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Pho near Aquarium?

Good idea - a quick T ride!

May 09, 2010
PatsMoose in Greater Boston Area

Mexican Wedding Cookies? Suggestions yummy, affordable party favors?

It's not food but for my wedding I made a contribution to a food pantry for my guests rather than handing out favors that I thought people would just discard. The charity provided me with the place cards.

If that doesn't work for you what about going to a Costco or Christmas Tree Shop and getting candies that you bag up with a pretty ribbon? Or box up homemade truffles. Or peanut brittle.

May 08, 2010
PatsMoose in Greater Boston Area

Pho near Aquarium?

I'm meeting my family at the Aquarium next week and we were hoping to get Pho for lunch without going to Chinatown. Is there anything decent in the area? Or anything other good Asian food (I already know about Billy Tse's).

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Billy Tse's
240 Commercial St Lbby 1, Boston, MA 02109

May 08, 2010
PatsMoose in Greater Boston Area

Vietnamese Fresh Wrapper Spring Rolls

Worst are the ones at the Cheesecake factory. I should know better but I was desperate at the mall. They're a mess.

May 08, 2010
PatsMoose in Greater Boston Area

North End restaurant for Mother's Day

We had a really nice dinner at Lucca the other night - pork chop, orchiette pasta (very cheesy), and the fish special with lots of nice spring vegetables. Downside is that it can be a little loud.

I also really like Vinotecca di Monica on Richmond Street - great food, not ridiculously expensive in comparison with other places, and everything is fresh and creative.

If your mom is a ilttle adventurous, take her to Taranta - Italian/Peruvian food. Quite delicious!

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Lucca Restaurant
226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

May 08, 2010
PatsMoose in Greater Boston Area

NEED GREAT NORTH END RESTAURANT STAT!!

If you don't care about alcohol and table service, I recommend Volle Nolle. Artu is also open for lunch. Unfortunately a lot of the BEST restaurants in the North End aren't open for lunch.

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Volle Nolle
351 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

May 08, 2010
PatsMoose in Greater Boston Area

Where can I find the best shrimp scampi pizza or even a clam pizza?

We had a delicious shrimp scampi pizza at Angela's Coal Fired pizza the Sunday before the marathon. It might have been a special though. This wasn't for the faint of heart - lots of shrimp, garlic, and parmesan cheese, but it was REALLY good. It's this cute restaurant in a strip mall on Route 1 - very unlikely - but the pizzas and service were great and worth the short drive north.

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Angela's Coal Fired Pizza
880 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906

May 08, 2010
PatsMoose in Greater Boston Area

How does water-main break affect Boston restos?

Places like Starbucks can't serve coffee (what a shame) but the bigger restaurants should be able to deal with it with bottled water or by boiling the water.

May 02, 2010
PatsMoose in Greater Boston Area

Outdoor cafe by the water?

Oh and Joe's at the waterfront has had their tables out for a while but it gets mobbed!!

May 02, 2010
PatsMoose in Greater Boston Area

Outdoor cafe by the water?

I noticed that the Landing by the Marriott Long Wharf was open - and I imagine the Reef at the Aquarium will be following suit shortly. There's also the Sea Grille at Rowes Wharf but not sure if their tables are out yet.

May 02, 2010
PatsMoose in Greater Boston Area

Unbelieveable Brunch at Russell House Tavern

Three of us hit up Russell House Tavern for brunch yesterday and it was so good. My friend and I split the the EBLT and the crab cake sandwich while the third person ordered the anti-eggs benedict. Everything was SO good.

EBLT - this sandwich takes the breakfast classic bacon, egg, and cheese and combines it with the lunch classic BLT for a sandwich that transcends both experiences. The egg was perfectly cooked and still runny, which combined with the juices of the tomato and the mayo for a perfect sauce for the bacon, lettuce, and melted cheddar. It was served on an amazing croissant that was big enough to support all the ingredients but still tender and flaky. I am having trouble describing how something so seemingly simple could be so good but I will dream about this sandwich every morning. Yum!

Crab cake - When told by the waitress that this sandwich was served on ciabatta I was nervous that it would hard to eat but we ordered it anyway b/c we love crab cakes. This was another great sandwich. The ciabatta was actually soft so the sandwich was easy to eat and the flavor of the crab cake and the spicy aioli that was on it was able to come through. Another home run. It's also worth mentioning that the waitress informed us we could have hash browns instead of french fries with our sandwiches and we are very glad we made that switch. These were traditional hash browns like you might get in the south - shredded potatoes cooked up with seasonings - I couldn't place my finger on what the flavor was but they were addictively delicious.

The anti-crab benedict was the most un-traditional item of all - fried poached eggs served over spinach and a sausage patty with a hollindaise sauce. The flavors all worked and the crispiness of the egg was like nothing we had ever tried before. I didn't get to enjoy as much of this as I would have liked, but there was nothing left after my friend was done with it!

All in, the portions were big, the food delicious, and the prices really reasonable. This might best brunch we've ever had. We also liked that there was the upstairs that seemed more casual - and open windows to the street to enjoy the nice weather, but also the downstairs area where you could do something a little nicer if you wanted to do a special occasion brunch. We're excited to go back and try some of the other things that were tempting our palates (including a smoked brisket egg scramble!?!?!)

May 02, 2010
PatsMoose in Greater Boston Area