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Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

I had the Campechana Torta at Tenoch on Lewis St/NE. Carnitas, chorizo and more.

I think it's 1 of the top sandwiches in Boston and compares favorably with much of the food I've eaten in Mexico.

Nov 23, 2014
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Bagelsaurus - new Cambridge location.

I was in the area today a little before noon today, Sunday.

I thought the plain everything bagel was fantastic.

Line was out the door and the place was crowded. I got my bagel in 10-15 minutes.

I'm not in the area often enough to make it a regular stop but I'm glad I was able to try one.

Nov 16, 2014
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Great Soups Downtown

That fish sauce addition is a great idea and I'll do that next imm I have the soup.

I had it recently and thought it had Slipped a little from my previous memories...or maybe I had a cold.

I was introduced to bun Rieu at Nam Vang, the predecessor to Xinh Xinh. Glad I'm still able to get it

Nov 14, 2014
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Sakura Bana

There was a place there before Narutomi.

Don't recall the name, but thought Roka.

Nov 12, 2014
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Sakura Bana

Maybe Roka?

The market on Newbury closed and reopened for a time in Porter Sq. Had a small selection of (very) fresh fish.

Nov 12, 2014
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Bay scallops

The bay scallops that are being posted about here are small and only available a few moths/year. They are local, Cape, Nantucket, MV, Peconic, etc. They are very sweet and get a premium price..usually $30+- at local markets.

I think the little scallops you typically "see as a special at Lobster Claw" (or many other seafood places) are Calico Scallops. I think some are imported. They are not considered a premium product and sell for 1/4 of the scallops being discussed here..available year round in any supermarket or restaurant.

Nov 09, 2014
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Lamb Sandwiches

I'm a fan of Hemshin too.

They are in the alley to the right side of old City Hall/Ruth Chris..looking at RC.

Nov 07, 2014
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Sakura Bana

Nara is long gone. That little alley is still there. Wendell St.

I liked the place a lot..seemed to have a lot of Japanese diners. I was much newer to raw fish then so my opinion/ recollection has to be discounted some but it certainly got bonus points for being tricky to find.

Sakura Bana

I don't know if there is any relation to Sakura in Wakefield.

This 1 is on 57 Broad St..Boston..Financial District

I don't know about any Moonie connection for the restaurant.

They do get fish from True World ( as do many sushi bars); which used to be owned by the Moon people in Gloucester..may still be owned by them. I'm just not up on it.

Nov 07, 2014
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Sakura Bana

Had a superb meal here recently.

Ankimo, real nice Otoro/fatty tuna, Mackeral,and a few more ngiri items.

Sea Urchin from Maine and CA...reaffirmed my opinion that CA is better.

This has been a long time favorite for lunch. Their lunch special is a good deal but the ala carte menu is far more interesting.

Nov 06, 2014
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Bay scallops

Oceanaire had them today.

Nov 06, 2014
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Sagres Restaurant

I was a big fan of Sagre's.

They were closed when I was last in Fall river but I had a great meal at TA Restaurant.

Oct 29, 2014
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Korean Downtown?

I'm far from a connoisseur of Korean food but I've enjoyed what I've had at Hungry Traveler.

Oct 28, 2014
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Korean Downtown?

I noticed the "Grass Roots Deli" has a few Korean items. They are in the DTX building next to Millenium Pl, on Winter St..Petit Robert upstairs.

A Korean family bought the place some years ago. pretty good deli food before they got priced out of their space on Devonshire.

Primarily takeout with a few tables in the building lobby.

Anyone tried it?

Oct 27, 2014
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Hot Eastern in Chinatown

The dumplings are from Ho Toy Noodle; around the corner on Essex and Oxford.

They sell frozen bags of 50 in the arcade..no longer at the factory.

Agree, not bad. Worth having a bag in the freezer.

Oct 23, 2014
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What I don't enjoy about going

We'd have normall cooked at home but this was the closing down of our "summer community" and no ones residence was in condition to entertain at home...too much half packed bags.

I annoyed with the first place. Had they had our res, I wouldn't have have
Gone to the second.

The seocond place often has seats. It is away from the main tourist area. The owner has a reputation for being "difficult" and situations like ours are not uncommon. I was aware of his rep but beggars can't be choosers; particularly at 8 ish pm on a Saturday night in the North End.

I usually take stories of reputations like this with a grain of salt. In this instance, I tend to believe the stories. Many read something along the lines of great food but owner can be difficult to deal..maybe a few questioning his mental stability.

If no one else sees a problem, that's ok. I and my fellow diners did.

I'll stand by it as my original header of "what I don't enjoy about going out to dinner."

Lost reservations and quirky owners.

Funny thing, once we were seated, the food and service were great.

Oct 19, 2014
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What I don't enjoy about going

We were pretty annoyed at the fact that our res wasn't honored but we didn't want to spoil an evening with some friends that we won't see for a while.

We'd all have been happy with a few pizzas at home.

None of us had cars (real nightmare in the North End) so drive thru wasn't an option.

Oct 19, 2014
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What I don't enjoy about going

It was a good night. We had a very good meal..and we're able to be accommodated on short notice without a reservation.

As to how we were seated, the owner has a reputation for this type of thing...

It's been well documented on several internet food boards.

Maybe a res cancelled or maybe a table opened up 45 mins early. I can't read the guys mind.

I don't think there was any agenda against me...just the appearanc of arrogance by the owner. I might think otherwise except that there are numerous reports of this.

Oct 19, 2014
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What I don't enjoy about going

Out to dinner.

Normally I avoid going out in Boston's North End on a Saturday but another couple wanted to get together and Sat was the only night we were all free.

Simple enough. I called a restaurant I like for a reservation. They have an opening at 8 but only take reservations for 6 or more. I thought of the thread here about that and figured no problem, make it for 6. We'll find 2 more people.

Sat night, the 6 of us show up at 8. they explain they're running an hour late, were very sorry. Ok, it happens. We go enough that they know us and we like the food. We ll go another time. We leave.

I know there's another place nearby. We walk over and ask the owner if he can seat 6. He tells us nothing til 9pm. No one wants to wait and we're outside considering options. We won't starve. We all live 5 minutes away and are considering picking up pizza.

The owner steps outside and says he might have a table in 10 minutes. We're still considering the pizza and the guy comes out again and asks if we want the table in 10 minutes or we are " on our own." Not nearly as horrible a fate as he might think.

We say we'll wait for the table. He then tells us it will be ready in 2 minutes. In 2 minutes, he seated us at a very nice table and we had a delicious meal.

My thought was , " why all the verbal gymnastics?" How about the 6 of us walk up to the restaurant...do you have a table for 6? Yes, it will be ready in a few minutes. Owner risked losing us as customers, with no possibility of gaining anything.

Oct 19, 2014
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General Tso's Chicken??

I recall a similar lunch..:)

Oct 15, 2014
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Dumpling cafe, Chinatown

I was there today; almost 4 years to the day from my above post. Not my only visit in those 4 years.

Taiwaness pan fried dumpling and kidney w/black bean sauce..both superb.

Oct 13, 2014
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Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

I don't know what will happen in the FF industry but I know my local CVS pharmacy employs a lot less cashiers than a few years ago.

I shop regularly in a pretty busy store.

Often there is 1 or no cashiers working..5 auto checkout stations.

A few years ago, there would have been 4-5 cashiers.

Sep 27, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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Local trash fish

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

Sep 03, 2014
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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
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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
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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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