The Fireplace, Brookline

On Saturday we met some friends in Brookline for a late lunch. Since The Publick House was closed we went down the way to The Fireplace. The room is very pleasant with a fireplace on the right as you enter and a few tables and more seating on a second level up a couple of stairs. It was fairly quite, with only a few other tables occupied the entire time we were there. G and I shared the New England Smoked Haddock & Shrimp Chowder w/ NH Bacon. It was delicious! The chowder was rich and creamy but also delicate with the seafood. We also split The Fireplace Hamburger with Maple-Smoked Bacon. This was nicely prepared and served with tasty fries. Overall, it was a lovely meal and a great local grill however, I am not sure if I would make a trip specifically for it.

The Fireplace
1634 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 975-1900

The Savant Project, Mission Hill

This past Wednesday a friend/colleague of mine was in town and wanted to meet in the Mission Hill area of Boston for lunch as she had meeting near by. I am not familiar with that area so I did a little Google searching and found The Savant Project is right in the heart of the neighborhood and looking seemed like it would work for a sit down lunch. Only in this area would anyone name a restaurant The Savant Project! Well it surpassed my expectations! It is a beautiful, modern room with a long stainless steel bar and tin coverings on the walls. It wasn’t busy but a few groups came through. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful. For lunch I ordered the “Greek Salad” with fried feta balls, pita chips quartered olives. The salad was quite nice and the fried feta balls were a delicious touch. However, it was a little overdressed for my tastes and there were just too many red onions. Overall it was a well made salad with creative touches. I am not sure The Savant Project is a destination however if you’re ever in the Mission Hill area it is a solid choice.

The Savant Project
1625 Tremont Street
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
(617) 566-5958