The Boston intersection of friends, food and music… and some sort of tragic mishap

22 May 2011

After a gut plumpin’ two weeks travelling around Boston, Cape Cod and New York I’m back and settled into my usual gut plumpin’ life in London. A “post holiday diet” of sorts was attempted but I must admit rather promptly forgotten about.

Spicy Shrimp Etoufee

Spicy Shrimp Etoufee

During this period it seems that I have fallen off the blogging wagon for which I do apologise profusely. Please bear with me while I attempt to clamber back on board, starting with this post.

First meal of the trip was the result of our guidebook leading us to a restaurant that no longer existed. In it’s place we found Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen – “the intersection of friends, food and music”, the sign outside helpfully informed us. Rather unfortunately on this particular occasion, these three things also seemed to intersect with some sort of tragic mishap behind the restaurant described mysteriously by our waitress as “an accident”.

Although I thankfully had my back to the window, it was somewhat off-putting to dine knowing that just outside, lights from the police car and ambulance were flashing and people were crying. On the other hand, rather bizarrely inside was another world; it seemed to be all brunch, live jazz and chicken and waffles.

Once I’d managed to convince myself that I was in America now and this is sadly just how things were, I began to concentrate on my ridiculously large starter of buffalo wings which served me amply for lunch. They were pretty good; lovely battered crispiness, covered in a sweet, sticky, sour, spicy sauce and plump, juicy, chickeny meatiness on the inside.

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings

The menu leaned towards dishes of the southern/Cajun persuasion and I had been sorely tempted to order the Chicken and Waffles – a concept unfamiliar, yet rather amusing to me. Any other day I might have tried them, but on this occasion I was fighting to maintain my appetite. In any case this dish seemed to be extremely popular with diners and a mountainous plate was seen on almost every other table in the restaurant. When I saw the size of them I knew it had been wise of me to refrain.

Cajun Crab Cakes

Cajun Crab Cakes

In New Zealand we have Kumera Chips which are made of a local variety of sweet potato. At Darryl’s I noticed they had sweet potato fries on the menu so decided to give them a whirl. They were definitely crispier than the Kiwi counterpart and sprinkled with brown sugar. Good stuff.

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Halfway through our meal we noticed that the reporters had turned up, filming at the scene of the “accident”. And rather grimly when we departed, the fire department had turned up and were water blasting the area. Eek!

I think if we’d visited Darryl’s at any other time, I might have enjoyed my meal a lot more. It was a nice place really, with decent service, live music and food – kinda like their sign says.

Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
South End
604 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

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2 Responses to “The Boston intersection of friends, food and music… and some sort of tragic mishap”

  1. Gourmet Chick 23 May 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Nothing more annoying than a post holiday diet I say! Who could pass on those sweet potato fries…

    • Yeebot 23 May 2011 at 9:32 pm #

      Well, I’ve just made myself some ribs and chips for dinner, so the post holiday diet is well and truly out the window I’d say!

      Sweet potato fries were super addictive! Mmmm…