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Rialto, Harvard Sq


Where: Rialto, One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
When: September, 2012

During my summertime love affair with oysters I was looking to get them any way possible. I didn’t care where or who they came from. I didn’t care if they were local or foreign. I just wanted as many as I could as quickly as possible.

During my quest to eat as many oyster as possible I came across Riato’s Monday night $1 oyster special. TMM! (Tell me more!).

On my next free Monday evening I dragged a friend of mine to Rialto to check this steal out. The bar, expectedly, was jam packed but we found a little table still considered in the bar area (a much nicer spot if you ask me). Let me walk you through my journey…

We started with a dozen oysters. Then got another dozen oysters. Then considered getting another dozen oysters but thought we should try something else. I couldn’t tell you what kind of oysters these were honestly. I know they weren’t wellfleets or kumamotos, two of my favorites, but any good $1 oyster makes a close second favorite.

Two drinks in we decided we needed something more substantial. We ordered the Crispy friend calamari with pickled pepper, lemon and evoo. These were lightly friend and not too greasy and the aoili it was served with was worthy just on its own. I’d get the calamari again but they weren’t anything particularly special. Maybe that’s a good thing though, somethings you don’t want to get too fancy with.

Next, hold your breath, we got the Parmesan fries. I just accidentally wrote friend and, yes, they are my friends and will be yours too. These are the most delicious fries I have had in years. I was doing that thing where I would grab three at a time but try to pretend there was just one as I didn’t want to look like I was taking more than my share, which I totally was. I was hoping my dinner date would go use the bathroom so that I could inhale them without the guilt. No such luck. I did, proudly, polish off this plate with little help.

Overall, you can’t beat $1 oysters. The bar was packed so I felt lucky to get a seat but otherwise its a risk. The calamari was good enough but they were blown out of the water by the fries. What really topped off the evening for me was when Jody Adams, the head chef, sat behind me to say hello to some friends. I was starstuck and just sat there with a silly grin on my face, which you can see here. I must get back for a full dinner sometime soon.

How did Rialto measure up? 4.5 Spoons!

Lord Hobo, Kendall Sq


Where: Lord Hobo – 92 Hampshire St Cambridge, MA 02139
When: March, 2012

Meg and I have been trying to get together for what seems like months but with all sorts of work related crisis coming up we had to postpone a few times. This time we managed to get on the same schedule and made a plan to go to Lord Hobo for burgers after work. I loved being able to walk there in under 10 minutes from our new offices. I even had time to head to the gym for a quick run to ease the guilt of what was bound to be a high calorie evening. Gotta love that.

I had been to Lord Hobo only once, for drinks, since they took over the B Side’s space a couple of years ago. The B Side, on the other hand, was one of my go to places for drinks and dinner.

Meg started with a beer and I went for the London 77 half based on the list of ingredients, half on the description: “Punks like pink”. The London 77 is made with Hendrick’s gin, grapefruit, St. Germain, and Prosecco. I recently learnt that the London 77 is a play off the French 75 which I am a big fan of (get it at Chez Henri next time you are there). No wonder I enjoyed it so much.

While we sipped on our drinks we started with an order of the daily Hand-cut Chips and Dip which today’s special was served with a caramelized onion and goat cheese dip. The dip was really good, like a fancied up version of the Heluva Good French Onion Dip we all hate to love. The chips were also very good – made to order, crispy and not too greasy. You truly can’t just eat one.

I had planned to get the burger, as Meg did, but then saw that it was taco night and they had Fish Tacos, which totally swayed me. I wanted to love the tacos but I was a little disappointed with the them. The flavors were all great with the zesty creamy guacamole and the rich black beans balancing it out but the fish wasn’t crispy at all. The batter thick, soft and a dull. I couldn’t even tell you what kind of fish it was as the flavored were so muted by the batter. It really needed that crunch as all the other ingredients were very soft.

20120306-210321.jpgMeg got the Lord Hobo Burger which came with Cabot cheddar and on a brioche bun with a side of fries. She said it was a very good burger, reinforcing that I made the wrong choice. I can confirm that the fries are excellent as I stole at least a dozen off of Meg’s plate throughout dinner (thanks, Meg).

For “dessert” we got another London 77 to split. It was delicious but that meant when I got home I would need to have a couple cookies for my chocolate fix. That’s ok though.

Overall, I still love the feel of Lord Hobo as its a lot like the B Side was – dark but cozy. Service was really great; our waitress was super friendly and attentive. Drinks were definitely awesome. Food… I need to give it another go as those fish tacos didn’t impress me at all but I think the food at Lord Hobo has the potential to based on the chips, dip, and fries that I did have. Great place to go to with colleagues or a group of friends after work, which I am sure I will be doing often. I hate to give it a low ranking but must until the next time.

How did Lord Hobo measure up? 3.5 Spoons!

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All Star Sandwich Bar, Inman Sq


Where: All Star Sandwich Bar – 1245 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02139
When: January, 2012

How did it take me well over a month to write about a sandwich shop? Too much eating, too little time I say! Plus this is a bit of a dodgy photo so was hard to motivate myself around it.

Alyssa and I had plans to get together for brunch / lunch on MLK Day as we both had it off from work. After I researched a bunch of local places that had a Sunday brunch I wanted to try (TW Foods being on the top of my list) I was reminded that it was not Sunday but, in fact, Monday. Turns out not many places advertise Monday brunches. Alyssa suggested the All Star Sandwich Bar in Inman Sq which I had never been to so was happy to try after hearing many good things about it!

We got there shortly before noon and were quickly seated. Anyone that came in after us had to wait quite a while before getting a table as the place quickly filled up. Yay for being an early luncher / failed bruncher!

I got the BLT which came with thick-sliced bacon, Boston lettuce, tomato, and herb mayo on sourdough. I love BLTs and this one was no exception. The bacon was perfect with just the right amounts of tomato and mayo. The bread was nicely toasted but not too hard as some tend to get after being toasted. Alyssa got the Gobbbler (I think? It’s been too long although I clearly remember mine!) which came with oven roasted turkey, apple-sausage stuffing, orange-cranberry relish, mayo, and gravy on rustic white bread. She had gotten it before so knew exactly what she wanted and was not disappointed. Their pickles and fries are both worth getting as well, if your sandwich doesn’t already come with both.

One of the perks of this place is that they have a big cookie jar of oreos at the counter that you can help yourself to on your way out (or on your way in, I suppose). Love me some oreos.

Overall, great sandwich place to go to with friends or when you just want to grab a quick bite. Might be tough getting a large table for a group based on the line but worth a try. Casual, comfortable, good service, great sandwiches.

How did All Star Sandwich Bar measure up? 4.5 Spoons!

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Firebrand Saints, Kendall Sq, Revisited


Where: Firebrand Saints – 1 Broadway, Cambridge MA 02142
When: January, 2012

20120127-164110.jpgI had gone to Firebrand Saints just a week ago with Meg for dinner and after the waiter told us they were known for their burgers I knew I had to go back soon. My definition of soon is apparently exactly one week.

I went there on Friday for lunch with a coworker as he had wanted to try it out as well. We went on the earlier side, around 11:40, and the place was quiet with only one other table being occupied. The restaurant was bustling by 12:10 which was a good sign (and boy were we happy we got there nice and early).

I got the Sirloin, Chuck and Brisket Burger and Mr. S got the Lamb and Sirloin Burger, both which came on a brioche bun. We ordered both with the Aged Vermont Cheddar (everything is better with cheese). We also got an order of steak fries to share.20120127-164105.jpg

My coworker’s burger came with spicy pickles, frizee and harissa aioli which he said he really liked. He had some trouble with the bun saying it was a bit on the small side so hard to hold on to. He reverted to using his knife and fork as things were getting a little messy.

My burger was your pretty standard burger, no theme or crazy toppings – just what I wanted. The actual burger patty (pattie?) was very good. The brioche bun was good as well but, I too, had a little trouble with it. It was a little too buttery for me. It was almost hard to hold on to as it was slipping out of my hands at every opportunity. We both dug the ginormous steak fries, as I did 20120127-164116.jpglast time.

To round off the meal, and to wait out the pouring rain, we got some coffee. Check out the cute little trio of milk and sugars that came out with it! The coffee was really good as well, nice and strong.

Overall, I really like the atmosphere and love that its so close to work. The service was really great both times and food was good enough. I enjoyed my meal and would definitely go back again but I’m not sure I would pine for FbS as I do with a lot of other restaurants (still can’t get Cuchi Cuchi off my mind). Its a great lunch place or a somewhere where you can go with a group of friends. I’d love to just go for drinks one of these days too.

How do I think Firebrand Saints measured up? 3.75 Spoons!

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