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Blue Ribbon BBQ, in Arlington

I love blue ribbon but have had 'fall off the bone' ribs there before. My most recent ribs were that way and it kind of dissapoints me. I had a conversation with one of the guys and I like the way he put it "Everyone has an off day with some things".

Maybe my ribs were just off. In the past they haven't been this way so I am not worried but I wouldn't refute that the meat was falling off the bone as I have experienced it in the past.

Regards,
DB

Nov 13, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

Post holiday work gathering for 100-135 for Early Jan.

Just wondering if anyone has any recs for a place with good food (need sit down dinner) that can seat 100 plus and will have parking (valet or not. A few 5 minute talks will need to be given so one open space (instead of a few rooms). Would be really great.

Thanks,
DaveB

Nov 07, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

Hot Lobster Roll...on a buttered roll

The roll is so tasty just the mention of it makes me want to go there tonight for dinner.

Nov 07, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

Where can I find Burrata?

I also heard that it was being made on the east coast by a family in PA (outside of Philly I think). Not sure of where exactly but it would make sense to serve the east coast need for it.

Nov 07, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

dim sum during the week?...

I must agree with hargau on this one. I find some of the fried things to be better at Chau Chau City but think overall that Hei La Moon is tastier.

Nov 06, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

Looking for the BEST restaurant in Boston

I agree with Troquet and Clio. The only time I was at Lespalier the food was nothing special and the service wasn't that great. It seems to be a place of the past and I see no reason for me ever to return.

I have yet to get to Aujourd'hui but hope to soon.

Clio or Troquet are both fantastic.

Regards,
DaveB

Sep 06, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

Soul Fire BBQ-yum

The two times I had brisket from Soul Fire it was devoid of moisture and tenderness. The first time it was rubbery and dry to the extent only a thorough soaking made it edible. Hoping that wasn't the case all the time I made the mistake of trying it again.

The second time it was also dry and had the consistency of cardboard. Having done BBQ in Memphis and being as howndish as they come I find it surprising that people are liking this place. I want to like it very badly as it is the closest BBQ joint to my house but truly can not.

-DaveB

Aug 26, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

CLIO MENU?

I wouldn't bother with L'Espalier. Last time I was there the food was just fine. At those prices it should be fantastic. My DC's all agreed that there are other much better options (the other two you mentioned as well as Troquet). I haven't been to Clio but am hankering to go there.

Just my quick two cents.

-Dave

Aug 12, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

Neptune Oyster Lunch today

While looking at rooms in the north end for the function I have been asking for advice on we went to Neptune for lunch today. Having read many posts about their warm lobster roll, and loving lobster rolls, I had to have it.

My DC had the warm lobster roll as well alongside a tuna salad that looked incredible.

The rolls showed up with perfectly salted fries on an amazingly tasty bun (brioche I think). The rolls were over flowing with lobster and for $19 looked to be just as good a deal as other places.

THANKS HOUNDS!!!! My suspect feeling was certainly converted into a full belief of the tasty warm butter lobster roll.

Followed up lunch with an espresso and 1/2 canolli at the newly redone modern for the perfect lunchtime get-away from the office.

DaveB (formely Tzonis)

Jul 19, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

Lucca in the north end?

After deciding on Lucca thanks to the rec's from here and the space I am now looking for rec's for the limited menu we will be offering.

I plan on eating there before setting the menu but wanted to see if any hounds have had great experiences and what their favorites have been.

Thanks for helping me with the whole process!

-DaveB

Jul 19, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

Private Room for 40 in General?

After consulting with Mamma Marias it looks like the cost is a little high. Does anyone have a rec for anywhere in Boston that has chowish food for around $50 a head?

Thanks everyone!

-DaveB

Jul 19, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

Private Room for 40 in the north end?

Does anyone have a suggestion for a private room in the north end to hold 40 people for dinner? Thanks in advance!!!

-Dave

Jul 18, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

Blowfish Sushi? Rec's etc

Do they stay away because the food is bad or they just don't like it in general.
Thanks,
DaveB

Jul 07, 2006
DaveB in San Francisco Bay Area

HONEY?

Cheryl,
Where in Boston do you get it? I enjoy Fage daily (have 0% normally, but love regular) but now want to try this other yogurt! Please let me know where.

Thanks,
Dave B

Jul 07, 2006
DaveB in General Topics

Blowfish Sushi? Rec's etc

I am headed there this Saturday night. Its been years since I have been (am from Boston) and was wondering what recommendations local hounds have for there these days. I searched but found primarily older posts with nothing inside of 8 months or so.

Thanks everyone,
Dave

Jul 07, 2006
DaveB in San Francisco Bay Area

SoulFire Report

I know its a pain in the butt and don't look forward to doing it this weekend (though I will as its my preferance). Most high volume/high price rib places leave it on which is what bothers me a little bit. The "Lone Bone" at Blue Ribbon is over $2 and at two bucks a rib its something that should be removed in my opinion.

This doesn't stop me from frequenting blue ribbon as its the best bbq around but its something that nags me as laziness and complacency as the best bbq joint around. I once asked why they don't remove it and they guy had no idea what a membrane on the rib was. Its a shame because I know for a fact the guy has been working there for over 3 years easily.

Having eaten BBQ in memphis for a 4 day "tour de BBQ" every place I remember (now its a year or so later thus I could be wrong) had the membrane removed and better BBQ than Blue ribbon.

Just my two cents on the matter.

DaveB

Jun 28, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

Shopping for Asian cookware

There is a restaurant supply place right be Hei La Moon. Its on the large street to the right when facing Hei La's front door.

Sorry for the bad directions but the place had nice looking stuff cheap.

-dave

Jun 28, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

SoulFire Report

I walked by here the other night (live sort of near by) and am a BBQ fiend. One pet peeve I have (and blue ribbon does this too) is leave the membrane on the bottom of the ribs. Do you remember if SoulFire removes it?

Thanks for the heads up and as the reports trickle in I may be forced to try it as well as continuing my drives to Blue Ribbon.

Jun 28, 2006
DaveB in Greater Boston Area

Option of 100 posts per page...

I like the new look but am sad that I can't see many posts at once. Maybe offer the option of seeing 100 posts on each page?

Thanks, like the look not sure of the format.

Jun 24, 2006
DaveB in Site Talk