Weekend Eats in Beantown
What an eventful, food-filled weekend! Despite Friday’s dreary weather, a friend and I met at one of our favorite downtown after-work spots: Marliave. I’ve been on an Aviation kick recently, so even though it’s not on their regular cocktail menu, the bartender was nice enough to make me one anyway. (And in all fairness, it used to be the called the Amelia Earhart on an older version of their drink menu. Clever, right?) It was delicious.
We got there early enough to enjoy some of their $1 oysters (4-6 pm and 9-10 pm daily). Selection changes daily, and we had a choice of four options.
We decided that in lieu of dinner we would split two appetizers. One of our favorites there is the Rarebits, a cast iron skillet filled with melted farmhouse cheeses and bacon. Served with toasted bread, it’s perfect for sharing and sinfully good.
For the second app, we wanted something on the lighter side, so we ordered the Beef Carpaccio. Sliced so thin that it melted in your mouth and topped with greens aioli, Parmesan and black lava salt, we both really enjoyed this dish.
We probably could have sat and had another cocktail at Marliave, but we both had an early day on Saturday so we called it an early night. The unexpected sun made Saturday’s plans even better since lunch was on the roof deck at Fiore in the North End. The high top tables on a sunny afternoon could not be a more summery spot. For lunch with girl friends or an impromptu lunch date, Fiore is a prime spot. At a table amongst four girls, the first round of drinks included a bloody mary, homemade sangria, white wine and my choice, a basil martini.
After such a light dinner the night before, I was famished for a large lunch. While there were plenty of options on their regular lunch menu, I opted for the Spinach Ravioli on the day’s special menu. Served with cherry tomatoes, Parmesan and sage in a white wine butter sauce, these decadent, perfect al dente raviolis were exactly what I was craving.
It was a fun-filled couple of meals in Beantown, complete with good friends and good cocktails. The afternoon in the sun made me really excited for summer and more roofdeck meals!
Where’s your favorite spot for outdoor dining in Boston?