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The Critics Ate Everything at Eventide and Not Quite Everything at Field & Vine

So much seafood and so many wood-grilled dishes

A slab of fried chicken sits on a hamburger bun, topped with iceberg and condiments. It’s served on a tray with paper that reads Eventide.
Fried chicken katsu sandwich at Eventide Fenway
Sarah Storrer for Eater

Ranking Rolls

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks on the professional restaurant review front in Boston, so we go back a bit to the end of October for this week’s round-up, when the Boston Globe’s Devra First and Kara Baskin reflected on a packed meal at the newly opened Eventide Fenway.

In a Buzzfeed-esque ranking of every item on the menu, Baskin and First started with their least favorite items but worked their way into more delicious territory as the list went on, calling special attention to the restaurant’s famous brown butter lobster roll. While Baskin usually opts for the mayonnaise route when it comes to lobster rolls, she writes that she “could consume 14 of these and still want more.” First, too, praises the roll, ranking it first out of all the items, and writing that “the brown butter lends umami and depth, but it doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the lobster.”

Other items high on the list: tuna crudo, the Eventide burger, and lobster stew. But on the worse end of the scale, the house caramel cola (“tasted like carbonated and liquefied burnt matches”), oatmeal cream pie (“unmemorable”), whoopie pie (“even more unmemorable”), and salmon crudo (“this is no way to treat good fish”) didn’t fare so well.

Mostly Stupendous

MC Slim JB visits Field & Vine in Somerville for this week’s Improper Bostonian review, and he writes that the budding restaurant “manages to deliver consistently delicious, occasionally transporting food.” He calls out the “brilliant” basket of focaccia and describes the wood-grilled chicken thighs as “maybe the best souvlaki in town.” Additionally, the parsley and radicchio salad boasts “exemplary” greens and is “a model of gorgeous restraint,” he writes. Other highlights include hake steamed in turmeric leaves, a duck confit salad, and radishes. He finds depth in desserts as well, including a chocolate pot de crème with a lavender accent.

Every Item on the Menu at Eventide, Ranked [BG]
Dewy Duo Debut [IB]

Eventide Fenway

1321 Boylston Street, , MA 02215 (617) 545-1060 Visit Website

Field & Vine

9 Sanborn Court, , MA 02143 (617) 718-2333 Visit Website