Short Rib Shangri-la: A review of Post 390

Last night, two friends and I braved the 45 mph wind gusts in Boston for a meal so good,

it inspired me to start this very blog.

Post 390, located at 406 Stuart Street in the Back Bay, delivered fantastic food in grand fashion. The moment I walked in the door, fingers numb and hair disheveled, I was enveloped in delicious warmth from the massive fireplace near the entrance. The restaurant is bigger than it appears from the outside,  but feels quite intimate for its size. We were seated upstairs in a comfy corner booth, where, little did I know, all my gastronomical dreams were about to come true.

We each ordered the Winter Sangria, a tasty concoction of red wine, port, brandy, fruit, and spices.

Winter Sangria

Winter Sangria

We were then served (arguably) the most delectable pre-meal bread I have ever encountered — buttery, airy, muffin-shaped popovers. When our waitress came by to take the empty bowl, I asked for more, which arrived and subsequently disappeared as quickly as the first serving had.

This was when I realized just how memorable our meal would be.

The Tastiest Bread Known To Man

The Tastiest Bread Known To Man

Our adventure happened to fall during Dine Out Boston, formerly known as Restaurant Week, so we were lucky enough to enjoy a three course meal for only $38 each. First up was a lobster & sweet potato bisque, which by mere default was my least favorite part of the meal.

…but let’s be real, it was still seriously yummy.

Lobster & Sweet Potato Bisque

Lobster & Sweet Potato Bisque

Next I ordered the Brandt beef short rib, which turned out to be more than worth the extra $6 charged for the selection. The meat, served atop an array of root vegetables, was tender, rich, and slightly spicy from the cream stout mustard underneath.

Brandt Beef Short Rib

Brandt Beef Short Rib

I ate every last bite and thanked the foodie gods for my good fortune.

Just look at that tender, melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

Just look at that tender, melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

An entree that fantastic is hard to follow, but the brownie sundae dessert fit the bill splendidly. The brownie was moist and bursting with chocolate chips, and was topped with a chicory (read: delicately coffee-flavored) ice cream, vanilla bean fluff, and chocolate covered rice crispies.

Brownie Sundae

Brownie Sundae

I could not have asked for more from this experience, except perhaps a speedier delivery of the check; however, otherwise the service, too, was stellar.

I hereby award Post 390 a well-deserved five out of five stars for the artfully prepared meal that inspired me to buy a domain name.

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