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Superb Meal - 80 Thoreau Concord, MA

Had a quick dinner:

Skate in Brown Butter on a bed of coins of baby potatoes and swiss chard: Delicious, flawless execution.

House Made Tagliatelle with mushrooms and pieces of Ribeye:
Pasta was perfect, we licked the plate.

This place has my respect.

80 Thoreau

80 Thoreau Street | Concord, MA 01742 | 978-318-0008 | M-T 5:30-10:30 | W-TH 5:30-10:45 | F-S 5-11:30 | Sun Closed

about 6 hours ago
StriperGuy in Greater Boston Area

Katering Show: Great New Food Show from Down Under

Love this new food show from down under...

Feb 24, 2015
StriperGuy in Food Media & News

Spicepepper Garden Acton - Real Deal Szechuan.

I WILL order double cooked bacon next time I go ;-) Thx.

Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

How did you find that? That pic has to be 15 years old...

Pimento Wood Chips?

Great tip!

Heng Lay - Lowell

They use a lot of Prahok (fermented shrimp paste) in their stuff...

Heng Lay - Lowell

I stumbled on Heng Lay on Yelp and wondered why I had never heard of it. Really sublime. I guess I gotta try the calamari.

Good luck with the free parking. With all the snow there were like 2 spots.

Seville Oranges in Boston?

Yah Russo's almost hides them cause people get mad that they bought whacky sour oranges.

Arax almost always has them this time of year as well.

Heng Lay - Lowell

Hit this place on Saturday. Awesome.

Sadout Salad with Pork Belly: interesting slightly bitter green, delicious. The green almost looked like very frail broccoli rabe but had some real bitter bite to it.

Fried Chicken Wings Perfectly Done

Beef Chowfoon (for the kids)competently done

Sweet and Sour Chicken soup: delicate, subtle, remarkable. Interesting cruchy tube shaped veggies that looked a bit like ziti pasta about 1/2 in diameter and 2" long sections. In cross section it looked like lotus root, tubes within tubes. The soup was simply amazing and unlike any sour cambodian soup I've ever had in that it was so delicate and refined.

Gosh, add this place to the list. I give it a 9.5.

Stone crabs in Boston restaurants?

Do you go Medium, Select, Large, or Jumbo? If you go Jumbo that would be quite a ($500+) splurge.

Stone crabs in Boston restaurants?

It was insane. If you consider the 150 docs there must have been $5,000+ worth of Jumbo Stone Crab claws thrown away that night. :-(

Stone crabs in Boston restaurants?

Insert largely irrelevant stone crab story here:

I was a guest at a Phillips sponsored dinner at Joe's Stone Crab House for 150 or so doctors. EVERYONE had the option of ordering a plate of JUMBO claws (@$75) or shrimp as an appetizer... A dozen jumbos, WOW.

At my table most folks ate two, maybe three of their jumbos and left the rest.

A German radiologist and I were appalled. We flexed, took a lap around the banquet table to loosen up, and then started collecting the stragglers. I think I conked out after 4 dozen (they really aren't that filling).


Spicepepper Garden Acton - Real Deal Szechuan.

Ate there again this weekend...

Farmhouse Fish - Blazingly hot with a little Szechuan peppercorn numbing. My dining companion pronounced it "Delicious."

Beef Lo Mein for the kids... I thought it was delicious.

Fermented long bean with Pork. My DCs fave, salty, tangy goodness.

Kids wanted more meat... ordered Beef with Onions. $14 for a HUGE portion of a Cantonese style dish of yummy comfort food.

BIG bowl of wonton soup was a bit on the bland side, but it is wonton soup.

Is it a destination? Almost. Good to excellent food, a nice alternative to Asia Gourmet. Great to have in the area. I would not drive out from Boston by any means, but pretty darn tasty stuff.

Blackbird Donuts?

Do you mind dropping a dozen off at my house in Concord on the way in? ;-)

Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

Best Little Resto is the same place as Ho Yuen Ting... different name, same local, same Teochew cuisine.

Blackbird Donuts?

Totally agree.

Blackbird Donuts?

Ohlin's cost a buck...

Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

As I understand it (with some googling) Teochew is an ethnic group that largely lived in Guangzhou (Canton)China prior to a diaspora and so there is quite a bit of overlap.

Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

I was told by a very reliable hound (Limster) who now lives in London that their cuisine was Teochew.

Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

That fish tip is KEY! Thx

Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

I am pretty sure I ate there as early as 1990.

Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

Hit BLR on Saturday... place is as good as ever and a perennial favorite. Was actually blown away that my favorite waiter there actually remembered my name as I haven't eaten there in 3 years or so. We ate:

- Long bean pork lettuce wrap
- Dry fried beef chow foon
- Garlic eggplant
- Beef with fermented mustard greens (and black beans)
- Garlic Spare ribs

WAY too much food for 4 of us. Food was just plain excellent across the board. One of our party had never eaten there before and is not particularly a Chinese food fan... I'll quote her "Wow, wow, this is all so delicious, WOW!"

The beef with black bean sauce (though that's not what they called it) was as good as I have ever eaten anywhere.

My only regrets were that they had no squab, and did not remember the Squid in XO sauce a longtime fav...

More than 20 years and counting and these guys are still turning out superb food. LOVE this place.

Gaslight560 - anyone been here? Review/comments?

That's fair. If you're just getting a basic cocktail they are fine for that in my experience. I've even found the food passable if you stick with the basics.

Gaslight560 - anyone been here? Review/comments?

Of course you can park there, walk in the parking door, then head out the otherway for some bettter chow and enjoy the free parking. ;-)

Mandarin limes

You can buy decent guanabana juice in cans at some latin markets. I haven't looked for it in a long time, but it's pretty common.

Carpano Classico Vermouth and Buying Booze in Europe

I don't object to any of the other vermouths that are available in the US and Canada, even Martini, Stock, Dolin, Noilly Prat, etc. All make a perfectly fine Manhattan, etc.

Jan 26, 2015
StriperGuy in Spirits

Best sources for variety of chili peppers?

I agree that with the chiles in latino groceries (usually a brand in little red and yellow decorated plastic pouches) it pays to give them a look over for freshness. Mayfair in Allston occasionally has some poblanos loose in a basket that are beautiful.

Bar Lola Disappointment

There were some great places in that space a LONG time ago.

Paris Bakery Hmart Central Raspberry Almond Croissant - WOW!

And there I was wondering how the pastries in Central Square were so much better than Burlington... Different Bakery altogether... duh. Thx.

That said, at Burlington I do like some of the more Asian items: sweet potato filled buns, red bean filled items, etc. But in all fairness, that Rasp/Almond croissant was in a whole different league.

Asados Dona Flor Lowell

Tamales are steamed... must've been a pupusa.