Lin at Lunch: Tico
After dining at Happys Bar and Kitchen, I was even more excited to check out another of Michael Schlow’s restaurants: Tico. Located at 222 Berkeley St, it draws a large lunch crowd of Copley Square professionals and Boston visitors alike. It also is a great location for Jon to meet me for lunch!
12:30: We arrived at exactly 12:30 and were seated immediately with lunch menus.
12:32: Server took our drink order.
12:35: Server returned with drinks: water and an Arnold Palmer. We placed our order for lunch.
12:41: Food arrived.
Jon went with a light and refreshing Chilled Shrimp Salad. The highlight of this salad was the dressing; flavorful but not overpowering, allowing the natural flavors of the ingredients to stand out, rather than be smothered in dressing. Perfectly crisp bacon adds flavor and texture to otherwise healthy ingredients. The entree-sized portion left Jon happy and satisfied.
Chilled Shrimp Salad with Avocado, String Beans, Bacon and Pickled Shallots ($14)
When we saw house-made pastrami on the lunch menu, we knew one of us had to try it. Growing up in New Jersey with New York delis within his reach, Jon is our resident deli expert, and Tico’s passed the test. Smothered in Swiss cheese, this pastrami sandwich is set apart from others by an unexpected kick encountered, either in the mustard or perhaps the meat itself. Chipotle mayo is served on the side, adding to the spice of the sandwich while at the same time providing a coolness from the mayo.
House Made Pastrami Sandwich with melted Swiss on Rye with Deli Mustard ($14)
12:57 Finished our meal.
1:01 Check was delivered, and promptly picked back up by our server to complete payment.
1:03 Credit card returned.
Not only was this a great meal, it was a great meal in a short amount of time, making Tico a perfect lunch destination. So often sit-down restaurants have a more leisure lunch, but something shorter is perfect for professionals with a lunch hour time frame. I even had time to walk from work to Tico (about 15 minutes) and be back just over an hour later. Great food, reasonable prices, and efficient use of time; that’s lunch at Tico.
What’s your number one criteria for a good lunch spot?