Charcoal Guido’s

Overall taste: 7.5/10 | 2017 | 482 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

We were invited here for a complimentary meal, but we try to stay objective in your review.

To be honest, we didn’t think we’d come back to this restaurant again since it’s 40min away from where we live. BUT after trying their gnocchi pesto (which, at the moment, is our favourite gnocchi dish of all time), that 40min drive is totally worth it!

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+++ Espresso martini – stoli vanilla, kahlua, baileys, frangelico and espresso ($10) [This drink was perfect and there was nothing we would change about it!]
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– – – Breath of fresh pear – tito’s vodka, pear liqueur, pear puree and lemon topped with prosecco [We didn’t like the amount of sparkling wine they put in here; it almost felt like we were drinking soda.]
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Ultimate antipasto platter – parma prosciutto, speck, parmigiano, ricotta salata, grilled sausage, fig marmalde, olives, oil cured vegetables ($18) [This is not something we’d personally order since we only liked half of the stuff in the platter, namely their sausage, parmagiano, and ricotta salata. We are huge fans of prosciutto but felt that their prosciutto wasn’t meaty enough.]
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Arancine – fried risotto ball with mozzarella and parmigiano cheese served with marinara sauce ($10) [This was alright but would have prefer it if it was more cheesy and more moist on the inside.]
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 Meatballs – classic combination of beef, pork and veal served in marinara sauce with a sprinkle of parmigiano cheese ($8) [The meatballs were yummy! They were meaty, tender and juicy. We don’t like marinara sauce in general and would have preferred it without the sauce. We just think that it distracts us from tasting the meatball itself.] 
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+++ Gnocchi – with pesto ($18) [OMG WE LOVED THIS! The gnocchi was delicious and went so well with their pesto sauce! This is the dish that totally stole our hearts.]
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+++ Trofie & scallops – Tofie pasta with fresh scallops in pesto ($20) [This would be our 2nd favourite dish after their gnocchi with pesto (maybe we just really like their pesto!). This dish would have been better if the scallops had that crisp golden crust on the outside.]
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Gnocchi – with bolognese ($20) [This was alright. We liked it a lot more with their pesto.]
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Porcini pappardelle & chicken – pappardelle pasta in porcini sauce and grilled chicken breast. [The pappardelle pasta and porcini sauce were really good. We would have preferred it if they focused more on the flavor of mushroom, like using portobello instead of chicken breast.]
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+++ Sausage – tomato sauce, mozzarella, caramelized onion, sweet sausage, fresh ricotta cheese. ($16) [Our favourite pizza. It had a generous amount of ricotta cheese (looks like whipped cream in the picture) mozzarella and caramelized onion – everything that we love! We personally don’t care for the sweet sausage that much and would probably order it without the sausage in the future.]

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Margherita – tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil ($13)
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White Devil – hot salami, mozzarella, provolone, shaved parmigiano, extra virgin olive oil ($15)

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Figs and gorgonzola – figs, gorgonzola, caramelized onion, arugula ($16) [Lynn liked it but Jeff felt that the gorgonzola cheese was too strong for him.]
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+++ Nutella pizza – pizza dough filled with nutella and ricotta, finished in wood oven (Duo for $10. Family for $14 (pictured). Add fruit for $2) [This is their signature dessert. Jeff is crazy about nutella and likes anything with it. Lynn usually finds nutella to be too sweet but really liked this pizza because the ricotta cheese (which isn’t sweet) goes really well with the nutella.]
 

 

Lincoln Tavern

Overall Taste: 8/10 | 2017 | 425 W Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

We were invited to Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant for a complementary meal, but we try to stay as objective as possible.

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Fruit bowl ($6) [Not something we would personally order in a restaurant.]

+++ Breakfast burger – maple sausage patty, hash browns, over easy egg, pepper jelly, hollandaise, portuguese muffin, served with fries ($13) [We highly recommend this! The patty was sweet, fragrant, and juicy. The egg was runny and their pepper jelly gave it a good kick.]

Apple cinnamon waffles – apple pie filling, maple pecan crumble, vanilla bean whipped cream ($12) [We liked the taste but found it to be too sweet.]

– – – Fruity pebble pancakes – stack of pancakes, cereal milk anglaise ($12) [This was extremely sweet as well, and we’re not a fan of their fruity pebbles, which were artificial-tasting]

Steak and potato wood fired pizza – mashed potato, smoked prime rib, caramelized onion, fontina cheese, arugula, truffle oil ($16) [This was pretty good but on the salty side]

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+++ [We could not find this in their menu but we really liked it. Perhaps you can show this picture to their server. The cake is very moist and the sweetness compliments the sourness from the berries.]
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+++ Lincoln sliders – bacon aioli, muenster cheese, sunny-side up quail egg, potato bun ($10) [This was one of our favourite dish here. Not only do they look so cute, they’re absolutely delicious. The quail eggs were all runny, and the patty was really juicy and meaty.]
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+++ Steak burrito  – coffee rubbed wood grilled hanger steak, over easy eggs, hashbrowns, pico de gallo, avocado ($16) [The hanger steak was on the chewy side, but the overall taste was really good, especially with their guacamole.]
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Short rib poutine – rosemary truffle fries, bone marrow gravy, smoked short rib, sunny-side up egg, crumbled bacon, shaved truffle ($16) [This was good but the topping was on the salty side. We would also have preferred it if the fries were less burnt.]

Russell House Tavern

Overall taste: 7.75/10 | 2017 | 14 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

Pictured above:  Lobster slider – pickled watermelon rind, arugula, buttered old bay brioche ($6) [lobster salad was good, but the buns could be more toasted and have more butter]

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Torchon of foie gras – boston brown bread, pickled sour cherries ($14) [we really liked the foie gras itself, but not a fan of the brown bread and pickled sour cherries]
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+++Steak tartare – crispy-fried egg, black garlic, truffle oil ($12) [The crispy-fried egg is really good. We recommend eating it by itself. We read a yelp review about the beef chunks being too chewy and we agree. It’s the chewiest beef tartare we had. While Lynn find this average, Jeff really likes it because there wasn’t much seasoning that would distract you from the taste of the beef.
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– – – Leek and mushroom pizza – melted leek, vermont goat cheese, wild mushroom, white truffle oil ($13) [This was extremely salty and greasy, and could definitely use more leek and mushrooms]
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+++Red wine-braised shortrib – oxtail pot au feu, roasted bone marrow ($28) [The shortrib was extremely tender. The oxtail was on the salty side, but it’s fine if you eat it with the potatoes and carrots. Overall, this is a very heavy dish. Jeff found it average but Lynn really liked it]
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Chocolate ganache tart – kumquat marmalade ($8) [this is probably one of the heaviest chocolate dessert out there; it was so chocolatey that it’s difficult to cut through it. We both really liked it but we recommend one portion for 2 people since it’s so thick]

Precinct Kitchen + Bar

Overall taste: 7.5 | 2016 | 154 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

This was our to-go spot for $1 oysters (between 4-6pm), but they no longer have this deal. They have also modified their menu ever since we went. We don’t think we’ll come back to this restaurant since some of our favourite items are no longer available. We will indicate below which items are no longer in their current menu.

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Oysters – blue point [replaced by beau soleil], kayama bay, powder point, malpeque (used to be $1 each between 4-6. now $3 each). [Their oysters are really fresh, but now that it’s $3 each, we don’t think it’s worth it]
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+++Steak tartar – capers, shallots, cornichons, cage-free egg yolk, toasted croutons ($15) [This is one of our favourite items, but it is no longer in their menu]
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Tuna cruda – grilled hearts of palm, garlic chilli paste, green onion, lime, sea salt ($14) [The garlic chilli paste reminds me a lot of Chinese chilli oil, so it’s definitely a unique combination]
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+++Jumbo lump crab slider – with cajun, remoulade [no longer available]. Maine lobster slider – with citrus, tarragon, mayo [no longer available]

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Wild mushroom flatbread – roasted garlic, reading spring brook farm cheese ($16)

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– – – Pan seared black cod – garlic and herb puree, pan fried new potato ($29) [The fish was waaaay over-cooked and we didn’t enjoy it at all. However, the potatoes and puree were excellent; finished every drop of it]
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+++ Flourless chocolate lava cake – with a farm berry coulis ($10) [This is soooo good! You can’t tell it’s flourless at all. If you like your chocolate cake thick and heavy, this is for you.]