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toddler-friendly fine dining?

Search the board for one of the several threads about high noise level, and pick somewhere that is ear-shatteringly loud. Nobody will notice the silly songs.

Jun 25, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Morano Gelato Chestnut Hill, the realness

This is tied for best gelato in the USA, in my opinion. Flavors are vivid but well-balanced (don't miss cantaloupe) with the creamy dairy element. The "cereal milk" flavor isn't just bandwagonning, it's a really solid Corn Pops flavor gelato. Most importantly, the product is churned super fresh and the texture is fantastic. Price is pretty high, similar to Amorino on Newbury Street (maybe 30-50% more expensive by volume than Tosci's), but the atmosphere is better (I don't like Amorino's assembly line pan-dessert cafe atmosphere; Morano is just gelato plus a couple other things, in a small clean room) and the flavors are more well balanced.

Jun 24, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Is there better ethiopian food than Asmara in Boston

The best Ethiopian meal I've ever had was at Zenebech Injera (T St NW). After that, Habesha. After that, the old Fasika in JP.

Jun 23, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Anybody been to the newly opened Santouka Ramen in Harvard Square yet?

The cheek meat is a la carte as an add-on to a bowl of noodles. The chashu that comes in a regular shio or miso bowl is just the "regular" kind, rib I guess.

Jun 22, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Biryani Park is Coming Back (I Hope!)

"65" is a dry fried prep with seasoning based on Kashmiri mirch, coriander powder, ginger, garlic, and acid

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_65

Jun 19, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Help! Best Indian Restaurant in Boston

Buffet: Ritu ki Rasoi
Menu only, or if you need meat: Darbar

Jun 19, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

First trip to Boston

ever since the marathon bombing they've gone so far with the july 4th security theater, if it was even worth going near the Esplanade before (personally I would say no) it's absolutely not worth it now.

First trip to Boston

that's "at" the bridge, not on it, since they don't seem to have any plans to reopen it on the 4th as far as I know

Jun 17, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Shepard in Cambridge

early paper menu... "market price." smooth

Burmese Food Fair in Allston

Thanks for the photos, I always enjoy the food at these.

Jun 14, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

July 2015 Openings and Closings

if only

Jun 14, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Iced coffee on Nitro?

Got one at Sunny Boy this weekend, it was a bit under-nitro'd (compared to Stumptown in Portland and compared to this earlier SB image https://instagram.com/p/3j5AlhF_AZ/?t... ) but not bad at all. Two other undesirable aspects: it's not a full pint and it's $4.50. Supply and demand, I guess.

Jun 14, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Iced coffee on Nitro?

I really don't like Dwelltime (expensive even for cambridge, awkward seating arrangement, rude-incompetent service) but I went over for the nitro. Placed my order, paid, left a tip. Was brought a (really small) glass of cold brew on ice. I brought it up to the counter and said "this looks like it's just regular cold brew, but I ordered nitro". They said it was nitro, I said it sure didn't look or taste like it, they said oh yeah, we're out of nitro today so we just poured you a regular cold brew and charged you for nitro (50 cents extra) without telling you. 5 minutes later I think I got my 50 cents refund? Dumb.

Jun 13, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Popular (and Successful) vs. Good

It's the post-millenial Times Square effect. Why should there be a TGI Fridays in Manhattan? Yet there is, and it's expensive, and they sell a lot of food. Build a tourist neighborhood and put awful restaurants there.

Jun 12, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

July 2015 Openings and Closings

Well that would be great... after the losses of Thailand Cafe and Mulan, the Central/Kendall area is hurting for a good Chinese food source.

Jun 12, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Popular (and Successful) vs. Good

North End as a dining destination in general. Most people who go there to eat aren't going to taste their food

Jun 11, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

2 days in Boston with 12-13 yr olds, what eateries not to miss?

can you actually buy a pot of baked beans anywhere? screaming tourist aside, does this even exist?

Iced coffee on Nitro?

Verified: Gracenote Coffee will have this when it opens this summer at 108 Lincoln St, Boston.

Jun 11, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Iced coffee on Nitro?

It's the shit, it's a lot like a Guinness without the alcohol. Really improves most flat-tasting cold brew and has scrumptious mouthfeel. I am surprised nobody has started offering this yet- you can get Stumptown cold brew on tap at Thinking Cup but they don't have nitro.

Jun 10, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Yeah I was just posting the link in reference to the revolving restaurant remark.

Jun 05, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Jun 05, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Definitely did that one.

Jun 05, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Fish and chips place = Rosie's. I remember it coming in a brown paper bag, but same difference.

Also, Arthur's seafood restaurant (where Shanghai Gate is now) for fish dinners, spinach pie, damn good rice pudding

Shaanxi Gourmet in Natick

I can only assume the bugs will clear up when the AC is fixed and they don't have the front door wide open in hot weather

Jun 02, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Shaanxi Gourmet in Natick

Yeah I didn't mention it was hot in there on Saturday night... and we smushed a few bugs while eating

Jun 02, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Fresh sugarcane juice at Padaria Brasil

They have a machine at the juice bar a Ba Le and they make it to order. They can also throw a half an orange in there which gives it a really strong orange-oil flavor, if you're into that.

Jun 02, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

First off, props to whomever decided (if it was intentional) that this thread would be permitted, because that certainly didn't used to be the case. Nostalgia posts = instant deletion.

1. Ducky Wok
2. New Taste of Asia/Rice Garden
3. Deli Haus (only if I could also transform into my past self and go there, cause aint no way I would want to now. this is more on principle)

Choosing Between Sisters A 4 and Area Four: Stellar Pizza and More!

"Neapolitan" could be a useful descriptor if people used it consistently. To me it means the pizza is so floppy that you can't pick up a slice and fold it in a NY style. You either eat with fork and knife or you fold it in quarters and hold it in a little paper cone thingy. Toppings are nonexistent or very minimal.

May 31, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Choosing Between Sisters A 4 and Area Four: Stellar Pizza and More!

it's not neapolitan style pizza.

May 31, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area

Shaanxi Gourmet in Natick

Went for lunch at 3 today, sign said "temporarily closed until 540". Went back at 7, was told it was a 20 minute wait. Seated at 8pm. Typical newly-opened restaurant shitshow. Key pro tip: only order one of the most popular dishes (qishang style noodles, lamb soup with bread IN it, hand pulled noodles with hot oil). These come out rapidly. Anything else (e.g. lamb soup with bread on the side) is cooked far less frequently and will incur long waits after ordering. About an hour after placing our order a waiter came to give us the check. We told him we were still waiting on a last dish, he came back a few minutes later with the check and said that it was sold out, and had never been put on our tab in the first place.

Anyhow, lamb soup was OK, they didn't bring the typical pickled garlic (not sure if they forgot or if it's only supposed to be served with the version that has torn bread already in the bowl). Soup was served hot-ish but not face burningly hot, which is just not the right way to eat soup. Double cooked pork with wheat cake slices was a fun way to use up their stale Shaanxi bread, though really just an oily salt MSG bomb of a dish. Not cooked with a ton of good technique. Pork slices were scanty and the meat pieces were dry and chewy. As for the fat parts, well, who can complain about pork fat that tastes like hot cheetos.

As you probably have guessed, liang pi was sold out by the time we placed our order.

If you want Xi'an noodles, go to Gene's downtown. If you want stir fried dishes or a whole fish, patronize one of the lovely Cantonese or Sichuan restaurants in the area. I can't really see what's worth waiting for (or driving for) at Shaanxi Gourmet.

May 30, 2015
Luther in Greater Boston Area