3rd stop: Lineage on Harvard Street in Brookline.
This was my first time at Lineage, and it won’t be my last. The menu, which is printed daily inspired by local fresh ingredients, boasts modern American cuisine. Behind the bar, which over looks a large wood burning stove, are tables & booths separate from the main dining area where we were seated. I must make a note that I loved the sea shells on the table that held the loose salt & pepper.
Bread: We were each given 1 roll on our bread plates and a tiny ramekin of soften butter for the table. Topped with a sprinkle of sea salt, the roll was soft & I believe a type of egg bread which I really enjoyed.
Menu: Ugh, decisions, decisions. I could not for the life of me decide between the 4 entrees. Well, I could easily rule out the Pork Loin since I had a similar meal at Clink (even though I wanted the polenta!). I originally asked for the Chipotle Marinated Flank Steak, but then my friend ordered it, and my other friend ordered the Seared Atlantic Salmon that I was eyeing… so I had no choice but to order the pasta! My final decision:
- Summer Tomato Gazpacho, avocado, cilantro
- Vermont Goat Cheese Pasta, ratatouille, pesto
- Chocolate Pot de Creme, chantilly cream, toasted almonds
Presentation: The gazpacho was a generous portion, served in a large bowl topped with a spoonful of avocado. We all ordered it, and all enjoyed it (this was Angela’s 1st time trying the soup and Ariane was pleased that it tasted similar to the way her mother makes it – always a plus!). The pasta dish was a gnocci/cavatelli type of full pasta, served with small chunks of goat cheese, drizzles of pesto, and an array of fresh vegetables. The dish was really great, gone within minutes. I appreciated the small amount of goat cheese, but was disappointed that the pasta came with a light tomato sauce & drizzles of pesto, rather than pesto pesto pesto! The chocolate dessert came in a small round ramekin, topped with whipped cream & toasted almonds. I love chocolate, and the dessert was great, but it doesn’t compare to Angela’s White Melon Sorbet (unbelievable flavor) or Ariane’s Blueberry Bread Pudding (tasted like a hearty muffin).
Vermont goat cheese pasta
Bathroom: A one stall/one room bathroom with a nice home-y feel. There were frames on the shelves that held pictures of a family & a couple which made me feel like I was visiting a friend. Just switch out that ‘public restroom’ looking sink and it’s the complete package.
Wait Staff: Our waiter was a delight, even after dealing with my indecisiveness! He was able to describe each meal, how it was prepared, and what it came with, which made it a bit easier for me to make up my mind. It was a lovely surprise to run into an old college/volleyball friend who happened to work at Lineage.
Overall: Really charming & comfortable atmosphere. Thank goodness we all ordered different entrees & different desserts, b/c we all got a little taste of each dish. We decided that we’d have to go back – the lobster tacos on the daily menu were calling our names!
The Perfect Bite: Don’t make me decide. The grilled corn & avocado salad that came with Ariane’s steak was to die for. The white melon sorbet was like nothing I’ve ever tasted. You’ll have to head to Lineage, try both, then decide for yourself 🙂