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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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#

Date

Restaurant

Cuisine

Food

Decor

Service

Overall

  
  
Address/Phone/Subway
Diner Comments
84
1/7/04

Diva Indian Bistro

Indian

 

246 Elm Street St., Davis Sq, Somerville
(617) 629–4963
T:
Davis

"Yummy" Indian served in "awfully big square plates" at "pretty reasonable prices, especially for trendy Davis Sq." We "loved the lighting" and "warm colors" and would go back again. $$ (22)

85
2/6/04

Joe V's *

Italian

 

315 Shawmut Ave, South End
(617) 338-5638
T:
Back Bay, Union Park, #43 Bus

"Friendly little" "neighborhood joint" with a "refreshingly simple" menu is a "glorified pizza-joint (in a good way!)" $$$ (40)

86
3/5/04

Scollay Square

New American

   book online

21 Beacon St., Boston
(617) 742-4900
T: Park/Park, Downtown Xing, #43

"Fun interior, reminiscent of a speakeasy" might "make a better bar ("great drinks" including "mmm...pear martinis" in "glass buckets...[to keep] them ice cold.") Everything was "very-well done from cocktails through to dessert," with "excellent, friendly service" though some noted the "somewhat skimpy portions" and "tad expensive" prices. $$$$ (62)

87
4/2/04

Gargoyles

Bistro

   book online

219 Elm St., Somerville
(617) 776-5300
T: Davis

"Outstanding" service [unbidden, she whisked Patti's app away to keep it warm when she disappeared --long story], "well-prepared [food]" and "warm and cozy, yet spacious" atmosphere. Our lone strict vegetarian was unhappy, however, with the "sickening" entree. Except for him, "When are we going back?" was the consensus with "First Friday Favorite" votes from almost everyone. $$$$ (64)

88
5/7/04

Anchovies

Italian

 

433 Columbus Ave., South End
(617) 266-5088
T:
Back Bay

"Perfect drinks" at the bar, an "Erudite wait[ress]" who provided "stellar service" and a "small, cozy" space complimented the "cheap" (especially for the gentrified South End), but "surprisingly good" food, including the "good Italian Nachos." Some points off for "spilling as they bussed" and "REALLY salty risotto." Nonetheless, a "reliable", "fun experience", made it a First Friday Favorite. $$ (33)

89
6/4/04

Anthem

New American

   book online

138 Portland Street, Boston
617-526-8383

T:
Haymarket/Haymarket

Uniformly called "suprisingly good" ("Figgy piggy? Who knew?"), this "casual neighborhood" place with "high ceilings" and a "wall o' vodka" had "stallar service" (the waiter handled our baudy "puns with grace") and most of us loved our "cozy private room." (In short: "Simply fabulous."$$$ (44)

90
7/9/04**

Peking Tom's*

Chinese

 

138 Portland St, Boston
617-526-8383
T:
Downtown Xing/Temple Place

"fun girlie" "tropical drinks" and "great decor" that updates the "tacky/kitchsy Polynesian...for today", but "confused and inefficient" servers ("more interested in folding napkins obsessively than clearing empty glasses"), and "unsatisfying" to downright "horrible" entrees (with a lone dissenting "excellent.". All in all "not enough to make [it]...enjoyable" or a reason to "be back soon." $$$ (36)

91
8/6/04

Henrietta's Table

Bistro

   book online

One Bennet Street , Cambridge
617.864.1200
T: Harvard

This Charles Hotel restaurant is "always a good choice" and a FF favorite. It's "pleasant" outside space, "good drinks", "friendly" waiter, "excellent, simple, fresh food" adding "up to a delightful ...experience." $$$$ (55)

92
9/3/04

Equator

Thai

 

1721 Washington Street, South End
617-536-6386
T: #1, #CT1, Silverline

This new pan-asian + italian + steak place (most say the "menu is over-broad") rates a FF Fave despite highly polarized ratings: The majority says it was "pleasant enough" but "nothing [special]", service was "a bit of a mess" and it was "excessively pricey." The minority raved "excellent food" and "great atmosphere" and they were "very satisfied." $$$ (45)

93
10/3/04

Sluggo's Bday Brunch

Brunch

 

South End

"An excellent chef worthy of his own South End bistro," "A comfortable couch" and "Friendly dog" made the day "FABULOUS, FABULOUS, FABULOUS!!" The "gimpy waiter on cruches" was a "nice touch." [Free]

94
11/5/04

Prarie Star *

Tex-Mex

 

111 Dartmouth Street, South End
617-536-6386
T: Back Bay, Copley

"Surly bartender set the tone" for a "unremarkable" "bland" food -- with the exception of the "excellent brined pork chops" it was a "dissapointing meal," even if the "nice waiter" tried hard. $$ (33)

95
12/3/04

West Side Lounge

Bistro

 

1680 Mass Ave, Cambridge
(617) 441-5566
T: Harvard or Porter, then 77 Buz

 

"Delicious drinks," (though the "pear martini was watery"), "excellent apps", and "a waitress who recovered brilliantly from kitchen blubs" (one free entree and two free desserts!), though some said the Risotto was "bland" and "too buttery" (is there such a thing?!) $$$$[$67]

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

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