What You'll Get
The invention of restaurants offered humans cuisine choices far superior to state-sanctioned leftovers, federally mandated mystery stew, and government-run gruel lotteries. Choose your own mealventure with today's deal for hearty eats in the Boston area. Choose between two delicious options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of innovative American cuisine at Barlow's in South Boston.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of bistro fare at Orleans in Somerville.
The menus at Barlow's combine traditional American recipes with a creative gourmet flare. Inaugurate your dinner with a helping of minted lamb skewers, served with sweet soy-and-almond pesto ($11). The fig and prosciutto pizza woos weary taste buds with its sweet saltiness, sealing the deal with added gorgonzola and arugula ($13) . Childhood nostalgia is deliciously evoked with thick slices of bacon-wrapped meatloaf saddled with mashed potatoes, garlic spinach, and mushroom gravy ($17). Hungry ears can feast on live jazz Tuesday nights, and pigskin buffs can catch up on NFL games throughout the season.
The succulent bistro cuisine at Orleans is served in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Well-spiced appetizers include jumbo Maine crab cakes sidekicked by watercress salad and red-pepper aioli ($10). The lobster penne combines luxurious maritime meat with applewood-smoked bacon, peas, shitake mushrooms, and leeks in a savory sherry cream sauce ($23). For more portable fare, wrap your arm paddles around a grilled Orleans burger topped with cheddar cheese, roasted jalapeños, pineapple salsa, and chipotle aioli with a side of crispy onion rings ($12). Put your useless knowledge of 80s sitcoms to work at Wednesday trivia nights, bob your head to live music on Thursdays and Fridays, or bust a well-thought-out move at Saturday night DJ fests.
Orleans Restaurant was reviewed by the Boston Phoenix. It has a rating of "good to very good" for its food on Zagat, as well as for décor and service. More than 170 Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average, and Citysearchers give it an average of 4.5 stars. Barlow's Restaurant was reviewed by UrbanDaddy and also has a 3.5-star average from Yelpers:
- The atmosphere at Orleans is jumping. There’s always a crowd in Davis Square that seems to want the combination of familiar treats and somewhat-better-than-familiar food that Orleans serves up. – Robert Nadeau, Boston Phoenix
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 13, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Not valid for alcohol. Dine-in only. Valid only for restaurant purchased. No cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Reservation required at Orleans. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.