Globe serves everyday solace

By Lauren Sheffer, News correspondent

Amidst the sights of Copley Square ‘- the Boston Public Library, the Trinity Church Boston, the Old South Church and all those stores ‘- it’s easy for eyes to slip by the Globe’ Bar & Cafe at 565 Boylston St.
But outdoor seating, like that of a stereotypical French cafe, allows patrons the chance to sit and soak in the world, if just for a while.
If one should pass through the outdoor terrace into the cafe itself, the atmosphere inside has just as much life. The decor is strikingly modern, with walls covered in wood panels and mirrors of varying sizes, curly-q shaped lamps, black leather booths and splashes of red on the ceiling. However, the honey-brown hue of the wooden walls and wooden tables, the softness of the lighting, plus the warm light that enters through the huge windows add an intimate, cozy ambience.
The background music ‘- generally Motown, disco or modern soul ‘- only enhanced the laid-back vibe.
Within seconds of laying down the menu, a waitress rushed to the table, even though the cafe was packed.
Side dishes ring in around $3 on average, while most appetizers and main dishes fall between $9 and $14 ‘- relatively cheap compared to most other area restaurants.
Yet any price can be too expensive if the food is not up to par.
Fortunately, at the Globe, the dishes are mostly worth it.
The appetizer, a chicken quesadilla (about $12), fell short in the area of flavor, but the addition of lemon juice, fresh tomatoes, salsa and sour cream worked well. The morsels of chicken were juicy and tender, and the tortilla bread was grilled just enough to be satisfyingly crunchy, rather than soggy or crumbly. This is comfort food worth eating in pajamas on a rainy day. What may have been the best part of the dish ‘- or worst, to some ‘- were the jalapenos scattered and hidden randomly throughout the quesadilla, which seemed to love to pop out and yell, ‘Surprise!’ with a kick to the face.
The quesadilla was large but manageable, but the salad underneath could have fed at least three. Despite the sweet, tangy vinaigrette sauce, the lack of imagination with ingredients ‘- lettuce and spinach leaves, with little else ‘- made for a generally bland dish.
Waffle fries (roughly $3) more than made up for the disappointing salad. The portions were, again, generous, but nothing the average person can’t handle. In fact, after tasting these fries, it was difficult not to beg for more.
Unfortunately, unlike the waffle fries, the Italian Panini ($12) failed to impress. Again, the Globe excelled when it came to the crunchy-yet-fluffy texture of the grilled bread, and the subtle flavors of herbs in the focaccia bread added a pleasant touch.
But beyond that, the panini was surprisingly bland. The unripe tomatoes lacked oomph, and the one thin layer of ham was dominated by far too much mozzarella. Luckily, a small container of vinegar sauce came with the panini, and saved it from being overwhelmingly boring.
Though the dishes offered at the Globe Cafe may have varied in their quality, those who are wondering whether to give the Globe Cafe a try can be assured of one fact:’ Patrons will be full when they waddle out the door. All the dishes are filling, and even an appetizer or a side can be a meal by itself.

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