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Scholar’s, Downtown Crossing

They bill themselves as an American bistro & cocktail lounge. It is located in the old Talbots store in Downtown crossing and it is quite spacious, with generous booths, high ceilings and a second floor lounge that can also be used for functions.

It was Steve’s sister, Kathryn’s birthday and at her behest, we went to Scholar’s to celebrate. The menu offers some charcuterie, cheeses and dips to share, an assortment of flatbreads, salads and sandwiches. There were only 5 entrees; 2 steaks, 2 fishes and one stuffed pepper. It’s a safe menu, centered on comfort foods.

I had the arugula flatbread; it was topped with mushrooms, arugula and shaved parmesan. The menu also listed truffle oil, but it was barely detectable. The flatbread was large and the crust was excellent, a perfect balance between crisp and chewy. I had half of it and enjoyed the rest the next day. Kathryn had the flat iron steak and appeared to enjoy it. She gave me her sautéed mushrooms and they were delicious. Steve’s tilapia was simply roasted and served with rice and spinach. I thought it was a little boring, but he was pleased. Joyce reported that her crab cake was “fine,” but didn’t seem terribly impressed by it. The wine list was also declared, “Inadequate.”

Our server was friendly and attentive. The dessert menu only had three choices, so we decided to forgo dessert. I think the space is lovely and it would be a perfect place to meet a friend for an after work drink, if you are in the area.


http://www.scholarsbostonbistro.com/
 

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