East Coast Grill, Inman Square, Cambridge (Brunch)

East Coast Grill is a haven for seafood, Latin inspired brunch items, a Bloody Mary Bar and Hell Night (June 11, 12 and 13 is already sold out).

Sriracha, steak sauce and  hot sauces.

East Coast Grill self proclaims that they have the World’s Largest Bloody Mary Bar. My friend enjoyed the Make Your Own Bloody Mary. The House made Tomato Juice with Vodka ($8.50)looked fresh and fun to add other accoutrements, for layers of horseradish, vegetables and hot sauce.

We enjoyed the Liquado filled with refreshing Mango, Banana, Strawberry, Lime and Guava Juice ($4.50).

Matt Matt’s Smoked Pork Nachos with Jack Cheese, fresh tomato salsa, Acar’s guacamole and green sour cream ($9.75) had layers of flavorful pork, refreshing salsa and tangy and creamy toppings.

We loved the Fried Sweet Plantains with queso fresco and guava ketchup ($4.00). The plantains were super sweet and was nicely balanced with the crumbled white cheese and guava ketchup.

Amilcar’s Guacamole with Fresh Corn Tortilla Chips and Tomato Salsa was unbelievable. The guacamole was rich, super fresh and one of the best guacamole ever ($6.00). The chips were super fresh as well.

The Breakfast platter, Yucatan style came with 3 eggs, black beans,sweet mango salsa, plantains and flour tortillas looked awesome ($9.75).

Amilcar’s omelette with Avocado, Black Beans, Jack Cheese over Salsa Verde and Salsa Roja, Queso Fresco and Guava Paste looked delicious ($8.75). Everyone cleaned their plate clean.

The Chile Crusted Black and with fresh Blue Tuna Taco with Arugula, Avocado, Lime Pickled Jicama and Orange Chipotle Glaze ($10.75).

The Ancho Molasses Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimmichuri was super tender and perfectly medium rare, the cheesy scrambled eggs were fluffy. We loved the Potato-poblano hash, tender, lightly crisp and full of flavor. The Griddled Corn Bread with grill marks was another nice touch and amazingly buttery ($15.75). We would get this again. Steak and eggs done in the best way.

East Coast Grill is so solid, cocktails, food and ambiance. One of the best brunches out there. The fun diner vibe was comfortable and festive. We can not wait for the next time to return for brunch or dinner.

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Ole Mexican Grill Revisited, Cambridge

The last time we went to Ole Mexican, was in a huge group and we tried margaritas, desserts and a tequila flight. So it was timely that we returned to Ole Mexican for proper meal with appetizers and entrees. Inman Square is somewhat of a trek, but since the previous visit was a good preview we wanted to come back.

The parking lot next to the restaurant was completely full, so we needed to circle the lot for approximately 15 minutes for a patron to exit. Fortunately, we eventually got a spot. The parking cost us $4.00 and was the most frustrating aspect of our dinner meal.

The restaurant was pretty busy on a Wednesday evening. I am glad we made reservations in advance.

Various Mexican tapestries and colorful decor

Although we didn’t order the fresh, made to order guacamole, it looked really tempting. Almost every table around us ordered the guacamole. The chips and salsa were very fresh. The salsa had a tomato pepper flavor and the chips were warm and crispy.

I ordered the chile relleno con queso, a fresh farmer cheese stuffed in poblano pepper with ranchera salsa, cotija cheese, epazote and parsley and a side fresh corn tortillas for $10. I thought the dish was pretty lackluster, but maybe it is because I am too accustomed to the breaded, fried pepper with oozing cheese. There wasn’t much flavor, spicy or seasoning, so for me it was as if I ate a plain roasted pepper with a little dusting of cheese on the inside.

The Elote con Chili, street vendor style corn with crema, chile-lime salt was $5. There was a wonderfully excessive amount of mayonnaise and cheese enrobing the corn. I liked how the corn was on a skewer, a smart way to serve elote.

The tacos de pescado, beer battered haddock, handmade corn tortilla, cabbage slaw, cilantro pesto, chipolte mayo and black sesame seeds was a hit for $9. It had a crispy, fluffy batter and the slaw was fresh and crisp. I really liked the pesto and mayo combination. If I am ever in Inman again, I would stop by for the fish taco.

Our server forgot the shrimp tacos we ordered and so we put in a order of fish tacos instead.

The Quesadilla Mexicana was the best serendipitous addition to my Mexican dish repertoire. I ordered this app on whim because of the description, a Mexico City style quesadilla, corn masa pockets, stuffed with poblano peppers, on black beans, crema and grated cotija cheese for $8. The corn pocket was warm and crispy, like an arepa. The bean, cheese and pepper filling was so zesty and gooey. I wish my supermarket or Trader Joe’s would have a version of this in the freezer section so I could have them right now.

The scallops al ajillo, sea scallops sauteed in olive oil, chile aribol, roasted garlic, served with homemade tortillas  was too salty and nothing memorable $10. We wouldn’t try this again.

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