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Less common seasonal produce - Worcester area

Is there someplace in the Worcester area that sells foraged and/or less common seasonal produce? e.g. ramps, fiddleheads, morels and the like.

Apr 03, 2014
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duck legs ?

BJs has whole ducks cheapish (~10-12$ iirc) if you're willing to break them down yourself. They tend to run pretty small, definitely previously frozen but serviceable.

Dec 24, 2013
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what is the single best restaurant you've been to in Boston area?

Single best meal - probably the grand tasting at Craigie, particularly the seafood items.

Favorite - has to be Strip-T's, wonderful food, intriguing ingredients, new experiences, and so very well executed.

Jul 01, 2013
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I like raw meat!

I came here to say exactly this, ESK has a dynamite tartare with great frites and the raw venison dish at StripTs was amazing (though their menu changes frequently). Couldn't agree more kimfair1 !

Apr 23, 2013
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country ham

I've ordered through Benton's online in addition to bacon, but that was in smaller quantity, quite tasty but pretty pricey

Mar 21, 2013
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Favorite top 3 dishes you had in 2012

2012 was a fine year, most memorable:

Scallops, sunchokes, brussels, chantrelles w/ bacon veloute - Blue Pear, West Chester PA
Fried clams, squid ink emulsion - Craigie on Main
Striped bass, zucchini & squash - Strip Ts

Dec 31, 2012
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Eastern Standard... standard issue

I agree completely, my favorite tartare as well, and the frites are superb. I've also had very good experiences with charcuterie and offal dishes.

Aug 16, 2012
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Russell House Tavern...everyone's favorite small plates there?

Overall I really wanted to like RHT small plates more than I did. That being said, the crispy poached egg is one of the best things I ate in 2011, the pig cake was also very good and we had a nice crudo dish on one visit. Oysters have always been good there as well. I would avoid the foie dish as yumyum noted, overpoweringly "scotchy". The terrine on the day we had it was a bland disappointment, but other charcuterie has been pretty decent though not amazing.

Mar 27, 2012
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Strip T's increasing funkiness

Had the pork/kale/provolone special earlier this week, it was superb. DC got the tongue sandwich, it was also soggy from getting it as takeout, but was pretty delicious.

Slim's assessment seems most likely, alot of regulars present while we waited.

Jan 06, 2012
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Post Your Three Favorite Things You ate in Boston in 2011

pigs head toast @ Strip T's
chu toro sashimi @ Oishii Boston
Crispy soft poached egg @ Russell House Tavern

Couldn't pick one aspect, but the pig roast @ Citizen's Public House was a wonderful and memorable experience.

Jan 05, 2012
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Pork belly

Planning on doing a whole belly porchetta in few weeks, butcher at John Dewars said they could get me whole/skin on belly with just a few days notice.

Dec 31, 2011
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Source of "trash" fish for bouillabaisse

Nice, got a good chuckle from this "recipe".

Dec 13, 2011
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Strip T's increasing funkiness

In for the first time 11/12, all of the food we had was excellent, loved the small plates we tried - octopus, pigs tail, and grilled romaine/oxtail/poached egg were all great. Burgers were also very good. We will definitely be back for the grilled romaine (really, really excellent) and to try some of the stuff we didn't as well as the specials. Very pleased to see a place in the 'burbs doing interesting food at a reasonable price.

Nov 12, 2011
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Coppa

I finally made it in recently, too. We pretty much wore out the garde manger, but did have a few dishes from the kitchen . I generally have a lowish tolerance for salt and had no issues. Solid all around, and we took the italian grinder to go for later that night - it was stellar.

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Coppa
253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Oct 22, 2011
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pork fatback

Thanks for tips all.

@StriperGuy
I actually have a bit frozen from prepping a shoulder for Momofuku recipes, it's good stuff for sure, and the confit jelly is pretty wonderful as well (though salty).

Apr 25, 2011
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pork fatback

Been meaning to get out there anyway, thanks for the tip.

Apr 23, 2011
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pork fatback

I'm looking for it to make terrines/pates, more as part of the grind than to line. I'll keep Savenor's in mind if P&J's doesn't work out. Thanks.

Apr 23, 2011
cods in Greater Boston Area

Which new Mexican-ish place should I visit first?

Taqueria Mexico is pretty decent, but Taqueria El Amigo (a mile or so away) has consistently better food in my experience. It lacks the outdoor patio, and no beer or wine, but strictly from the food perspective, you'd be better off at Taqueria El Amigo.

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Taqueria El Amigo
196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453

Taqueria Mexico
24 Charles St, Waltham, MA 02453

Apr 23, 2011
cods in Greater Boston Area

pork fatback

Anyone know a source for fatback in the waltham/watertown area? I'd be willing to travel a bit if necessary. I've asked at a couple of butchers, Market Basket (Burlington), HMart and my usual supermakets and come up empty. Best I've seen is saltpork. Any suggestions appreciated.

Apr 23, 2011
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Most common fish caught and eaten in Boston?

Bluefish is edible & tasty raw? I'm a huge fan,but have never eaten it sashimi style.

Jan 19, 2011
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Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSAs etc. Mid-Late June

Waltham Farmers Market had it's first day this past Sat., produce selection was a little thin, but what I did see looked pretty good and I got some nice strawberries and arugula. Seemed like a decent turnout early, also had a nice chat with the "pork guy" from http://www.burnshirtvalleyfarm.com/.

Jun 14, 2010
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Take Out Waltham Area

Upper Crust makes a pretty solid pie, but if Blue Ribbon is close enough, I think Sweet Tomatoes is better and right around the corner. Second Taqueria El Amigo,a real gem. I too have read good things about Beijing Star on this board, but outside of the "tea smoked duck" my personal results have been pretty mediocre to awful.

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Beijing Star Restaurant
835 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

Sweet Tomatoes
421 E Falmouth Hwy, East Falmouth, MA 02536

Jun 10, 2010
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Buying Asian cooking wines in MA?

I can only speak to Mirin, but I've seen it at Shaw's in addition to asian markets.

Jun 05, 2010
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6/4-6/6/10 Arlington Greek Festival

Any advice for a first time attendee? Food sounds great (spit roast whole animal, hard to go wrong). Thinking Sunday evening.

Jun 05, 2010
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Fresh English peas at retail?

Russo's had a big pile 12/20.

May 21, 2010
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Favorite ethnic food in Newton or surrounds?

Farm Grille as previously mentioned, Taco El Amigo in Waltham, and I think the wonton noodle soups at Number One Noodle House in Newton Centre are really good, though not quite to Chinatown standards.

Apr 29, 2010
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Nantucket Bay Scallops

Does anyone know a vendor that currently has these? I'm located in Waltham but am willing to travel a bit, I tried special ordering through Steamers in Nonantum and they were unable to get any. Thanks.

Nov 26, 2009
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Oishii

Headed to Oishii 3 tonight, any "must have" menu items? 4 people, so I expect we'll have some variety.

Nov 21, 2009
cods in Greater Boston Area