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Neat House-Made Non-Alcoholic Drinks?

Seconding Journeyman. Went there while my wife was pregnant and had the most amazing non-alcoholic drinks/cocktails -- really was quite an experience. I'd consider it again even if I didn't have to forgo alcohol.

A really good high quality brunch?

I *think* Henrietta's Table does their own bread, but you might want to call ahead to confirm. And maybe the buffet set-up is a deal-breaker?

Best Restaraunt to Visit in Boston (Price doesn't Matter)

Having done, over the years, tasting menus at L'Espalier, Craigie, Menton, Oleana, and No. 9 Park, my vote would be for L'Espalier. Exquisite, pampered fine dining experience. Oleana is lovely, but not quite that.

Great wineries that will ship directly to MA/Boston?

I have friends who get wine shipped directly from Clos de Val in California (they are members of the wine club there).

Anyone tried for Boston yet?

I used it a Central Kitchen once -- worked fine, but the waitress forgot to deduct the discount when the check came, so had to re-do it -- otherwise no issue. Sad that CK is no longer part of it, otherwise would use more often (not too interested in the remaining places).

Innovative steak restaurant in Boston...

The steak frites at Central Kitchen in Cambridge is divine. They probably only have that one steak dish, but it's really all you need. Rest of menu usually quite interesting, too, though it can get a little loud. As you can tell, I really like it there.

Sapporo on draft in Cambridge/Somerville

Thirsty Scholar in Somerville usually has it, and it's often on sale ($3/pint, if memory serves).

Best mussels in greater Boston?

If you like a spicy broth, you might want to try the Scholar Mussels at Thirsty Scholar in Somerville -- not sure they'll ever rate as the best mussels in Boston, but for the price they're pretty good. The Publick House in Brookline has some fun versions, too.

where to eat in the wee morning hours in Boston

How do you take the Silver Line for free? I've always had to pay.

Best places to buy cases of good wine cheap?

I really like Wine and Cheese Cask. Give them a call to see if they have one of their quarterly sales before your wedding -- 20% off the list price of any 12 bottle box. Their Chiean Montes Cabernet Sauvignon is very drinkable and at, if I recall correctly, $10/bottle would meet your budget. I have found their staff to be unfailingly helpful and nice and willing to help provide good guidance whatever one's price point is. Oh, and congratulations!

Trata - Harvard Square

Can't speak to their Cubano, but other dishes I've had there had been fine -- not great, but totally decent and very reasonably priced (as is their drinks, as you note). I've had fun going there for no fuss, simple meals that won't break the bank.

Need fresh yeast

Last I bought fresh yeast (which admittedly is a while ago, maybe a year), I found it at the Super Stop & Shop in Watertown. I grew up with, and learned to bake with, fresh yeast, so really like it, but agree with Jenny that I don't think it makes a big difference in the final result.

Harvard Square

Another thing to consider at RHT is their 'Happy Meal' (not on the menu, only on the blackboard upstairs, and they don't always sell it). It consists of a Russell House burger, a tallboy Narraganset, and a shot of Fernet Branca for $18. Sometimes they'll let you 'super size' it, which means adding six oysters on the half shell for another $6. It's wonderful.

I did a copy of their menu here, although I don't think it's entirely up to date:

Harvard Square

For ethnic, a new addition is Orinico -- a Venezuelan place in an alley off of JFK Street. It is a tricky place to have a restaurant, so we'll see how long it lasts (has had several different incarnations just in the few years I've lived in the neighborhood), but the one time I've gone so far was great. Grafton Street is solid, but a little boring. If you go on a nice day, the roof deck at Deadalus is one of the nicest places to spend an evening in the square (though the food is nothing special). Russell House is usually great.

Costco in Everett now selling wine and beer

Apologies if this is old news on this board, but I was surprised to see the addition of a wine and beer shop when I went to the Everett Costco today. It's a similar cage-like structure to the setup in the Waltham Costco and appears to be run by an outfit called KH&H Liqours. Costco membership is not required to shop there. Based on a quick browse, I saw some interesting things, but prices weren't particularly competitive -- seemed pretty standard.


My favorite steak experience in the Boston area (considering price and ambiance) is the steak frites at Central Kitchen in Central Square. Not sure what they whiskey selection is, but the steak is fine.

Good food and cocktails until 1AM or later

Turning this question on its head: I've found myself in the situation of coming into Logan on a redeye before 6 am in the morning and having trouble finding a place open for breakfast at that hour. Besides the 24 hour places mentioned up-thread, are there places that open very early for breakfast?

Help us find a Cozy Tavern!

Red House in Harvard Square has a fireplace, and while it probably is too fancy to be considered a tavern, the bar area where the fireplace is might just fit the bill.

Red House Restaurant
24 Union Sq, Somerville, MA 02143

ISO Whole Fish Restaurants in Boston

Saw whole Branzino at Central Kitchen this week (on the menu -- didn't have it).

Central Kitchen
567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Fun dinner spots in Central Sq or Theater District?

It does. I was also going to suggest seeing if reserving through (getting a 40% discount) would work for you, but it appears that CK is no longer part of that.

Fun dinner spots in Central Sq or Theater District?

Whoa, that website is a mess. I think it has worked in the past.

If I recall correctly, apps run in the $10-15 range and entrees from low 20's to 30. Not super cheap, but the food is good and the portions generous (I believe the steak frites is $27). Usually 4-5 app choices and 6-7 entrees.

Fun dinner spots in Central Sq or Theater District?

I really like Central Kitchen (best, though not most traditional, steak frites I've had in Boston). And it's much more Central Square then East Coast Grill. I'd also mention Hungry Mother if it doesn't have to be in Central.

Central Kitchen
567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Hungry Mother
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

East Coast Restaurant
1456 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122

Help-can't get a table at Bondir

Something maybe a little more off beat (and not as fancy as many other places in this thread), but we were really pleased with a visit to East by North East recently. Fun, whimsical small dishes, great cocktails, and unpretentious service. We had the tasting menu while there.

Best shellfish tower?

Perhaps consider Les Zygomates? I haven't had their towers, but their oysters re good, as has been other dishes I've tried there. And better ambiance than Neptune.

Off The Boat Seafood - East Boston

I went last night with my wife and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very loud and has a real neighborhood / mom'n'pop place feel to it, and the service was great, if not entirely polished.

We started with a platter of raw clams and cooked shrimp for two. The clams were probably the best raw clams I've ever had. I usually don't go for raw clams as I find them chewy -- but these were soft, briny and just delicious. Don't know if it has more to do with the season or with the restaurant, but I was pleasantly surprised.

We had two coupons of $80 total to burn, so felt we could splurge: I had the "Fruit Di Mare Alla Puopolo" -- a huge platter of mussels, clams, haddock, calamari, shrimp, scallops, and (for an extra $4) one lobster tail on a bed of linguini and scampi sauce. I was in seafood heaven. My wife had the Lobster Guiseppi -- two lobster tails on a bed on linguini and fra diavolo sauce. The sauce could have been a bit spicier, but a great deal and dish for $25.

We split a cannoli for desert, and all in all had a great time.

Based on this one visit I'd recommend it for good, solid Italian food in a very friendly, non-fancy setting. Although we live a ways away, I can see us coming back for more.

Anniversary Night

I'd consider Oleana. Fun and romantic (especially if you can get a table outside) and a very reasonably priced tasting menu (don't be put off but it being vegetarian -- if you ask, they'll make you a carnivore's tasting menu). One of the best meals I've ever had in Boston, priced, quality, and ambiance taken into account.

134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

$1 Oyster HH Every Day of the Week...

We went there last week, drawn in by the siren song of the sign. The oysters were fine, but the experience, unfortunately, atrocious: a party of four, we ordered a dozen oysters each. After what felt like a pretty long while we got two of the four dozens, but it then took a full 45 minutes for them to bring us the additional two dozens. This really put a big damper on the experience, and we declined ordering more drinks (which I'm sure we would have, had the oysters come a little more promptly -- or, at least, at the same time). I don't think we'll be going back anytime soon.

LA transplant looking for the Best Mexican Food /Markets in the Area (ESPECIALLY MOLE!!!)

Another vote for Tu y Yo ( -- very friendly place, and many *real* Mexican dishes not seen in most so-called "Mexican" restaurants.

Great steak on the menu without being a steak house??

Maybe consider Central Kitchen in Cambridge. Their steak frites is outstanding.

(I think I need to go back soon -- so good!)

Central Kitchen
567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Chinese Delivery Cambridge and surrounding towns

We live on the Cambridge / Somerville line, and recently had a delivery from House of Chang -- it was really good, although quite salty. Pork spare ribs. spicy tofu, and a noodle dish.