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This is a tiny, unique restaurant just off Thayer Street on the East Side. The specialty here is crepes, both sweet and savory, along with Belgian waffles, wraps and fruit smoothies to drink. This eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The walls have paintings that give a Parisian feel to the atmosphere; in good weather you can take advantage of the tables and chairs outside. Crepe offerings include the Josephine, a crepe with chicken, cheddar, mushroom and bechamel sauce, and the Michelle with strawberries and chocolate chips.
Located in the heart of the East Side's main shopping street, Andreas affords an interesting view of passersby through large glass windows as you sip on a drink or sample the Greek and American cuisine. In summer you can also eat at tables along the sidewalk, as students and other East Side denizens stroll by. This is a very popular place to grab a sandwich or a flavorful meal almost any time of the day or night. The spanokopita, baklava, kabobs and gyros are recommended.
Tucked in a small space along busy Thayer Street, this counter-service only restaurant is a staple in this neighborhood full of students and academics. The menu features all the favorites from the Middle East such as hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh. Larger plates include the chicken, beef and Kafta kabob; all are served with house salad and Jedra (rice and lentils). The prices are student-friendly and its a great place for take-out.
As soon as you step into the Bolt Coffee Company, you are hit by the appetizing aroma of coffee being brewed. With a funky, offbeat decor, the atmosphere at this swanky restaurant manages to be laid-back and relaxed without losing its sophistication. The barista treats coffee making as an art, giving extraordinary attention to detail and crafting expert brews that are a delight to the taste buds. They also have a modest tea selection which brim over with as much perfection as the coffees. Relish their Cafe Miel or a Chai Latte while you skim over some books, chat with the friendly barista or lay back and take in the wonderful atmosphere.
If you want a classic romantic night which involves dinner and a show, then Gracie's and the nearby Trinity Repertory Company make a great combination. This AAA-four diamond restaurant features ingredients from local farms and fisheries as well as its own rooftop garden in order to bring the bountiful harvest of New England to diners' plates. There are two tasting menus, one is five courses, the other seven and both offer wine pairing as an option. The tasting menus as well as the prix-fixe ones present plates that vary according to season.
Set up as a U-shaped restaurant that seats about 20 people, Birch is a great place to go to if you are looking to have a relaxed evening out while meeting new, interesting people. The menu is prix fixe and consists of 4 courses with each course having 3 items and an optional wine flight that you should certainly try once. Each dish is a culinary masterpiece and you will be amazed at how perfectly the wine matches the food served. With a menu that changes quite frequently, expect delicious surprises in store for you even if you visit often. If you are looking for a flawless dining experience, Birch is the place to go to.