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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.

Aug 01, 2014
mvi in Southern New England
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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

Seafood dump on the table in Boston

Yes, down in the Baltimore area is where you will find this, especially with the crabs.

Jul 14, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

North End Round Up: Parla, Prezza, Neptune

What a night. Sounds amazing. Thanks for the nice write up.

Jul 14, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area
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Day trip from Boston

The Cape Ann area is super fun for a day trip. Another is Newport. It's crazy with traffic these days so the fall might be more pleasant. Everything stays open. There are good restaurants in both places.

Mystic is about an hour and a half away, but it is a family favorite. We love the Seaport (and the Charles W. Morgan is heading to Boston shortly on its first voyage in decades) but the Aquarium is nice, too. There are some terrific places to eat, including Mystic Pizza, which is fun. Lots of good clam shacks in that area, too.

Jul 11, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Agree there.

Jul 10, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Walked by the space early this morning. They were doing some cleaning out and there was a small sign in the one of windows, which are all covered with paper, that said @LoyalNine. So I guess they are making baby steps.

Jul 10, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Got a craving for Ramen

Never tried it, no. A new adventure awaits.

Jul 09, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

L'Impasto, Cambridge - kudos

Very nice to know this. Thanks. We are often in need of this type of thing.

Jul 06, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

I am sorry about Lizzy's but have been very excited about Lone Star. The whole street is really filled with so many diverse places.

We stopped in and asked Albert if he knew anything. (Had to pick up some cold beer for tonight anyway.) He said he has heard that a Chinese restaurant may go in there, but they are concerned about parking. Albert was in a chatty mood and told us what the rent on the place is. Crazy. He was gloomy about their odds of making it based on the rent.

Jul 06, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Wow. This is interesting news. I live in the neighborhood and will inquire. That was the worst liquor store. Love the idea of even more options for restaurants on Cambridge Street. There's another huge empty space two doors down from New Deal. (Where the bed store used to be.) My last inquiry about that space was that it may end up being....a liquor store.

Jul 06, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Where to stay near walkable, local food/shopping

And it is the Public Garden. A must see in any season.

If it is nice weather, you could try having lunch at the food trucks at Dewey Square and sit on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Get there about 11:45 to avoid the lines, although they do move quickly. There are places to sit.

Have fun!

Jul 06, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Need quiet, slightly upscale place for weekend lunch/brunch in Cambridge

I'm glad to hear this. When my elderly parents come to town they always ask to go to a quiet place, and it is often hard to find one. It's been stressful, as they seem to really react to the noise. So next time they come, we'll try it.

Madrid, if you go, let us know how many decibels you encounter. And of course, any comments about the food are welcome.

Jul 05, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Need quiet, slightly upscale place for weekend lunch/brunch in Cambridge

Maybe Catalyst? Relatively quiet at lunch, booze, upscale. Affordable? Maybe not so much.

The Similans might work if you like Thai. It's about a 10/ 15 minute walk from Kendall.

Jul 05, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Got a craving for Ramen

I found a lot of information on this board by doing a quick search. I am a vegetarian so can't eat most Ramen but there are lots of great reviews and opinions on this board.

Jul 04, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

Cambridgeside Forth of July

Latest news on the fireworks is that they are going to be on the 3rd not the 4th due to Arthur. Not a lot of happy campers. So keep that in mind for your arrival tomorrow.

Jul 02, 2014
mvi in Greater Boston Area

60th Birthday on Martha's Vineyard

Not knowing what kinds of food you like, etc., I'll say where I am planning to go for my 60th. The Sweet Life in Oak Bluffs.

If they can't take me for whatever reason, it will be The Lambert's Cove Inn, Atria or State Road followed by drinks in OB. And hopefully some dancing.

Jul 02, 2014
mvi in Southern New England