Thanks to a Groupon that entitled us to $50 worth of food for just $25, we really enjoyed our dinner tonight at Sel de la Terre on Boylston Street in the Back Bay of Boston. (What would have made it even better would be if Massachusetts still allowed Groupons to be applied toward alcohol. Last month, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission decided that Groupon dinner discounts were no longer in compliance with state liquor laws and regulations. For real? How disgustingly puritanical are we here in New England?)
Anyhow, I did manage to enjoy my dinner without a frosty beer or dirty gin martini to wash it all down. We started with the charcuterie plate, which offered up a selection of duck liver mousse, pig ear terrine (yes, “pig ear”), bresaola (dried beef), blood sausage, served with pickled onions, jam, mustard, and delicious grilled bread. We also split an appetizer portion of grilled razor sea clams served with savory, salty lardons. As if we were still hungry (hey, we had to spend $50!), we each got the house burger, cooked medium, and topped with Vermont cheddar, spicy aioli, and a slice of crispy pancetta. Oh, did I mention the fries? Thin shoestring cut potatoes, perfectly crispy and salty, dusted with fresh rosemary. YUM. How do you think my sodium-free diet is going?!
Next time you’re in Boston, check out the burger at Sel de la Terre. In addition to their Back Bay location, they also have restaurants on Long Wharf (near the Aquarium) and in the town of Natick.