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Weekday Dining

by Alaina on April 4, 2012 · 2 comments

This past Monday I had the pleasure of having dinner and drinks with my college friend Stephanie. It had been since New Year’s that we saw each other so a meet up was definitely in order. This time around, we chose to meet at the Plough and Stars in Central Square. I had never been before and she loves that place (especially their brunch).

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To start, I had a Rapscallion beer. It was delicious. Nice and smooth.

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Their menu is small but the options are tantalizing. Especially their specials for the day. Unfortunately a lot them had meat. Since I did allow myself to have some fish for the past month, I ordered the fried shrimp tacos. Steph ordered the pizza of the day which had duck confit, caramelized onions and goat cheese. THAT would have been my choice.

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Oh my gosh. These tacos were SO good! They were topped with salsa, cilantro, hot sauce and sour cream. I’m not usually a big sour cream fan, but with the addition of the hot sauce, it was able to alleviate some of that heat. And it came with 4 corn tortilla’s so it definitely filled me up. Steph raved about her pizza too. I wish I could have had a piece. Smile 

The restaurant/bar itself is very small and even on a Monday night, it started to fill up fast. They have live music every night and it had such a great neighborhood feel. I could definitely see myself coming back before David and I move.

Plough and Stars is located at 912 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, MA.

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Yesterday, David and I ventured to UMass Amherst because he was speaking at a Sustainable Living class. I didn’t document the class but he did a great job. He pretty much just talked about our plan to build an energy efficient home. And it looks like it’s going to be starting soon because we’re getting our demo permit today!!! Excitement all around! And I may have some more great news to share tomorrow. Cross your fingers!

So, onto dinner! As a thank you for David’s presentation, the teacher’s assistant took us out to dinner at the Amherst Brewing Company. Its old location near the center of town was a great location for a brew pub. This new location was in the old Gold’s Gym, aka HUGE! We were seated in the bar area and the place just looked so empty because of how gargantuan it was. I definitely prefer the former location.

Last time I was here, David and I got the beer sampler. I was feeling in the mood for some samplin’ so I had the option for 4 beers.

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Right to Left:

  1. Honey Pilsner: Very smooth, slight honey taste with no bitters.
  2. North Pleasant Pale Ale: Very sweet with no bitters.
  3. Cascade IPA: Slight bitters with citrus notes.
  4. Two Sisters Imperial Stout: Dark chocolate notes, very smooth.

Out of the 4 I really enjoyed the IPA. It had a slight kick to it and I loved the citrus on the nose as you took a sip. Of course, I did finish all four. Smile with tongue out

For an appetizer, I love their beer battered fried pickles. They come out as quartered pickles with a honey mustard dipping sauce. I probably would have preferred them as pickle chips, but they were delicious either way.

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For my entrée, I had the vegetarian chili bowl with a side garden mesclun salad with honey chili vinaigrette.

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I was actually very surprised with how delicious the chili was! It was chock full of beans, onions and stewed tomatoes and it had a kick to it that had me reaching for my water more than once. Even my salad was impressive. And I loved the dressing. I might have to see if that’s sold in any of the stores.

Our waitress was prompt, friendly and always had our waters filled. For good brews, pub food and pool tables, I would say that Amherst Brewing Company is a fun place to frequent.

Amherst Brewing Company is located at 10 University Drive in Amherst, MA.

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