The creative confectioners at Sweet N Nasty enliven revelry with erotic cakes, titillating chocolates, and novelty treats. Chefs embellish naughty cakes ($28.95+) or cupcakes ($2.50 each or $28.50/dozen) with chocolate handcuffs and edible human anatomy, ideal for adding a new level of intimacy to meetings with tax attorneys. Chocolate pops bear everything from derrieres ($2.59) to suggestive fruit ($3.59). For a tamer treat, the chocolate iPod ($3.49) prevents patrons from gnawing on real electronics, and a chocolate Porsche ($9.99) and mink coat ($2.99) let taste buds live out financial fantasies.
Inside the multi-level restaurant, Sweet Caroline's servers tote plates of handcrafted American fare from chef Joshua Smith's American gastro-pub menu. Sandwiches include Caroline's grass-fed bacon cheeseburger on a brioche bun, while larger plates feature pan-seared salmon filets with spring pea puree. The full bar exemplifies the restaurant's rustic, yet modern décor with its reclaimed barn-wood accents and flat-screen, high-definition TVs.
Yes, you can hear the cheers of Red Sox fan's during a home game at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill at Fenway. And the park's right field wall is easily viewed from a spacious rooftop deck. But the interior is what really reminds you that you're dining at the brainchild of the Sox's beloved announcer and former second baseman. Katharine Q. Seelye of The New York Times said in a 2010 article, "The most striking feature inside the restaurant is the view—on television. Two outsize high-definition televisions, measuring 11 feet long and costing $225,000 each, hang above the bar." The "screen monsters" make you wonder if you've stumbled onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange or a spaceship control-deck manned by extraterrestrial sports fans. If you can't find a seat near the bar, there are 30 60-inch high-def televisions scattered throughout the pub.
Jerry Remy's generously portioned menu has caught as much attention as its collection of huge TVs. Robert Nadeau of the Boston Phoenix said, "Most of the scoring on this menu comes out of a Texas-style barbecue smoker," citing the authentic taste of the beef brisket and the juiciness of the smoked half-chicken. Bella English of the Boston Globe agreed that the large smoker located in the parking lot makes “succulent brisket, ribs, and chicken,” and reported that the huge desserts "must be seen to be believed."
Chef Chris Coombs has been recognized for both his talent in the kitchen and his youthful age; he was under 30 when he opened his third restaurant, Boston Chops, in the South End, and has also appeared on the Food Network’s Chopped. Coombs initially earned some recognition working alongside Brian Piccini at dbar in Dorchester, before the pair successfully opened the Back Bay’s Deuxave, which plates up technique-driven combos of French and American classics. New England favorites feature prominently at this dark, brooding space, where stone walls, tall windows and hanging chandeliers lend a modern almost Gothic feel. Dishes like Scituate lobster with gnocchi and pan seared local scallops, or seared Hudson Valley foie gras, crispy skinned black bass and spiced Long Island duck breast each add to the overall elegance of this decidedly upscale destination.
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