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Bumped from Ten Tables

I think you _vastly_ underestimate the potential for businesses to do stupid and self-destructive things. Why lately I've even heard some things about the banking industry....

Nov 26, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Great chow at Hungry Mother

Had dinner at Hungry Mother last night and was very pleased. We didn't have reservations so we ended up at a table in the bar, which was fine. I had the fried oysters appetizer, fried catfish with rice and collard greens and the lemon panne cotta with vanilla poached pears. All were very good and I thought the dessert was particularly fine.

One of my friends had the shrimp & grits with tasso ham, which I liked even better than the oysters and they both had the "french-style" gnocchi, which I also liked better than my own choice.

We had between us 3 beers and two martinis, 3 espressos, 3 deserts, three apps and three main courses and left completely stuffed for about $60/head including tip. The only minor issue was the overly-attentive staff who interrupted conversations several times to ask (generically) how things were going.

I would definitely eat there again and recommend it to anyone interested in their sophisticated-southern chow

Nov 26, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Great Bay not so Great

At my local fish market lobster rolls are going for $8.99. :-)

Nov 21, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Some recent ponderings on burgers - a burger crawl, if you will

I thought Bartley's was overrated. Generally, when I want a burger in Harvard Sq, I go to Charlie's Kitchen, which is a dive, but they do a pretty good burger. And they serve beer. (Come to think of it, the lack of beer may explain my dislike of Bartley's.)

Nov 21, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Some recent ponderings on burgers - a burger crawl, if you will

i agree about Miracle of Science. I thought their burger was greasy.

Nov 21, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Tolls and East Boston Restaurants

The rapidly deteriorating economy will force a number or restaurants out of business everywhere. The toll increases, on the other hand, could work either way. It could cause as many people outside of boston to skip a trip into boston for dinner as the other way around. I think it depends on where most of the business for these restaurants comes from. Similar argument regarding the purveyors. On the other hand, saying its irrelevant is silly. Cost increases matter to customers and businesses.

Nov 21, 2008
ljw7 in Not About Food

Who makes the best pizza in New England?

best in the world?. I've had some pizza's in Italy that weren't so bad. :)

Nov 19, 2008
ljw7 in All New England Archive

...and a pint of guinness

Tommy Doyle's is as much an Irish pub as (Ronald) McDonalds is a Scottish restaurant. And yeah, it's lame by any standard.

Nov 19, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Like Hamersleys, but not Hamersleys?

Report on Harvest: Had a very good dinner - Seafood Cerviche appetizer and the Pork - ala "Organic Vermont Pork, Butternut Squash, Braised Chard, Date-Orange Chutney & Cider Gastrique". The pork dish was excellent. There was nothing wrong with the Cerviche but it wasn't especially memorable either. My friend had the "Verrill Farms Celery Root and Apple Soup" which he liked a lot and the Monk Fish which he thought was good but not great. We split a bottle of Pinot Noir - Hitching Post for $60-odd bucks that was not bad but not much better than that. Overall, neither one of felt like we'd rush back but neither did we feel it was a mistake to try it. Still looking for my 'backup Hamersley's" but Harvest was pretty satisfying overall.

Oct 19, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Like Hamersleys, but not Hamersleys?

I think we've decided on Harvest. (Still have to find someone who wants to go to Salts with me.:-) Thank you for all the great suggestions. I'll post on Monday to say how it goes.

Oct 17, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Like Hamersleys, but not Hamersleys?

never heard of harvest but i just checked their website and it sounds fabulous. Another definite possibility.

Oct 16, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Like Hamersleys, but not Hamersleys?

Henrietta's is a good choice for the food. A definite possibility but not quite as homey though. I've been underwhelmed my last few visits to the blue room and can do without that bartender. Don't know rendezvous but I'll check it out. Thanks much.

Oct 16, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

New bistro in Danvers - 9 Elm

I went early on a Saturday night. Reasonable traffic but no wait. (Don't think the economy is helping with their launch).

Oct 16, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

New bistro in Danvers - 9 Elm

I went to 9 Elm last week. I think it had been open just a couple weeks. It's in downtown Danvers. I had a salad with pears and some squash bisque. Both very good. I wasn't thrilled with the crab cake but my daughter's salmon with lemon beurre blanc was also very good. It's a very small place and the wait staff was still getting organized but overall I was very pleased. Definitely worth another visit, especially for Danvers.

Oct 16, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Like Hamersleys, but not Hamersleys?

The roast chicken is beckoning, but I feel like I should be trying some place new. Can anyone recommend a place with the same kind of relaxed, welcoming feel and soul-satisfying chow?

Oct 16, 2008
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

in Waltham:Tuscan Grill or Il Capriccio?

Looking for a good dinner in the Watch City. Haven't been to either of these places in years. Any suggestions would be much appreciated? Thanks.

Dec 20, 2007
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Annisquam Market?

I stopped by yesterday. It's still not open. No indications that it's opening soon.

Aug 31, 2007
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

So what restaurants do live up to the hype??

Not Anise - the place is in sad need of some professional management in the dining room. The food is still generally tasty but they've dumbed it down a fair bit for American tastes. The bartender very enthusiastically told me about how hard it was to get the imported Chinese cooks to cut back on the seasoning - but sadly, they managed.

Aug 31, 2007
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Incensed with Whole Foods: Enough Incompetence!

The store should have a clear policy - we accept returns like this (and take the write-off and throw them out) - or we don't accept any returns and it should be clearly stated without being rude. For store employees to give a customer grief about wanting to return something and then accept the return is unprofessional. The customer should get a simple "I'm sorry but I can't accept that because blah" or give her back the money without comment.

Aug 31, 2007
ljw7 in Chains

Don't laugh: best strategy for chopping onions

I would have to disagree. I nearly took my finger off in a commercial kitchen years ago trying to work through a huge batch of onions when I couldn't see from the tears. Fortunately, I only got 4 stitches.

Aug 27, 2007
ljw7 in Home Cooking

Don't laugh: best strategy for chopping onions

if you chop them in small-batches and remove the chopped onions as they're finished it should help a lot. putting them in something with a tight fitting lid and closing the lid between batches would help as well.

Also, if you're not already doing it this way, I think the standard french technique of slicing partially through the onion in two directions, then finishing with a chop on the third direction is faster so there's less time to cry. Pepin's la technique and a number of other technique books explain the process.

Aug 26, 2007
ljw7 in Home Cooking

Getting my pizza onto the oven stone

I think you'll find pizza-making more fun if you use a peel.

Aug 26, 2007
ljw7 in Home Cooking

Annisquam Market?

the restaurant/market was for lease in early July. I was under the impression that it was leased, but that's all i know.

Aug 24, 2007
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

pie wars?

Best pie/tart shop in boston/cambridge: Petsi's or Hi-Rise? Or somewhere else?

Aug 24, 2007
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Any Feedback of Mare in the North End?

"organic" seafood is for the discriminating few for whom regular "free range" oysters just won't do

Aug 24, 2007
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Euromart: I have died and gone to Poland

Sorry, but I can't find Dot Avenue and locust on google maps. Is this in Boston?

Aug 24, 2007
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Looking for a good book about cooking

if you want organization and structure, I like two text books: On Cooking and the Professional Chef. Cookwise by Corriher is also pretty good. It helped me debug a pizza dough recipe that just wasn't working.

Aug 21, 2007
ljw7 in Home Cooking

Mysterious Ice Cream Triangle

Is Benson's the roadside place surrounded by farmland? Haven't been there in a few years but I have wonderful memories of great homemade blueberry ice cream made with berries from right out back.

Aug 21, 2007
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Huron Village Fishmonger?

I ended up mixing it with a quart from my local shop so I can't be too specific, but it seemed fine.

Aug 17, 2007
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area

Huron Village Fishmonger?

The best thing about shopping at the Fishmonger is that you can also go to Fromaggio Kitchen right next door, which is off the charts fabulous.

I haven't bought fish there recently, but stopped in to grab some fish stock one day a month or so ago. I have to say that I was surprised, given their location right next to FK, that they didn't have more unusual offerings. Seems like they might be missing an opportunity to distinguish themselves a bit.

Aug 17, 2007
ljw7 in Greater Boston Area