One of AJ's favorite spots in Back Bay is this cafe, the Other Side. I'm not sure if the name is a reference to the other side of the country, but its menu certainly reflects a certain west coast vibe. One of my favorite items is the California Wrap - a plethora of different veggies (onion, cucumber, shredded carrots, sprouts, lettuce, sprouts), cucumber dill dressing, avocado, havarti dill cheese stuffed in a tortilla
Turkey club melted minis
While AJ opted for a more traditional meal, I decided to venture into uncharted territory - Beet stew. I can probably count the number of times I have had beets on one hand. However, a couple of months ago I decided to roast some beets, and to my delight I found that I really enjoyed them. In an effort to take advantage of vegetables in season, I decided to order the beet stew. This dish wasn't much of a stew, but more a bowl of roasted beets, kale, and chickpeas seasoned with salt, pepper, and a little garlic. The beets were sweet, with a slight crunch. The textural contrasts of the kale and chickpeas worked nicely with the beets. I don't know if I would order this dish again. If you're looking for a vegetarian option that's suprisingly filling, I would recommend going with their veggie chili.
Sippin' on a pb & j
The other side has much to offer in the choice of beverages - beers on tap, coffee, tea, and some fabulous smoothies. One of our favorites is the pb & j - a charming nodd to a childhood treat. This smoothie is a blend of bananas, strawberries, pb, ice and yogurt. On this occasion, the smoothie was rather icy and lacking in fruity flavor. When this drink is at its best, it is a great combination of sweet bananas, tart strawberries, and smooth peanut butter.
If you're looking for a variety of choices at a bargain price, head to the other side.
1.5 out of 3 JAMs
407 Newbury St