Welcome BACK Brunch at North Street Grille!

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It’s been 2 months and 22 days since I’ve written about my love of food and I apologize for the wait (life…oy vey).

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Kicking off my return to writing I came prepared with a fork in the left and a drink in my right to tell you about a semi secret, yet not so secret spot in the bustling North End perfect for your brunch munch cravings, North Street Grille!

Opened back in October 2010 on North Street, dinner is served 5 nights a week from 5pm to 11pm and brunch from 8am to 3pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays! A new addition to my Friday Brunch line up! On street parking around here is a bit tough, but there are lots close by or one can take the train in and walk from Haymarket.

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Whoop Whoop!

 

It’s the perfect, cozy location for a chill brunch; whether you’re coming from working out and wanted to grab a bite while unwinding with pals or you’re hungover and literally dragging your bum through the door.

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The menu is broken down into generous sections providing eaters to sample and indulge in some tasty treats. Prices vary from $5 to $17 for entrees with wine, beer, and cocktails varying from $5 to $10. Very inviting for many budgets!

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For my homecoming feast I went for the Banana Bread French Toast and washed it down with the Flirtini cocktail. Need I say I was also on a date (wink wink). I think I would have picked something different if I knew they gave you FRESH BANANA BREAD as a starter snack. So moist and chewy; a nice way to start off any brunch.

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My Flirtini was a blend of Cruzan Raspberry, Champagne, Chambord, Pineapple and Cranberry juice. Absolutely Re-Freshing! I had to have two, with no guilt! I must admit it’s been a while since I’ve had fruity drinks but this one was even blended and with the use of champagne it made the drink more like a punch, which I enjoyed.

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My Banana Bread French Toast was to die for! Sitting in it’s already soaked goodness of a caramelized banana sauce this lovely thick Texas toast style bread was decorated to the nines with fresh bananas atop, confection sugar, and whipped cream.

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This place Knows Bananas!

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Each bite better than the first, and with little need to add extra maple syrup, one can eat continuously unless needing a drink break. It happens.

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Sadly I couldn’t finish my plate 100% but I managed to get ‘er down to a solid 85% devoured!

 

Next time I visit for brunch I’m going with their ‘Benedict in Bed’, which is a French Toast stuffed with Canadian Bacon & Cheddar topped with Poached Eggs & Hollandaise Sauce. Sounds dangerous I know, but with my stomach up for the challenge I KNOW I’ll get to the bottom of it!

 

I can’t say the date was a hit, but at least my potbelly was visible. Xo.

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North Street Grille

 

229 North St.

 

Boston, MA 02113

 

(617) 720-2010

 

http://www.northstreetgrille.com/ordereze/home.aspx

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Friday Brunch at Ferrara’s!

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Whenever I’m off work on a Friday (which is rare) I like taking in luxuries of the day for instance waking up later than usual, walking around the city like a tourist, and of course having a REAL lunch. The usual 30-minute break doesn’t allow much catching up or better yet food enjoyment.  It’s more like a mundane necessity than extraordinary nourishment for the body.  This is how I stumbled upon Ferrara’s.

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I was looking for lunch with friends, and instead they said, “let’s do brunch”.  “On a Friday?” I thought.  No way!

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Voted Best Brunch in Boston Ferrara’s keeps brunch lovers like myself happy with an amazing menu Friday thru Sunday from 8am to 3pm!  If you’re not a brunchie junkie like me then you can join Ferrara’s for dinner Monday thru Sunday from 4pm til closing.  The only thing that makes me sad is that I’m just finding out about this gem and they’ve been open since June 2012. So many wasted Sundays!!!  And Fridays!!!

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Casual and modern patrons can come in right after work for a drink and hangout or make Ferrara’s a destination for dining. The location of the restaurant is close to Haymarket Station making commuting by T easy peasy.

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Menu meal prices are between $4.95 and $16.95 while sides are between $1.95 and $4.95.  I was excited when I seen the “Seafood Benedict” option on the menu and had to have it.  I went with the Fresh Lobster Meat instead of the other options of Maryland Lump Crab or Shrimp and washed it down with some cranberry juice.  This was only the start of a beautiful experience.

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My lobster was SO tender with nice chunks!  The home fries here are to die for!  Cooked up with onions and seasoning, they don’t need any ketchup.  I was full, I was happy…and then the chalkboard caught my eye.  It read, “Egg in a Jar”.  I read the contents and ordered one for my table.  We agreed to not have your potbellies “visible” so we shared this special.

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The Egg in a Jar contained Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Mushrooms, Seasoned Grilled Chicken, a toped with a Warm Sunny-Side Up Egg and Crispy Prosciutto. At the time it just sounded different, but after the first bite it was my fate.  The prosciutto was yummy!  I never had it crispy before then.  We broke the yolk of the egg so it could run throughout the jar, which worked out well.  Served with elongated Siciliano bread we quickly dug into our jar, almost as if we didn’t consume our brunch prior.  The mash and chicken delivered as promised and the mushrooms were a nice balance.  If this item is served again when I return I’m getting it for MYSELF hands down.

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So Yummy

I can see how and why Ferrara’s is worthy of high ranks in the city.  With good service, good prices, and tasty meals one has to give credit where it’s do.

Xo!

FERRARA’S KITCHEN + BAR

76 SALEM STREET

BOSTON

857.753.4615

http://www.ferrarasnorthend.com

Birthday Eats from The Daily Catch!

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Mini Line…but it was longer!

“Vo-la-re!”

No I can’t fly BUT I do almost feel like I have wings with a pleasant smile on my face after grabbing a bite at The Daily Catch located in the North End.  Although this was my third visit to this restaurant today was quite special; it was my mom’s birthday.  I thought what better place to go than an Italian (Sicilian styled to be correct) eatery to celebrate.

Taste buds have been satisfied at this original location ever since 1973.  With two other locations (Brookline and Seaport) the business has been able to spread it’s love of cooking pasta with seafood throughout the Boston area.

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Bread and Wine List to start

Things I love about the North End:  it reminds me of Sicily (visited in 2010) with small streets, hidden shops in alleys, and tasty Italian food.  What I don’t like so much: hard to find parking and can be crowded during a holiday weekend (e.g. Marathon Monday).  Luckily for people wishing to dine at The Daily Catch there is street and lot parking at “Parcel 7” which is a 5-minute walk away.  Not too shabby.  Plus for $3 you can get 3 hours of parking! Pretty decent.

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No Shirley for Me Today 🙂

Open daily from 11am to 10pm there are moments when a “line” forms at the door, and those who are patient get rewarded.  Sorry, no reservations here.  This cozy 20-persons, 3 employee (the server, the cook, and dishwasher) restaurant does fill up, nevertheless service is quick.  I understand “waiting” is not something everyone can do, but if you can bare the 15-25 minutes without a complaint then come on down!

I personally LOVE the chalkboard menu.  They’ve even taken a picture of it for their website if you wanted to check it out before you venture down.  Appetizers vary from $9.75 to $19.50 meanwhile main entrée’s are between $18 and $22.  Their black pasta, (yes, BLACK pasta…which I will try one day) made with squid ink, is $21 for entrée size and $10.50 for the appetizer.  The menu continues with salads and seafood platters. This CASH ONLY establishment gives a fair amount of options to the Italian cuisine lover. Also, you can pair your meal with an assortments of wines and bottled beers.

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The open kitchen is another plus. Right there, in front of your face you can SEE what goes into every meal the chef is preparing.  You can watch as he grinds up the calamari, garnishes each frying pan (most meals are served out of them), and multi-tasks at each objective place in front of him.

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A couple of dishes waiting to be served and yes, one IS Lobster!

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Hard at Work.

I started off with the Shrimp Scampi.  In a chain restaurant such as Maggiano’s or Olive Garden, this would come with linguine however here it’s just the appetizer…shrimp.  I must say, the white sauce they’ve created keeps me coming back.  Made with garlic, oil, butter, lemon, wine and cheese this blend is simply addictive.  My mom said it was her favorite part.  The shrimp tasted fresh not like freezer shrimp, which can ruin any meal.  This was a great way to start.

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Our entrée was Mussels Marinara and Linguine.  Mussels and I became friends about 4 years back and I haven’t been disappointed yet.  The Daily Catch is Now added to my list of Mussels Execution SUCCESSES!  Big, juicy pieces of meat reveal themselves out of shells.  Fully of flavor and taste!  Although the pasta/marinara combination didn’t wow me, it didn’t stop me from continuing my meal with enjoyment.  I think for me, white sauce always wins, Even with mussels, which typically requires a red sauce.  During this late lunch I sat next to a women from Connecticut who had an interesting bias toward the food and she made me realize that you can’t win over the world one meal at a time.  For me, a good percentage of the city and Beyond, The Daily Catch is delicious and well worth the trip to the North End for good eats.

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As their website proclaims, “This will be an experience to remember” indeed.  Food out of pans?!? Who’d knew?  There’s definitely a “friendly dining experience” offered as well which makes everyone feel welcomed.  Although dessert is not an option, never fear; you can either join the HUGH line across the street at Mike’s Pastries or walk a bit down to the other line at Modern’s which is what we did.

Happy Birthday Mom!

The Daily Catch -North End

323 Hanover St.

Boston, MA 02113

(617) 523-8567

http://www.dailycatch.com/northend.html