Drum roll, please! Presenting a long overdue round up of what and where I've been eating in Charlestown. I regret that not all these plates are accompanied by photos to do them justice - sometimes the camera doesn't quite make it.
*Roasted Game Hen w/ swiss chard, chorizo, cornbread, gravy | Navy Yard Bistro*
I wish I took more notes on the bottle of white wine we enjoyed (next time!) Another positive was our impeccable, personalized service. Specifically, I appreciated that our waiter was quick to move us inside as impending thunderstorms and large drops of rain threatened our quaint table on the patio. And because it was my sisters birthday he generously comped our dessert, a hot fudge strawberry sundae alongside flutes of limoncello.
*Sweet Potato Bravas ($9) w/ feta, honey, jalapenos, avocado cream | Olives*
On a recent trip back to Olives, I am happy to report (after all the mixed reviews and varying levels of press) that our food was better than I expected. Though I've only noshed on small plates and appetizers, I thought every thing was delicious and the portion sizes were just right for sharing. Besides the Sweet Patatas Bravas inventively paired with feta, honey, jalapenos and avocado cream for dipping completely capturing my heart, there was a guilt inducing Mac N Cheese ($8) with truffle, porcini, taleggio and fontina. TE's rendition is certainly going to take a lot to impress; it was rich, flavorful, creamy, piping hot and over-the-top cheesy, simply amazing. The atmosphere felt a bit too intense for casually enjoying cocktails, appetizers and conversation on a Wednesday night. It was much louder than I expected, with music blaring and voices up ten more octaves as a result. As crowded as it was, we did manage to get a table right away, and service remained cheerful even though it was on the slow side.
*The Cottage Burger ($10.95) w/ fried organic egg, bacon, sharp cheddar | The Warren Tavern*
For post work brews, this historic watering hole has become our go-to, and while not everything I've ordered off their menu has been a win, their burgers served on a lightly charred sesame seed studded bun have easily become crave worthy. The Cottage ($11.95) with a perfectly fried organic egg is my #1, but they have a plethora of equally fantastic options when I'm looking to switch it up like the Blue Cheese ($10.95) or the Paul Revere ($9.95) with sauteed mushroom and swiss. The richly wooded interior is classic and comforting and the bartenders always friendly and eager to refill your drinks.
*Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict w/ red onions & tomatoes | Grasshopper Cafe*
Warm and welcoming staff, prompt iced coffee counter service on my walk to work, homemade honey butter, excellent breakfast dishes - I'm not sure what the Bunker Hill side of the neighborhood did without this place before it opened a couple years back. The decor is simple and casual, overall it's a lovely little cafe that I'm happy to live so close to.