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Sumaira Flower

January 19, 2014

5 Horses Tavern, South End

On Thursday evening, I had the pleasure of enjoying drinks and appetizers with my coworkers at 5 Horses Tavern in the South End. I don't really venture out to South End that much so it was certainly a refreshing change. 

I have never seen so many options for beer so beautifully displayed before! I am not a beer drinker whatsoever but I can definitely appreciate the variety offered. Also, I love the chandelier type of thing made out of an assortment of beers - super creative!

We ordered a bunch of wings which were UNREAL. A little expensive in my opinion for wings but nonetheless, really delicious! 

We weren't here for too long so don't have much more to add but it's definitely a cute and cozy place with good service. I bet this place is amazing in the summertime with the outdoor seating right in optimal people-watching location... I recommend! :)

PS. They had some funky, groovy jams blasting! 

January 02, 2014

Stephanie's on Newbury

Happy New Year!

As per tradition, a few friends and I joined for brunch on New Years Day. This year, Stephanie's on Newbury was the choice of venue. I've been to Stephanie's several times in the past but never wrote about it before because, well, it never did it for me. It still doesn't.
The food isn't anything to write home about. The menu is nothing spectacular - pretty overpriced with regular ole' tuna melts, cobb salads, and burgers. The only significant offerings on the menu are the build-your-own Bloody Mary's. I'll give it to them - these are the best in town.
The ambience is meh. Cozy? Maybe to some. To me, it feels like you're in a cookie-cutter Marriott or Sheraton restaurant. Not to mention, the seating is so crammed! Everyone is sitting on top of each other. 
In terms of the service, all the servers seemed so annoyed. Although, I guess I would be too if I had to work on New Years Day. Not to mention, a group of seven chicks would inevitably be annoying to serve. That, I get that.
Generally, I feel like Stephanie's is nothing more than a "scene." People don't flock to this place for it's food, service, or atmosphere. It's moreso because it's Stephanie's on Newbury. Would I go here again? Sure. Would it be my first choice? Definitely not.
 I know it's a Newbury Street classic but I felt the need to share my opinions only because this place gets so much business for such minimal effort in creating a wonderful dining experience. I'm also holding a grudge because I wiped out down the carpeted stairs in front of the entire restaurant yesterday LOL!