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Casual Sushi Rec

If you can expand your geographic area to Broad and Milk St near the Finanial District, Sakura Bana is excellent. Sushi bar, tables or takeout.

Soft shell crabs

Roche Bros in DTX had them today.

May 22, 2015
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Soft shell crabs

Yes..Xinh xinh is closing Monday or Tuesday.

May 22, 2015
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Soft shell crabs

Peach Farm Seafood in Chinatown has fresh soft shell crabs. I haven't made it there yet this year but they always do a good job..salt and pepper fried.

I had them fried at Xinh Xinh in Chinatown..ok but a little heavy on the batter.

May 21, 2015
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May 2015 Openings and Closings

That's too bad.

Xinh Xinh replaced the much loved Nam Vang in that spot 8 years ago.

May 19, 2015
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Best place in Boston for lobster roll?

Hook's makes a great lobster roll..cold mayo version..2 sizes. They will toast the roll on request.

Considerably less expensive than most other places mentioneded.

More of a fish market than a restaurant..stand in line and sit at a few small tables inside or at the picnic tables outside with a sort of industrial view of the harbor or cross the street to the Greenway.

Few other menu items..clam chowder, lobster bisque, cole slaw.

It where I usually go for a lobster roll.

Close to the Aquarium t stop

www.jameshooklobster.com

May 15, 2015
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Pit Stop Barbecue

I used to be a big fan.

Haven't been lately.. Not for any reason x it's not the easiest place for me to get to and the M&M truck sets up a block away from me on Wednesday.

Hopefully some one has some recent visits.

May 10, 2015
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Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

Foley's has been on the Fish Pier for years and has a good reputation for quality.

May 08, 2015
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Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing?

We are neighbors. I agree, No more Shaw's or WF with Roche Bros open. Great addition to the area.

I'll still buy most meat at Savenor's on Charles or shop at CMart (it's called something else now) but overall quality is great at Roche Bros. RB is selling dry aged Choice beef.hopefully they will carry prime dry aged at some point.

GG..best bet for parking is probably Beach St garage in Chinatown.

Fried Flour Tortillas In or Near Boston

I haven't been but Papi's Sopapillo truck parks in the Financial District on Monday...other places around town. They claim to be Santa Fe "style."

Sounds like what you're looking for.

May 03, 2015
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El Molino/Chilean on Broad St

I've been walking by this place for a little while and finally got to check it out this week. They're open about 4 months.

I had the Chacarero sandwich...beef,string beans, avocado, cheese, tomato, habanero.. which was delicious and a rice pudding dessert, also recommended. They have a handful of other dishes which I haven't tried yet.

It would be natural to compare this to the original Chacarero. I haven't been to Chacarero in a little while, but in my recollection the execution is slightly better at El Molino. It's not as busy and they're not making as many sandwiches.

No line at 11:50 on a Thursday.

Mostly takeout..maybe a few small tables??

Apr 24, 2015
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Charleston to Savannah

Thx, Fat Hen looks great but we'll save it for next time.

I think we'll have an early lunch and eat at the bar at FIG before we leave Charleston.

Our flight is early so I'd prefer to not do the drive in the AM.

Apr 22, 2015
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Charleston to Savannah

I have a res for lunch at Husk in Charleston on a Monday, then spend the afternoon walking the city.

Flying out of Savannah the next morning.

I'd like to drive an hour +- towards Savannah and have dinner.

Any suggestions?..prefer bbq but may not happen on a Mon night...or a light early dinner in Charleston.

TIA

Apr 22, 2015
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Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

Agree..that's why I went today.

I think this place is going to be very popular.

Apr 17, 2015
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Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

In between posting about yelp, I managed to make it to Babbo Pizzeria today for lunch.

I really liked the place. Shared the mussels and octopus off the Pesce section of the menu. Both great. Mussels with beans and a curry flavor..not the usual.

Delicious pizza and olive oil gelato dessert.

Friendly and professional service.

I was there early..11:30 and by noon, most tables were taken. By 1 there was a wait.

I'll be back soon.

Apr 17, 2015
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Yelp for Pure Entertainment: Erbaluce

Re the " girls behaving badly" at A & H, people have been behaving badly in restaurants or bars forever, or probably 20 mins after the first place opened.

There are well established remedies for this. Happens all the time. Is posting a pic necessary?

Anonymity on the net is not assured and most of us can find out who someone is by spending a little time and common tools on the net..either through curiosity or nosiness.

That's very different from a business owner "outing" a paying customer.

If a customer left without paying,intentionally damaged something, or some such thing..I don't think I'd have a problem with it but lying in a silly forum? I don't think so.

Apr 17, 2015
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Yelp for Pure Entertainment: Erbaluce

I'm not saying that posting a dishonest review is right. It isn't.

Acting like a jerk like those 2 women at A&H isn't right either but I'm not sure they should have their pic posted.

You and I both post under aliases, for our own reasons..neither of us for nefarious reasons.

I know I could be easily "outed" if someone wanted to do it.

At what point is it appropriate or necessary to "out" someone? dishonest posts? bad behavior? poor review? felony assault on a waiter? and who makes that decision?

Is the idea of a restaurant's response on these boards to defend the restaurant or is it to punish/shame the (honest or dishonest) critic?

Apr 17, 2015
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Yelp for Pure Entertainment: Erbaluce

I find the review where Rob G posted on Yelp about his dinner without mentioning that he had a disruptive infant troubling.

it's not right that a poster should slam a restaurant by omitting such pertinent information. Unfortunately, that kind of that kind of things happens in 1 form or another, especially on anonymous forms.

The restaurant would have certainly been justified in pointing that out in the response.

Unless I missed something, the poster posted as Rob G. The restaurant addressed him by his last name. Highly inappropriate.

Like it or not, these are " anonymous" forums. If the restaurant used the poster cc info to publish the poster's last name, that's troubling.

A simple respsonse from the restaurant that Rob G omitted the fact that he had an infant that was causing a disturbance would have been enough.

I'm sure that " outing" the poster felt good and satisfied a basic (and natural) desire to call some one out for a wrong, it crosses a line that should not be crossed. It strikes me as unnecessarily vindictive.

Like it or not, Yelp and CH are anonymous forums. Most of us use anonymous screen names. Unless and until that systemis changed, that should be respected, even for knuckleheads who post nasty reviews and omit such pertinent details as bringing infants who misbehave to the restaurant.

If Rob G posted his last name somewhere else and I missed it, please disregard.

Italian Pork Sandwich?

Frank D's Quattro makes a good version.

I've enjoyed Pennypackers and Artu also.

Apr 16, 2015
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Frozen Four at the Garden

Mare Oyster Bar on Richmond St. is a short walk from your hotel and the Garden and is very good.

Generally not as crowded as Neptune..which I also love for food but crowds can be a turnoff.

Apr 08, 2015
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Why These Overlooked Fish May Be The Tastiest (And Most Sustainable)

I haven't had the pleasure of fresh rock cod a few minutes out of the water but I'll take your word for it..

We get some tasty stuff on the right coast too

I think I recall reading you're a retired commercial fisherman?? I'm sure you've had your share..:) of rock cod, of course.

Apr 03, 2015
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Why These Overlooked Fish May Be The Tastiest (And Most Sustainable)

Sounds Much better!..:) but I don't eat it anymore either.

Apr 03, 2015
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Why These Overlooked Fish May Be The Tastiest (And Most Sustainable)

Ha!

Would you like the Patagonian Toothfish special tonight?

Apr 03, 2015
9lives in Food Media & News

Why These Overlooked Fish May Be The Tastiest (And Most Sustainable)

This story has been around for a few years. The reality is that some fish, like dogfish just aren't very tasty. You can rebrand them and call them something else but it's still the same fish. This photo was taken in Marblehead, MA a few years ago. At the time, there was no US market for these fish and they were being shipped to Europe for low cost fish n chips. The fisherman were getting some ridiculously low price/lb. a member of the shark family, dogfish have an odd urinary system and secrete through their skin. If not treated properly, they will have an ammonia taste.

I know it's in vogue to elevate fish like these in a culinary sense, because of high costs and scarcity of more premium fish like halibut and it's important to use all our edible resources but it is rarely comparable in flavor

Best place for seafood dinner

I've had the dish at Nobu and prepared it at home.

The fish used is Black Cod/Sablefish and comes from Alaska.

I've bought it on the Boston Fish Pier and have seen it at WF and New Deal. It sells for $20+/lb

Alaskan Cod that I'm referring to sells for $10/lb at WF. It's not bad but it's not as firm fleshed or flavorful as local.

Nobu's Black Cod is made from a completely different fish than I was referring to.

Apr 02, 2015
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Best place for seafood dinner

OC, I was aware of that re NB, which is why I stated by $ volume.

Imo, lots of New Bedford scallops make for great eating.

Lots of Alaskan Pollock does not. Dutch Harbor is a great fishery but a lot of what's caught are used in processed foods like fish sticks, "fast food" fish, lesser regarded by most diners. Alaskan cod sells for much less than local cod..and isn't as tasty.

We also get fantastic halibut in the N Atlantic...as does the Pacific.

Apr 02, 2015
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Best place for seafood dinner

When I think of Boston as a fishing port, I consider the entire area which includes New Bedford and Gloucester. They both have much larger fishing fleets than Boston. New Bedford is the highest volume fishing port by $ volume in the US by a wide margin.

I don't know what % of Boston Fish Pier comes in by water vs air but I can't imagine the boat % is very high.

The waters off New England have some of the world's best Bluefin Tuna, swordfish, scallops, lobsters, oysters, codfish (lot less than some years back)

Apr 01, 2015
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The Rise of Boston: America's Next Great Food Town

Recreational,is 28". Commercial,is larger..34" too large for whole fish on a plate. The smaller strikers that we see in tanks are farm raised in MD..far inferior to the wild.

Branzino is mostly farm raised in the Med..still tasty imo

Mar 19, 2015
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Holy shnikies - great sandwich at Grassroots Cafe - Dtx - the Korean Banh Mi

I've been a fan of John for 30+ years..anxious to try that sandwich.

Mar 19, 2015
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Frank Pepe's coming to Chestnut Hill

I thought the Manchester location was excellent. If Chestnut Hillis up to that, the people of CH and visitors to the mall will be very fortunate.

Mar 14, 2015
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