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December 2014 Openings and Closings

Someone should tell them the concept is properly called "grain to glass".

Cookies are an ANYTIME FOOD

I think Mike's does not carry pignoli cookies, which damns them for eternity. :)

November 2014 Openings and Closings

Jogged by the former Singha Bella space and it looks like the new pizza ovens for the Fiorella Express have been installed. This with the addition of Curry n Wok (former Biryani Park folks), and continued good chow from L'Impasto and Qingdao is really upping the ante in that corner of North Cambridge.

And btw, got takeout from Curry n Wok - their stuff especially the Sri Lankan items are just so flavorful. Really hitting out of the park, especially the Puttu Kothu.

O Ya - guess we should have gone years ago (long...and sad...)

Actually think that, like the menu, not much has changed. :)

pizza in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Malden -- where to go?

Pescatore is thin like Armando, sauce savory not sweet, good amount of garlic. Cheese appears to be a mix of Mozzarella and something else. It's probably worth a shot.

pizza in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Malden -- where to go?

I'll look forward to your review. It can be a little hit or miss but it was really delicious the other night - hope it's a hit for you too.

pizza in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Malden -- where to go?

Used to frequent Armando's but there was a downturn in quality many moons ago. But prompted by this old thread, I revisited last week and can't say it merited a return visit. Pretty dried out crust, rancid cheese on the Caesar salad.

We got Pescatore on Thursday. Large sausage and broccoli rabe and a ceasar salad - both outstanding. I mention the day because the pizza always seems better there on Thursday than any other day of the week. Different pizza maker perhaps?

Also like Pini's for economical old school and A4.

Fun 40th birthday dinner in Boston

Citizens Public House ? Add two guests and you order the roast pig

China King still best peking duck?

Do you have to call ahead, or can you get walk-up duck?

Bagelsaurus - new Cambridge location.

At least in terms of wait times and lines, might want to cut them a small break since they have been open 1 week.

Boston Magazine - Best 50 Restaurants

Erbaluce in the top 20 totally legitimizes the list.

Boston Magazine - Best 50 Restaurants

i would say that the top 10 is definitely "chowhound-approved!"

Bagelsaurus - new Cambridge location.

I apologize - I am the guy that got a bakers dozen on Saturday at 845 and took your bagels. They were worth every penny - best bagels I've ever had.

The honey Rosemary cream cheese was tremendous also, but better on plain bagels thanon the mostly savory varieties.

best bagel in boston?

I would go one further - for me anyway, the best bagel I've ever had, certainly in Boston. As a point of comparison, I previously ranked Rosenfeld's as a personal favorite.

Lunch Saturday near Norton Woods Conference Center

RF O'Sullivans is also close by if your group appreciates a good burger. It is otherwise a small pub. Similar, but with a broader menu is the Druid pub in Inman. If you inclined to think about Inman, avoid S&S deli.

November 2014 Openings and Closings

The Rosie's in Inman is still there as far as I know.

Curry leaves

Try freezing fresh ones then grinding....

Out of town friends visiting for a weekend - help with ideas

Would put Sarma and La Brasa in the mix, at least for the chow if not the suds.

Central Square walk-ins on a Thursday night?

How is Central Kitchen these days?

October 2014 Openings and Closings

I did not realize that the people behind Bloc 11 also own Diesel and this new bakery. I guess my (apparently quixotic) boycott of the detestably named Bloc 11 will be expanding. Which is fine - I am more than happy with the product Andy and Katie put out at Three Little Figs without the moral turpitude.

Onion rings at what can only be called a truly unknown location...

That is some serious chowhound sheee....

instead of Vinny's?

You'll be interested in this anecdote. Several years ago, I wanted to go to Vinny's but they were closed on the day I needed, so I asked Vinny where to go if i could not have his food, and he recommended Pagliuca, which definitely hit the spot.

instead of Vinny's?

Rino's probably does it for me right now. L'impasto also, although I would not call it old school or red sauce - just darn good Italian. Also Gran Gusto and Il Capriccio.

New Strip T's Thread for 2013:Excellence and Innovation Continue

In my humble opinion, the place lost the magic once Ribelle opened (which is understandable). It used to be an ever changing kaleidoscope of flavors and ideas, and that all seemed to drain away over time - the hand of the master was noticeable in its absence. Oh well - I still enjoy the cauliflower and the eggplant banh mi, just at lunch. As others have noted, not really dinner fare.

Looking for wonderful basic Italian food.

L'impasto in Cambridge
Gran Gusto in Cambridge

Abe & Louie's or Grill 23

Out of spinach at 8 on a Saturday sounds bizarre. Just curious...what side did you order instead? I wonder if there are shenanigans at work, i.e., will sell only x number of spinaches, then they are "out" to work on inventory of the other sides?

September 2014 Openings and Closings

Nope I find making winking references to the Holocaust to be the utmost in poor taste.

September 2014 Openings and Closings

I don't go for this kind of b.s. -

September 2014 Openings and Closings

Mixed feelings about Sherman - the quality of the baking dropped off once the skinny frenetic baker lady left. But there is nothing really quite like it and I will never step foot in Bloc 11, so put me in the bummed category.

Nice farewell message.

Post Baptism Brunch/Lunch Ideas?

We went to L'impasto after my daughter's baptism - they opened early on a Sunday afternoon just for us and it was great - probably out of your stated price range but is otherwise on topic. They were very accommodating - maybe they would do the apps thing (depending on the time of course)

Congrats on the baby.