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Best Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich around

McGriddle.

Brunch at Island Creek-Anyone Been?

Pastry basket was mixed quality, overall pretty good. Last time I went was Fall 2014 and they had the AC cranked up way too high, diners next to us were asking waitstaff to turn it down, which never happened. I had an egg/grits/greens/sausage poached kind of dish which I found OK but overall a bit watery with the sauce and greens. Drip coffee was fine. There are a few other options for brunch with shellfish that you might consider first. I haven't been to the newish Commonwealth Cambridge brunch but they do have dollar oysters.

Dinner near W hotel?

JM Curley is less than 10 minutes walk, and many consider their burger to be the best around

Feb 24, 2015
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Bars/Restaurants that start with "X" or "Y"?

And I'm sure you could make those names sound different in a variety of languages... but Peach Farm and HK Eatery are HK style restaurants and they are Cantonese speaking.

Feb 18, 2015
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Anybody been to the newly opened Santouka Ramen in Harvard Square yet?

yeah they do

Feb 16, 2015
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Anybody been to the newly opened Santouka Ramen in Harvard Square yet?

Excellent job keeping the chain's high quality consistent. Ramen A+. Service is just awful. Worth it.

Feb 16, 2015
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Anybody been to the newly opened Santouka Ramen in Harvard Square yet?

There are always long lines at popular ramen places in Japan... but they generally don't seat 50 people. On the other hand, there's more than 2-3 acceptable sources of ramen per million people...

Feb 14, 2015
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Bars/Restaurants that start with "X" or "Y"?

YoMa

also I guess there are Yardhouse near Fenway and Yenching in Harvard Sq

Feb 09, 2015
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7 days of different Ramen in Boston, found a new champ!

Santouka opens Wednesday

Feb 08, 2015
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Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

I'll add my favorite (and why they didn't go for a literal translation is beyond me, what a missed opportunity)

Quick Pic BBQ - Fat Boy Meats

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also a correction
Peach Farm - Little Peach Orchard

Feb 06, 2015
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Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

I don't know what the original Chinese was, Ho Yuen-Ting could be a woman's name 何婉婷... current chinese name is Yat Ding Hou 一定好 "Gotta Be Good"

Feb 05, 2015
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Best Little Restaurant, formerly Ho Yuen Ting, in Chinatown

Agreed, still serving exemplary "dai pai dong" type Hong Kong style food in a comfortable setting, good fast service and good prices. Also they will go over to the fish market next door and cook up whatever's fresh on request

Feb 02, 2015
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Vietnamese in Boston

Best pho is Pho 2000, I also like their 7 course beef and bo kho noodles. I don't know if your guests are fancy people or you want to impress them or anything, but if they just like good food and want to eat Vietnamese food I don't think they would be unhappy.

Best banh mi is at Ba Le up the street, they also have lots of fun deli goodies of the sweet and savory variety.

I went to Thao Ngoc once for a weekend lunch and got the much-hyped clams with peanuts, they had no salt and were chewy and covered with a lot of tough, thickly sliced raw basil, I didn't like it at all. Also had a jellyfish salad that suffered from similar problems, I like the Pho 2000 version better. Maybe it was an off time.

Tortillas

Not sure about Mexican but a lot of the Central American places have fresh masa for making pupusas, and will use it to make various other corn items including tortillas.

Feb 01, 2015
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New Akai Ryu, Porter Sq.- Japanese Shabu Shabu, Sushi and More

I went once, the staff are Cantonese speakers. We used a Groupon to get some cut-rate sushi, and I'd say it was just barely passable at that price. Fish was OK enough but rolls were mostly cucumber, rice was poor and nori was tough and chewy. No experience with the hot pot offerings but don't go for the sushi.

Feb 01, 2015
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Instacart- are people using it? How is it working out?

When $ meets $

Jan 27, 2015
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Top 5 of the past 5

You were pretty active for 5-10 years and you can't remember your username?

A&H was open today.

Jan 27, 2015
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Chilli Garden?

I've never been to RP either, but they do appear to offer several menu items that aren't found at other Boston area Sichuan restaurants.

Jan 17, 2015
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Chilli Garden?

There's an interesting remark in one of the CH threads about Red Pepper claiming that the typical Sichuan menus around here are due to an incestuous group of chefs moving around between the local restaurants

Jan 16, 2015
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Chilli Garden?

I went recently and thought the food was okay (about 5 dishes, all from the standard repertoire of stuff in most Sichuan restaurants in the area) but not remarkably good and not better than SG Billerica.

Fuschia Dunlop's ma po tofu recipe has fermented black beans in it. I don't know if this is the "most traditional" recipe or what

Jan 16, 2015
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January 2015 Openings and Closings

Fun fact, the broth is sand.

Jan 08, 2015
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Fuloon in Malden:The Home Runs Continue in 2015 (long)

If you have to ask...

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I've been trying since 2006!

Dec 21, 2014
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Dec 20, 2014
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Dec 20, 2014
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Night Market in harvard square

wide yellow noodles

Dec 16, 2014
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Cilantro, new Chinese near Harvard Square

I tried about 8 of these dishes over the weekend and I would recommend not going for the dim sum menu. Tea was served on asking, and they basically left a pot of jasmine on the stove for a while, really bitter. Soymilk was served lukewarm, turnip cake was greasy and shrimpy and room temperature, pearl meat ball was oversalted. "Sichuan spicy dumpling" is a rendition of Mary Chung's infamous preparation, but at least these were edible as the large volume of liquid in the bowl kept the skins moist. Leek dumplings had been steamed some time earlier and were room temp and dry and chewy - they used thick opaque boiled dumpling skins for this traditional HK style dim sum item that should be made with delicate translucent starchy skins. Chicken feet were inedible as they were just barely cooked through, too chewy to easily get apart. Tripe had basically zero seasoning and was served in a dish of water. Overall the prices are similar to what you'd pay in Chinatown for cart- or menu-based items prepared well, but these were poor and came in smaller portions. It's not surprising that this menu lies outside of their wheelhouse. They are offering some popular Sichuan menu items, plus an extensive American menu, plus these Cantonese dim sum items. I agree with lipoff that Dumpling House down the street is also pretty disappointing especially given the long wait times and high prices. I realize now that I never gave Thailand Cafe enough love- yeah the food was prepared a little crudely and everything was pretty heavy on the salt and MSG, but it was good value for money and they always seemed to know what they were doing. There was a real focus and efficiency to the menu that I appreciate.

Dec 15, 2014
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Night Market in harvard square

It's a weird strategy. They're offering a dish "dan dan noodles" that is in fact not at all dan dan noodles. So they confused and likely irritated some people by saying one thing and serving another, and at a much higher price than actual dan dan noodles should cost - this is a dish of street food, not fine dining. I think people would bristle less at paying a high price for Chinese food if there were high-priced-style Chinese dishes being offered anywhere in town. As it is, offering familiar street food (fried chicken wings, dumplings, dan dan noodles) at a restaurant with the name NIGHT MARKET doesn't evoke "paying white tablecloth prices." Take the bones out of the chicken wing before you charge me $2 or $3 per wing. Put some crab or something in the gyoza if you're going to charge $2.00 per individual dumpling.

Dec 15, 2014
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Chinatown up and coming?

AFAIK the design center thing does actually use raised beds full of soil. The volunteers were hauling the soil, I think.

Dec 12, 2014
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Chinatown up and coming?

I guess "trendy" doesn't quite have the right connotation, but I think jetle25 was trying to say what we all know, which is that GDH has this weird enduring popularity among a (mostly white) clientele that results in constant lines down the street when there's nothing about the food that really differentiates it or justifies the lines.

As far as won ton noodles, yes there's about half a dozen places that serve it, not that any of them are a destination, more a last resort when one is feeling really desperate for the stuff. I think the inclusion of XLB is perfunctory at most Chinese restaurants now since many people are familiar with the item and will order it even if the quality is shit and the preparation is an embarrassment.

Ramen sucks, there's basically no la mian anywhere, or dao xiao mian for that matter, or peking duck, etc, etc. So yeah overall I wish we had more quality and options in Boston. But as is the case every time this conversation comes up, NYC is just that much bigger and has that many more fresh immigrants that the difference is expected. Different city is different.