But there are sweet potato fries. And there's a grilled cheese sandwich. We go back and forth and our waitress, who has fantastic dyed red hair, gives us all the time we need ("I'm here until 6!"). I like the place already. I can see why it has loyal fans and why it'll be the subject of an upcoming documentary.
A asks if I want to split a frappe. I do. Absolutely. Then A looks straight at me: "Wait, what flavor?" The choices are vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. I vote for chocolate and A is relieved. We start dead-panning. This is what A and I do. A says any other choice would have called our friendship into question and I agree ("We would have had to call off brunch.").
We place our order: a grilled cheese sandwich with onion rings for A, a grilled chicken salad with balsamic vinaigrette plus a side of sweet potato fries for me. And the frappe obviously. We don't bother ordering it extra thick, because our waitress promises that her regular frappes are plenty thick. And she's right. It's a great frappe and it's hard to find good frappes in Boston. And I'm really into frappes (even though, where I'm from, they're called milkshakes).
|My half of the frappe
My salad is huge and much better than I expected. I tear off pieces of pita bread and roll up the mixed greens and chicken. We pile all of our fries onto one plate and graze. A isn't wild about the onion rings, but I like my sweet potato fries (though I don't know why they're listed under "Healthy Choices" on the menu).
The diner is a little retro and a lot of fun. I beg A to get in the photo booth with me. We try to plan out our three shots, but we're not so good at synchronization. The photos turn out cute though. And when we're leaving, we see the mechanical horse out on the patio, mixed in among lounge chairs. I make a beeline for it. Obviously.