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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.)


2007

2007 FF Pic
FF 129 - Z Square: Sluggo, Wes, Mike, Paul, Jason, Enzo, Matt, Kevin, Rachel

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Date

Restaurant

Cuisine

Food

Decor

Service

Overall

  
  
Address/Phone/Subway
Diner Comments
120

1/12/07

Brownstone

Mod. American

111 Dartmouth Street, Boston
Phone 617-867-4142
T:
Back Bay / Copley

Shows "promise" with "definitely tasty", "inexpensive", "simple" food and "weak, but cheap drinks." "Has potential" despite new restaurant "kinks to work out" in the service, "too-generic interior" and some of the food either "overdone" or "not uniformly...warm" $$$ [42]

121

2/2/07

Christopher's

Mod. American

1920 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge
(617) 876-9180
T:
Porter

"Nothing particularly special" and even the usually "excellent specials" weren't tonight. Service was "chaotic" as one of two appetizers (the same dish!) "came out much later than the first" "Certainly not worth [a special] trip for non-locals" $$ [27]

122

3/2/07

Mela

Indian

578 Tremont Street, Boston
Phone 617-859-4805
T:
Back Bay / 43 Bus

A nice "option for Indian" in the South End, but nothing you "can't get at a cheaper place," especially since it's not "nearly as spicy" as promised (and not "palate-wowing" other than the "delicious puffy nan") though Mela does have "interesting decor" (other than the "uncomfortable chairs") and "great service."$$$$ [55]

123

4/6/07

East Coast Grill

Fish/Grill

1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge
(617) 491-6568
T:
Central

"Excellent choice" from most with "very attentive service" (despite "a ... wait for a table" due to no-reservation Fri and Sat policy) and "cute swizzle sticks"), 'tho some bemoan the "fish-heavy" menu or "don't get what the fuss is all about"$$ [33]

124

5/11/07

Match*

Pub

Book online

94 Massachusetts Av, Boston
Phone 617-247-9922
T:
Hynes / #1 Bus

"Creative" martinis and "tasty little burgers" (leaving some "craving them now" days later) are the thing here. While the "wall-o-flame" fireplace was cool, the interior is "cliche" and filled with "Stepford-wife zombie barbies". No one would "go just for the food." The staff barely recovered from complaints of "gritty spinich" with a free, "tasty" desert to share. $$ [33]

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126

9/7/07

Patio ff fave

American

halfstar

328 Commercial Street, Provincetown
508-487-4003

"A P'Town favorte" for "affordable" food (the Seseme-Lobster stir fry is "amazing"), "best...people watching", but "bitchy" and "forgetful waiter" who forgot one app (but the consensus"did you expect anything else in P'Town?") Some how "more than the sum of it's parts" and "new P'town fave"$$ [31]

127

10/12/07*

Pho Republique

French-Cambodian

 

 

 

 

Book online

1415 Washington St, S. End
(617) 262-0005
T:
Back Bay / Union Park

 

128

11/2/07

Z Square ff fave *

American

star

star

Book online

1920 JFK Street Cambridge
(617) 576-0101
T:
Harvard

"Great choices" of "very good" to "spectacular" food in a "great" "relaxing" atmosphere" with "friendly" serice wasn't "awful" but somewhat spotty Overall agreement on high marks. $$$$ [51]

129

12//07/07

PIzza & Wine

Italian

halfstar

star

starsta

starhalfstar

Tim's Home

The "excellent sommelier" picked "tasty Lambrusco" vastly better than the "only decent pizza" (tho' diners praised the "wide variety"), "stellar service" from "super-cute staff" and a "low-key and fun" night in "the finest private dining club" in town. $ [20]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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