Tryst caught my eye with their sexy, website and delicious looking dishes. Sold.
We headed over around 11:30 Sunday morning and were promptly seated by the window, which was wonderful as the sun was out in full force! Our server was very friendly and made some honest recommendations which we appreciated and definitely helped with my decision making (omelet? french toast? tacos??). While we were waiting for our dishes to come out he were brought these adorable little breakfast appetizers. This photo is a little misleading as they appear to be normal sized but keep in mind that little jug of milk holds about a 1/4 cup. The pastries were small enough to eat in a bite or two. Cute.
I decided on the Croque Madame which came in a skillet oozing with cheese and mornay sauce. It was definitely a knife and fork kind of sandwich, there was no picking this beauty up. The sauce was perfectly done and the ham to bread ratio was spot on. I usually opt for the Croque Monsieur so it was a nice change to have a fried egg on top, I suppose that’s what made it more brunch-y. It came with a side salad (anything else and you might have a heart attack right then and there) which was a little too salty for me but overall fine. I also had their coffee which was lovely, I might be turning into a coffee snob after all.
Daniela got the Huevos Rancheros which was 2 fried eggs, beans, avocado, jack cheese, crispy tortilla & spicy tomato sauce. It was delicious and I didn’t have to just take her word for it, we all got to taste each others plates which was nice. I believe when we traded bites we simultaneously said “Ymmm but I still like mine better!”. We made good choices. D also got a side of breakfast potatoes which were delicious.
Beth ordered the Sloppy Paul, which she thought said Sloppy Balls when our waiter told us about it which obviously caused fits of giggles and innuendos. We are very mature. The Sloppy Paul was a Sloppy Joe type sandwich smothered in Bolognese sauce served with these homemade tater tots with cheese inside. The tots were served with a side of roasted tomato aioli which easily good as well.
Overall, everything was delicious and i can’t wait to go back! I’d even, gasp, take the bus for Tryst. It’s casual enough for brunch, nice enough for dinner, great for groups or a date. Not sure I would pick it for a particularly romantic date but maybe I just didn’t pick up that vibe as it was so early in the day.