Archive for May, 2010

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Rock n’ Roll Pizza

May 16, 2010



P.A.’s Lounge
is a well-established local rock club and bar with an Elks lodge charm to it. As a place that I love to go see music and grab a handful of drinks, I got even more excited to stop in this past weekend to try out the food, and was I happy that it was cheap, delicious, and a great change of pace for this neighborhood watering hole.

I chose to go with the traditional pizza, which at $8 isn’t a bad deal at all. For $11 you can get a cold P.A.’s Brew and one of these delectable pies. They are charcoal grilled, giving the thin crust a crispy exterior for the soft dough it encases. The cheese was melted to a nice crisp on the edges, while it remained gooey in the middle. The whole tomatoes really added a great flavor and an overall savory style.  The freshness was appreciated.

While offering a few other variants on the pie, one involving mushrooms and truffle oil, another with linguica and one more with chicken and hot peppers, they also have some more standard bar food. Burgers run about $6, $8 with the fries, and come served on a Portuguese roll, and the P.A.’s Dog is an all beef hot dog wrapped in bacon topped with their home made relish.

I can’t think of anything I could enjoy more than grabbing a bite, a couple of drinks, and checking out a show. I am glad P.A.’s has made that easier for all of us.

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Get Local!

May 6, 2010


I don’t spend much time in places with the word Bistro in the title, and yet there I was with Lizz, seated at Rafiki Bistro on Mass Ave between Porter and Harvard, getting excited to try my meal. Rafiki took over the spot formerly occupied by the Forest Cafe, and has decided to do a French style bistro dedicated to sustainability and being ecologically friendly, with a focus on local ingredients. Since I’ve been on a huge local food kick, I had to try them out!

While the place is fancy on the inside, there is still a casual atmosphere about it. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks, they really do have a bit of something on the menu for everyone. Seeing a locally raised grass fed beef burger on the menu, I knew I had to get it. Lizz got the Herb and Garlic Crusted free range chicken. The burger was fine. For $10, it was a decent burger. The meat was juicy, the onions and cheese were just right, but the beef patty was extremely small. It didn’t fill the bun and was a bit of a letdown. I do think it might have been a fluke though, as the table next to us got burgers as well, and theirs looked like it filled the bun very well. The sweet potato fries were seasoned well, but some were overcooked and some were undercooked.

The Herb and Garlic Crusted chicken, oh man. Moist, flavorful, I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this. The mashed potatoes were creamy and rich, while the broccoli was absolutely fantastic. The natural gravy was such a great compliment to every item on the plate that you couldn’t help but want more.

With a selection of local beers, organic booze, and a seemingly great starting point to a menu, I hope to see the few foibles at Rafiki be fixed over the next coming months. The vegetarian fare seems exciting, with a delicious sounding lentil burger and an eggplant tower that seems interesting. I hope that I can write off these minor errors as opening jitters, and make it a semi-regular spot for burgers and beers with friends when we’re feeling a bit fancy.

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