Vegetarian

SRV – South End

SRV

569 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA  www.srvboston.com

SRV is a new restaurant that just opened on January 17, 2016 in the South End in Boston. It is owned by The Coda Group which also owns Salty Pig, Coda, and Canary Square. SRV is a “Venetian Bacaro” (a traditional Venetian wine bar) serving temporary Italian cuisine and small plates.  The executive chefs, Michael Lombardi and Kevin O’Donnell, came from the Salty Pig. I am sharing my experience at this restaurant with you all and have added pictures and descriptions below. The menu is not yet online, so I took a picture of the menus and added them in this blog post for you to see!

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The atmosphere is modern and sleek with dim lighting. Above the wooden dining tables hangs old crystal pitchers and vases that have been turned into lamps. They have tall windows in the front of the restaurant which bring in lots of natural light. There is a 20-seat bar that serves an extensive wine list, Italian craft beers, and extravagant cocktails.

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We decided to try it out for our first time on the night of the snowstorm #jonas.  There were 6 of us total, so we put our names in with the hostess when we got there around 7:45 pm and ordered drinks by the bar area while we waited. It was so busy regardless of the snow and bad driving conditions, but we were fine with waiting and just excited to try out this new restaurant.  After about an hour, we were finally seated. If you are going on a Friday or Saturday night, I suggest trying to make a reservation or going ahead of time to put your name on the wait list.  If you are brave and like to new, unique foods, have an extensive palate, and can spend a few extra bucks, then this is the place for you. If you are a picky eater and have a big appetite, I suggest somewhere else.

We were with two other couples: one couple being a vegetarian and a vegan. The restaurant was able to accommodate their dietary needs which was another reason why we were able to come. Something negative I remember was that we waited very long for the table and the restaurant ran out of bread and we were starving. I think they are still trying to work out the kinks.

For drinks, we ordered the Livon Pinot Grigio from Northern Italy, the Aperal Spritz (aperol, prosecco, soda), the Bicicletta (Campari, white wine, dry vermouth), and Allagash white beer. The Livon Pinto Grigio was very good; it was light and refreshing and I would definitely recommend it for having with seafood, light cheeses, or salads.

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Our waitress was very nice and brought us waters right away. She answered any questions we had about the menu and gave us her honest opinion about which plates to order. For apps, we started off with the Quail Egg & Anchovy plate, the Baby Octopus (preserved lemon, pine nut, celery hearts), and the Italian Chicories (gorgonzola dolce, walnut, and valpolicella dressing).  Our friends ordered the Baccala Mantecato (black bread, herbs, garlic) and the Suca Baruca (heirloom squash, brutti ma buoni, lardo, quince mostarda). Then came the Fegato alla Veneziana (calf’s liver, Vidalia onion, sage) which no one at our table was a fan of. Our favorites were the Quail Egg and the Squash dishes.

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Fegato alla Veneziana (calf’s liver) 😦

For our main courses, my boyfriend and I shared the Casunziei (ravioli with beet, ricotta, tarragon, poppy seed, nori) and the Buckwheat Bigoli (duck ragu, soffrito, sage).  I preferred the beet ravioli dish over the duck ragu, but I probably wouldn’t order either of them again.

Our vegetarian/vegan friends ordered the Buckwheat Bigoli (vegan pasta) with red sauce, and the Squid Ink Risotto (cuttlefish, parsley, preserved lemon). They both liked them and were happy with their meals.  The other couple we were with also ordered the Polpette (pork & beef meatball, tomato, pecorino romano) which they loved, but were only given two small meatballs. The picture below to the right is the Gnocchi (lamb neck, kalette, yogurt, garlic) which was disliked by our friends who ordered it.

I give this restaurant an overall rating of 3.5 stars. I based this on 4 starts for atmosphere, 5 stars for creativity, 3 stars for service, and 3 stars for taste.

Disclaimer:  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

Del Frisco’s Grille

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This weekend I attended Blog and Tweet Boston’s lunch at Del Frisco’s Grille in Chestnut Hill.  There were about twelve other Boston bloggers there and we all had a great time.  We received excellent service and the food was fantastic.  This location opened in 2013 and is under the ownership of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group and is slightly more casual than Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in the Seaport that I went to in March.

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Once you enter the restaurant and make your way up the staircase made out of Japanese charred wood and steel, you see an eye catching Del Frisco’s Grille sign that instantly provokes the contemporary, yet sophisticated atmosphere.  The restaurant has a modern and fun environment with a variety of seating styles including high tops, booths, traditional low tables, and bar seating. Windows up to the ceiling surround every wall letting guests have a view of Hammond Pond Reservation.  The menu is seasoned with top quality steaks, plentiful salads, appetizers to share, and creative entrees.  They use local and fresh ingredients to create inspirational dishes.

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VIP

As soon as we arrived to our dining area, we were pleasantly greeted with DF’s signature cocktail, the V.I.P.  This drink is made with fresh pineapple juice and clementine vodka which is so good and refreshing.  Then we sat down to enjoy a variety of different dishes involving seafood, salads, flatbreads, and steak. Below are some pictures and descriptions of the meals we tried.

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Ahi Tuna Tacos with Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Spicy Citrus Mayo

Cheesesteak Eggrolls with Sweet & Spicy Chili Sauce, Honey Mustard

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Wood Oven Baked Flatbreads

Wild Mushroom – Fontina Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Baby Arugula & Lemon Vinaigrette

Shaved Brussels Sprout – Smoked Bacon, Caramelized Onions & Mozzarella

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Jumbo Lump Crabcake with Cajun Lobster Sauce

Deviled Eggs with Truffle-Chive Vinaigrette

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12 oz Filet & Crab Cake

Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff with Pappardelle Noodles & Crispy Onions

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Seared Asian Tuna Salad: shaved Napa cabbage, arugula, mango, avocado, almonds, tomato, chilled noodles, with a ginger-sesame dressing

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Lemon Doberge Cake – Six Layers, Lemon Buttercream Icing, Lemon Glaze

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Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge, with the exception of gratuity, which we happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

Haymarket

This open marketplace is located between the North End and Faneuil Hall right next to the Haymarket T stop. It’s open every weekend, Friday to Saturday, from dawn till dusk.  At Haymarket, you can bargain for a variety of fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, cheeses, and flowers.  Looking for  potatoes, pineapples, pears, or prawns?  How about some strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries? They have it all.

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The produce sold here is usually the extra food that did not sell in the grocery store that week.   The fruits and vegetables are very ripe so you have to be careful when picking out the best ones.  They have great bargains and are some of the lowest prices I have found in the city.

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Tip: Shop early for the freshest produce or shop late on Saturday to find cheaper prices.

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Tip: Don’t buy too much at once because it doesn’t last very long

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CHEESE & NUTS

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Jerry Remy’s

Jerry Remy’s Sport Bar & Grill

Fenway Park

Jerry Remy’s is located on 1265 Boylston St. in Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox.  They serve lunch and dinner all year round and have giant flat screen TVs to catch a game while you eat.  The roof deck, which opened in 2011, has a view of Fenway Park, a retractable roof, patio seating, and a bar.  The roof deck also has an “Alchemy & Science” bar with local craft beer lines available to try.  Jerry Remy’s is a great place to grab a beer or bite to eat after a Red Sox game.

Last week, my sister, Gluten Free Boston Girl, and I had dinner at Jerry Remy’s in Fenway Park. We were invited to try out the new Athlete’s Menu. The Athlete’s Menu was created to appeal to a more diverse group of consumers; it offers options that are gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, and vegan.  The drink list includes Redbridge gluten-free beer, cider, and “Paleotails”. Below are pictures and descriptions of our dinner.

Honey Roasted Pork Belly "Tacos"

Honey Roasted Pork Belly “Tacos”

Honey Roasted Pork Belly Tacos: Seared crisp over pico de gallo, fresh avocado, grilled pineapple, sprigs of cilantro & lime wedges. Served in a lettuce wrap. The pork was tender and flavorful. Theses are a healthy substitute for tacos and it comes with 4 lettuce wraps per order.

Honey Roasted Pork Belly "Tacos"

Honey Roasted Pork Belly “Tacos”

 

Kale & Crisp Apple Salad

Kale & Crisp Apple Salad

Kale & Crisp Apple Salad: Massaged kale, carrots, jicama, toasted almonds, cucumbers, avocado, celery, green onions, red peppers & lemon vinaigrette. The veggies were so fresh.  A delicious & healthy salad!

Roof Deck

Roof Deck

Flat Iron Grass-Fed Steak: Churrasco marinated & grilled, served over a healthy bed of grilled vegetables & sauced with chimichurri. Beef is pasture-raised locally in Brimfield, MA by River Rock Farm.  It’s dry-aged 28 days, all natural, hormone free & antibiotic free.  The steak was tender and perfectly seasoned with hints of mint in the chimichurri sauce.

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PaleotailsMenu

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Redbridge Gluten-Free Beer

Paleotails

Paleo Bellini: All natural peach puree topped with Prosecco. Stairclimber Margarita: Tequila, fresh-squeezed lime juice, club soda, lime garnish

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Black Bean Burger

Black Bean Burger: Spicy chipotle & blackberry glazed vegetable patty, with green leaf letuce, tomato, avocado, mayonnaise, mustard corn relish & smoked cheddar. The burger had a spicy kick from the mustard corn relish. It was served on a gluten-free bun (Martin’s Potato Bread) and served with sweet potato fries and cranberry aioli.

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Black Bean Burger

Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge, with the exception of gratuity, which we happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.