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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.)

You can click on the Book online icon to make a reservation at OpenTable.com, otherwise call for reservations (unless "No Reservations" is noted.)


1999

#

Date

Restaurant

Cuisine

Food

Decor

Service

Overall

 
 
Address/Phone/Subway
Diner Comments
27
2/12/99**

Le Gamin*

French

550 Tremont Street., South End
617-654-8969
T:
Back Bay

This small cozy creperie feels "just like Paris" with " excellent friendly, prompt service" and a "excellent" crepes and soups, though the deserts were just "OK." $$

28
3/5/99**

Elephant Walk

Fr/Cambodian

   Book online

2067 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square
617-492-6900
T:
Porter Square

"Wonderful combination of French and Cambodian, " a "gorgeous" room , "relaxing atmosphere." All would "go again" despite some "flighty" service. It "deserves its reputation." $$$

29
4/9/99**

PF Chang's China Bistro

Chinese

8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg.
617-573-0821
T:
NE Medical Center, Boylston

The "Olive Garden of Chinese food" about sums it up for this chain with "surprisingly few vegetarian options" and a "fascist queen" waiter . In a word: "Yawn." $$

30
5/14/99**

The Helmand

Afghan

   

143 First Street, Cambridge
617-492-4646
T:
Lechmere

"Interesting" "fabulous" and "vegetarian friendly" food, "attentive," "unobtrusive" service and a lovely room, a "definite recommendation." Bread oven made it uncomfortably hot. $$

31

6/4/99

Café St. Petersburg

Russian

236 Washington Street, Brookline Village
617-277-7100
T:
Brookline Village (E-Line)

"Better than waiting in a breadline" by far, with a "cute" "friendly" waiter (in a fabulous smock!) and "intriguing food choices" in a charming setting (with live piano.) $$$

32

7/9/99**

Daddy O's Bohemian Cafe*

Eclectic Amer

      

134 Hampshire St., East Cambridge
617-354-8371
T:
Kendall

Wildly uneven reviews mirrored what most felt was a "schizophrenic" experience with "uneven service" although the outdoor patio was nice. Comfort food at "chi-chi" prices.$$$

33

8/12/99**

Henrietta's Table

Rustic Amer.

Book online

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

Most praised the "country cookin' raised to haute cuisine" including the "mean mashed potatoes," "perfect cocktails" and "bubbly service" tho' one felt it was "nothing special." $$$

34

9/10/99

Addis Red Sea

Ethiopian

544 Tremont Street, South End
617-661-5005
T:
Back Bay/South End

"Unique" and "cozy" Ethiopian where you "have fun sharing" the food using your hands and the pancake-like bread. "Great for vegetarians" and meat eaters alike. $$

35

10/1/99

La Dolce Vita

Italian

237 Hanover Street, North End
617-720-0422
T:
Haymarket/Haymarket

"Go for the atmosphere" the "fun proprietor" and "genuinely friendly" service, strolling musicians. Food and staff get high scores, but a curiously low overall rating. $$

36

11/5/99

Marrakesh

Morrocan

561 Cambridge St, E.Cambridge
617-497-1614
T:
Lechmere

Marrakesh does the "unique blend of [Moroccan] flavors very well" including the yummy meat pies dusted with sugar (trust us it's GOOD). "Very attentive," friendly waiter! $$$

37

12/3/99

Mario's*

Italian

69 Church Street, Bay Village
T:
Arlington

"The best eggplant parm. in Boston" and other solid Italian food in Park Plaza. Waitress Donna is "a gem." $

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

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