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