Craigie On Main – Central Square, Cambridge, MA

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Just a five-minute walk from Central Square T-stop, Craigie on Main is an upscale, French-inspired restaurant that features innovative dishes that push the limits in terms of bold ingredients that somehow seem to compliment perfectly together.

One thing that was evident right away was the outstanding service from the entire staff. From the moment we walked in, the staff was nothing but friendly and accommodating. Throughout the night, we literally never lifted a finger to pour water out of the carafe on our table.

As mentioned, Craigie on Main is an upscale French-inspired restaurant, and the decor certainly reflects that. Where we were seated, there had to have been 8 different types of mirrors with antique-style frames. This, in addition to the dimmed lighting, created an intimate aura, making Craigie on Main a prime date spot. The spot even featured an open kitchen!

The dinner menu offers plenty of new dishes that you’ll have to go out on a limb to try. I admit, we didn’t know some of the ingredients listed on the menu, but in asking our waiter, he was able to explain the ingredients and what we could expect in terms of taste for each dish we quizzed him on. Our appetizer, for instance, was squid ink chitarra pasta, topped with manilla clams, roasted tomatoes, pork belly, uni butter. While the squid ink gives off a strong aroma, it worked in harmony with all the other ingredients, particularly the clams. It had a garlic-lemon undertone.Next was the main course. We decided on the Pennsylvania Dutch country chicken. Let me tell you about this entree. The chicken was fall-off-the-bone tender. It’s unclear what it was braised with, but it was delicious. Along with the chicken, were green beans, fennel, and raisins, with a very tasty mole verde sauce that had a mild kick to it.

To cap off our order, we ordered the milk chocolate cremeux. The only way to describe this was that taste was the only sense that existed in that moment, and all other senses ceased to exist – at least until we finished eating. The combo of milk chocolate, feuilletine, and walnut ice cream was just unbelievable and left me drooling for more.

We were very pleased with our experience at Craigie on Main, and would highly recommend going for a date or special occasion.

TL DR: With outstanding service, Craigie on Main in Central Square is a top notch upscale gourmet restaurant – but it’s about quality, not quantity here.

Paris Creperie – Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA

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Nothing beats a good crepe. A crepe can consist of endless ingredients, and I for one can really appreciate the creativity of a tasty crepe. That’s exactly what you’ll find when you go to Paris Creperie – a taste of Paris right in Coolidge Corner, with a menu that literally endless options of sweet and savory crepes to satisfy your stomach and heart.

When you walk in, you immediately get a sense of quaintness with a European-influenced decor. The space is small but cute. Paris Creperie is a counter-service restaurant, and depending on the day and time you go, it can be long. Because there is limited seating, a good trick is to claim a table by putting your belongings there before you get in line to order.

After we placed our order, we claimed our seats. Our food arrived well within 10 minutes, and we were ready to feast. We ordered an Apple & Brie Crepe, which was sweet and savory. The taste of the crispy cinnamon apples and brie was doing it for me – and the honey drizzled on top added a sweet sensation. It’s worth noting that there are a lot of vegetarian crepes on the menu at Paris Creperie, with this being one of them.

The Paris Creperie

In addition to ordering a “savory crepe”, we also chased that with a “sweet crepe” for dessert. We debated between the “Nutella chocolate” crepe and the “bear claw crepe”, but since we also ordered the “Nutella frozen hot chocolate”, we decided that would be too much Nutella, even for Nutella addicts like us. The “bear claw” is a cinnamon infused crepe with Belgian cookie butter & Parisian doughnut glaze, otherwise known as desert heaven. Samantha had the first bite and her first words were “omg, omg, holy sh*t that is good”, also adding a pretty glowing endorsement of “this crepe could solve world hunger and world peace”.

Paris Creperie has a menu that offers a ton of smoothies and frozen drinks that can pair well with their crepes.As previously mentioned, we also ordered a “Nutella frozen hot chocolate”, and that was also out of this world. The drink featured drizzle on the inside of the cup it was served in, which also makes me feel fancy.

While I would love to go back to Paris Creperie again, we will give away a gift card to one lucky follower – stay tuned for the details.