I love Fall. The promise of a revamped routine after a more laid back summer is just the best. But seriously, Fall is a completely new experience when you have a kiddo in school. The promise of Fall is still there, but out of nowhere there’s a freight train of forms, open house nights, sports practices, and more. By the end of September moving into October, I am DONE. And totally ready for a night out.
So it was great timing when an invitation came in for a Parents Night Out Tasting at TRADE in Boston. Trade is Jody Adams’ restaurant in the Fort Point Channel area of Boston. Adams, of Rialto fame, is also the James Beard award winning chef/owner of Porto and Saloniki Greek.
The hosted dinner was attended by a group of parents who are bloggers and started with a drink, and it did not disappoint. Behold the “Fish Tank” (meant to be shared). The menu sums it up, “It’s blue. It’s delicious. That’s all you need to know.” I also sampled “Beets By Trade,” which was a combo of Bullboy vodka, beet and cucumber simple syrup, lime, and pineapple. If you love beets, you’ll love this. This drink was my friend Leah’s favorite. LINK In addition to the inventive cocktails with awesome names (”Last Train to Braintree”), TRADE offers a selection of beer both on draft and in bottles as well as a nice selection of wines by the glass.
Come for the fun cocktails, but stay for the amazing food. We sampled a variety of small bites that would be great to share with a table including the Falafel pancakes, which was one of my favorites, served with tzatziki, serrano, and scallion. Another favorite was the chicken meatballs with tomato, garlic cream, and pine nuts.
TRADE also serves a selection of delicious flatbreads that would be great to share for an appetizer or would also make a great meal. One of my favorites was the Lamb Sausage Flatbread with eggplant, the most delicious manchego ever, peppers, and garlic yogurt.
We tried a few of the entrees including the Seared Salmon with shredded kale, lemon tahini dressing, and pistachio and the Baked Rigatoni with spicy lamb ragu and provolone. I’m not a fish person, so this was very surprising, but my favorite entree was the Pan Roasted Halibut with arugula pesto and roasted corn succotash. The fish was cooked PERFECTLY and the arugula pesto was uber fresh and wonderful. I highly recommend it.
This was my first time at TRADE, but it won’t be my last. I’m already thinking up a reason to get my girlfriends together for a mom’s night out.
If you go:
540 Atlantic Avenue (Corner of Congress St.)
Valet Parking Available (on Congress Street) $16 at the time of publication