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Where to eat near the Doubletree?

welcome in advance. This is long but hope it helps:

Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781155
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Dinner Spots that I would highly recommend : (Dress is casual at all.Reservations a must unless single bar diner
)If Creative, unique one-of-a-kind food experiences are a priority for you, I would hop to Oleana and Ribelle in a heartbeat. And Asta and OYa for much higher tickets.

Oleana- predominantly Turkish, w/ a lot of creative riffs. One of the 3 or 4 Boston restnts where you will have truly unique food that you will not have elsewhere. Spices and grains. beans and greens, a world to discover and savor. Many feel the mezze are the strong point, but entrees can be unforgetable as well. As the menu is always changing, the only way to do it right-- is to go back often. If I were a visiting foodie who had 'been there, eaten that', I would happily allot 2 nights to Oleana during my Boston stay. Blazing winter hearth , and charming patio in season. Cambridge
Dinn daily

Ribelle- new outpost for Strip T's chef/owner. A very broad menu of small and large plates w/ two or three times more components than you would likely see on other menus. The preps of these dishes are more complex than anything I have seen.Vegetables . With dishes this inventive and full of surprises, the food is the focus for the night, and the starches, veggies and condiments can be extraordinary (easily as exciting as the meats and seafood.) *The menu descriptions are almost NEVER good, because so much more is going on than can be explained in a small space. Good bar program. Casual, vibrant. Brookline Dinn daily

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Island Creek Oyster Bar- the BEST service, large room yet intimate, more trad but some inventive.
I cannot eat there w/o ordering honey glazed biscuit and Lobster Roe pasta with lobster, chanterelles, short rib and madeira glaze. Kenmore Sq.Dinn daily

Neptune Oyster- crowded tiny, always a line, top quality raw bar; inventive seafood along w/ trad.Leave your name and stroll the fascinating North End. (no resvtns =NR) Lu &Dinn daily

OYa- v.v.expensive Japanese American inventive. South Station

Erbaluce- unusual inventive No.Italian Piedmontese. edge of South End

Bistro du Midi- French , lovely, relaxing, on the Public Garden.

Sycamore- 30 min car or train ride West to affluent Newton Centre and this welcoming veteran- run spot with many unique twists on Mediterranean ideas.(see the Daily Duck, Lamb or Pork board- with four mini entree ,starch and veg.medleys !)

Craigie on Main- famous for offal but also seafood. Cambridge

Toro- possibly the loudest room in Boston, full-out Tapas (the inventive often more successful than the trad) yet their Paella is unbeatably unctuous. South End . NR and always a line. Lu &Dinn daily

Aquitaine- THE spot in the So. End when you're exhausted and you want to be taken care of. Classic French Bistro food beautifully done in a beautiful room, w/ gracious top notch service. South End. Lu& dinn daily.

Myers and Chang- Modern takes on Asian. This friendly spot is always hoppin' and the food, service and very creative bar are super. A great place to people watch; the air is full of happy campers having fun. A counter seat gives you a wokside view and there is a sheltered patio that welcomes dogs. Edge of So. End. Lu and Bru also. Lu and Dinn daily

L'Espalier- Consistently glowing CH visitor reviews for, specifically, the Chef's Table. Farm to table; French inspired. Copley Sq.

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Strip T's (in a 'suburb', 10 min cab from Harvard Square) Casual small treasure for serious foodies; Momofuku chef oversees both creative and comfort food, including an unusual terrific burger.Don't miss the Grilled Romaine with Oxtail, soft egg and sriracha! Watertown. Lu also. Cl Sun.

Alden and Harlow- Harvard Sq.,Cambr. dinn daily
Tavern Road- near the Children's Museum
Row 34- seafood in the new Seaport area

Iconic Boston*:
Pizzeria Regina, No.End only.Original 50's decor, raucous waitresses, the best 'like in Rome' thin crust pizza. Always packed.Dly Lu&D
Durgin Park-roast beef,Boston baked beans, Indian Pudding. Quincy Market
Lobster Roll- Neptune Oyster,NoEnd; Lobster Shack, Seaport
Fried Clams- Best are Clam Box, Ipswich, 1 hr No.of Boston; In Boston- Neptune Oyster.
Italian Red Sauce in No.End- Daily Catch; Antico Forno;Artu; Taranta
Italian High End in No.End: Mamma Maria;Prezza;(and Sorellina near Symphony Hall)
Dim Sum in Chinatown- Winsor Dim Sum,Bubor Cha Cha; Great Taste
Chinese, Hong Kong & Szechuan- Fuloon, Malden(suburb)
Portuguese- Casa Portugal- Inman Sq,Camb.

* these are only IMO; many CHs will differ, esp. w/ pizza, seafood and Italian.Countless CH threads attest to this if you do a CH Search.

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Sandwiches and Burgers:
--Sam la Grassa's- perpetually on the best deli sandwiches list. Downtown. Lu
--Chacarero- Peruvian grilled meats and sauces with green beans, Downtown,Lu
--Parish Café - includes sandwiches named after the local chefs that created them. Near Public Garden. Lu
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--JM Curley's- a big CH fav for Boston's best burger. Downtown, near Boston Common. Lu,D /check hours
--Craigie on Main- Boston's most expensive burger w/ legions of fans. Cambridge, Central Sq. D
--Alden and Harlow- 'Secret Burger' changes weekly. Cambridge, Harvard Sq. D
--also Beacon Hill Bistro, The Gallows, Toro, Eastern Standard, Harvest. Detailed burger reviews:
http://www.bostonburgerblog.com/reviews/

Lovely quiet lunch spots:
--Bistro du Midi on the Public Garden
-- Courtyard Cafe and Map Room Cafe in the historic Boston Public Library, Copley Sq.
--Beacon Hill Bistro , Charles St.

For Brunch:
--Myers and Chang- Dim sum and more.Some trad, some innovative. Great fun for food and people watching. patio

--Ribelle- crazy menu full of surprises(hidden in the way- too- simple menu descriptions!). Brookline. Sat.& Sun.Patio

--For more refined brunch, Aquitaine and Mistral ($French elegant) are popular. South End.

** Also, if a restnt shows no availability for a time you wanted to dine, best to call that restnt because they always have more seats than show on OpenTable.

about 4 hours ago
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Boston Itinerary in October? Help for our researched trip appreciated!

Welcome in advance! Where are you coming from? i might suggest some switching up. Of the dinner places you have mentioned, I think ICOB is the most memorable, both visually and vibe-wise. Here's a recent experience of ours there:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9778...

I don't think ICOB is a good brunch place. Much better would be Mistral or Ribelle; each ~ 10 min by car to the Gardner.Myers and Chang ( a perennial CH fav, incl. me)also does brunch though i like their (bigger) dinner menu better. It's a blast.
We have lessened our love of Toro's tapas, but we are completely besotted by Toro's Paella-- perfecto!

Oleana and Ribelle are my other 'have to' restaurants in Boston, and, for a TRES CHER special dinner, OYa.
This is very long but may be of some use I hope:

Have a great visit!

Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781155
-------------------------------------------------------------
Dinner Spots that I would highly recommend : (Dress is casual at all.Reservations a must unless single bar diner
)If Creative, unique one-of-a-kind food experiences are a priority for you, I would hop to Oleana and Ribelle in a heartbeat. And Asta and OYa for much higher tickets.

Oleana- predominantly Turkish, w/ a lot of creative riffs. One of the 3 or 4 Boston restnts where you will have truly unique food that you will not have elsewhere. Spices and grains. beans and greens, a world to discover and savor. Many feel the mezze are the strong point, but entrees can be unforgetable as well. As the menu is always changing, the only way to do it right-- is to go back often. If I were a visiting foodie who had 'been there, eaten that', I would happily allot 2 nights to Oleana during my Boston stay. Blazing winter hearth , and charming patio in season. Cambridge
Dinn daily

Ribelle- new outpost for Strip T's chef/owner. A very broad menu of small and large plates w/ two or three times more components than you would likely see on other menus. The preps of these dishes are more complex than anything I have seen.Vegetables . With dishes this inventive and full of surprises, the food is the focus for the night, and the starches, veggies and condiments can be extraordinary (easily as exciting as the meats and seafood.) *The menu descriptions are almost NEVER good, because so much more is going on than can be explained in a small space. Good bar program. Casual, vibrant. Brookline Dinn daily

-----------------------------------------------
Island Creek Oyster Bar- the BEST service, large room yet intimate, more trad but some inventive.
I cannot eat there w/o ordering honey glazed biscuit and Lobster Roe pasta with lobster, chanterelles, short rib and madeira glaze. Kenmore Sq.Dinn daily

Neptune Oyster- crowded tiny, always a line, top quality raw bar; inventive seafood along w/ trad.Leave your name and stroll the fascinating North End. (no resvtns =NR) Lu &Dinn daily

OYa- v.v.expensive Japanese American inventive. South Station

Erbaluce- unusual inventive No.Italian Piedmontese. edge of South End

Bistro du Midi- French , lovely, relaxing, on the Public Garden.

Sycamore- 30 min car or train ride West to affluent Newton Centre and this welcoming veteran- run spot with many unique twists on Mediterranean ideas.(see the Daily Duck, Lamb or Pork board- with four mini entree ,starch and veg.medleys !)

Craigie on Main- famous for offal but also seafood. Cambridge

Toro- possibly the loudest room in Boston, full-out Tapas (the inventive often more successful than the trad) yet their Paella is unbeatably unctuous. South End . NR and always a line. Lu &Dinn daily

Aquitaine- THE spot in the So. End when you're exhausted and you want to be taken care of. Classic French Bistro food beautifully done in a beautiful room, w/ gracious top notch service. South End. Lu& dinn daily.

Myers and Chang- Modern takes on Asian. This friendly spot is always hoppin' and the food, service and very creative bar are super. A great place to people watch; the air is full of happy campers having fun. A counter seat gives you a wokside view and there is a sheltered patio that welcomes dogs. Edge of So. End. Lu and Bru also. Lu and Dinn daily

L'Espalier- Consistently glowing CH visitor reviews for, specifically, the Chef's Table. Farm to table; French inspired. Copley Sq.

-------------------------
Strip T's (in a 'suburb', 10 min cab from Harvard Square) Casual small treasure for serious foodies; Momofuku chef oversees both creative and comfort food, including an unusual terrific burger.Don't miss the Grilled Romaine with Oxtail, soft egg and sriracha! Watertown. Lu also. Cl Sun.

Alden and Harlow- Harvard Sq.,Cambr. dinn daily
Tavern Road- near the Children's Museum
Row 34- seafood in the new Seaport area (Island Creek owners)

Iconic Boston*:
Pizzeria Regina, No.End only.Original 50's decor, raucous waitresses, the best 'like in Rome' thin crust pizza. Always packed.Dly Lu&D
Durgin Park-roast beef,Boston baked beans, Indian Pudding. Quincy Market
Lobster Roll- Neptune Oyster,NoEnd; Lobster Shack, Seaport
Fried Clams- Best are Clam Box, Ipswich, 1 hr No.of Boston; In Boston- Neptune Oyster.
Italian Red Sauce in No.End- Daily Catch; Antico Forno;Artu; Taranta
Italian High End in No.End: Mamma Maria;Prezza;(and Sorellina near Symphony Hall)
Dim Sum in Chinatown- Winsor Dim Sum,Bubor Cha Cha; Great Taste
Chinese, Hong Kong & Szechuan- Fuloon, Malden(suburb)
Portuguese- Casa Portugal- Inman Sq,Camb.

* these are only IMO; many CHs will differ, esp. w/ pizza, seafood and Italian.Countless CH threads attest to this if you do a CH Search.

-----------------------------------------------
Sandwiches and Burgers:
--Sam la Grassa's- perpetually on the best deli sandwiches list. Downtown. Lu
--Chacarero- Peruvian grilled meats and sauces with green beans, Downtown,Lu
--Parish Café - includes sandwiches named after the local chefs that created them. Near Public Garden. Lu
----------------------------------------
--JM Curley's- a big CH fav for Boston's best burger. Downtown, near Boston Common. Lu,D /check hours
--Craigie on Main- Boston's most expensive burger w/ legions of fans. Cambridge, Central Sq. D
--Alden and Harlow- 'Secret Burger' changes weekly. Cambridge, Harvard Sq. D
--also Beacon Hill Bistro, The Gallows, Toro, Eastern Standard, Harvest. Detailed burger reviews:
http://www.bostonburgerblog.com/reviews/

Lovely quiet lunch spots:
--Bistro du Midi on the Public Garden
-- Courtyard Cafe and Map Room Cafe in the historic Boston Public Library, Copley Sq.
--Beacon Hill Bistro , Charles St.

For Brunch:
--Myers and Chang- Dim sum and more.Some trad, some innovative. Great fun for food and people watching. patio

--Ribelle- crazy menu full of surprises(hidden in the way- too- simple menu descriptions!). Brookline. Sat.& Sun.Patio

--For more refined brunch, Aquitaine and Mistral ($French elegant) are popular. South End.

** Also, if a restnt shows no availability for a time you wanted to dine, best to call that restnt because they always have more seats than show on OpenTable.

about 5 hours ago
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Dinner en route from Logan to Maine

I don't go often, but i really had some 'lazy, rude' waiter issues in Camb., so stopped going. A few yrs ago, I read on CH that it was for sale but I have no idea who owns the 2 locations.The one in NH is bigger, light and airy, instead of dark. Have been 2-3 x; always just for sandwiches.When we're in portsmouth, we tend to go up for a film or concert at the Music Hall, and dinner at Black Trumpet. Love that town, so beautiful. (And it has alot of personal memories for me. I was a young Historic Preservationist during the time that Ron Fleming and co. led the Save Portsmouth efforts that created what one sees there today.)

about 5 hours ago
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Frog legs

Oh boy, would i love to tell you ten non- Asian restaurants that have frogs' legs, because I love them, but i have not seen frogs legs on a non Asian menu in about 35 years. What is it, I wonder. We have our share of 'classic French bistros'here, proudly serving Skate w/ capers and Beurre Noir, Vichyssoise, Chocolate Mousse; what happened to frogs legs? Way back when, I bought boxes of them from Pakistan; maybe political turmoil closed that source? or maybe they just went the way of the hula hoop......

about 5 hours ago
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Dinner en route from Logan to Maine

Sounds like you have an excellent seafood option now, but if, for whatever reason, you decide to 'get the hell outa Dodge',
I have two peaceful options in mind. Newburyport is ~ 45-50 min from the airport and there is a lovely outdoor deck on the river,w/ good food (seafood plus )- The Deck at the Marina in Salisbury (the north side of the Newburyport bridge.)Eclectic menu- casual to more up scale.It's a very quick 7 min. detour off rt.95. here's a CH review:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9771...

Also, a funky retro kid-friendly place in Portsmouth NH, also just off 95- called The Friendly Toast. Very eclectic menu of casual food.Maybe ~ 60-75 min from the airport.

http://thefriendlytoast.com/locations...

about 8 hours ago
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Native Corn

that's interesting karl. if we're not grilling, we always nuke it(after removing the leaves and silk) and have never noticed any uneven spots.

1 day ago
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

You Are My Gyro: Mindblowing sandy at Ma Magoo's

what has made the My New Kitchen souvlaki roll ups so special, for me, is that they include a 'side' of grilled eggplant or zucchini (changes) which i ask them to add to my sandwich. It is a VERY generous portion and so delicious- makes a huge difference for the overall impact of the sandwich. I get the chicken souvlaki version (My Love gets the lamb burgers) and I am completely sold on them, w/ this addition. The eggplant or zucch is sliced ~ 1/4" thick, the length of the veggie. A 'side' seems to be ~ 4 slices!

Jul 27, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Great Seafood Dinner at Marblehead's Five Corners Kitchen 7/22/14

yes,I'LL say!! and NOW you have the Ocean, you lucky thing !!

Jul 24, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Boston's best salads? A round up

Just an FYI-- when I was reading through this 2011 thread, I realized that a good many of the mentioned restnts (more than usual)-- no longer exist!
Rendezvous, Floating Rock,and more. So if you see some salad that calls out to you, you might want to make sure the place and/or the particular salad- still exists.

Jul 23, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

56 says they plan to bike alot. could they take bikes on the ferry? biking would be a great way to see salem.

Jul 23, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Great Seafood Dinner at Marblehead's Five Corners Kitchen 7/22/14

Wow. Beautiful light airy room- with- a-view, comfortable seating, welcoming professional service, impeccably fresh seafood (including Striper 'from down the street' .) We were major Happy Campers.

Each dish was a Highlight:
Sesame Miso Tuna (crudo) Timbale with Avocado Mousse
Daisy Bay P.E.I. Oysters ($1 @ at beginning and end of service)
House made Cavatelli w/ Duck Confit Carbonara
Daily Special Soft Shell Crabs w/ Thai Red Curry Sauce
Skate w/ Lemon Beurre Noir
Gelato Trio- Honey Nougat, Choc.Hazelnut, Cinnamon (out of ~ 10 flavors)
Bar- made Blueberry Mint Soda

During and after tonight's dinner, the awareness that really hit home for me- was that this chef (Barry Edelman, owner/chef, formerly of Aquitaine Boston) has the admirable ability to both prepare and present his food beautifully, but as important, he has a very fine-tuned sense of flavor compatibility and proper seasoning needs. Not once did I need salt , or pepper, or 'more ___'. What a rare treat that is.
I.e. in the hands of a less talented chef, a Pasta with Duck Confit Carbonara could hit you over the head with competing peppery rich flavors, but Edelman's treatment was toned down yet unctuous and sublime.
After lingering a bit, we drove 5 minutes to the harbor and watched the sunset and the boats coming in for the night.
Can't wait to go back!

http://www.5cornerskitchen.com/food.html

Jul 23, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Indonesian market

fwiw, 2 yrs after the OP, I have found lime leaves, lemongrass, galangal, pandan leaves, taro, thai basil, etc at one or more of these stores:
China Merchandise (only place i have found loose, unsweetened Thai tea)
EZ Indian Market, Woburn Center
Super 88/HongKong Market, Allston
SunSun, Chinatown

Many of these items freeze well.

Jul 23, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Any place for XLB (soup dumplings) north of Boston?

China Star Dim Sum in Lowell- has had many good reviews and i think i read that they have them. Just fyi, they are usually called 'small steamed pork buns' for some strange reason. Dumpling House in Camb. has them. Other CHs will know many more places.

Jul 22, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Largest Variety of Lark Cookies?

I was researching Lark cookies for another CH thread and, much to my astonishment, I found that they make ~12 varieties! Dave's Pasta and Formaggio Kitchen only sell 2-4 kinds (I loooove the Fennel Burnt Sugar shortbreads.) Has anyone seen a pretty large variety, and where? Thx so much.
* yes, you can buy them online
http://www.larkfinefoods.com/cookies....

Jul 22, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

As to Ohlin's apple fritters, i always call ahead and have them held for us and we often pick them up in the late afternoon. I have never felt they suffered, though in my mind, the moistness of the interior and the glaze that covers their exterior- combine to keep them from drying out :-} And yes, I have enjoyed 'next day' apple fritters as well.....

Jul 22, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

yes yes yes! Indian Pudding, a very thick baked-forever cornmeal pudding/mush w/ molasses and pumpkin pie-like spices. Warm it up and serve w/ vanilla ice cream-- the best! I have made it from scratch but i also think the canned one (isn't there only one?) is excellent. Great suggestion, cm. (Durgin Park is the only Boston menu that lists it- that I have seen.)

Jul 22, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Can It Be?! Is Our Beautiful City Finally Getting a Terrific French Bakery?

rlh, sorry but " I know nawthink" about Paul !

Jul 22, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Metzy's Taqueria Truck on Plum Island.

how exciting! is the fish grilled or fried and do you happen to know what kind of fish? We had some at The Deck in the Marina recently (have you tried those?)and we're thinking of going there again, but wondering what's best to order......

And we've never eaten at Bob's. Do you think their fried clams are as good as The Clam Box? thx!

Jul 22, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

yes, we've always gone to them for our grill and smoker supplies. and they deliver as well.

Jul 22, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Les Zygomates- still good?

Devra First reviewed it recently. Though the new owner is fairly new, she wrote well of it:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/...

Jul 22, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Chinatown or similar cakes for a wedding

I have zero experience w/ Chinatown cakes but just wanted to mention that 2 Asian bakeries- Japonaise in Brookline and Paris Baguette in the front of the H Mart in Central Sq.- produce some lovely cakes.

Jul 22, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

imo, neither Cain's mayo or any local commercial potato chips- are worth the trouble.

Jul 22, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

It's not a Boston thing, or even regional (that I know of, that is) but Pepper Jelly might be new to you. Made w/ Jalapenos and sweet red or green peppers. I mention it because they sell jars of it at When Pigs Fly (Brookline and Somerville.) I grew up eating it with cream cheese on crackers.

Jul 22, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area
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"Eat It Up: Food Talks" series

Eat It Up is an ongoing series of five talks for local, regional and national chefs, food writers, brewers, sommeliers, farmers, foragers and others to discuss their insights into food culture. The goal of the series is to provide the Seacoast community a look into the local and national food culture with a focus on sustainability, artistry and innovation.
This series begins next Monday in Portsmouth N.H. at the Seacoast Rep Theater, with a talk by Black Trumpet chef/owner, Evan Mallett. Boston and other regional and national chefs to be announced.

Jul 21, 2014
opinionatedchef in Northern New England
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Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

Not in grocery stores, but Formaggio Kitchen has the best representation of high quality local products, imo. Aside from VT cheeses and pastas, my favs include Lark Kitchen- Fennel and Burnt Sugar Shortbread cookies; Effies Oat Cakes, EH Chocolates.....

http://www.effieshomemade.com/

http://www.larkfinefoods.com/cookies....

https://twitter.com/Zagat/status/3317...

http://www.zagat.com/b/boston/6-up-an...

http://www.massvacation.com/blog/2012...

Another mention- Boston's own Bantam (hard) Cider.
And if you are a fan of hearty sourdough based breads, When Pigs Fly has a Davis Sq, Somerville and Brookline retail store where you can sample any of the 20-30 breads they sell daily. From Sauerkraut Rye to Lemon Blueberry, Chocolate to Jalapeno Cornmeal (they change daily.) Unlike trad French style breads, Pigs Fly are fine when eaten days after purchase.

Jul 21, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area
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July 2014 Vacation Closings

Hong Cuc in Lowell: Maybe they are on July vacation? When we called today to Grand St (and Dutton) there was no answer and no machine.

Jul 21, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Eat Healthy and Beat the Heat: Follow the Lead of the SE Asians!

Maybe they are on July vacation? When we called today to Grand St (and Dutton) there was no answer and no machine.

Jul 21, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

Sunday brunch/lunch between Brookline and Arlington

that's great! so glad you liked it.

Jul 20, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

so sorry, i meant Yankee Lobster.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/916276

I don't know if you saw this, but i just read it and there were a number of mentions of places that CHs generally pan, but that had some recent good reports, so thought you might be interested:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9827...

Jul 20, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area

three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

56, FV's take here is what i mostly see on CH re USD. Personally, I seem to only like cake donuts, so I am not the person to evaluate Boston's donut scene (where glazed dominate) but one sweet that I haven't seen you mention- that we an be very proud of- is ice cream.

I think it's pretty safe to call Toscanini the biggest winner in the many various ' ice cream favs' discussions; T certainly has the largest number of varieties that change daily, and the most unusual flavors. Central Sq., a few doors down from Craigie St. Bistro. The other fav ice cream stores are JP Licks( many locations, incl. Harv Sq.) and Christina's (Inman Sq, relatively near Oleana.)
We don't have any great gelaterias but Cafe Sport in the North End has had good gelato in the past. Also, asking for 'tastes' or 'samples' of various flavors- is very common here, and they provide receptacles on their counters for the used sampling spoons.

Just fyi, a 5 min bike ride up Brattle St. from Harvard Sq., we have Formaggio Kitchen, a very famous local cheese emporium cum specialty imported foods shop- packed to the gills w/ temptations that they (often) import themselves (incl. fresh breads from Paris.) And they always have out about 5-6 cheeses to sample.

And if you find yourselves in need of a sit-down in AC, with cold drinks and bathrooms, Starbucks and Panera Bread are located throughout the metro Boston area and suburbs.

Jul 20, 2014
opinionatedchef in Greater Boston Area