Not much time in TLOTB&TC for the Cod this summer, but a quick trip to cinetrix' homefolks was parleyed into a trip to Island Creek Oysters and Coppa Boston. Been wanting to try Coppa Boston since being seated w/ co-proprietor Jamie Bisonnette during last year's epic Maws/Brock dinner, part II. Food was great, FOH folks, esp Amy were great, and they took good care of us - charuterie highlights included the tongue and a ridiculous beef tongue pastrami, and unlike most such plates there was not a clear last place finisher. The bone marrow and beef heart pastrami pizza was one of the best things I've tasted in a long time - an unholy alliance of pizza and smoked meat flavors, without seeming like it was trying to do too much all at once. Of the food, more soon.
As it happened, we were in for lunch before this evening's Bisonnette/Marcus Samuellson dinner. In all of what I experienced, however, the most impressive thing may have been by accident - I happened to peek into the kitchen, and there was Bisonnette, the owner of Coppa (and Toro), Food and Wine's best new chef, etc, shucking corn. The main dude was doing a task that home cooks usually delegate to small children. It was like watching Tom Brady throw a block on a halfback option, and it said a lot about the ethos that makes a good kitchen work.