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On the first Friday of most months since late 1995, my best friends and I have gone to a different restaurant for dinner. It's sort of the Algonquin Round Table. Without Dorothy Parker. Or the round table.
$ at the end of the review indicates price range for one person with drink, app, entree and desert: $15-20 $$20-35 $$$35-50 $$$$ 50+ (price in parenthesis is the per person price we actually paid).

Restaurants with bold name and are a First Friday Favorite - deemed particular standouts for their uniqueness, fun atmosphere, or excellent food. Requires overall ratings over 4, and at least 2 "FFF" votes.)

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1995 - 1997

#

Date

Restaurant

Cuisine

Food

Decor

Service

Overall

 
 
Address/Phone/Subway
Diner Comments
1
11/3/95

Bertucci's

Italian

The night that started it all, where Cory was called a "bizarre little piece of work" and we asked the waitress impertinent questions about feminine "problems." $

2
12/1/95

Mario's*

Italian

 

 

 

 

3
2/2/96

Boston Beer Works

Pub

 

 

 

 

4
3/1/96

John Harvard's Brewhouse

English/Pub

 

 

 

 

5
4/5/96

Mercury Bar* / Mario's*

Italian

 

 

 

 

6

5/3/96

Brew Moon*

Pub

 

 

 

 

7
9/6/96

The Noodle Bar *

Asian

8
2/7/97

The Black Goose*

Eclectic

 

 

 

 

9
3/7/97

Bombay Cafe
JFK Street, Harvard Square

Indian

 

 

 

 

10
4/4/97

Addis Red Sea

Ethiopian

 

 

 

 

11
5/9/97**

Mario's*

Italian

"Slightly scary" but a "reliable backup choice" despite the "carnival in a cave" atmosphere and waitress "crones" who serve surprisingly "tasty" food. $

69 Church Street, Bay Village
T:
Arlington

12
6/6/97

Gay Pride Cocktails

NA

 

 

 

 

13

7/11/97

Good Life

50s Amer

28 Kingston St., Fin District
617-451-2622
T:
Downtown Crossing/Downtown X-ing/49 Bus

"Pricey" but generous "classic cocktails" with "good, fairly inexpensive food" adds up to "unpretentious retro-chic" $$

14
8/1/97

Henrietta's Table

Rustic Amer

   opentable

Charles Hotel, Harvard Sq.
617-661-5005
T:
Harvard Square

A "pleasant" "surprising gem" in Harvard Sq. "unobtrusive" wait staff serving "high-class country cookin'" with kudos to the "fabulous potatoes" $$

15
9/6/97

Woody's Grill & Tap

Pub

55 Hemenway St., Fenway
617-375-9663
T:
Northeastern (D Line)

Diners almost unanimously described this Fenway pub as "bland" and "boring." $

16
11/4/97

Pho Pasteur (renamed "Le's")

Vietnamese

   

The Garage, Harvard Square
T:
Harvard Square

The "bargain" drew raves for "fresh ingredients" and "great flavors" with lots of choices, "nice decor" and "friendly" staff, although it is slightly "hectified." $

17
12/5/97

Fire & Ice

Eclectic

Church Street, Harvard Square
T:
Harvard Square

This grill-it-yourself joint gets "two snaps up" for "a great value," "fresh" food with a "fantastic choice of fixins" and a "fun" atmosphere. $

* Restaurant now closed ** First Friday Observed - Held on an alternate Friday

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