|Stephanie's Patio. Photo from Google Images|
As long as I have lived in Boston, I have always enjoyed the super salads at Stephanie’s on Newbury, so that is exactly where I planned to take us for lunch. This long standing restaurant has been around since 1994 and always seems to attract a crowd. I was actually a frequent visitor to their bar for a glass of vino on many evenings after work when I lived in the Back Bay.
Located on the corner of Newbury and Exeter Street, Stephanie’s boasts one of the nicest and probably most popular dining patios in the area. It’s also great for Newbury Street people watching.
As it was a beautiful day, al fresco dining was an absolute must. I have to say we have been incredibly lucky with the weather for this family visit. We put our names in and decided to window shop the stores on Newbury for the 30 minute wait for an outside table.
Returning to the restaurant we were asked to wait
a little longer and this is my only negative comment… the host was very snippy
and a little rude to us for standing inside and not outside the patio area. We stood exactly where we were told to stand
by the other host in order to be seated.
I guess it was a busy and perhaps stressful day of tourists. That moment was quickly over and we were
escorted to a table right on the corner of Newbury and Exeter. Perfect!
|Enjoying Patio dining (and icecream) with Ava|
Our waiter came over immediately and offered water. As I was also on vacation, a glass of summer crisp Albarino was ordered while we looked at the lunch menus.
My sister, a big meat eater opted for the Grilled Tenderloin Salad, which I featured as a Fab Friday Dish last week. She raved about it as you can see… “the juicy steak cut like butter and melted in your mouth like chocolate. Marinated in something delicately sweet, which paired perfectly with the fresh salad, in particular the beetroot that tasted nothing like it does at home in England - just sublime. I also absolutely loved the red wine dressing and super crispy shoestring potatoes.” I guess she was a fan.
One of my favorite salads is the Ahi Tuna,
however I decided to give the Thai Style Chicken Salad a whirl. I was not disappointed. I loved the shredded chicken atop crunchy,
fresh vegetables. My favorite of this
dish is absolutely their dressing, just spicy in enough to awaken the taste
buds with bursts of chile and citrus flavors.
The day was not lost for fries as Ava insisted
she got a basket of them. She picked at
her chips while stealing juicy steak from her mum and happily sharing her food
with us, which of course I accepted.
Grilled Tenderloin Salad
marinated sliced tenderloin of beef served over field greens and romaine lettuce, tossed with candied walnuts, crumbled gorgonzola, baby tomatoes, roasted beets, crispy fried shoestring potatoes and red wine vinaigrette - $20
Thai Style Chicken Salad
slow roasted chicken tossed with shredded romaine, napa cabbage, fresh crisp vegetables, spicy peanuts, and lime chile dressing, topped with crispy wontons - $17
After fries comes ice cream, why break the habit of this visit! Creamy, wonderful with real flavors of vanilla was enjoyed by the three of us.
Next time I will just have the salad and try to be somewhat healthy :).
I am still a fan of Stephanie’s and love their outside patio for long leisurely lunches and inside bar for a nice glass of red in the winter.