For many of us, Friday’s lunch trip to the East Ender restaurant on Middle Street was a return to the establishment, as we had previously dined there as a group back in August of 2014. Seated upstairs, our first thought was just how dark the room was this time around– there’s mood lighting, and then there’s romantic lighting, and then there’s “possibly eating lunch in a cave” lighting. Our experience was the latter.
Atmosphere aside, however, the food was delicious. We started with a selection of apps, most of which were devoured before we even had time to photograph them. The two that we did manage to capture on film were certainly the highlights of the first course– a light, savory crab toast, and a mouth-watering, overflowing bowl of brussels sprouts. I personally keep a running list in my head of the best spots for brussels in town (Green Elephant, Eventide, and Blue Rooster are among them), and East Ender easily earned a spot on that coveted roster.
Moving onto the sandwiches, people were generally satisfied with their burgers, which were almost too tall to devour. The fries were crisp, the battered onion rings were gargantuan, and the turkey sandwich was a refreshingly lighter alternative. The lobster melt in particular was a fan favorite. Our server did an excellent job attending to everyone– not an easy task, given the size of our group.
Afterward, we walked over to Gorgeous Gelato on Fore Street– an authentic dessert venue to which we are fiercely loyal– for our time-honored post-lunch ritual. Our team delighted in trying bold new combinations of flavors, and the bravest among us ordered the affogato– an amazing combo of gelato, espresso, biscotti, and whipped cream served in a tall glass. The perfect end to a great meal!