As I enjoyed my lunch earlier, I thought that for as long as I have worked in down town Boston, Sebastian's has always been my go to for a "treat" lunch. Normally I bring my lunch daily, knowing that economically, and health wise-I'm doing myself a big favor. Soup, or the occasional salad, maybe a wrap, and several pieces of fruit make up my normal noon time meal, but when I'm feeling like I deserve a little treat, I head down to Sebastian's. With four cafe's in Boston, and one in Cambridge, they do well in satisfying the cravings of a hungry lunch crowd.
Set up similarly to a cafeteria, with different stations for hot entrees, fresh made sandwiches, a large made to order salad bar, and plenty of spots for pre packaged goodies, they are an easy spot. I normally find myself at the salad bar, where a host of efficient salad makers walk you through their expansive list of options for your salad. Behind them are big display cases of different greens mixtures- Mixed greens including Arugula, Spinach, Radicchio etc, Sebastian's blend which walks on the wild side with some Fri see mixed in, and then simple Romaine as well. You choose your type of greens, and then pick out what other ingredients you want to add to your salad from the display case that separates you from the staff. The options are fantastic- ranging from "typical salad ingredients" such as cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions, to a fun corn salad, to many different options of beans, sprouts, broccoli, and beets. Several different types of cheese can be added, along with croutons, sesame seeds, chow mein noodles, etc. As you point out each ingredient, their salad chefs add as much or as little as you want. After you choose your dressing from a list of nine, they mix it together for you, for even distribution of course, and then seal in a nice box for you to take with you back to your office, or sit in their small sized cafe- if you can find a seat! The best part of their salad bar is that it isn't weighed, you can add as much or as little as you want, and still pay the same rate.
Protein additions such as chicken, salmon, tuna, hard boiled eggs are an additional cost, but as someone who has gotten burned at other salad bars for putting in too many pieces of broccoli, or carrot slices, I feel that this is a fairly good system-though definitely pricey.
Though I haven't had anything other than a salad from them in recent years, I remember being very pleased with their sandwich offerings as well.
Another fun fact about Sebastian's- you can order your salad (the way you like it!) on line and then just head over to pick it up and avoid the crowds! Fantastic! Also...they cater :-)
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i LOVE sebastians. their salad bar is the best! except i hate going later than 1230, because then all the mix-ins get all mixed together and it boarderline grosses me out!
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