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Boston Jerk Fest (June 28) South End

That was my feeling. Not cheap or easy to find pimento but I was curious to know if anybody was cooking their jerk with aromatic wood smoke of any kind. All the jerk I get around here is roasted or stewed.

Jun 12, 2014
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Boston Jerk Fest (June 28) South End

Presumably this means jerk meats cooked with wood fire.

Matt - who cooks jerk chicken over a wood (pimento) fire in town ? The stewed stuff can be tasty but is an entirely different thang.

Jun 12, 2014
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Boston dishes so rich, they will send you to the boneyard.

reminds me of the braised lamb neck that was on an earlier menu at West Bridge - so so sticky

and also the nihari at Darbar is a bellybomb too

a rather marginal bo kho I had that was a completely congealed block of gelatin the next day when pulled from the fridge - mighta been Pho Basil

May 28, 2014
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Skate Wing

Hamersley's - "Sautéed Skate with Roasted Beets, Cherry Peppers and Warm Garlicky Potato-Horseradish Skordalia"

Tavern Road - "pan roasted skate wing, apple relish, pumpkin agro dolce"

Clio - "Roasted skate wing, calamansi "BBQ", kai-lan, Thai herbs"

The French brasserie places prepare it the French brasserie brown beurre way.

May 15, 2014
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Skate Wing

Also Gaslight, Hamersley's, Tavern Road, Clio (sometimes), and for a different prep Neptune uses skate for their Weds fish & chips special to very good effect.

May 14, 2014
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ISO chopped steak

This is a great suggestion and a reminder of a place that I've long forgotten. Not a huge fan of their sauces but, like kare raisu, I do crave it about once a year.

May 06, 2014
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Best Beef Chowfun in Boston Chinatown?

In addition to BLR & China King, Winsor and Penang also know their way around the wok altho it's a bit like bbq in the variability of smoke factor on any given visit, with Penang being the worst culprit ... but when they're on, the wok hei is far & away the best (same applies to char kway teow).

(pictured: china king, penang, winsor)

May 06, 2014
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The Merchant

Popped in for lunch and sat there frowning at the menu for 30 minutes wondering what the heck to order. Incredibly boring menu which my DC described as: "It's a worst hits collection of all the most boring stuff at ESK that nobody orders." I was highly offended by the two tiny burnt slivers of CRUST that accompanied the pate. The bread was totally unusable. I don't know how that even gets plated. And a comically small amount that, even if it actually had been a proper slice (that wasn't burnt), still would not have been sufficient for the portion of pate. This is a general pet peeve of mine when it comes to charcuterie - the bread is always burnt, not enough, slathered in butter, etc. C'mon, this is toast, get it right man. (/rant) The frizzy frisee was so watery we had to send it back. Nice selection of beer which I enjoyed before moving on to a second redeeming lunch.

May 02, 2014
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ISO chopped steak

I bet D-P puts some thought into it, thanks.

Frankly, I'd almost forgotten about this patty obsession until you brought up pojarski !

Apr 29, 2014
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ISO chopped steak

Thanks. There's plenty reason enough for me to get to the WG beyond chopped steak, assuming things are same as they ever were with the new owners.

Apr 29, 2014
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ISO chopped steak

I've been afflicted by a mild obsession with patties lately. Mostly, these have been burgers - beef, tuna, salmon - that I end up ordering sans bun because I want the PATTY. Unadorned by all these burger topping atrocities.

So, y'know, a workingman's (not Hungry-Man) chopped steak with a savory brown gravy. Or a perhaps a slightly precious steak haché with bearnaise, bordelaise, poivre.

I don't even see this on a menu anymore - from Morton's to the Mount Vernon - although I'm sure it can be had with some custom-ordering at a steakhouse (to probably good effect). But I'm looking for a purpose-built chopped steak. Where ?

Apr 28, 2014
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Why Yelp is useless (Boston discussion on their "Top 100 places to eat!" article

Even if you don't go that deep into Yelp, there's good value there. There's lotsa pics which can be highly informative. It's a particularly good compass when you're in the dense jungle of an ethnic neighbourhood of another city and haven't done the homework. A quick scan of reviews and pictures, it's easy to pick up on the patterns that tell you where to go for gamjatang and where to go for sundubu. You'd have to slog your way to those answers on CH but would probably be rewarded with a more informed strategy.

Apr 23, 2014
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Ain't nothin' but a ghee thing, baby!

Hankering for hawker grub, I'm curious to revisit Punjabi Dhaba's snacks and chaats. For a "roadside cafe" I wonder if they're as good as RKR's, which are quite good.

Apr 07, 2014
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What is a traditionally odd, spicy and delicious thing to order at a Sichuan restaurant?

A good way to start any Sichuan meal is with fuqi fei pian - sliced beef (shank) and beef offal (tripe, tendon) in chile oil garnished with crushed peanuts and cilantro.

(New Shanghai's pictured below)

Apr 07, 2014
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Will Someone Plse Bring the Jibarito to Boston?! Why Should Chicago Have All the Yums?

Correct. It is a menu fixture - a coupla weeks ago, the owner told me it's become the most popular item.

Overstuffed jibarito and jibarita below.

Mar 24, 2014
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Merrill & Co.

When dishes are somewhere between app & entree, intended to be shared, the shotgun approach does seem increasingly reasonable. Perhaps I'm a precious pansy but when it comes to raw oysters (which I like to have a little splash of gin with) I think it's a bit crass to crassostrea to chuck em in the midst of other darker, dirtier flavours.

Mar 17, 2014
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Has Sichuan Garden in Woburn gotten even better?

There are preps of bamboo shoots across SE-Asia that I often find more challenging than stinky tofu. Sometimes they're dried bamboo shoots that, when reconstituted, really express a funky musty odor. Similar to certain dried chiles or mushrooms (reconstituting chile pasados this past weekend made for helluva stanky valentines). There are also pickled bamboo shoots, like 'sup nor mai' (Issan style salad), which I don't even really order much because it's usually too much funkenstank.

Feb 17, 2014
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Chicago Beef Sandwiches and Giardiniera in Boston?

Oh sure. Like NYC pizza. Most of the beefs in Chicago are unsuitable for consumption. Same could be said for clam chowder here. Nothing to get excited about a gluey white bowl of chowdah in Des Moines, just because it's clam chowder. But the WCE dog is a quality dog worth seeking out, comparable to tier 2 dog in Chicago like, say, Portillo's.

Jan 13, 2014
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Chicago Beef Sandwiches and Giardiniera in Boston?

I don't see giard around many places here beyond the occasional gourmet grocer/specialty food stores. Best bet is to order it online.

Windy City Eats uses Vienna giard and mostly all Vienna products (and Boar's Head). The dog is quite good, and the polish not bad either, but the beef is dunked in dishwater and is quite a sad sandwich.

Jan 11, 2014
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Some Ting Nice, is it?

Lorenz patties, which I find plausibly home-made, pictured below:

Nov 23, 2013
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Papaya salad...favorites

Much easier eating with your hands and sticky rice, or just a spoon.

S&I has a nice rendition, though I actually prefer Pad Thai Cafe's - their prik nam plaa is exceptional (still haven't figured out what they do differently), the som tam incendiary, and just strikes the right balance consistently.

Thai North also a nice northern version with pounded pickled crabs (pictured below).

Nov 14, 2013
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Where to buy cheap chicken fat?

Never buy gribenes from a mohel.

Nov 04, 2013
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Ginger Exchange (Symphony)

They're pretty snappy with the delivery service (my only experiences FWIW) and the super-sized sushi is a good value, as tasty as those b-listers operating above the supermarket sushi grade. Probably a better bet to aim at the fad-foods like Korean fried chicken which was quite good (sauces less so) and baos and noodles which I've yet to try. The bibimbap was sad, the hamachi kama probably great if requested un-glazed.

Oct 22, 2013
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Broasted Chicken Anywhere?

Riverside Pizza & Seafood has a pressure-fryer (not the Broaster brand) and fry up a good bird, albeit occasionally a little underseasoned.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785072

Oct 13, 2013
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Local Heady Topper Source

I'm not sure, I've only drunk HT on site. But they do sell most of what is on the menu in the retail store. Along with a small but thoughtful collection of whiskies (eg, Black Maple, Col EH Taylor).

Oct 03, 2013
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Local Heady Topper Source

Seiyo in the South End across the street from Toro usually has it, but good idea to call to see if they''ve re-upped since I drank their last can a coupla weeks ago.

Seiyo, along with its 'South End sushi' and retail wine store, curiously has an exceptional collection of high craft beers. They often have the other highly sought after east coast IPA, Lunch, as well as west coast Pliny seasonally (should be coming soon), but the 40+ list of beers (no taps) goes far beyond and includes an excellent selection of sours, Belgians, saisons, Japanese beers, and limited release collaborations. With Parish Cafe, Estelle's, and Five Horsies, that part of the hood has become a good stompin ground for the beer geeks.

Oct 03, 2013
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Patty Chen's Dumpling Room

Most of the Chinatown restaurants are not on Foodler but recently a small consortium started this gamechanger !

http://chinatowndeli.com

No, not 5-spice pastrami.

Sep 25, 2013
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Pretty good HK-style clay pot rice (bou zai faan 煲仔飯) @ Clay Pot Cafe

For the sticky short-grain version, a similar and exceptional dish is the dungeness crab with xo sauce and sticky rice casserole at Bubor Cha Cha.

(the green goop on rice in the 2nd pic are crab brains, ceremoniously spooned out by the server)

Sep 24, 2013
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Yangrou Chuanr at Wow Barbecue

Dumpling Cafe's offerings are typically fried, and then possibly hit quick with some kind of direct heat, but not in the smoky charcoal live fire way. Brushed with hoisin or other similarly sweet sauce. Chicken meatballs, chicken skin, and duck tongues pictured below.

Sep 16, 2013
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Current taco situation in the area looking for a great taco

On the point of trompos, I would agree that the ideal is pastor sliced off the spit, but the unfortunate reality is that most places that griddle their pastor are often serving a better taco. Trompo timing is everything. Even places that specialize in pastor, partly because they're high volume, will often slice before the meat has had a chance to attain the proper caramelized crust. Many places will slice and then finish on the griddle but they should really just not serve it until it's done on the spit. Multiple spits can circumvent this issue but those places are in a whole 'nother league. Trompo does not always trump the griddle.

Sep 05, 2013
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