Last night I had the pleasure of meeting up with a charming friend of mine at LFK. Unfortunately, since I'm training for multiple races (five 5ks, three 10ks, two triatholons and a half marathon), I didn't get to drink booze...But he was a doll and brought me a sparkling water so at least I looked super cool, sitting at the bar, sipping fancy lime water, while the rest of the bar had their Lapsed Catholic cocktails and Oxbow beers.
I’ve eaten at LFK a couple times but usually defer to other restaurants if I’m hungry. I used to enjoy their burgers. They are served on a pretzel roll with really good garlic mayo, greens, cheddar cheese and a side salad (if you ask for it, otherwise you get potato salad). But the past four times I've ordered the burger medium rare, it un-magically arrives well done. It’s also not the healthiest thing but it’s not the heart attack in a cast iron container that their mac & cheese is! Totally worth it though. The mac is crispy, amazing and served with Dijon bread crumb topping; you can even get bacon in it! If you like that sort of thing… By far though, the best thing on their menu is there Ginger Margarita. It's very strong but very very tasty. If you want something a little lighter though, go for the Crabbies ginger beer or a Maine Root Ginger Soda.
Around 10pm, my "date" and I decided we needed to journey across the street to Boda for the late-night menu. This special menu starts at 9:30, Tuesday through Sunday with Sunday being the cheapest night (1/2 price!!!). It’s always packed but totally worth it! Living right next door and smelling their deliciousness day in and day out is as close to torture as I ever hope to come.
We sat at the bar under the mouth-blown lights and Leon, the bearded bartender, served us some water. The late night menu isn’t extensive but we still debated on what to get, as it's all (pad thai, crispy quail, beef skewers, etc) so good. The winners were kee mao noodles (wide rice noodles stir-fried with veggies and your choice of protein), fried brussels sprouts and spicy Thai wings with diakon radish and carrot in a sweet chili glaze. Green Elephant, a vegegarian place down the street, and Boda are sister resturants. The first time I ever tried brussels sprouts, I was 26 and it just so happened to be this same dish that Green Elephant also serves (go for their Pad Thai and Chocolate Orange Mousse Pie for dessert). I became hooked on brussels sprouts immediatly! But then again, if you fry anything, it's going to be good...And speaking of frying things, when you go to Boda and you see they have fried chicken with coconut rice on their special board, get it! The chicken is so crispy and the rice is quite suprising.
Boda is not your typical restaurant. You don't have to sit there and wait forever for your appetizers and then sit there and wait for your entrée. When you order items, you just order them and they magically arrive on your table as they are ready. This means hot and fresh from the frying pan. For dessert, we couldn't resist something chocolate. Their mini coconut chocolate mousse cups with home-made whipping cream on top really sealed the meal. I will even admit to licking the bowls clean. I must be channeling my inner Venhuizen...
I'm enclosing a recipe from the Portland, Maine Chef's Table cookbook this time. It's for Green Elephant's Chocolate Orange Mousse Pie, which is silky, chocolaty, heavenly and reminiscent of the coconut chocolate dessert. Enjoy!
1 (12 ounce) package silken tofu
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 (9-inch) prepared chocolate graham cracker crust (or make your own!!!)
sliced and taosted almonds and grated orange peel for garnish
Blend tofu, coconut milk, and orange liqueur in a food processor until just smooth.
In a double broiler, melt chocolate chips. Cool slightly and then pour into the food processor to blen with tofu mixture until creamy. Pour altogether into chocolate crust. Chill for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. Garnish just before serving.