Even though the Back Bay is the center of this city, it can be a very scary place at times. Whenever I find myself in that part of town, famished, looking for a place to eat I honestly cringe a bit. Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely a few gems, but overall most places are overpriced tourist traps. Combine that with the chaos of crowds that flood the streets on the weekends looking for posh patios on a nice spring day — just forget it.
While expressing my overall dissatisfaction with the food offerings in the Back Bay recently, I was told to check out Post 390. It’s a little off the beaten path and was off our radar until a few weeks ago when Meesh and I gave it shot.
I always assumed Post 390 was a little too fine dining for what I’m usually going for, but it strikes a balance between approachable AND upscale. Maybe it was all that rich mahogany in the entrance that was throwing me off? The downstairs is more of a bar scene with a casual atmosphere and a gastropub meets comfort food menu. Upstairs the offerings are a little more refined, that’s where the fine dining comes in. The best part is that both menus are available in either dining room, so we tried a few things from each menu and the food proved to be inspired and original.
I was straight up obsessed with the cocktail I selected, The Pear Drink made with house-infused pear vodka and fresh lemon juice topped off with a Prosecco float and a dried pear chip and Ms. Meesh was also pleased with her choice, the Agave L’Orange with Zapopan 100% Agave, orange-jalepeno gastrique, Agave nectar and smoked sea salt, garnished with a spicy orange wedge. Two very different cocktails for two very different palates.
moving on to apps…
The Southern Fried Green Tomatoes served with Vermont Chevre, scorched bell pepper vinaigrette and a spiced olive tapenade were perfectly crunchy, simple and well-prepared. The sauce added an element of piquant, and, of course, the Chev.
Post makes a pretty good Scotch Egg — a quail egg wrapped in maple sausage and served with fig jam and mustard sauce. Love love love scotch eggs. However, I’m a total sucker for runny eggs and these guys were done the old fashioned way — hard boiled. The crispy outer shell was good, but nothing beats runny yolk. Nothing.
The Thai Braised Pork Belly came paired with a jumbo lump crab cake and was topped with spicy green beans and sesame-ginger aioli. This pairing was…random, but it somehow worked. The Pork belly was perfectly rendered and the grean beans added a fresh crunch on top. The crab cake was great on it’s own as well, but it did seem like two separate dishes in one.
For an entrée I went with the Pan Roasted Day Boat Cod served over Finnan Haddie Scalloped Potatoes and paired with a warm spinach salad and house pancetta. This may very well be one of the best entrees I’ve ever had in the greater Boston area. I was forewarned by staff that it was a must try and I was pleasantly surprised to find it was unbelievable. Crunchy on the outside, flaky on the inside, and the cheesy covered potatoes were out of these world. That fish + those potatoes + a little green = divine!
Obvioulsy I couldn’t resist the Chocolate Cake Bread Pudding, which came swimming in a pool of valrhona cocoa sauce and butterscotch. Topped with salted caramel chunk ice cream and a chocolate crostini, this thing was devoured upon arrival.
The Banana Cream Pie, served with bruleed bananas and foster sauce, was a surprise hit. The servers assured us it was amazing and they were right.
So glad someone gave us the heads up about this place, it’s officially been added to our Back Bay Emergency Go-To list!