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Best Stuffies Between Barrington and Newport

Going to a high school reunion in Middletown, RI, but planning on a bit of traveling in the neighborhood to score some Del's Frozen Lemonade and stuffies.

Any one have any recommendations on the best place to find some of these clam, onion, celery, linguica (if Portuguese), and bread stuffed quahogs?

A friend and I are planning a stuffie crawl so all recommendations welcome.

Thanks

H Mart Open in Central Square!

For those who might not know the precise location of the H-Mart, it is 581 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA.

I presume that the store has no parking lot. Parking in Central Square is a hassle.

Caravan King's Cross versus Grain Store, which less noisy?

For a late afternoon dinner, around 5:30 on a Saturday, meeting with two old friends, I am now choosing between Grain Store and Caravan's King Cross. Both seem intriguing, but based on the menus I would prefer the Caravan to the Grain. The choices seem greater.

However the determining factor is, which would be quieter at that hour?

Feb 23, 2014
VivreManger in U.K./Ireland

Avoiding Noisy Over-Priced Lout-Ridden London Restos

In my other recent post on Bloomsbury St. Pancras restos,

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9657...

I had raised and considered the possibility of trying Shrimpy's. But a careful viewing of the website confirmed by postings from zuriga1 and mjgauer has removed that from my list. At the moment I am replacing it with The Grain Store for a very early (5ish) Saturday dinner. I hope that at that hour it won't be too noisy.

Just now I read a - perhaps too much nostalgie de la boue, Peregrine Worsthorne-like- - article in the Guardian that identified the problem,

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisf...

It appeared in the Friday, 21 Feb, edition, written by Ian Jack. He contrasted the understated quiet dignity of a good reasonably priced meal in Antwerp with the decadent dining dominating London.

I wonder if any of you share his sentiments.

Feb 22, 2014
VivreManger in U.K./Ireland

Bloomsbury St. Pancras Resto Recs?

Thanks for the other ideas. Grain Store had been on my radar screen. I will check it out.

Any version of Tayyab is worth trying, especially if it is convenient and does not have the never-ending queue.

Any comments on the other ideas, Shrimpy's and Newman St. Tavern. Jay Rayner raved about the lamb at Newman St. Is Shrimpy's more of a scene for drinking and being seen, rather than a place to eat?

Feb 17, 2014
VivreManger in U.K./Ireland

Bloomsbury St. Pancras Resto Recs?

Limster,

Glad to reconnect now that you are no longer posting as much about Boston. Thanks for the suggestions

Feb 17, 2014
VivreManger in U.K./Ireland

Bloomsbury St. Pancras Resto Recs?

During a quick and hectic trip to London, I will spending most of my time in the Bloomsbury St. Pancras area.

I have identified three places that same convenient and worth trying:

For lunch and quick bites near the British Museum, Gails Kitchen http://www.gailskitchen.co.uk.

For an early Friday night meal on my first jet-lagged day in London, about 15 minutes walk from Bedford Place where I am staying, Newman Street Tavern, http://www.newmanstreettavern.co.uk/b...

For an early Saturday evening meet and eat with two friends, Shrimpy's The King's Cross Filling Station, http://www.shrimpys.co.uk. They are coming from Camden and I from St. Pancras.

I am still looking for a place for quick and inexpensive lunching near the British Library. My tastes run to Fergus Henderson's offal menus and Tayyab's. However I won't have the time to get to St. John St. and I gather that Tayyab is not what it used to be. Another place I like is Patogh, 8 Crawford Place, but I probably won't manage to get there on this trip.

So any suggestions for lunch along any of those lines in the BL St. Pancras area would be welcome.

And any comments on the other ideas would be appreciated as well.

Feb 17, 2014
VivreManger in U.K./Ireland

ISO Quiet non-hotel Resto within 15 minutes walk of Sheraton Boston

The problem is that the time we want, 8 on a Saturday night, is peak chaos. We are meeting an old friend and the three of us would like a place that allows us to hear each other.

As for the choice of food, Indian was the initial preference, but I have not found anything particularly interesting nearby. Kashmir Indian Restaurant on Newbury and Gloucester might make sense. I really like Darbar in Brighton and I have never found it noisy, but it is too far and lacks liquor.

Any information on how noisy Kashmir Indian might be on a Saturday night?

Any other suggestions out there, if we abandon Indian for something quiet in the South End. The food preference would be something fishy and veggie friendly, but not dogmatically so.

My vote is for Peach Farm in Chinatown, but my wife may want something a little more refined.

Kitchen recently?

Looking for a place quiet enough to talk on a Saturday night at 8. How noisy is Kitchen.

Cinquecento Roman Trattoria, Any Reports?

I corrected my search entry by reducing it to Cinqecento and then collected the hits.

Although reports on food and service have been mixed, with most tending to the plus side, the real problem is the noise. No one claims that this is a relaxed quiet restaurant.

My wife and I were thinking of meeting a friend there to eat and chat. Chatting may be impossible.

Scoring a quiet table on Saturday at 8 also seems impossible.

Please correct me if my impression is mistaken.

Cinquecento Roman Trattoria, Any Reports?

Checked out the menu and this resto in the South End, 500 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (617) 338-9500, seems worth trying.

But I have seen nothing about it on this site. Am I missing something?

Thanks

PS For those ISO whole fish, they do have branzino on the menu, but I don't know how it is prepared.

Seafood Lunch between Airport and Turo?

My advise is to get as far away from Logan as quickly as possible. Do not stop anywhere until you get to the Cape.
Belle Isle, however good the food, would be a mistake because it will delay the trip. The later you leave the longer the drive.

Friday and Saturday are the worst travel days, but Sunday can be almost as bad. If you are travelling on a day other than those three, you might have more flexibility, but the likelihood is that you will be travelling then.

I am a fan of Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar, 3580 State Hwy Eastham, MA 02642, (508) 255-2575. It is about 20 minutes (depending on traffic) before you get to Truro, but unlike some of the other recommendations (notably those in Hyannis) it is right on the way.

Bottom line: bring some snack food on the plane for the drive and don't stop until you get close to your destination.

Italian with 15 minutes of BC

Thanks for the advice.

We wound up at Appetito on Beacon St. in Newton Centre. Convenience was an initial reason, but I had not been there for awhile and thought it worth a revisit. The other contender was La Morra, but that is further and more expensive. However of all the possibilities LM has the most interesting menu. Certainly worth a try in the future.

One of the reasons I had not been to A. for several years was that the memory of my last visit had not focussed on the food, but instead on the crowded noise. As far as I was concerned the place had too much business for my own good.

Since then Sycamore and Tartuffo have opened and Bill's has expanded and gone quasi-upscale. Sycamore is packing them in. And last night, Tuesday at 8. it was crowded. What is the word on Sycamore? It offers upscale new American cuisine. As my dc said one of those places whose menu has no capital letters. I had not noticed any CH reviews, but in truth I have not been looking.

A. had few customers at 6:30, though by 8 the numbers were respectable, but not packed and noisy. Clearly when we entered at 6:30 they were not anticipating a crowd since they offered the two of us a four-top booth.

The menu does have red sauce options, but beyond that a few distinctive bows to the current food fancies. The beets, goat cheese, and greens topped with crisp sweet potato chips is a full plate of salad, well-mixed and well-proportioned. By accident or not it arrived undressed, but when asked they offered a choice of balsamic or orange vinaigrette. With that addition it was very good.

Last night the mains included as specials roasted branzino and orata. These are two farmed-raised Mediterranean fish that are worth trying if you don't mind that they are farm-raised. As I recall there were no wild fish oin the menu. As far as I know neither of the Mediterranean fish have had the problems associated with farmed-salmon.

My dc ordered the chicken parm with zitti. I did not taste it, but it was a substantial plate that looked good and quickly disappeared.

My choice was the chicken orvieto. The good news is that the large whole boneless chicken breast was perfectly cooked. Ever so slightly pink-tinged in the center, moist, and tender, this is how breast should be prepared. The lemon-wine sauce was good, with a slight acidic bite. I had not expected the mashed potatoes, but they were creamy and temptingly tasty. In a gesture that struck me as gilding the lilly, the mashed were stuffed into a split roasted acorn squash that formed the platform on which the breasts rested. The menu offered artichokes along with capers, wine, and lemon juice as the sauce. My sole complaint is that I would have liked more artichokes and less potato. There were precious few bottled artichoke hearts decorating the dish. Unfortunately they were more decoration than integration.

Since it was a warm night beer made more sense than wine. They were out of Anchor Steam, but at the suggestion of my beer-brewing dc I tried his choice Sumpin Sumpin, a Califonria super-hoppy brew that weighs at at about 7.5% alcohol. He told me that it is a wheat beer, but the hops certainly hid that flavor. They also offered the Chicago-brewed Goose Island, somthing not usually visible in these parts.

Certainly worth a return visit. The total damage with tax and tip came to about $75. We had neither coffee nor dessert. We did have two mains, one starter, and two bottles of beer, not cheap, but probably worth the price.

Italian with 15 minutes of BC

Carlo's Cucina Italiana, 131 Brighton Ave, is the name I forgot. Any suggestions for something bettewr than that?

Italian with 15 minutes of BC

Any suggestions?

Not interested in a pizza parlor.

One possibility is the Italian-Argentine resto (name?) on Brighton Ave, near BonChon. Several years ago I tried it to some disappointment.

I am taking someone out to dinner tonight who prefers Italian. I suspect that a conventional red sauce place would suit him, but I really don't eat Italian out that often, though I know it and cook it at home. I simply don't follow the Italian resto scene.

Kouign Amann Anyone? A Breton Delice Richer than Croissants!

The only Kouign Amann I have eaten in North America is in Montreal, at the bakery of that name. It is located in the Plateau neighborhood of Montreal, the details: Au Kouign Amann, aka Au Phare Breton, 322 Mont Royal Est, west of St. Denis. Their other pastries are also good. Their croissants may be the best in Montreal. Be warned their closing day is Tuesday or Wednesday so call beforehand.

As for KA in Boston I have never tried it, but I have spied it some place, perhaps Whole Wallet? It looked horrible. If you have never had the real thing, perhaps it might be worth a fling. As I recall it was a miniKA, a contradiction in terms.

ISO Excellent Non-Vegetarian Indian Within 25 miles of Boston

I am a fan of the Pakistani, meat oriented DARBAR

130 North Beacon Street, 02135-2020 Brighton, 617-779-8800, www.darbarrestaurant.net

In addition to chicken and beef they often have goat and lamb. Some of their dishes are almost as good as some of my favorites restos in London.

Advantages, quiet, not crowded, parking is available in the area. Inexpensive.

Disadvantages; no liquor license. It is a halal Muslim-oriented restaurant. The dining room can be cold. The service is inconsistent.

first time at Mulan. What are your favorites?

The smoked pork with leek is something they are recommending on their website homepage, http://www.mulan-ma.com/
but I don't see any mention of it on this old thread.

Is it a new dish?

Bummer Experience at Bueno Y Sano

Never liked them in Noho. No reason to like them anywhere else. BS replaced ChaChaCha on Main St. in Northampton. CCC was a great place.

Just had the best flounder in szechuan sauce that I've ever ingested

I like the dish at GDH too, but I am planning to try the SC version. One caveat, as I recall, although the GEH version claims to have flounder, I don't believe it truly is. To be sure it is not that dreaded ubiquity tilapia, but some other fish cheaper than flounder.

Wegmans Fenway

Is this such a slow news day that Boston.com has nothing better to put on its front page (earlier today, its headline) than that Wegmans is coming to Boston?

Wgmn's is ok, but not worth a front page story.

Storm shout out to Po-Boys sandwiches, Craft street, Newton!!

I have eaten Leidenheimer bread in various concoctions in New Orleans. It is clearly authentic, but it is also lousy. No taste. No texture. A good baguette or ciabatta or other substantial crusty bread would make a much better po boy than the authentic options on offer down there.

As for the muffuletta sandwich, given the fact that contents of the sandwich itself can be drier than a po boy the typical bread is less of a problem. I did get a muffuletta sandwich from Napoleon's in the Quarter, one of the old line purveyors, though not necessarily the most highly recommended. They should work on their olive salad. The celery overwhelmed the olives. I won't go there again, at least not for that sandwich.

Bottom line while Po Boy on Craft St. may not have the most authentic NOLA creations, it should not be difficult to make a better NOLA-style sandwich. When I try it, I will let you know how it compares.

ISO Dark Chocolate Malt Balls

I have seen them at Whole Wallet aka Hole in Your Wallet, but I cannot remember which branch. It certainly is worth a call to the market closest to where you live.

YumeWoKatare Ramen - anyone been yet?

Anything to prevent bringing a quart-size plastic container to take out the leftover pork, ramen, & broth?

How big is the portion, something like 1 to 2 quarts? The difference between regular and large is only in the amount of pork, not ramen or broth?

Do they frisk the patrons on entry or exit and confiscate contraband tupperware?

Felix

Just walked by it a few minutes ago. It is definitely open and even had a line to get in, spillover from Acme.

The real question: is it any good? Since the owners are new, doea nayone know?

Jan 01, 2013
VivreManger in New Orleans

Any fish resto better than GW Fins? How kosher friendly?

Note fish not shell-fish. I am particularly interested in local fish, not available up north.

My dining companions eat no shell-fish and pork. Fins' sample menu lists a number of standard fish (salmon, sword fish, tuna, etc.) without seafood stuffing and sauces, though most local fish is usually crab- lobster- oyster- shrimp accompanied. How flexible might the kitchen be in preparing seafood-free fish?

Do they prepare whole fish or is everything filleted?

Does anyone know how representative the sample menu on-line is?. My DCS do eat beef, chicken, and other non-porcine meats, but it seems a pity to order chicken in a fish resto.

What fish is now in season locally?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Dec 31, 2012
VivreManger in New Orleans

Anything Chowish Between Thibodaux & New Orleans?

I checked out the websites for Thibodaux. Fremin's does not offer lunch at Saturday. So the only option seems to be Spahr's.

I am a bit surprised that there seems to be nothing worth trying in the area immediately to the west of NO. Is that a resto waste land?

Dec 15, 2012
VivreManger in New Orleans

Magazine/St. Charles St. Garden District Resto Recs

We are planning an afternoon walk around the Garden District. followed by an early dinner and later an evening of xydeco music at the Rock n' Bowl. A friend said that there are many good resto choices on St. Charles and Magzine streets.

We are not seeking a white table cloth choice (i.e. NOT Commander's Palace), but something much more modest. Any ethnic style is possible but something distinctive with a good p/q ratio is ideal. Please offer some suggestions.

I realize that Mahoney's on Magazine is a possiibility, but are there other good options?

BTW how is the pork prepared in a Cochon Po Boy; is it roasted with crackling skin?

Thanks in advance.

Dec 15, 2012
VivreManger in New Orleans

Anything Chowish Between Thibodaux & New Orleans?

On a Saturday morning we are going to the Cajun Music Jam Session in the Jean Lafitte Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center & Park, in Thibodaux, LA. We will be getting back to New Orleans around 2-2:230. I wanted to know if there is anything especially Choworthy for lunch in this area southwest of the city. It should not be too far off routes 310, 90, and 1.

Ideally I would like to find something good and distinctive, probably cajun rather than creole.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

I realize that there is a non-NOLA board, but to the limited extent it addresses Louisiana, it seems to focus on areas much further away. My inquiry encompasses the western suburbs of NOLA as well as points further distant.

Dec 11, 2012
VivreManger in New Orleans

Any practical nearby alternatives to Galatoire for Friday lunch?

I think we will try R'evolution, despite that pretentious apostrophe.

Dec 08, 2012
VivreManger in New Orleans