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West Side Lounge, Cambridge

Last Sunday, I played in the finals of the GNTs (a bridge event). I’m pleased to report that my team (myself, Bri, and our friends Lon and Ivanie) won and will be representing New England in Toronto this summer. I’m told there are lots of good eats there, so I’m quite excited.

So, where to celebrate? I told Steve I wanted some place with good cocktails and he suggested West Side Lounge. I have been here once before, probably 7 or 8 years ago, and I remember it favorably, but it hasn’t crossed my mind since.

Steve was right about the cocktails – they have quite selection. I decided on the raspberry mojito. It was strong and fruity.

I had the mussels and an order of fries. Steve ordered the steak frites. I was worried that we would have too many fries, but he assured me that the fries were great and it would not be a problem. My mussels were excellent; although it was an appetizer, it was a huge portion of plump, briny mussels in a white wine, garlic and herb broth topped with 4 pieces of garlic crostini. Steve seemed to enjoy his steak – come to think of it, I didn’t get to try a piece. I guess it was so good he didn’t want to share?

The fries were delicious as promised. They were skin on, hand cut fries, similar in shape and girth to a McDonald’s fry. They were well seasoned and came with a chipotle aioli and a wasabi aioli. However, Steve’s meal came with a garlic aioli and that was my favorite sauce for dipping. Despite the large amount, we managed to finish all of them, as Steve predicted.

Our waiter was attentive and friendly, and the prices were quite reasonable. I think it’s a great neighborhood restaurant, perfect for an affordable weeknight outing or a place to meet for drinks. Now that it is back on my radar, I think I will be returning quite soon.

Food: A-
Service: A-
Value: A
Overall: A-

www.westsidelounge.com

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