Brookline Village is fortunate to have Brookline Family Restaurant. Wouldn't it be wonderful if every neighborhood in the city had a least one restaurant where you can get a comforting warm lunch or dinner that reminds you of the very best ethnic family gatherings.
You know, the kind of holiday gathering or Sunday dinner where Aunt Jenny brings her collard greens with chicken. Aunt Anna comes with a big pot of lamb and peas. And, the dinner table is full of sides like rice pliaf, garden fresh salad, and baskets full of bread & butter.
The meal above was our lunch special from the Brookline Family Restaurant's steam table. For $8.50 each, we picked a main course, a choice of rice or salad, and a fountain drink. The bread and butter was delivered with our meals. It was more than we could eat, and it was all delicious.
We had set out to have lunch at Cutty's across the street, but the line was out the door, and the tables filled. The crew over at Chowhound's Greater Boston Board has been saying nice things about Brookline Family Restaurant for years, it was on our list, and a natural choice.
We are late to this show. All the way back in 2005 the Boston Globe describes the Turkish side of the menu here by saying:
"Turkish food is a delightful mixture of aromatics, rich meats, crisp salads, long-cooked vegetables, mild heat, and intense flavors."
That's a perfect description for what we found. This is lick-your-plate seasoning. Ed was glad he had a spoon to scoop up every spec of the sauce from his collard greens dish.
"What lingers in the air, though, is the aroma of meat on the charcoal grill. Lamb dishes dominate the menu, but the chicken shish kebab, juicy and piquant from a flavorful marinade, more than holds its own on a layer of rice pilaf, barley, and salad."
We still have the sandwiches, kebobs, desserts, and breakfast areas of the menu to explore. Looks like we'll be hopping off the Green line D trains in Brookline Village more often.
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Brookline Family Restaurant
305 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445 (Map & Reviews)
www.brooklinefamilyrestaurant.com (This is a flash site, so it won't work on some mobile devices.)
Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photos: © 2011 Penny Cherubino