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Best Italian Restaurant in North End

I've always had success @ L'Osteria on Salem St. Limoncello is ok too as is Artu on Prince St. Enjoyed Euno as well, but others disagree.

Apr 15, 2014
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Soliciting Input on 60th B-day dinner

Thoughts re; Tempo & Il Capriccio in Waltham & Vecchia Roma in Newton? Have been to Il Capriccio which I remember enjoying but not finding as exceptional as folks say. Worried about noise level & value @ Tempo & don't know whether Vecchia Roma is a hidden gem or an open disaster.

Apr 08, 2014
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Best Steak House in Boston

Abe & Louis & Grill 23 are the tops for steaks & martinis. Mooo, Capital Grill & Boston Chops are good. Smith & Wollensky & Ruth's Chris, not so much. Can't speak to Morton's.

Apr 04, 2014
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where to buy lamb shanks in Metro West

Now that John Dewar & Co. has shuttered both Newton & Wellesley locations, where can one buy quality lamb shanks?

Mar 30, 2014
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Restaurant near TD Garden for large group

In the North End, L'Osteria on Salem St. handled a party of 15 of mine last summer with aplomb. Artu on Prince St. is good too. If you want to be near the Garden because you're trying to make a game, then The Fours & Grand Canal, both on Canal St., are acceptable, if not culinarily exciting.

Mar 24, 2014
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Where Have All the Greek Restaurants Gone?

I've been for lunch to Taso near the Norwood airport. Very good gyros platter & friendly service. Had decent experience @ Desfina's as well. Spoiled as a former Chicagoan by that city's fabulous Greetown (Greek Islands, Santorino's et al.).

Mar 24, 2014
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Wellesley and vicinity

Spiga off Highland on Needham/Newton border is good Italian; Blue on Highland in Needham is decent "New American", and Dunn Gahrein is a solid, casual restaurant/bar on Eliot St. in Newton. In Wellesley, Capt. Marden's on Linden St. is simple, fresh seafood & BYOB.

Mar 17, 2014
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Dinner in/near Burlington - help for a NY 'hound!

Bonefish Grill & Not Your Average Joe's, both in Wayside Plaza, are decent.

Feb 10, 2014
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Recs near the Park Plaza

Gaslight, or to a lesser degree, Cinqacento, both on Harrison.

Jan 29, 2014
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What to order at Mooo tomorrow?

Sirloin strips are very flavorful. 12 oz. or 14 oz w/au poivre. They make a nice martini too.

Jan 15, 2014
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January 2014 Openings and Closings

A haunted location? More likely, this is what restaurateurs get for opening places that are indifferent to their patrons--maybe the thinking is that college-aged students don't merit top-notch service. Can't understand how a restaurant can open with so little reserves that it can't last until word of mouth (positive, of course)draws attention to it.

Jan 11, 2014
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Roslindale

I've had good dinner experiences @ Delfino & Birch St. Bistro, but West Roxbury or Jamaica Plain may be a better bet for lunch. Pleasant Cafe is passable in a retro kind of way.

Jan 09, 2014
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North End for 18th birthday

L'Osteria

Jan 07, 2014
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December 2013 Openings and Closings

Mediocre service & food. Wouldn't surprise me to see another Mexican restaurant to challenge Margarita's.

Dec 30, 2013
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Best steak in Boston area?

Grill 23, Abe & Louis makes an excellent steak (& martini), Mooo. All 3 are in the top tier--Capital Grille is next. Lesser steakhouses are Smith & Wollensky & Ruth's Chris. Haven't been to Del Friscos or Mortons.

Dec 30, 2013
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North End Boston

L'Osteria, Artu, Limoncello

Dec 08, 2013
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Best "classic" martini

Can't go wrong with Oak Bar, Abe & Louis or the former Ritz Bar. Terrific martini @ Black Pearl in Newport, but a bit too far to drive, I guess.

Nov 25, 2013
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Brasserie Jo or Tico

Haven't been to Tico, but have been several times to Brasserie Jo. Very dependable. If you're arriving @ happy hour, take advantage of complimentary appetizers @ bar.

Nov 06, 2013
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3 Squares in Needham. Anyone been?

Nice & clean inside. Waitress was pleasant & attentive. Food was fairly priced & perfectly ordinary. Cup of clam chowder was tasty, but grilled cheese that advertises 3 cheeses & a fancy bread was served on white bread as best as I could tell. My companion had steak tips and said they were fine, but not best ever. Dunn Gahrin nearby is a better bet for lunch. Haven't been for bkft.; certainly a step up from Bickfords.

Oct 11, 2013
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Is Fiorella's in Newton still good

Still dependable and comparatively reasonably priced. Mark-up on wines not excessive.

Sep 26, 2013
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Hostess and Drakes Cakes back...

They're just dusting off the Twinkies that have been in storage since Wonder went Chapter 11. Those things & cockroaches are all that will survive the end of days. More interested in the fate of Sno-Balls, which at least contained some food products.

Sep 20, 2013
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Great, inexpensive lunch and dinner options in Natick/Needham/Newton

Dunn Gahrin on Eliot St. in Newton, Farm Grille, Mick Morgan's on Needham St. in Newton.

Sep 19, 2013
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north end/faneuil hall area bachelorette dinner

North End: L'Osteria on Salem St. is reasonably priced and accommodated a party of 13 of us last month. In Faneuil Hall, Anthem has tables in enclosed porch toward the rear that aren't as noisy as sidewalk patio or interior and decent food.

Sep 08, 2013
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back bay restaurants

Brasserie Jo on Huntington, Gaslight on Harrison, both nice bistros. Island Creek in Kenmore is very good, but hard to get into. If you want to splurge on a steak, Grill 23 & Abe & Louis both in Back Bay, are solid.

Aug 23, 2013
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restaurants accommodating large parties without charging huge $$$ for room rental

Looking for Boston restaurants that can handle a party of 14-16 people on a couple of weeknights this month in an arrangement where we can hear each other. Not looking to spend $$$$ for the cost of a separate room.

Aug 01, 2013
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Cinquecento--Much Anticipated, Very Meh

Agree that it's noisy & not as good as sister restaurant Gaslight also on Harrison (can't gripe about free parking though!), but we had a lovely anniversary dinner. Restaurant acknowledged the event with a free glass of champagne and spruced up our dessert. Food was good and service was attentive.

Jun 11, 2013
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Isabella's in Dedham

It's always been a dependable restaurant; better than the chains @ Legacy Place.

Jun 01, 2013
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Italian Birthday Dinner?

In Boston, cinquecentro on Harrison, in North End, L'Osteria, in Roslindale, Delfino, Fiorella is casual in Newton, Spiga in Needham, and Basil in Medfield is worth the trip.

May 21, 2013
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Saturday Brunch West or South of Boston?

Looking for somewhere to go the Sat. of Memorial Day Weekend.

May 10, 2013
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lunch in Newton/128 area

Dunn Gaerin's on Eliot St. in Newton--very close to Rt. 9/Rt. 128 entrance.

Apr 29, 2013
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