Neptune Oyster

June 2, 2010

August 1, 2009 | After a loooong walk, I arrived at Neptune Oyster (yelp), located in the North End, not too far from Giacomo’s.

I had intended on ordering the lobster roll and perhaps a small cup of chowder, but it was just way too hot.  Instead, I ordered a variety of local oysters.

The oysters were yummy!  I was surprised to see one of the sauces that came out– I’ve only ever had it with cocktail sauce, lemon, horseradish, and a dash of Tabasco sauce!  I did some googleing and I believe it was a classic mignonette sauce.  I can’t recall if I tried it or not.  After finishing the oysters, I ordered a blue fin tartar.

Mm, this was really good.  Very light.  Ordinarily, this probably wouldn’t have been enough for lunch, but it was just so damn hot outside that my appetite wasn’t like it usually is.   One day, I’ll go back and try the chowder and lobster roll!

Mike and Patty’s

June 2, 2010

August 1, 2009 | Gotta loves those small neighborhood restaurants! We walked over from our hotel– it’s easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for!  Mike and Patty’s (yelp) got great reviews and I love a good breakfast!  The place is TINY though– half of our meal was eaten sitting on the steps of the place.  I’m not complaining though, the people there were nice enough to set up a table and chair right outside for us.  Eventually some people left and we snatched up two seats inside.

I ordered a bagel and cream cheese with a egg and salmon scramble while Jennifer ordered the croque monsieur (?).  I’m not sure why I got a bagel, I don’t even like bagels that m much, haha.  I thought Jennifer’s food tasted way better.  In fact, hers was really good! I should have stuck with a sandwich.

The scramble had eggs and salmon– I realize, I prefer my salmon smoked/raw and not as much cooked.  Ah well.  It wasn’t bad, just not my thing.

Mmm, yummy sandwich– egg, avocado, bacon…*drool*  It’s definitely a place I would return to for breakfast =).

Giacomo’s Ristorante

October 6, 2009

July 31, 2009 | For dinner, I made Jen wait with me to eat at Giacomo’s Ristorante (yelp), which didn’t take reservations!  I’d heard a ton of good things about it so I was willing to wait.  We had a comedy show to go to later that night so we went early just in case.  I started with a glass of red wine (house, I think?) while we deliberated over the menu written out by hand on the wall.

See?  Long line outside.  We were out there for an hour?  I can’t remember now, but it felt like a long time.  Especially since it drizzling.  Jen and I shared an umbrella, balancing it on our heads when we got tired of holding it up.  The place wasn’t big and there was a big party (of Asians, of course) in front of us.

We ordered the fried calamari (small, $7) for appetizer, having read a lot of good reviews.

It was just as everyone claimed– perfectly fried and very yummy!  I couldn’t resist ordering the lobster ravioli ($16) served with diced tomatoes in a garlic cream sauce, while Jennifer ordered the ziti with chicken and shrimp ($15), which came in a pesto cream sauce.

These two dishes may not look like much, but omg it was SOO filling.  It was tough– I was really full but it was just too good to waste!!  I definitely preferred my lobster ravioli over Jen’s chicken and shrimp ziti, but come on, it’s lobster!

I can see why this place is so popular.  Good Italian food and good service for a fairly reasonable price!  For those of you interested in visiting, it’s CASH ONLY, no reservations, and no desserts!  There were a lot of people waiting outside, so we didn’t linger too long once we were done with our food.

Sel de la Terre

October 6, 2009

July 31, 2009 | Jen and I picked a somewhat random restaurant for lunch, Sel de la Terre.  Turned out to be a pretty cool place.  We ordered the Express Lunch ($14) plus the Dessert ($5).  Our first was a plate with chorizo croquettes, shishito pepers, sheep milk yogurt, and truffle pecorino.

The main was a duck confit risotto, Apple Street Farms summer squash, apricots, and duck jus.  I rather liked this one although I think risotto is kinda boring and if I were to come back, I’d probably try something more exciting.

We also ordered a truffled risotto with Piave vecchio, asparagus, spring herbs and preserved lemon with English pea broth ($15).  Jennifer liked this one more but I thought it was a little mushy.

For dessert, we had spice cake, peach chutney icecream, and pomegranate reduction.  Mm, this one was good!

The food overall was good, but it wasn’t awesome, especially for the price.  The place looked really nice though, nice atmosphere.  Anyway, I was still sick at this point in time, so it’s also possible that my taste buds were off or something.