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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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2003

Laurel - Jan 2003: Patti, Kevin, Kenny, Greg, Peter, Chris, Wes, Ken, Jon, Enzo

#

Date

Restaurant

Cuisine

Food

Decor

Service

Overall

 
 
Address/Phone/Subway
Diner Comments
72

1/10/03**

Laurel *

Bistro

book online

142 Berkeley Street, South End
617-424-6711
T:
Boylston/Back Bay/South End

"very good, not great food, but great value" and "nice selection of vaggie dishes" and "excellent service" (Note: Most entrees are $10, but the extras can add up, as some diners noted!) $$$[40]

73

2/7/03

Bhindi Bazaar

Indian

95 Massachusetts Ave, Back Bay
617-450-0660
T:
Hynes/ICA, 1 or CT1 Bus

"Some if the best Indian" we've ever had, "reasonably priced" with "seamless" service" in a contemporary "warm, inviting room" (with "nice bathrooms" - hard to find in an Indian joint) make for a FF Favorite. $$[33]

74

3/10/03

Sabur

Mediterranean

212 Holland Street, Somerville
617-776-7890
T:
Davis

"Eclectic menu","Exceptional service", "intriguing food" and "comfortable, cozy decor" make for a resturant we "could have stayed all night" at, and for our first ever unanimous FF Favorite vote! "Simply oustanding"$$$[50]
75

4/4/03

Lala Rokh

Persian

book online

Mt. Vernon St, Beacon Hill
617-424-6711
T:
Arlinton/Charles/MGH

Wildly divergent takes from "bland entrees" to "great mix of flavors," though all agreed it was "overpriced" despite the "excellent service" and "Fess Parker chardonnay." $$$[61]

76

5/2/03

Flux *

New American

One Appleton St, South End
617-695-FLUX
T:
Arlinton / Back Bay / 43 Bus

Some were dubious of the "Moonbase Alpha" decor, but everyone was suprised by the "yummy" food and the "tasty" waitstaff and the "fun", "casual" "surprisingly attitude free" feel of the place $[33]

77

6/6/03

The Living Room

Bistro

101 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
617-723-5101
T:
Haymarket / State

"Great lounge area" with "pricey" ("$10.50 for a martini? ouch!") but "good" drinks is definately nicer than the "cave"-like dining room serving "amazing" apps, and completely "boring" mains. "$[33]

78

7/13/03**

The Blue Room

New American

book online

One Kendall Sq, Cambridge
617-695-FLUX
T:
Kendall

"Yummy food spoiled by an attitudey, inattentive waitperson" and an "automatic 18% gratuity (for a buffet brunch?)" [Note:We politely suggested 15% was more than fair, and were offered a gift certificate when one diner complained to the manager about the policy] ]$$[28]

79

8/1/03

Summer Shack

Seafood

50 Dalton Street, Boston
617-867-9955
T:
Hynes, Prudential (E-Line)

First Friday Fave votes for "an interior that's just plain fun" and a "wonderful," "rockin' waitress" and food ranging from "perfect swordfish" to the "awesome coconut pudding" and "decadent Boston Cream Pie" trump the dissent that it was "nothing special" $[33]
80

9//03**

Andy's Visit

Italian

Dinner at Chez Lucas

"The absence of Chris's physical presence (he was "in bed sick with a heap of to-be-folded laundry for company"), "it was an excellent night overall. Kudos to Kevin for "being such a good host upstairs with us" and for making cuisine to "satsif[y] vegetarians, carnivores and Atkins dieters" all at the same time.

81

10/3/03

Dedo*

Bistro

69 Church Street, Bay Village
617-338-9999
T:
Arlington

"Taseful and understated decor" (unlike the funhouse-ride decor of the old Marios), a "attentive waiter" who'd "make a great houseboy" and "fresh and fabulous" food. A "tad pricey" but "worth the price for a splurge" (in fairness we ALL had pre-dinner drinks, apps, desserts and 3 bottles of wine for the table). $$$$[66]
82

11/7/03

Pho Pasteur*

Vietnamese

123 Stuart St, Theatre District
617-742-2436
T:
Boylston, NE Medical Ctr

"Actual food [was]...quite good" but the room is "cramped and over-bright" and we had "among worst service [we've] ever experienced" with an "unapologetically missed/didn't understand...most of our requests" ... and who "runs out of Gimlets?" "Overall, not a good experience." [NB Diners also say they've had good service at other Pho locations] $[22]

83

12/5/03

Metropolis

Bistro

book online

584 Tremont St, South End
(617) 236-5658
T:
Back Bay, #43

"Cozy and warm" "lovely" room and "fantastic, friendly" "prompt" service with "very good, though not excellent" food that some thought was "oversalted" The wine special at "$12 a glass [was] a bit much" and "brought our bill into the stratosphere." $$$$[66]

 

 

 

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

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