This week we have been helping Lauren move into her apartment, so we have been in and out of Boston a few times. I was looking through Best of Boston’s Neighborhood Restaurants which came out in the August issue of Boston Magazine and came across The Trident Cafe. Graham and I stopped there for lunch while Lauren was taking a child safety class at the preschool where she works. She learned all kinds of things including what to do if you are bitten by a snake or raccoon and how to get out of your car if you hit a utility pole (open the door and jump out so both feet hit the ground at the same time otherwise you will electrocute yourself). Wow – it’s a jungle out there in the playground, but luckily she is prepared! Phew!
Anyway, Trident Cafe is in the back of the Back Bay near Mass Ave, so it is close to Fenway and BU. I really like this spot. I love the idea of a restaurant in a book store, and the Trident Cafe has a really homey, eclectic feel to it in the midst of the many more touristy and trendy restaurants on Newbury Street. This restaurant was opened in 1984 by a couple from Vermont and it feels like it, which of course, is a really good thing. Also, they serve Breakfast all day! There is an extensive menu which includes many egg dishes as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, french toast etc.. and it’s all reasonably priced!. I didn’t notice the fruit juice menu when I was there, but check it out at www.tridentbookscafe.com. There is “The Backache” (ginger fizz made with ginger root, apple and seltzer), “The Body Cleanser” (cucumber, beet, apple and carrot), “The Fresh Complexion” ( pineapple, cucumber, celery and apple) and many more. These all sound good to me and I would especially like to try the Backache if it takes away your backache..not so much if it gives you one. They are many other beverage choices including coffees, teas, smoothies, and they serve beer and wine.
Graham had the Malted Belgian Waffles and thought they were good. I had the Asian Chicken Salad that was recommended by our very cute and helpful waiter. This is grilled chicken, mixed lettuces, crunchy noodles, mandarin oranges, shredded carrots, cucumbers, peppers, snow peas, baby corn & peanuts – a great combination of textures and flavors!
The dinner menu includes pasta dishes, pizza, tacos, mac and cheese, quesadillas, fajitas and more. I can’t wait to go back and I am looking forward to trying more of these neighborhood spots over the next few weeks.
Thanks for reading!