So technically the first part of this post isn’t really about food, it’s just a mini collection of some photos I took at the MFA this weekend when checking out the Chihuly exhibit “Through The Looking Glass” (showing now through August 7th, so if you haven’t been yet GO). The exhibit itself is a series of rooms containing these magical pieces of vibrantly colored blown glass, creating an imaginative environment filled with mesmerizing objects like something you’d see in the movie Avatar. This American artist’s work will literally blow your mind…After exploring a bit, my friend Megan and I realized we were somewhat starving. Conveniently enough the Chihuly exhibit was located right next to the New American Cafe which recently opened up inside the museum when they constructed the New Americas wing a few months back. We were immediately seated in the almost silent dining room which looks more like cafeteria than an actual restaurant. Surrounded on all four sides by large glass walls exposing the outside world beyond the museum we glanced over the small menu which had an array of small plates, salads and sandwiches.
It didn’t take long for both of us to decide on sharing the Lamb & Fennel pizza and the Cheddar Cheeseburger.The pizza itself was good, but nothing to call the press about. Thin crust, sauce-less and drenched in cheese (NOM). The sausage was good but the spinach was a little skimpy. I would have asked for red pepper flakes but our server was almost no where to be found for the better part of our meal. Luckily the burger was better than expected.
Slightly charred on the outside, but a perfect pink medium in the middle. It was juicy and had a hefty serving of sharp cheddar on top. Not the best burger I’ve ever had, but I would happily order it again in the same situation. The homemade chips that came on the side were a nice addition and were seasoned perfectly. All in all, the New American Cafe totally sufficed for our quickie lunch date amidst oogling the jaw-droppingly gorgeous artwork at the MFA. It was a nice addition to the already awesome museum and it definitely fares way more affordable than it’s fine dining counterpart Bravo located upstairs.
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