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Is PDT over-hyped?

this is why I love Chowhound, thank you very much!

Nov 06, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Manhattan

Is PDT over-hyped?

Thanks for the tip, I was probably going to call ahead by a few days (a week?) for a reservation, as I abhor lines. My friend lives in Alphabet City if you have any other recs off the top of your head. I would say we prefer cocktails over beer, and good bar food is always a plus. (I know that covers a huge range, my apologies.)

Nov 06, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Manhattan

Is PDT over-hyped?

A friend and I are visiting another friend in a couple of weeks and were brainstorming some good bars to go to. I'd heard of PDT from way back, but not a lot since. Is it worth going to or has its day passed?

Nov 06, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Manhattan

Is it crazy to try to get to Sweet Cheeks on a Friday before a Sox game?

Thanks for the tip on the fried chicken! I was actually most interested in that one. I haven't tried El Pelon or Church yet, though I do like ES.

Sep 12, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Is it crazy to try to get to Sweet Cheeks on a Friday before a Sox game?

Just made a reservation. I feel utterly stupid, but thank you!

Sep 12, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Is it crazy to try to get to Sweet Cheeks on a Friday before a Sox game?

ha! No, for some reason I thought they didn't take them. I'll try that now, thank you!

Sep 12, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Is it crazy to try to get to Sweet Cheeks on a Friday before a Sox game?

I was going to try and go out to dinner before tomorrow's game in the Fenway area. How nuts is it to try and eat at Sweet Cheeks at around 5.30 on a Friday before the game? We're just two people, amenable to sitting at the bar.

If you think we could grab a seat, what's the best meat to order? I scanned the previous dicsussions on Sweet Cheeks but there didn't seem to be a clear winner.

If you think it'd be crazy to try and go there, any suggestions of somewhere else to try? Thanks for you help!

Sep 12, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Need help finding a restaurant for Parisians with specific requirements

I've never gotten the hush puppies at Highland Kitchen! I always fill up on ricotta fritters. I'll just have to go back and try them.

Aug 13, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Need help finding a restaurant for Parisians with specific requirements

I mean, obviously Parisian food is better than Boston's, but that doesn't mean they have every type of food over there. I think American Southern was a good choice because they had never had anything like it, which was ultimately what they were looking for.

Aug 12, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Need help finding a restaurant for Parisians with specific requirements

Sorry, I meant to update! Yes they went to Estelle's and I think they really enjoyed it, and it was definitely not something they had ever seen in Paris. They said the jumbalaya app was delicious but enormous, but the hush puppies were blah--anyone have similar experiences?

Thanks for your help, everyone!

Aug 08, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Need help finding a restaurant for Parisians with specific requirements

Hi everyone, I'm posting on behalf of a friend. Her Parisian Aunt and Uncle are in town this Friday and are looking for somewhere to go out to eat. I'm told that the aunt has requested something they can't easily get in Paris, that isn't too far from their hotel (they're staying at The Lenox Hotel on Exeter Street), and my friend doesn't want to eat hamburgers. I feel like a lot of the good restaurants in that area are French-inspired, but please tell me if I'm missing something! Also, I think that the most lenient requirement is that it be close to the hotel—this is what cabs are for, right? So let's say South End is fair game.

I suggested Estelle's, Sweet Cheeks, and ICOB, but please weigh in if you feel inspired! I feel like Mexican, American Southern, or seafood are probably the least Parisian/most Boston. Thanks everyone!

Jul 23, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Decadent desserts in the afternoon near Chinatown?

Thanks for the tip, will do.

Jul 09, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Decadent desserts in the afternoon near Chinatown?

I like the way you think.

Jul 09, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Decadent desserts in the afternoon near Chinatown?

Thanks! I keep forgetting about that location. Do you have any specific recommendations at either?

Jul 09, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Decadent desserts in the afternoon near Chinatown?

Ooh yes! Thanks for reminding me. This had crossed my mind initially but I forgot to include it in my list. I've only had their coffee, which I love, but I haven't had their desserts—are they really good? They do look good, but sometimes looks can be misleading (nothing worse than a disappointing dessert.) I'm a baker myeslf and am trying to figure out how to say I have relatively high standards (though not impossibly high!) without sounding like a total snob. Too late?

Jul 09, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Decadent desserts in the afternoon near Chinatown?

I'm giving blood Friday afternoon at 274 Tremont Street and am looking to treat myself to a mid-afternoon decadent dessert from a bakery/cafe/restaurant as a reward afterwards, and I'm in the mood for something chocolatey. Any ideas?

A few things I'm considering are Flour, Chocolee, and the South End Buttery. I'd say something within 20-25 minutes walking is best, and preferably a cafe setup (not table service.) I suppose I could also extend this radius to anything on the way back to Park Street, or right off the T in Cambridge that I could get to on the way back home to Davis—OK I guess that really leaves it wide open, though hopefully it's not too too broad. Any suggestions appreciated, thanks!

Jul 09, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Bronwyn

Good point on the fiddlehead puree, I had totally forgotten about it because I thought the knodel itself was so delicious, but yeah the fiddlehead was too delicate. Interesting on the egg remoulade, I was very interested in ordering the pierogi--would you still recommend it?

May 18, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Bronwyn

I thought it was really fantastic, I went with three other people so I was able to try a fair bit. The bierwurst, lemon weisswurst, currywurst and kielbasa were all incredible. Tim is truly talented with sausages.

I loved the Giant Pretzel, though it was definitely more toasty and less doughy than I was expecting. The mustard sauce it came with was delicious.

Honestly I wasn't as crazy about the bread basket, but I didn't try the challah. It was good, just not as amazing as the other stuff.

The Drei cocktail was quite delicious, a bit tart and bitter but in a good way.

The knodel was great, as was the GurkenSalat (basically pickled onions, cucumber, and dill.)

The Borscht was like none I'd had before—rich and smooth with a real clean bright beet flavor.

The potato salad was good though I probably won't order it next time, just didn't blow my socks off.

I think my favorite item, honestly, was the Rebekuchen with smoked ramps. Good lord, it was heavenly—buttery and tender with a dark crunchy exterior. Then again, I'm a sucker for a good fritter.

The German chocolate cake was honestly a bit dry. Not sure if this was an opening night hiccup, but I'd give it another shot. Excellent deep cocoa flavor, though.

Service was a little slow but I chalk that up to opening night, everyone was extremely nice.

I can't wait to go back and in an attempt to order every. single. thing.

May 16, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Chicago Style Pizza in Boston?

haha! Love this story. Maybe you're on to something, maybe instead of emulating NY-style pizza we should strike out on our own and rethink it entirely. I'm a big fan of cheddar...

May 09, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Chicago Style Pizza in Boston?

Can you think of an example of another food revolution we had in Boston? Food trucks perhaps? Coffee?

May 08, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Chicago Style Pizza in Boston?

All good points. I think we would also need to make pizza "cool" again, too. Though what reallyt is needed is a deap-seated respect for pizza, rather than a fad that will fizzle.

May 08, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Chicago Style Pizza in Boston?

Do you think there's hope for pizza in Boston? I know there are good joints here and there, but we don't seem to have our own respected pizza culture. What do you think it would take to start the pizza revolution in Boston?

May 07, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Salts vs. TW Food

Oh man, can't really go wrong with either. I just went to Salts for the first time this past weekend and it was truly spectacular, though honestly I'd say I enjoy the desserts at T.W. Food more, but that is just because they are more my style—a little more intense and heavier. I liked the salads better at T.W. Food but I think the main courses were a little more memorable at Salts. I'd say Salts is probably a bit more of a special occasion place, but I really have a soft spot for T.W. Food so I hate to say anything against it. Sorry if this was not at all helpful, but really, they are both great.

Apr 30, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Chocolate Madness Festival—has anyone been?

Great, thanks!

Apr 27, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Chocolate Madness Festival—has anyone been?

This was extremely helpful, thanks.

Apr 26, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Chocolate Madness Festival—has anyone been?

Thanks for the advice.

Apr 25, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Chocolate Madness Festival—has anyone been?

I hadn't heard of Taza's block party but that does sound fun, thanks for letting me know.

Apr 25, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Chocolate Madness Festival—has anyone been?

This year it's Tuesday April 30th in the South End.

Did anyone go to this last year? If so, was it fun? I am always on the fence about food festivals, because they are always expensive and I fear that it will be one of those things where it's totally swamped and I'll my spend my entire time waiting in line for paltry samples. Do other people have this fear or experience with them?

Anyway, any advice on this would be much appreciated, thanks!

http://www.prochoicemass.org/events/c...

Apr 25, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Why Does Everyone Pick on the Seaport?

The mall and disneyworldish comments here strike a chord with me, the development of Seaport doesn't seem organic, it seems forced.

Mar 28, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area

Looking for chef to cook dinner at house. Any suggestions?

Here is something to look into:

http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blo...

Mar 27, 2013
xerxes_xerxes in Greater Boston Area