Many notable restaurants and chefs in the Boston area made it to *the list* this year. I’m talking about the 2013 James Beard Foundation Award Restaurant and Chef semifinalists list. Does the name Tim Maslow sound familiar? For those who have not heard of him, Chef Tim was nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year! He’s the chef and co-owner of Strip T’s in Watertown.
Strip T’s is a diner/sandwich shop by day, and fine restaurant at night. Formerly a chef at the famous Momofuku Ssäm Bar in NYC, Tim oversees the dinner hours while his father has been making sandwiches in the daytime since 1986. I finally got the chance to have dinner at Strip T’s – here’s my review of the dishes that I tried:
Raw oysters with fried pickled green tomatoes | The oysters were titanic, plump and fresh. The fried green tomatoes was a nice Southern touch. However, the pickled flavor overwhelmed the natural ocean taste for me.
Fried Japanese sweet potato wedges with miso aioli | This is probably my favorite version of sweet potato fries. They’re cut thick, naturally sweet, crispy and lightly salted.
Grilled bavette steak with pork rind, roasted pear, parsnip and mustard | This was my main course. The steak was very tender and cooked perfectly to medium rare as requested. For a meat dish, this was surprisingly not heavy/rich at all, which I liked.
Buttermilk fried chicken with sweet potato cake and piperade | My dinner companion ordered Strip T’s signature dish. I loved the contrast in texture between the fried chicken and the soft sweet potato cake. Piperade is a colorful mix of onions, peppers, and tomatoes, which tasted very good as a topping.
Apple cider donut with white chocolate and cheddar | I was a little disappointed with the presentation. Desserts are usually very “pretty” and this didn’t look appetizing. However, the taste blew me away. The donut was slightly crisp on the outside and soft inside. The flavors of apple cinnamon, white chocolate, and cheddar blended very well.
I am glad that I tried Strip T’s and would return to try other items on the dinner menu and maybe visit during the daytime as well. Also, check out the feature in Boston Magazine.