Though Scholars opened in Downtown Crossing last summer, I never made my way there until last week. I was meeting my cousin for dinner and drinks after work and I had no intention of taking photos but as soon as we sat down he said, "Where's your camera? We're blogging this aren't we?" Well, I guess so!
Scholars is located next door to Sweet Cupcakes and across the street from the old Borders store. I was coming from my office near Faneuil Hall and my cousin was coming from the State House so it was the perfect meeting place.
When we arrived at 6:30pm the place was already packed! The bar was crawling with men in suits. Ladies, take note!
Though the bar was packed in like sardines, when I asked the hostess if there was a wait for a table for two, she said, "Actually, I can seat you right now."
She walked us to the very back of the restaurant and lead us to a cozy table for two. From our seats we could also see upstairs into the private event space. In fact, the Secretary of State was hosting an event, signs and all.
Shortly after we settled in, our waitress appeared. She was young and quite bubbly. She handed us the dinner menus which had the restaurant's name printed in a font that looked like a tattoo.
We were both pretty hungry so we decided to share an appetizer - the fried pickles. I love fried pickles. I order them any chance I get, but to date, I haven't had a version better than the spears at Union Street in Newton Centre. Congratulations, Scholars, this was a worthy opponent!
First we ordered the mac and cheese which came with whole, oven roasted, cherry tomatoes and sweet peas. The dish was topped with three pieces of grilled bread, ideal for sopping up the cheese sauce.
Scholars is a great place for after work drinks and appetizers. Have a few cocktails, nosh on some fried pickles, scope out the business men and then find a second location for dinner.