Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Other Side

Beet Stew

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. A variety of wraps, sandwiches, and paninis are offered. On this past visit, AJ ordered the turkey club minis - essentially a turkey, bacon, and provolone panini, cut into four pieces. It was served with a "special sauce" - which was probably some combo of ketchup, mustard, and mayo, but regardless it was tasty.

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
Boston, MA


Malia said...

Did those beets come from Dwight Schrute's farm? haha

Ariel said...

Haha, I wish. Dwight's farm, now that would be a trip!

Raisin Canes said...

You totally burned the smoothie. . .

Ariel said...

I like the smoothie when it's made well. On this occasion it wasn't up to par.