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75 Chestnut in Boston

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On day two of our ladies Boston weekend back in April, my mother, aunt, and I hopped over to Beacon Hill for brunch with Erika of Radiant Republic, a fabulous lifestyle and design blog filled with all things lovely and based out of Boston. Now, I rarely meet up with folks from the Interwebs, but I was certain Erika and I would get along smashingly—and we most certainly did.

Erika was also responsible for helping me select a thorough, detailed, dining itinerary (South End Buttery, Prezza, Stella and Casa Romero were all spectacular) prior to our trip via e-mail—what a doll! She also chose 75 Chestnut, one of her favorite spots, for our brunch this morning.

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Erika explained why she selected 75 Chestnut, saying, ““I love 75 Chestnut because it’s tucked away on an unassuming Beacon Hill side street. I especially love the dark wood and cozy banquettes. The restaurant has a true old-Boston vibe. It’s located in my favorite Boston neighborhood and, after countless brunches and dinners, I know many of the staff there. My friends and I adoringly call it our “Cheers” (‘Where everybody knows your name.’) On the other hand, it can be very difficult to get a seat in the quaint dining area on a weekend night, as most Beacon Hillers also opt for this hidden gem.”

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I mandated that we begin with the 75 Chestnut Tower, three levels of deliciousness: (1) Parmesan garlic bread with marinara, (2) fried calamari and (3) pumpkin ravioli. The Parmesan garlic bread was good. The fried calamari, which was lightly breaded and served with tartar sauce, even better. The pumpkin ravioli, topped with butternut squash chunks, Parmesan and a creamy tomato vodka sauce, the best.

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Planning to carb up before my 26.2 the following day, I selected the Belgian waffle, served with caramelized bananas, a side of fruit and Applewood-smoked bacon. As I don’t eat land animals, I requested additional fruit in lieu of bacon. Well, I’m not sure what the normal size of fruit looks like, but this one was miniscule—served in a little canister one typically serves dipping sauces. The fruit looked old and mushy (yep, I said it), so I didn’t even touch it. The waffle, however, was delicious—particularly with the bananas and syrup.

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As we were in Boston, Auntie Deb selected the clam chowder with a salad. The salad consisted of tomatoes, cucumbers and nuts with a light vinaigrette. She was pleased that the soup was piping hot but the salad was room temperature—as this Aunt is not a fan of very cold salads.

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My Mommy Dearest opted for a turkey sandwich, served with tomatoes and lettuce and a side salad. Upon its arrival, she sent the sandwich back, as the bread was stale—and the waitress and kitchen were very happy to accommodate her with a new sandwich. Our waitress really bent over backwards to please a somewhat high-maintenance group (as usual, my mother and I each had about 10 glasses of water).

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Erika selected the 75 parfait, layers of yogurt, granola, strawberries and fresh clover honey. She says, “The chilled martini glass presentation made me feel like I was indulging in a decadent dessert. The perfect marriage of sweet and salty! I only wish it hadn’t been so filling so I could have finished every last bite.”

The Bitches say: B+. Good food, great ambiance, even better company. However, the disgusting fruit side and stale sandwich bread take the grade down quite a bit.

75 Chestnut
75 Chestnut St.
(Beacon Hill)
Boston, M.A. 02108
75 Chestnut serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

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