Sunday, December 4, 2016

Brunch at Loco

          Loco has been one of my favorite local spots in Southie ever since I first tried them on opening night almost two years ago. The dinner menu includes an amazing raw bar (think oysters and ceviches with tequila infused ice) as well as creative tacos and upscale Mexican dishes. Nearly the entire menu is gluten free, which I didn't realize at first but appreciate since having had to go gluten free earlier this year.  

          This weekend I tried them for brunch for the first time, and it was just as good as dinner! The brunch menu includes several classic dishes with a twist, as well as classic Mexican style dishes. I tried the duck enchiladas in a spicy red chili sauce topped with a sunny side up egg. The braised duck was tender and flavorful, and the egg perfectly cooked. The sauce was thick and creamy, and added spice without overpowering the dish.


          The fiance enjoyed Loco's take on eggs benedict served on portugese sweet bread with chorizo, spicy hollandaise, and patatas bravas on the side.


          Of course we shared a side of bacon, which was crispy just how we like it.


          Just like dinner, this place is packed for brunch so I suggest going early (before 11 AM)!

Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Solea

           Solea in Waltham is an old favorite that I've been going to for years, but for some reason never got around to writing about. It's a Spanish tapas restaurant owned by the same group that owns Tapeo and Kika Tapas in Boston and Cambridge. They have all of the classic dishes you'd want at a tapas restaurant (tortilla, garlic shrimp, etc.) in addition to some creative selections. They also have a separate gluten free menu, with plenty of options.

           The fiance and I went in for dinner recently for a few of our favorites including garlic shrimp, 
Brazilian cheese bread (these are gluten free, made with tapioca flour!), grilled chorizo, goat cheese stuffed prunes,  pork tenderloin in blue cheese sauce, and lam chops in apricot sauce.








          The food was excellent as always, and worth the drive to Waltham. The space at Solea make it perfect for a date night, or for hosting a large group or party (they have several private rooms and spaces in the back).

Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Brunch at Abe & Louie's

           I've always enjoyed dinner at Abe & Louie's, but until recently had never tried the brunch menu. I went in this past weekend, and it may be my new favorite brunch spot in Boston!

          We were served warm, fresh rolls dusted with cinnamon almost as soon as we were seated. The fiance had to send them away before he ate the entire basket, so he would have room for brunch!


          I ordered the trio of eggs benedict, modified slightly to be gluten free. The three preparations included a sirloin steak with truffle hollandaise, lobster, and lump crab (usually a crab cake). I enjoyed all three, but the lobster was definitely my favorite. It was a generous portion served warm, with plenty of sweet claw meat.


          I always order a side of bacon with brunch, and I love bacon but it's normally pretty standard. This was some of the best bacon I've ever had: a huge portion with perfectly crisp edges and a great smoky flavor.


           The fiance enjoyed his traditional eggs benedict and a side of blueberry pancakes.

 


          I can't believe it took me this long to try Abe & Louie's for brunch, but now that I have it will definitely be a regular spot!

Abe & Louie's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, November 25, 2016

Real Italian Gusto

          Real Italian Gusto is an Italian restaurant in Medford, and one of a handful of restaurants in Boston to feature a Valoriani pizza oven. These wood fired ovens are imported from Italy, and are able to cook an authentic Neopolitan style pizza in minutes. The pizzas are lighter than and have fewer calories than most. 

       
          I was recently invited to an influencer event where we were able to sample a large portion of the menu. We enjoyed some mimosas and bellinis with a beautiful spread of meats and cheeses.


       
          The menu included several pizza and pasta dishes, as well as traditional Italian entrees. I tried the Italian sausage with polenta and tomato sauce; it was a generous portion with perfectly creamy polenta and light fresh sauce.

          Overall it was a fun night, and I enjoyed my meal and the opportunity to explore a neighborhood I rarely visit. Thanks to Real Italian Gusto for hosting.

Real Italian Gusto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sheherazad Food Truck

          Sheherazad is a food truck that serves authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, including wraps, salads, and plates all meant to feel like a traditional Iraqi lunch. I tried the Dijaj Ahmer  (Iraqi red chicken) a dish made with roasted spiced chicken, cooked in thick tomato sauce and served over white rice. I was impressed by the quality and fresh flavors; and this dish was filling without being too heavy.


          I've heard this truck is hard to catch, but they're in Watertown every Wednesday so definitely check them out if you're in the area!

Sheherazad Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Pabu

          If you follow this blog, you may know about my Michelin obsession and can understand my excitement when I heard that Chef Michael Mina was coming to Boston. I was even more excited when I heard it was a sushi restaurant, and waited for almost a year in anticipation. I was thrilled to receive an invite to the opening party, and it was everything I hoped it would be!

          The space in the new Millennium Tower was beautiful with a large bar area and tons of open space. We headed straight back to the sushi bar and sampled several rolls including the spicy roll, Ken's roll (a house specialty avocado, and spicy tuna), and rainbow roll. They were all done very well; the incredibly fresh fish elevated the simple, classic dishes.



          One of the signature apps was on display, and I might have gone back for 4-5 of these: The Happy Spoon Oyster topped with uni, tobiko, ponzu, and creme fraiche. Each spoon was a bite of pure decadence.

           We enjoyed several passed hors d'oeuvres including the edamame, crispy shishito peppers, and teriyaki skewers.





           My favorite part of the night was when they brought out this massive tuna and filleted it in the dining room; it was definitely freshest toro I've ever had!


          I'm so excited to check out Pabu for dinner on my birthday in just a few weeks; made my reservation already!

PABU Izakaya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The New Uni

          I've always been a fan of Uni, so I was really excited to check out the newly expanded concept when they reopened in the former Clio space. In addition to the classic high end sashimi plates, Uni now offers a wider variety of sushi and small plates. The fiance and I ordered a tasting menu of all sushi and sashimi, and were glad to see some of our old favorites from the original Uni along with some delicious and creative new dishes!

           We started with this single kumamoto oyster  on ice; the presentation was beautiful and it tasted even better!


            Next was one of my favorites, a classic dish from the original menu - the Uni spoon served with caviar and a baby quail egg. This is one of the most decadent bites I've ever had.




           The fried softshell crab roll was next, and this was not your average spider maki! The roll was bursting with fresh softhshell crab lightly fried and garnished with sauce on the side.


           Several rounds of sushi and sashimi completed the meal, and I was excited that we each got a small piece of A5 kobe beef cooked rare with a perfect sear on the outside.


 

           As much as I loved the old Uni, I enjoy the new concept even more. If you haven't been yet, I highly recommend trying them for dinner soon!

Uni Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato