the place: deep ellum, 447 cambridge st, allston
the date: thursday, 05.07.09
the plan: dinner
d and I always say we’re going to have dinner. but I’m super busy and he has a tendency to double-book, so I wasn’t sure this plan was going to happen. however, right after work I found myself heading to deep ellum and there he was, right on time, standing outside. it was a nice evening, but it looked like rain was on the way, so we grabbed a table inside and began catching up over food and drink.
drinks, of course: the bartenders at deep ellum mostly all know how to make mojitos, but every once in awhile when I’ve ordered them there, I’ve gotten a mint julep instead. and given my recent reminder that I don’t really like mint juleps, I didn’t want to risk it. so I went with the unexciting cranberry-lime rickey. it was tart and didn’t taste much of booze, but it was also refreshing and light. and, after three, I was ready for bed nice and early, which was an unexpected but perfect result.
the main event: my relationship with the food at deep ellum has been sort of up-and-down. I’ve had great meals there (a memorable brunch) and some terrible ones (an equally memorable brunch) as well as some that were just okay. I am in love with their pretzels and pub mustard, so I figured starting with that was a good bet and I was not wrong. I moved on to the big easy. a very meat-heavy sandwich that was definitely an unusual choice for me, but seemed like what I was in the mood for. it was several types of cold-cuts, provolone cheese, and olive spread of some sort. I don’t even like olives and I was completely enamoured. very tasty. I will not lie, by the time I got to the sandwich, I was a bit tipsy, but I think my enjoyment was sincere, even if I couldn’t finish the entire thing.
the conversation with a good friend I don’t see often enough was really the point of the evening, but I also quite enjoyed the food and drink. and I got an excellent loooong night of sleep thanks to the cocktails. well, and also the fact that I couldn’t convince anyone to go dancing with me after dinner, but I’m going to forget about that and just go with the drinks.