Tuesday, April 17, 2012

An Impromptu Dinner at West Side Lounge

Last Sunday, Z and I were in the mood to go out for dinner - and for once, to not use one of our many daily deal coupons. Our first choice was Cambridge Common (where we're regulars at) - but CC unfortunately recently revamped their menu, and removed the one dish Z was hoping to order.

A little bummed, we decided to have a beer and some deviled eggs at CC while we contemplated our next move. After some deliberation, we decided to walk across the street to West Side Lounge.

Before we left the house, I (embarrassingly) watched an episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County. In the episode, Vicki drank a dirty martini with blue cheese-stuffed olives. I was dying for that same martini, so when I saw that West Side Lounge had one on their menu, I was beyond excited.

West Side Martini.

For an appetizer, Z and I split the Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls ($6.95), which are made with Thai basil, noodles, cilantro, pickled cucumber, carrot and green mango, and are served with a spicy peanut dipping sauce. 


These were wonderfully light and fresh, and the combination of flavors was spot-on.

For our meal, Z and I decided to split the Roasted Spring Vegetable Ravioli ($14.95), which was coated in a light spinach pesto with sundried tomatoes and chardonnay-braised fennel.


Z and I saved a lot of money and room in our stomachs from sharing this dish! Although the serving looks a little small, the ravioli were stuffed generously, and the pesto sauce was silky and luxurious. The flavors in this dish were also spot-on, and although I could have easily eaten the entire serving myself, I was glad I ate in moderation.

West Side Lounge has a pretty impressive menu with a variety of vegetarian and omnivorous options (although the menu is mostly meat-based). I'm eager to go back and try the Spicy Feta Dip ($6.95) and the Homemade Veggie Burger ($10.95).

Have you ever been to West Side Lounge? If so, what's your review?

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9 comments:

  1. I love blue cheese stuffed olives in my dirty martinis! I also love RHOOC

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    1. Yay! Glad I'm not the only one who watches it hahaha.

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  2. Sounds like a winner, Michelle! We haven't been yet, but it looks very easy to reach by T especially now the weather is so conducive to a long walk. We had dinner last week at the new Park (formerly Redline) and loved it except for the noise level -- what are the acoustics like at West Side Lounge?

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    1. The acoustics were fine on this particular quiet Sunday night - but I can't say how it is on a Friday or Saturday. Hope that helps!

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  3. I'm not ashamed I watch the Real Housewives! :) I'm not a big olives fan but I do love blue cheese. Haven't been to West Side Lounge in ages, thanks for reminding me!

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    1. Haha, glad you watch it, too!

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  4. never been, but any place serving blue cheese stuffed olive in their dirty martinis is an instant win!

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  5. I went there one time last year...I don't even remember what I ordered, but I remember the drinks being good!

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  6. Watching the housewives is nothing to be embarrassed about! The ravioli sounds like a great dish!

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