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Best Seafood North End

Id take a client to Prezza. While not specifically a seafood restaurant, they several seafood dishes, all done well.

It's one of the best restaurants in the NE.

They also take reservations.

I like both Neptune and Daily Catch but the no res policy and tight seating would make them a non starter for me for taking out a client.

Jul 25, 2014
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three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

there's also a shuttle bus from the ferry to the downtown area..don't know if it's free or the schedule.

many people were taking it when we went.

Jul 24, 2014
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Barker Tavern in Scituate

Timely post.

We walked by Barker Tavern today but didn't go in.

Planned on Oro but the cod and sole from Mullaney's Fish were so good, we ate in. just had our 2nd round of steamers. Very large and of course, perfectly prepared..:) the local beds are closed and these were from Maine.

Jul 20, 2014
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Traditional Boston eatery? Need multiple recs

I haven't been to Barking Crab lately and I know it doesn't get much love here.

I did take a few out of town visitors a few years ago and the food wasn't bad. Not up to the best of Cape Ann but serviceable. chowder, steamers, fried clams, lobsters were fine.

It certainly doesn't compare well to an ICOB or Neptune but I think it fits well for an inquiry for a clam shack meal in Boston.

Many people love the experience of eating, overlooking the harbor and downtown in a fun atmosphere.

Jul 18, 2014
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Day trip from Boston

Did that yesterday..real nice day. Very enjoyable lunch at Scratch Kitchen..posted on Salem lunch thread.

Jul 11, 2014
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Junji's Fine Japanese Cuisine Marblehead

Tried Junji a few Sats ago.

Overall the fish was superb quality and well prepared. A few fish from Japan that are not often seen here, a sea bream, mackeral, superb eel, nice chu toro (med fatty tuna)

I was a little underwhelmed by the omakase. A nice sashimi offering and then a pretty pedestrian plate of nigiri. I had a far more interesting omakase at Sushi Island in Wakefield.

If I lived nearby,this would likely be my "go to" place but I'd work through the menu and specials board instead of the omakase.

Very reasonably priced.

Jul 11, 2014
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Salem Lunch

went to Scratch Kitchen for lunch yesterday.

Started with home made potato chips and clam chowder. I had the brisket sandwich and Ms 9 had a grilled veggies/goat cheese sandwich.

We really enjoyed the place. everything well prepared and friendly service.

I'd happily go back.

the Turner exhibit at PEM is definitely worth a trip.

Jul 11, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Where to stay near walkable, local food/shopping

Not so new...Some consider Louis a shopping destination.

Jul 07, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

West Bridge

Tried West Bridge for any early dinner after a movie at Kendall

Liked it, didn't love.

2 of us split 4 small plates and a duck liver toast. Delicious duck liver.

Hits.lamb belly, calamari which was sliced thin squid and served in very rich clam broth.

Kale with duck confit and mushrooms with snails were fine but not memorable.

Our server didn't seem into it but the overall staff was friendly and fine, if a little disjointed.

My overall take is high quality ingredients, mostly we'll prepared but no real "wow" factor.

Jun 21, 2014
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21 Things chefs wish they could tell you.....

I'm sure there were poor tippers in the 80s; even non tippers.

If they tipped 10% in the 80s and 10% now they're still "cheap ass" tippers but they've kept up with inflation.

Jun 19, 2014
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21 Things chefs wish they could tell you.....

Jun 19, 2014
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Area Four Cambridge subpar meal

We had the octopus salad. More like a potato salad with a little octopus in it. I forget the other ingredients but they were of a high quality.

Jun 13, 2014
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Area Four Cambridge subpar meal

Based on 1 visit each in the last few weeks to Kendall Sq Area 4 and Pastoral, I thought the pizza at Area 4/Kendall was far superior to Pastoral.

I haven't tried anything else from the A/Area 4 people x a delicious salad.

Jun 13, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Best Italian restaurant - limited to Boston itself

That would probably be my choice too.

Don't miss the egg ravioli.

For more casual, i really like Coppa. Prefer it for lunch.

Jun 12, 2014
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Tenoch Mexican in the North End....mini report

I recently had the Torta Campechana...chorizo and carnitas. Really a great sandwich.

I'll definitely be back.

Jun 10, 2014
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Suckling pig

This brings to mind a very graphic movie scene with Anthony Hopkins.

I won't post the link.

For those inclined, google "pig eating man movie."

Warning.. R rated for violence

MF Dulock in Somerville can likely get you a suckling pig

Jun 10, 2014
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Salem Lunch

I'm planning on taking the ferry from Boston to Salem soon.

Want to go for lunch and the Peabody Essex Museum.

Saw the link to Scratch Kitchen on OM's recent post.

Looks good.

Anything else I should consider?

Thx

Jun 09, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Potstickers/ Peking Ravs, and Crab Rangoon

If it's the place I'm thinking of, they are selling the dumplings made at Ho Toy Noodle Co, around the corner on Essex St.

HT used to sell smaller bags but is now only selling larger bags..more than I can use in a reasonable amount of time. They directed me to the place in the mall.

I've never eaten them at the mall but usually have a bag of them in my freezer.

There are better around but they are worth having at home.

Jun 09, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

"Should the Government Force Food-Stamp Users to Eat Better?"

"We'd need a delivery system to rival Amazon's"

I haven't followed closely enough to have an opinion whether it's a good idea or bad 1 but if it's good, why not just use Amazon's?

Jun 05, 2014
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First Soft Shell Crabs Sighting

had a really good version of salt and pepper soft shell crabs at Bubor Cha Cha recently.. superb fry job

Jun 05, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Catalyst or A4 for lunch today

Here's a link to a recent thread I posted.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/975317

I haven't eaten at Catalyst but I'd say the room is a little more upscale tha A4. I really liked A4.

I'd say look at the 2 menus and see what grabs you.

I don't think you can go wrong with either.

Jun 04, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

"Should the Government Force Food-Stamp Users to Eat Better?"

If the question was a little different, would that change any opinions?

Something like "Should the government encourage ALL citizens to eat better? Or engage in more healthy/not engage in unhealthy activities.

Tobacco use is legal but heavily taxed and discouraged.

I think most agree that exercise is beneficial.

Mayor Bloomberg wanted to ban large sized sodas for All.

With or without "force," what role if any "should" the govt play in encouraging healthy lifestyles.

I think every state require the use of seatbelt and motorcyclist helmet laws vary by state...personal freedom to ride x helmet vs safety of riders.

Do we want to protection by govt or freedom to do as we please?

Jun 03, 2014
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North End Feast Schedule

The only places I like are a few of the raw bars. 1 is run by a wiry, older getntleman in a Captain's hat, Ben there for years. The clam guy from hay market is also there.

Prezzasometimes sets up a patio with a limited menu including fried smelts and porchetta.

With a few exceptions, the rest is generic carney fare.

Jun 01, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Sad to report the passing of Veggo

Condolences to you and his family.

I always enjoyed his posts.

May 27, 2014
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The Last Great Bastion of Racism

Here's a few from the CH Boston board. I realized they are a few years old but thes cuisines have been on the radar for a while.

Pretty sure they were also favorably reviewed in the local food media.

This is by no means a complete list, just a few that came to mind.

http://www.chow.com/search?q=teranga&...

http://www.chow.com/search?q=cesaria&...

http://www.chow.com/search?q=poppa+b&...

http://www.chow.com/search?q=ethiopia...

May 27, 2014
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The Last Great Bastion of Racism

May 23, 2014
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Last Minute Help For Upcoming Trip To Boston

Montien is a great Thai place..5 min walk from your hotel. Be sure to ask for the authentic Thai menu.

10 min walk is Myers & Chang for Asian fusion.

May 22, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

The Last Great Bastion of Racism

I think I hear what you are saying.

Just outside of Boston, there was a fabulous Cambodian hole in the wall..Floating Rock. It was a CH favorite and many of us got together there for meals. They were Ina community with lots of Cambodians and seemed to do a good biz. One of the highlight dishes was Tiger Tears, a beef salad. The beef used was not great quality but the veggies were and the flavors were fantastic. Blyob..no liquor license

The owner moved to a much larger space in a "more desirable" location..full liquor. The food was good but a little dumbed down as far as heat. Big bar with fancy drinks. They soon were out of business.

At the same time, aPan Asian restaurant opened in an even nicer part of town. Meyers & Chang. Tiger tears were on the menu, using a better quality of meat, a sliced flank steak. Prices were somewhat higher but after paying travel expenses, not a whole lot more than the original Cambodian hole in the wall. With a little added heat the Tiger tears were fantastic. The chef/owner, Joanne Chang is a FW "star chef" and has several excellent places in town.

The original "hole in the wall" reopened under anew name and ownership and is still worth a trip. The Tiger Tears are great but still not as good as the trendier place using better beef.

maybe that indicates how difficult it can be for ethnic restaurants to go upscale and keep their original customer base.

Shame about the original FR, really nice people.

Ps, referring to the dog thread on NAF, I took my newly adopted cat there for his first meal after picking him up at the nearby MSPCa. He was in his carrying case on the patio andhad little interest in Pan Asian food..:). The customers sitting nearby loved him.

May 22, 2014
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Diners Drive-ins and Dives

GF makes about $5mm per year.

I don't.

Love him or hate him, he has a personality that people like enough to watch him.

He is an entertainer and I know I couldn't do what he does. I doubt that most CHs could either.

If I could, I probably would.

May 22, 2014
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The Last Great Bastion of Racism

I think you're over complicating what I posted.

I don't how what racism has to do with my assertion that a fresh picked local grown tomato is tastier than a standard supermarket tomato that has been shipped across the country. It doesn't make any difference whether that tomato is eaten at a roadside stand or a fancy restaurant.

The answer to me is obvious.

May 21, 2014
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