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Fresh Mozzarella

Harry's Cheese and Cold Cuts has fresh mozzarella. They are on Blackstone Street in the Haymarket area of Boston, so it may not work for you. I love their shop. If you like old fashioned cheese mongers, this is your little heaven.

Sep 11, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

September 2014 Openings and Closings

Tommy Doyle's in Kendall Square has closed. No surprise there. Hope something good goes into that space which is really rocking with restaurants now.

Sep 11, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Davis Square bummer!

Any recent trips to Out of the Blue? We went a couple of years ago and had some really good food.

We have also enjoyed Posto, so I am sorry to read about your experience.

Sep 07, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Our 4 Days/3 Nights of Enjoyment in Boston

So nice to read such a positive report. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Come back soon.

Sep 03, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Quiet Cambridge/Somerville dinner with foodie parents

I've taken my parents (and elderly aunt and uncle) to Harvest. They all liked it for its atmosphere and dignified crowd who were not noisy. I think my mother liked the food better than my dad, although they were both happy. He is the fussier eater. But it is quiet and refined, and not stuffy. The patio is lovely, too. Definitely an option for those of us with older parents looking for a quieter place. (My mother now puts her hands over her ears if a place is too noisy, indicating her displeasure and making it hard to have a conversation with her. She just sits there with her hands on her ears. Might be time for a hearing test for her.)

Sep 02, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Quiet Cambridge/Somerville dinner with foodie parents

Catalyst might work. My parents sound like yours. The noise factor is tough. They liked Giulia but found it too noisy....Have not brought them to the others that people have mentioned so far. Looking forward to other suggestions.

Sep 01, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

That's nice you have developed a relationship with him. He never says anything to me and I have been in the neighborhood for quite some time. The two women are a lot friendlier. But there you go. Maybe if I ask him about wine, he'll have a conversation.

Aug 31, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

I agree with you there. SavMor's prices are better, but if you are on foot, it's surely a pain. Albert has been stocking higher end wines and craft beers, but it's the same detached service. Just do not go to that wine store in the nearby Star Market. The worst.

Aug 29, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

The one near New Deal? I actually asked a workman there today what was going in, as there has been some action, but he said he was the wrong person to ask as he was only there for the day. The windows are still all papered up, but they have been removing rugs and other stuff over the past few weeks, so presumably something is going on. It's a big space. I'm sure Albert (just a few doors up) does not want to see a liquor store in there, even though he only sells beer and wine. (And a ton of scratch tickets.)

Aug 29, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

Sadly, Cafe Kofofo on Cambridge St. in East Cambridge has closed up shop as of the 15th. There's a nice note on the door. The people who worked here were great, and their smoothies were delicious, but it never seemed to get much foot traffic. It wasn't a destination spot, either. The space is just lovely so I hope someone grabs it up soon.

One block away and on the other side of the street, The Lone Star Taco Bar people are hard at work on the former Pugs/ Lizzy's.

Aug 29, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Thai Place - Northeastern/Isaan cuisine in Allston

This is great! Thanks. I look forward to trying this out soon.

Aug 27, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Shaw's > Star

I would not recommend an extra trip just to check this liquor store out unless you want to initiate some kind of mood swing into a dark area. It is convenient and it is open late on Sunday nights unlike standard liquor stores, but aside from those features, it's not worth a visit. Try Sav-Mor Liquor across the highway or Al's on Cambridge Street. (Al's has improved, but still only carries beer and wine.)

Yes, the beer is now where the flowers used to be and the flowers are in an ill-defined area right next to their former turf.

Aug 25, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Shaw's > Star

The Twin City Plaza location is cleaner but that's about it for improvements. They have taken away many of my dairy free items like Earth Balance, removed the self-checkout and have no clue how to expedite the Express Lanes. I waited for over 15 minutes today in one of them. It's true- if a customer buys 8 packages of ribs, they seem to count as one item, even though all 8 need to be swiped. And of course, the same customer has 5 watermelons, 5 packages of chicken wings and 8 packages of Pepsi, each needing to be scanned. And let's not forget the 10 boxes of cereal. Somehow this equals 15 items so the Express Lane is where these shoppers go.

The liquor store at this location is horrible. I can't really begin to describe how bad it is without getting a headache.

Do you need cold cuts? Be prepared to wait for those. I gave up today after waiting for 12 minutes (yes I timed it) as they had one person working and lots of people jumping ahead of any semblance of a line.

Wish I could be more positive, as this place is close to my home, but it really is not any kind of an "upscale experience" in my mind.

Aug 24, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Bar & food in Cambridge/Boston?

I'll add Eastern Standard into the mix.

Aug 22, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

Bambara at the Hotel Marlowe in East Cambridge has just reopened after a summer upgrade and renovation, which means higher prices. I admit to liking this place several years ago when I stayed there and then moved into the neighborhood, but I feel it went way downhill and began to be one of those generic hotel restaurants. Bad food, bad service and a stale menu that never changed. Any recent comments or reviews would be appreciated as the new place unfolds.

Aug 22, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Who is the most chowhound-ish caterer?

Sounds like fun times are happening at your place. I totally recommend Seasons To Taste. Professional from beginning to end. We have used them for all kinds of events, including a wedding, and they are terrific.

Aug 16, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

Boston Restaurant Talk has confirmed that M3 on Highland Ave. in Somerville has been seized by the state. No ideas about why or for how long. Thus it is closed. If it reopens any time soon, I'm sure one of us will update.

Aug 12, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

No problem. I follow Bergamot on FB and they wrote about it, adding the link to the post. Here it is:
https://www.facebook.com/bisqrestaurant

If for some reason the link doesn't work, go to Bergamot's FB page and scroll down a little. It's there.

Aug 12, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

They now have a FB page and are "coming very soon" whatever that means. Inman is really a unique area for food choices. Looking forward to this new spot.

Aug 10, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Quick's Hole Tavern [Woods Hole]

We were just there last month as we were headed to the Vineyard. We had about 45 minutes before our ferry and were starving so we went in. We loved it. Generous portions, delicious sangria, lots of hot sauces available. It was all quickly delivered which was important for us as we knew we had to make the boat. I had a veggie burrito and it was really good. It's casual and easy going. Nice addition to Woods Hole.

Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

I was at the Star Market in Twin City Plaza, Somerville, yesterday afternoon. It is not far from the MB in Somerville. The place was packed and the woman who checked me out said it has been totally crazy. She said they do attribute the crowds to the MB issues.

Jul 30, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Dinner in Martha's Vineyard

Have fun. The VTA buses are great if you want to explore Oak Bluffs, which is recommended. There are many restaurants there, too. When you come back for a longer stay, you can visit Menemsha and some of the more distant restaurants, but Edgartown will keep you happy for a weekend.

Jul 29, 2014
mvi in Southern New England

Dinner in Martha's Vineyard

Okay. I was a year round local for close to 2 decades and now go down frequently so here's my two cents. Since you asked about where the locals eat and mentioned that you like seafood, I'll try to help out. Keep in mind that this is a very busy time of year.

Local favorites for casual, inexpensive dining (inexpensive for the Vineyard), include The Newes and The Wharf. Neither is fancy but they each have your basic pub fare and a lively atmosphere. Of the two I prefer The Newes. Both are open year round so they have a loyal following.

Alchemy on Main Street is more upscale and also has a fun atmosphere. There are a few seats outdoors on a small patio. It can get packed. A similar place in terms of price and atmosphere is Chesca's. Really good food at both, and both feature seafood. I think the space at Chesca's is friendlier and more intimate, but both are fun for an evening out.

Atria is a short walk up Main Street and has a terrific menu. I love eating in their basement bar area which is cozy and often has some music going on.

The Seafood Shanty is not a local favorite and not a favorite of ours. Go for a drink as the views are great. But the food is not very good and it is known as a tourist trap. Their fish is clearly frozen, not fresh, and the food is often without flavor and dry.

You can check reviews of these places here on Chowhound or elsewhere, but I do hope these ideas help. Edgartown is a really fun place to be in the summer, but it is very crowded!

Jul 28, 2014
mvi in Southern New England

Dinner in Martha's Vineyard

Will you have a car or are you sticking close to Edgartown?

Jul 27, 2014
mvi in Southern New England

Traditional Boston eatery? Need multiple recs

Yes, the Kendall has a nice breakfast that was included when a family member stayed there recently. For drinks and late night appetizers, you might try Mead Hall or State Park which are nearby.

There are a lot of good suggestions here. Boston also has a thriving food truck community so if you see any of them, take a look. Main thing- have fun!

Jul 18, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Traditional Boston eatery? Need multiple recs

Where are you staying?

What do you think of when you think about a restaurant that represents Boston? What are you looking for?

Most seafood places do serve chowder. Are you planning on eating right after your trip to Spectacle Island?

We'll try to help.

Jul 17, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

shout out to Temple Bar

This is really good to know. Thanks for sharing this information. Very useful.

Jul 17, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Kate's Buttermilk

It's there at the Star market- formerly Shaws- at Twin City Plaza.

Jul 16, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Kate's Buttermilk

I saw it at the Shaw's at Twin City Plaza, but they have just changed over to Star Market over the past few days and have made some changes to their inventory. If I get there today, I'll look for you.

Jul 16, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

I walked by the other day and it was desolate. Will check it out again this week.

Jul 14, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area