Eastern Standard, Kenmore Square, Boston

We are clear fans of Eastern Standard and have been to Eastern Standard for dinnercocktailsbreakfast and now late afternoon/happy hour dining. The weather has been fantastic for patio dining, however the day we went it was sunny, but too chilly for outdoor seating.

We loved the pink flowers and orb shaped lighting at the entrance.

The bar area was quite busy for late afternoon happy hour and folks were drinking bloody mary’s, eating steak frites and reading the paper. I loved the photo art along the walls.

We enjoyed the soft wheat bread with lightly salted butter.

The raw bar was in full swing in the afternoon and our Island Creek Oysters ($2.50 each) were perfectly chilled, smooth and a delight.

The romaine wedge came with pressed prociutto, creamy green goddess dressing (best green goddess at Coop’s Place), sweet yellow beets and tangy crumbled bleu. The combination together was delectable and I wish I had another plate. If only they gave me double, I would have devoured it.

The Mixed Greens dressing was perfectly dressed in vinaigrette and the thinly sliced local apple with candied walnuts brought the classic combination of sweet and nutty ($9).

The Standard Burger cheddar, brioche, fries was tasty ($12). The burger itself was the perfect temperature, very juicy and nicely seasoned. The fries were our favorite part, thin, lightly salted and we cleaned the fries clean. However, since the pattie was so juicy, it soaked through the brioche very quickly. As we are slow eaters, the burger bun was too wet. Perhaps a thicker bun to optimal juice absorption?

I enjoyed some MEM green tea throughout the meal and right before dessert.

Our dessert was a flourless chocolate cake with cocoa nibs and dulce de leche ice cream. The ice cream contained caramel bits and was super icy and smooth. I loved the combination of the deep chocolate with the sweet dulce de leche. It was a great dessert that I would highly suggest.

In honor of my friend who inquires about bathroom conditions, Eastern Standard’s restrooms were pristine and quite spacious.

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Candy: Knipschildt Chocolate

Knipschildt Chocolates are unbelievable artisanal chocolates and can be found at Whole Foods. Created by master chocolatier, Fritz Knipschildt, the chocolatier provides quality, signature chocolates, truffles, cocoa and chocolate bark. My two all time favorites are caramel Hawaiian sea salt truffles and raspberry chocolate hazelnuts.

These hazelnut pearls are covered in raspberry scented chocolate and dusted with quality cocoa. The flavor of the hazelnut and fruit is a wonderful combination.

Candy: Chocolat Chapon

Patrice Chapon worked as a chef at Buckingham Palace and make ice creams for the royal family. Then the chocolate genius returned to Paris and to open his own chocolate laboratoire in 1984.

Straight from Paris, I received a lovely boxed of Chapon chocolates. The box contained nine marzipan, pralines and ganache chocolates. I can not wait to try his renditions of macarons and enjoy the chocolate mousse bar at his the 7th district shop.

My three favorite was the Praline Cream with Smoked Salt and Pistachio, Pink Berries Praline and Smoked Salt Praline Domes.

Candy: Hagensborg Truffle Pig

I love pigs, especially these Vancouver based Hagensborg Truffle Pigs. They are a perfect holiday or anytime gift and it is clever that they the pigs are individually wrapped and the origami folded box. The box I received came with Dark and Hazelnut chocolate pigs.

Each pig has a nice thick coating of rich chocolate and the truffle center is smooth and luxurious. You want to savor every nibble.