Everyone knows Newbury for its chic boutiques and upper end restaurant which, let's admit, are far from being classified as frugal. I, the frugal foodista, have not had much to do with many of the restaurants on that street, despite the compelling sounding menus and loud reviews.
You can therefore imagine my surprise when I came upon Trident Booksellers and Café wedged into a little area near the Mass Ave end of Newbury. This little café is the perfect example of a seedling of an idea, turned into one of the areas hotspots for regulars. Where better to go to enjoy your newspaper, book or coffee than an inviting bookstore with a fabulous menu and affordable prices? The Trident has been around for 25 years and was indeed one of the first places one could go to enjoy the comfort of time and intellect...and a bite to eat.
Tonight was my first time trying this place and indeed it is the first place I have tried on Newbury, something tells me I won't find another experience like it...at least not in a nearby radius. The first thing I thought when I opened up my menu was how I could have spent four years in Boston without trying this place out. I must admit, I felt a little embarassed!
But you know what they say...better late than never!
I remedied the situation by trying a bit of everything we ordered, and I feel that this post will make up for the lack of support I have shown in the past years.
I ordered the Trident signature salad with cranberries, gorgonzola, almonds, mandarin oranges and grilled chicken on top of a bed of mixed greens, we also ordered the homemade butternut squash ravioli (winning plate), the momos (Tibetan steamed dumplings) and one of their many appealing sandwiches. I was impressed with everything; the size, price, quality...the service, it was all there. Not to mention that we were seated in the back, in a booth surrounded by shelves of books. It really created a timeless feel in the midst of one of Boston's most boisterous streets.
Trident serves breakfast all day as well as lunch and dinner with a wide range of items and a price range from bk sides at 1.50, to the main courses of about 15 dollars.
The desserts were also calling my name, but the trip to JP Licks before hand seemed to hold them at bay.
Not to fear, I will definately be back to escape into my new found, old-time niche.
To drool over the menu, or simply to read more about the team, click the following: http://www.tridentbookscafe.com/Home_Page.php