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would you sue for this?

In fairness, there were 3 dental professional involved..gums, root canal, crown, ugh..:)

Sep 13, 2014
9lives in Not About Food

would you sue for this?

I have had the xperience of breaking a tooth on takeout Chinese food. A small piece of metal had broken off the container and gotten into the food. I cracked a molar below the gum line.

I called the restaurant and told them what happened. They told me to get it fixed and give them the bill. Their insurance would cover it.

I saw my dentist and found the costs to repair it would be in the $5,000 range. I informed the restaurant and they said fix it and send them the bills.

I did talk to an attorney friend and he told me with a back tooth that would not affect my appearance that having them agree to fix it should be sufficient. Compensation for pain and suffering and time spent getting the repair was not a realistic expectation and suing was not a reasonable cause of action.

I had it repaired and was reimbursed in full by the restaurants insurer.

The restaurant owner (where I was a regular) would joke that his deductible was $500. I made it a point to frequent the restaurant often to help him recoup it.

I lost the tooth some years later.

My attorney friend also told me that if I sued, the insurance co could take different stance and require me to prove that the tooth was broken on something from the restaurant and not broken on something else.. I'm not 1 of them, but there are people who break a tooth and then fo to a restaurant and claim it was broken in the restaurant..and sue.

Breaking a tooth was not an opportunity for me to make $.. Just happy to have it repaired at no cost x time and pain.

Korean Downtown?

Suishaya in Chinatown is full service with Korean and Japanese dishes. I'm sure there is better Korean in Boston but they are it in Downtown

Hungry Traveler on Court St (sort of behind Ruth Chris/City Hall) is a deli/takeout place with a handful of Korean items.

Sep 10, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Fresh farmed Yellowtail?

I haven't been in a while but if Sakanaya in Allston is still around, I'd try them.

They were a board favorite some time back.

The yellowtail/hiramasa is part of the "jack" family.

Th great majority of what is served/sold here is farm raised and frozen.

Sep 08, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Local trash fish

BZ, Glad you like Happy Family. Pretty sure I have seen scup there.

Sep 03, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Local trash fish

Try Red's Best Fish.

They are at most of the Farmer's Markets downtown; probably other spots too.

Sep 02, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Alternative to Market Basket for cheap lobsters

If that's the same guy who was selling lobsters from his truck by The Landing at Marblehead town dock last year, they are really superb lobsters. Far more flavorful than what are available in Chinatown or any supermarket lobsters I've bought.

Interesting guy. He gave me a little background on the local lobster industry. After deducting fuel, lost trap and other costs, there's not a lot of $/ hour being made.

Jul 31, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

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
9lives in Greater Boston Area

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
9lives in Greater Boston Area

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
9lives in Greater Boston Area

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
9lives in Greater Boston Area

Day trip from Boston

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

Jul 11, 2014
9lives in Greater Boston Area

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
9lives in Greater Boston Area

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
9lives in Greater Boston Area

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.

21 Things chefs wish they could tell you.....

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
9lives in Greater Boston Area

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
9lives in Greater Boston Area

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
9lives in Greater Boston Area

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
9lives in Greater Boston Area

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?


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
9lives in Food Media & News

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.


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
9lives in Food Media & News

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