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Framingham: La Carreta or Margarita's?

La Carreta is much better in my opinion. Had a bad experience at the Margaritas recently (Bedford location). The drink menu has no prices, which I found really annoying. The manager came over and told us the prices of our drinks, but when we got the bill, they were all totally wrong. The food also is extremely over-salted, the glasses of our Margaritas were only half-filled, and my DC had the wrong drink served.
La Carreta has a better menu, fresher ingredients and servers who actually seem to know how to do their job.

La Carreta
35 Manchester Rd, Derry, NH 03053


I've also seen Concord Tea Cakes' scones in Idylwilde Farms in Acton. The current scones are delightful.

Idylwilde Farm
366 Central St, MA 01720

Il Forno, Ashland

Has anyone been to Il Forno in Ashland? Is it worth checking out?

Punjab Restaurant Framingham

Has anyone been there yet? I've been meaning to check it out

Punjab Grill in Framingham

Has anyone been to the Punjab Grill in Framingham? Wondering if it's worth checking out...

Los Compadres in Framingham

I heard there is a new Mexican restaurant called Los Compadres in Framingham. It is located where Dashkin used to be. Has anyone been there?

Stones Public House in Ashland?

I love Stones Public house. I've been there several times now, gotten the mac and cheese, fish and chips, shephard's pie, irish breakfast and various apps.
Once I had the mac and cheese and the mushrooms were a bit gritty; other than that, every meal I've had has been delicious. It's a great winter dining experience with the large fireplace.
They also have a great Sunday brunch. I also give them points for being able to make a great pot of irish breakfast tea.

Lunch buffet at Minerva in Natick

I'm a fan of Rasoi, not so much a fan of Welcome India, which is on the opposite side of Route 9. It's good to hear there's another Indian restaurant in the area. I also heard there's another one called Bollywood Cafe opening up in Framingham, too.

Jose's Cambridge recent experience

I agree with you completely. I used to love Jose's and their super burritos. The restaurant would give you a card you could carry in your wallet and save a few bucks off of your meal. The food was always fresh and cheap, nothing complicated. Now the prices are outrageous when you see the tiny amount of food you get. The service was just awful when I went the last time; lots of people at other tables were complaining and the servers kept bringing food to the wrong tables.

British Beer Company in Framingham

Went to the British Beer Co. last night. It wasn't great, and it wasn't awful. I was really looking forward to spending some time reading the beer menu, and when I asked the waitress for a copy of it, she said they were "out of it." I thought this was a little odd. She said she would try to bring one by later, but she must have forgotten. So I got a Guiness, which was very good and smooth. The only problem was I asked for a pint, and the glass I was served was NOT a pint -- much smaller. Is it just me, or are a lot of places doing this lately?
For an starter, we ordered the "Royal Pupu," a sampling of assorted apps. The Panko green beans were really tasty; everything else was pretty much just OK (shrimp wontons, chicken wings, etc.).
I couldn't make up my mind about what to get and settled on the chicken and leek pasty. It was desribed as being chicken simmered with Irish bacon and a light gravy. I don't know if the restaurant was out of Irish bacon or what, but there was none to be found on my plate. The mashed potatoes were fine, but were described as "cheddar" mashed potatoes, and I struggled to find the cheddar taste in them, and could not find it. The veggies were some kind of a "veggie slaw," not awful, but nothing I'd go out of my way to get again. We split a "Irish Cream" pie for dessert, which could have come from pretty much anywhere -- nothing special.
Throughout the meal the waitress returned serveral times and was pleasant and helpful (other than not having a beer menu). The restaurant was pretty crowded by the time we left.
I was pretty much underwhelmed by the meal. I found the whole "British" theme to be pretty annoying, little flags stuck into the mashed potatoes, flags all over the plate -- I GET IT -- the place is called the British Beer Company!

British Beer Company in Framingham

I agree -- I have had many good meals in the UK. I'm going to check the place out tomorrow night and I'll be sure to report back and let everyone know how it goes.

Good Mexican Food in Bean Town?

I think you must be thinking of another place -- the prices at La Paloma are not high. This is the lunch menu:
I don't see any $13 burritos.

British Beer Company in Framingham

Has anyone been to the British Beer Company in Framingham? I've been meaning to go, but the place seems packed whenever I drive by. I really, really want it to be good!

Bella Costa in Framingham??

I agree. I went once because I had the two-for-one coupon. The food was very blah and the server was unattentive. The bread that was served with our meal was very remarkable in that it had no taste whatsoever. The veggies were overcooked and the potatoes were so salty I couldn't finish them. To make matters worse, the manager of the restaurant sat down with the table next to us and talked very loudly while the rest of the staff scrambled around trying to put our fires. Hasn't he seen Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares?

Good Mexican Food in Bean Town?

Is this place owned by the same people who own the Acapulcos chain in Framingham and Milford? I went there and notices the menus are very similar.

Good Mexican Food in Bean Town?

I know this restaurant is not popular with some people on this board, but La Paloma in Quincy is a 10-minute walk from the Wollaston T stop. It's not authentic mexican, but it's yummy.

Pumpkin is in the air

yippy! I love those little suckers

Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing

The link to "Cutting sqash" is broken

Oct 02, 2008
heatherfields in Recipes

Irish bars

Stone's Public House in Ashland is pretty terrific.

Stone's Public House
179 Main St, Ashland, MA 01721

Qun Li is at Ginseng in Framingham???

I drove by there the other day and the restaurant definitely looks closed.

Places near Ashland

The 33.00 special looks excellent. I think I will give it a try -- they even have wine pairings.

Places near Ashland

Thank you everyone for all of your suggestions!

Places near Ashland

Hello everyone, I moved to Ashland recently and (other than John Stone's) I have had a really hard time trying to find a great place restaurant for dinner. Any suggestions would be most helpful. I love Indian, Italian, Mexican, any kind of food -- as long as it's good -- and I would like the restaurant to be within a 20-30 minute drive from Ashland.

Chennai Woodlands in Ashland

Thanks for the info. I will check it out.

Chennai Woodlands in Ashland

Chennai Woodlands in Ashland: Has anyone been there? Is it a vegetarian Indian restaurant?

Indian onion chutney

Thank you! I think that is it. I will give it a try this weekend.

Feb 13, 2008
heatherfields in Home Cooking

Indian onion chutney

Yes, it's raw onions mostly, diced very fine.

Feb 13, 2008
heatherfields in Home Cooking

Indian onion chutney

The chutney I am seeking to emulate seems to mostly be raw onions, is often bright red can be a bit spicy. Spicier than just chili powder.

Feb 13, 2008
heatherfields in Home Cooking

Indian onion chutney

I'm thinking of making some Indian food on my own this weekend, and one thing I've never been able to make at home as good as I have in restaurants in the onion chutney I'm always served in most Indian restaurants. It's bright red and slightly spicy and seems to be mostly onions. Does anyone know exactly what this is called and have a recipe for it?

Feb 12, 2008
heatherfields in Home Cooking

scones, where do you buy the most delicious ones?

Concord Tea Cakes in Concord, MA.