Monthly Archives: March 2011

Restaurant Week Review: Anthem

For my first stop during restaurant week, I decided to try out Anthem located in Faneuil Hall. I’ve considered eating at the restaurant before but was always dissuaded by several factors including price, clientele (gaggles of tourists) and wait. However, as a part of Restaurant Week Boston, the dinner menu looked delightful and the price was something I couldn’t pass up.

The three course menu costs about 33.00 (minus tax or tip, and does not include beverages), with options including fried green tomatoes, braised ribs and bacon wrapped tenderloin. Having only heard about Restaurant Week before, I was curious how Anthem would stack up.

Anthem

Honestly, Anthem was surprisingly delectable. The first course I tried the buttermilk fried oysters with chipotle-orange aioli, which were a nice level of crispy on the outside without loosing the succulent moisture and flavor of the oyster. For the main dish, I ate the crispy skin salmon with sweet and sour shittake mushrooms which was fantastic – the only part I was a little disappointed in was a fried rice cake side dish. Take this away, and the dish as a whole was fantastic. Of course, I couldn’t not try the fried twinkie for my dessert option – and I was totally floored when this fancy looking dish came to my table. The fried twinkie’s presentation was lovely, and I wasn’t disappointed to find that it reminded me of being at the Texas State Fair. Though, I did enjoy having fresh fruit and whip cream with it – something not really possible with a typical fair food.

All in all, the price was a great bargain and Anthem got me to consider looking past my previous hang ups. I would most definitely head to Anthem again – hopefully, in the summer when the windows can be opened to the patio area!

I’ve got a few more Restaurant Week stops planned – so keep an eye out! For now, I’m still looking for any recommendations, so leave them in the comments box, if you’ve got them!


Boston Eats! Nom Nom Nom!

First off – apologies for the short absence! Been traveling on and off for a few weeks…but I’m back in the swing of things! So let’s begin!

Courtesy of Restaurant Week

Twice a year, the City of Boston hosts Restaurant Week! This is pretty much what it sounds like – restaurants around Boston offer a 2- or 3-course meal for a set price, giving locals a chance to sample food at some of the finest shops in town for cheap! With such an avid restaurant scene, this event is a great way to try some of the world’s best without dropping an entire paycheck. What’s even better is that Restaurant Week is actually more like two weeks since it goes from March 6-11 and March 13-18. Additionally, most of the restaurants have lunch and dinner menu options.

The main newbie pointer for this whole shindig? Make reservations! I’ve heard that most of these establishments are wall-to-wall with people, so it’s best to expect a crowd. Also, understand that sometimes the food is not always at it’s best quality. With so many people, these restaurants often don’t break out the “big guns” for this event but you should at least be able to walk away with an idea of whether it’s worth the dough (yes, the pun was intentional).

Me? I haven’t gotten a chance to partake in the deliciousness yet but I do have lunch reservations next week and am planning on some other choice meals before that! My biggest problem is figuring out where to go! Of course, I will track my adventures here…so stay tuned! And if you have suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!!