wild boar braised with new mexican chiles, oaxaca cheese, ipa-infused refried beans & green chile puree
Terribly unimpressed by the mediocre food, bad drinks, and awful attitude of servers-- super rude, even for Boston.
Our story takes place at 4pm on a Saturday.
Roof deck was full, so we decided to sit on the patio seating area, where three 2-person tables were empty. We were a group of four (plus a baby). We ask waitress which of two sets of tables they'd prefer we move. Two waitresses come out with the WORST attitude ever. You'd think we had asked them to perform some impossible task instead of just telling us if we could move a table (across the aisle or smooshed by the window). There was plenty of space.
OH THE EYEROLLS. OH THE SIGHS. I asked if it was against fire code or something? Nope. They just dislike accommodating customers.
They wouldn't let us use one of empty tables because another couple on the patio swore up and down their friends were coming to meet them. "They'll be here any minute!" (Famous. Last. Words. They eventually finished their food and drinks and left. Glad we all saved the table for your imaginary friends. The restaurant should have seen that coming.)
Then the waitresses were trying to make us leave on the pretense that the stroller didn't fit anywhere. Again, this is a decent sized patio with only three other people (and two ghosts) seated out there, one who also had a stroller. It shouldn't have been a big deal. We tucked the strolled next to the plants. The world continued spinning. Everything was fine, much to the disbelief of our cranky waitresses.
At this point I would have left, because screw it, I'm not giving you my business after this-- but our friends wanted to stay, so we did.
I ordered the pineapple margarita. I don't know what I was thinking. I should have ordered a beer, something they could screw up. It was a flavorless sugar bomb. Friends ordered white sangria. It was better, but that's not saying much.
We ordered nachos and buffalo burritos. Call us crazy, but the four of us were expecting buffalo sauce, not literal buffalo meat. Ok. Fine. Whatever. It was dry with little flavor. The sauce didn't help.
The nachos were the only decent part of the experience. There was plenty of topping for the house chips. Unfortunately, the bottom layer was soggy, but at this point, everything else was so bad that I barely noticed.
I suppose if you get here early for a beer on the roof deck, this place might be ok- though early means camping out the night before, since roof was already full by 4:00.
Sometimes, I'm overwhelmed by the many choices in boston. So thanks, rattlesnake, for making my next dining decision a little easier. PASS.
I'm honestly shocked by all the negative reviews! Both my friend and I are pretty opinionated foodies, and this is some of the best Mexican we've had in the Boston area. I would have given it five stars, if only their frozen Mango Ginger Margarita didn't taste like a mango Tequila slushie...that is, no ginger, which I had been looking forward to.
Yes, we had a wait to be seated - but it was a Saturday night, and we were seated sooner than the estimated half hour! There was also a bit of a lag for our initial drinks (even water), but the waiter was incredibly personable and apologized for our wait. Clearly the place was slammed, so my friend and I weren't bothered. Even the bouncer was super friendly.
But oh, the food! Antelope tacos cooked in duck fat? WIld boar burrito? Citrus chicken torta? I can't tell you how long we stared at this menu debating what to get. I landed on the antelope tacos (where else can you get those?!), and my friend the pork Cubano tacos, both of which were heavenly. Not too heavy or greasy, and an excellent, creative blend of toppings to complement the meats.
Finally, when you go - because you SHOULD give this place a shot - make sure to start with the lime-zested chips with guacamole. Three words: Tequila. Cream. Cheese. I just wanted to order a tub of it and take it home.
After a few drinks at a bar we decided that it was time to grab some food. Someone said "Mexican?" Another said "Outdoor Patio!" Then it was decided to trek across the Boston Common to Rattlesnake. They have an Rooftop Deck that is supposedly amazing. However, when we asked about the wait time to eat on the roof, we were met with "I don't know," followed by several awkward moments by the bouncer. This should have been the first red flag, but we continued on and got a table downstairs, seeing as we were still up for Mexican Food, and can eat without being outside.
Once seated, the music was cranked up a notch or three. This it made it difficult to have a conversation, but it didn't bother us too much since it was after main dinner time. The beer selection was decent, but they didn't have a few on tap that we had asked for, once again not terrible, but not exactly great either.
Here's where it got messy. After looking at the menu I should have said no, let's go somewhere else. However, I figured, it's a Boston Restaurant trying to do a Modern Eclectic Tex-Mexican meal. Boy, was I wrong. Each of us ordered a different item off the menu to give us variety. I got the Carne Asada tacos, a safe option when going out to a new place, others had the Duck Taco Special, Spicy Cubano Tacos, and the last one got a Wild Board Burrito. The presentation was decent, however the flavor was to be desired. The tacos were so flavorless that I opted to pull the meat out, salt and pepper it and eat it by itself. The cabbage on my taco was sweet taking away the should have been flavor of the meat, and the Ancho Chili Vinaigrette was not worth my time. Not only was the food lacking in flavor, but it was also expensive for 3 small tacos at $14 a plate.
The only saving grace to the Rattlesnake was the Wild Boar Burrito. It had spice, texture, and was worth the price for the amount of food that was served. As for the service, our waitress was great. She was on top of things and made sure our orders were taken care of quickly. She even gave a little smile when asked about the food and I told her it was 'Okay.'
Two stars: One for the service, and one for the saving grace, Wild Boar Burrito.
The best part about Rattlesnake is the events they host (Guacaholics Anonymous, Tacopalooza, Burrito Bowl). All of the events are amazing ways to sample some of the best and most innovative chefs Boston has to offer and I highly recommend attending.
Beyond events the food at rattlesnake has definitely improved over the past couple of years. The taco plates are great and the appetizer selection makes for a perfect compliment to many of the margaritas. A small roof deck for the summer months leaves something to be desired but at least they do have some outdoor space.
There are plenty of great Mexican restaurant options in Boston but Rattlesnake is unique and definitley warrents a visit.
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They have wild boar burritos!! That's the first I've heard of it. It was flavorful and tasty. A little bit messy though. This is the kind of fancy burrito kinda thing where not everything is stuffed inside the tortilla wrap but scattered on the plate instead. So definitely need fork and knife to eat it. I'd much prefer the simple burrito where my rice and veggies are wrapped tightly inside with the meat so all I have to do is gobble it down with my hands. I tried doing that anyway, and ended up with the sauce dripping everywhere. Not pretty nor classy, I know. Plus, all the works spreading on top and under the burrito made it a little soggy. Still, it was very tasty.
The fish tacos were good. They warned us it was spicy, and we gladly accepted the challenge. It was no challenge. I had to drown mine in Chalula sauce and it barely made me flinch. What can I say, I'm Vietnamese, I love spice. And Mexican food is usually where I go for the kick. Overall, it was good but not amazingly, deliciously memorable.
The atmosphere was definitely very nice. I had a lovely lunch date with a girlfriend there today. However, the service could've been better. I got there around 1:45 p.m. The place was not crowded but it took them a while to take our orders then come back for the bill at the end. We didn't finish paying until a little past 3. And I eat FAST! My friend also ordered an extra hot tea which they totally forgot. That cost them a star.
Just hip enough to be located in Back Bay without being to pretentious. Decor is nice and clean and the restaurant seems relatively large, but around 6:30 on a Sunday it wasn't very busy. Beers and cocktails are of medium quality and price, nothing to write home about. Skipped on the appetizers and went right for the main course.
I had the much talked about Wild Boar Burrito, and it certainly delivered on flavor. I couldn't really say the boar was a standout, however I can say it was extremely tender without falling apart, and seasoned very well. The green chile puree was essentially mixed up with the verde rice, so I couldn't tell the two apart. Can't say that the "IPA infused" refried beans really tasted like IPA (though I'm not sure I'd want them to). The boar bacon was essentially large lardons, still a little chewy but since they were cut into cubes I wouldn't want them any crispier. Overall the meal as a whole was very good, filling yet flavorful. My only real negative critique was the bottom of the burrito wrap was burnt. This actually wasn't a huge detractor though, it added a nice smokiness, but I don't think it was intended. Oh, and forget any notion of actually picking this up and eating it, it's certainly a fork and knife burrito.
The other negative critique I had was the service. As empty as the restaurant was, it was certainly slow. Our server didn't really wait for an answer when she swung by and asked if everything was alright, and we had to choke down our mouthful of food and call her back to order more drinks. She also forgot my last beer order, but thankfully it wasn't on the check.
A good spot for a more than good meal, and the price point actually puts it in an affordable range. I'll most likely go back to try out their rooftop area.
Not sure why everyone is blowing this place up. It's a cool spot and I highly recommend coming in here for drinks and possibly apps, but I'd pass on dinner:
- wild boar burrito was ok, but it's a brick of food...guaranteed gut bomb
- wings were disappointment
- fish tacos were the highlight - awesome
- guac was average
Eyeing everyone at my table eating the nachos with slit eyes behind my sun glasses and thinking...How can I pull these nachos over to my plate in front of me without a family war!! Hands down THE BEST nachos I've ever had! I can't even tell you what the difference is. I tried, Joey tried, Mandah was too busy maowing and Matt was too close to the nachos to think anyone would scoff them! I gave up and just kept pigging on them.
We ordered our mains and loved my Scallop Tacos! A little less oil would have been good but all in all fabulous. Matt got the Fish Tacos, Joey the Balboa Sandwich which is duck salami and Mandah had the Wild Boar Burrito. 5 stars for the food. Excellent excellent.
My main concern was the deck. It was a summer day when we went. I was looking forward to a cool breeze on top of the building. We sat down and it was like a sauna. The reason was the high walls of the deck! Why solid walls?? Why not awesome black iron grating to let that amazing breeze in?? Minus 1 star for the sauna I didn't order.
Can't wait to go back and try some more of this amazing chef!!
Came here for a late lunch while I was in Boston two weeks ago. The server was very helpful and friendly. I ordered the wild boar burrito and requested that they serve it in a bowl without the tortilla, cheese and beans (I know, I know) and when my burrito bowl came out it was filled with wild boar, bacon with plantains. The wild boar was very flavorful and tender. If I'm ever back in Boston I'll definitely stop by again to try the duck tacos and grilled avocados.
Entering Poe's at Rattlesnake around 8pm, just before the switch from restaurant to bar/nightspot, I knew what I was getting into, and tried to be accommodating. I was waiting for a friend anyways, so I didn't mind the fact that after five minutes of standing at the host stand, I still hadn't seen the hostess. I don't mind waiting for a table, but there's something about walking into a restaurant and have to wait to even be greeted that just doesn't sit well with me.
Thankfully a passing waitress noticed the scene and graciously sat us in her section. She had great timing, coming over just as we needed a refill or to check in, and knew the menu enough to describe the general elements of each plate. Overall, decent service for the previously-noted transitionary period. On atmosphere- there were a handful of tables that came straight from the board room and by the time we arrived were getting pretty rowdy. Something to keep in mind if you're considering something a little more low key and quiet.
I love the menu here; you can tell it's well thought out and trying to push that Back Bay business class into the direction of creative cuisine, even when they're just looking for a simple taco or nacho plate. However, an idea is only worth what it took you to think of it if not executed to a caliber that reflects that thoughtfulness. In this regard, Poe's left me wanting. I ordered the Hudson Valley Duck Tacos with cranberry-rosemary risotto. A molasses-cola brined duck breast was completely lost because of over-grilling, rendering a piece of meat comparable to flank steak, flash-grilled. Tough, lifeless brown meat where once a gorgeous crimson duck breast once resided. Duck is such a fickle meat that must be prepared with care, and where this wasn't it brought the whole dish down. The risotto was good for one bite then sickly sweet and gummy. The shell was an interesting hard taco in the shape of a "W", but reminded me more of a pita chip or taco-salad bowl than crisp taco shell, and while the texture was perfect (it didn't crumble nor was it chewy) it added that fryer oil taste you get with texmex.
We also tried the Vermont quail tacos as well as the wild boar burrito. The quail was cooked well and as for the burrito, I have no idea because my friend didn't say a word before finishing it. My guess is it was pretty damn tasty.
Their beer selection was fantastic and suited the cuisine well whether you wanted a can of Tecate or a spicy west-coast IPA to accompany your dish.
Hopefully it was due to it being a strange time of night at the eye of the Friday-night storm that the food was executed without care, and I'm hoping to return soon for another round and to try some other dishes. The menu expresses such a wealth of creativity, more than can be had in one sitting, and hopefully future visits will show an ability to pull it off with perfection.
I think I'm the only one who hasn't been on the roof deck. And I never went to the Rattlesnake back in the day. I was lucky enough to discover the Rattlesnake after it became awesome. And awesome it has been.
I've been here for a party, dinner, and lunch, and each time there has been sumptuous delights for the eyes and mouth. The service is good and they were willing to change the awesome fried chicken sandwich into grilled for my dieting self. I love the spicy flavor of the food and inventiveness of the menu. I love that their obligatory burrito is called "Obligatory Burrito." I will definitely be back.
I try to come here at least once a month. The food is fantastic. I love the duck tacos and the burritos and the chef truly creative as well as being very nice. The drinks that I've had were done well, service was good, and this place has really improved in the last 2 years.
The Rattlesnake Bar on Boylston Street is not a newcomer to the Back Bay neighborhood. It's been around since 1990, but it received a well-executed face lift over the summer. The food is also looking good, and better yet, it tastes good, too.
The Rattlesnake became more than just a bar in February with the addition of Poe's Kitchen, the brainchild of Chef Brian Poe, who brings a menu of predominantly Mexican-inspired recipes. With the addition of Poe's impressive ability to create imaginative and fantastic meals to enjoy, the Rattlesnake transforms into a place for hitting a night on the town, as well as for delightful food.
The bar's attendees can be found catching the night's sports game on one of the many large TV screens mounted on the back wall. The décor upholds a smooth and trendy theme of soft black, red, and blue coming from the small tiles lining the walls. The walls feature artwork that reflects the Mexican-style food.
The Rattlesnake Bar and Poe's Kitchen do a commendable job of blending two different scenes into a single downtown hotspot. A trendy bar and late-night destination featuring fun events and attractions such as Latin Nights and DJs also houses a restaurant home to an innovative chef offering dynamic meals. All of the entrees are $15 or less, and cocktails like the Signature Rattlesnake Sangria and Watermelon Margarita are only $7, making the Rattlesnake affordable for a fun night out with friends followed by a satisfying brunch the next morning.
An enthralling and original appetizer featured on Poe's menu is the Infamous Avocado, $12. In a nice presentation, half of a pitted avocado is grilled and cooled, then lobster with black pepper-lavender crème fraiche is placed in the available pocket. Drizzled in San Joaquin avocado oil, this dish starts the meal off on the right foot, bringing the surprisingly agreeable flavors of lobster and avocado together in a single, wonderful bite.
Other appetizers on the menu include homemade Lime-Zested Chips, $7, with fresh salsa and tequila cream cheese, Chipotle Wings, $9, with smoked jalapeños and scallion-poblano-blue cheese dipping sauce, and a small selection of spicy soups and salads.
The Chicken Quesadilla, $11, is a delicious take on what could be a very simple dish. Serrano chile-beer can chicken provides fantastic flavor that is only made better with the addition of spicy Hatch green chiles and sweet Montezuma mango salsa. Other entrees Poe offers include traditional burritos, tacos and sandwiches with an extra spicy kick. The Mexican Meatball Sub, $13, consists of spicy albondigas with pepperjack and cilantro-chipotle juice on a toasted baguette - an interesting combination.
The dessert menu promotes several inventive ideas that play out to be wonderful finales. In particular, the S'mores-Style Ice Cream Sandwich, $6, touches on all of our childhood indulgences while sticking with the restaurant's classy atmosphere. Needless to say, there are two graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. But here the simple camping treat becomes a well-presented delight with strawberry ice cream resting between the two crackers. And the chocolate and marshmallow are not where you would expect. Instead, the chocolate is drizzled over the entire dish, and mini-marshmallows are sprinkled over that. This dessert ought to be a favorite to anyone with even the slightest sweet tooth.
A small but satiating brunch menu is available on Sundays. Poe's Signature Omelette, $10, is packed with fresh vegetables and fabulous flavors. Crimini mushrooms, truffles, and oven-roasted tomatoes, along with chopped asparagus and minced basil sitting in plenty of fontina cheese create a superb omelet with notable and agreeable flavors. Served with a side of complementary home fries, this omelet is even more enticing with a dash of Cholula hot sauce that sits at every table. Other brunch items available include eggs benedict, $9, with a kick of jalapeno hollandaise and Surf 'n' Turf, $15, a grilled hangar steak with fresh crab meat served with a side of eggs.
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