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Ode to Brookline

Absolutely love 4A coffee. Anytime I'm anywhere near there I can't help myself from stopping in, whether or not I actually "need" the caffeine fix. Pick up coffee there and then a quick jaunt down the street to Clear Flour and you've got a delicious breakfast!

Aug 15, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Boston Public Market is here

And what is ice cream (Crescent Ridge) if not a dessert? I'm curious...

Aug 04, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Boston Public Market is here

It's $3 with validation but FYI, there was a huge, non-moving line to get into that garage yesterday. If you have to drive, you may have to look around for a while for street parking or park in one of the expensive local garages, at least until the initial excitement wears off. I personally wished I would have taken the T in yesterday.

Aug 01, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Boston Public Market is here

The Jasper Hill Farm grilled cheese was *amazing* even if it wasn't $5 and for a $2 supplement I got some of the tastiest salami sec I've ever had. They also had this iron thing that heated up a block of cheese that they then scraped the bubbling cheese off of and onto potatoes. Definitely going to check that out next time!
I was really surprised by the pastrami prices but there was a line for them when I went there yesterday so I guess it wasn't deterring everybody...
So happy about this place! Also hoping that Portland market was ahead of it's time because these guys have done a great job! I remember talking to one of the founders at the first Boston Local Food Festival years ago when they were trying to get this idea off the ground. Really excited to see it come to fruition!

Aug 01, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Husk cherries?

I don't think its the season for ground cherries yet. I remember picking them locally in September last year. I would expect to see them at farmers markets in a month or two.

Jul 22, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Otto's pizza

To me, there's a difference between "mistakes happen" like getting the wrong order (and I'm guessing you either let them know and they fixed it or you decided to just eat what you were given- your prerogative) vs a mistake being made, service people blatantly lying about said mistake, seemingly in hopes that you would take the food home before noticing the mistake and then not apologizing for it. The latter doesn't fall under "mistakes happen" in my book- it falls under the category of really crappy service indicative of staff who just don't care and personally, I'd rather spend my money elsewhere. I guess that's negative but it's also accurate and IME, not a normal sort of restaurant experience, especially when you're paying $20 for a mediocre pizza.

Otto's pizza

The service there can be awful. I ordered two pizzas to go, both with sauce (one came with it by default, the other did not). When I got there to pick up my order I double-checked that they both were made with sauce. The woman at the counter opened both boxes in front of me and I saw that one clearly did not, but she said "yup, they do!" I kind of looked at her and asked her if she could check again and she shrugged and showed the pizzas to the girl next to her and they both shrugged. After a lot of negotiation, they agreed to make the pizza the way I'd ordered it, while the pizza made the right way sat there getting cold. They offered no discount and even when I talked to the manager she just made excuses, saying that's not how the pizza is normally made so they were "confused". The pizza wasn't good anyway. Don't think I'll be ordering from there again.

Jun 25, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe has opened in Woburn today!

Awesome! I'll have to get over there ASAP! Thanks so much for the update!

Jun 19, 2015
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Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

It looks like it closed around 2004 (another one opened in Revere afterwards but I never went there). That feels fairly close to "+/- 2000" but that's just me...

Jun 12, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Miss many of these but didn't see mention of Uncle Pete's BBQ in East Boston. What I remember most was their delicious and unique sweet potato biscuits and randomly their salad with a BBQ-type sauce as a dressing. Used to make a special trip there from time to time with my family.

Emma's pizza on Huron ave is my other sentimental favorite but I see that was mentioned below.

Nick's on Mass ave in Cambridge with the individual jukeboxes at each booth is a memory from my distant childhood- thanks for that happy memory!

Jun 11, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe has opened in Woburn today!

Thanks so much for the follow-up! I wish I liked lamb, but I just don't. Hope this new pork dish does make it downtown at some point as I'd love to try it!

Jun 03, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Boston Public Market Proposal

I got an email about that this morning and was really excited for the vendors they've chosen- seems like a great group and mix! The one I'm wondering about is "Noodle Lab" out of JP. They seem to have no web presence. Anyone have an inside scoop? Sounds awesome from the description, in theory anyways...

Jun 03, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe has opened in Woburn today!

Does anyone know if that dish has made it or will make it to the Boston location? Sounds exactly like what I'd want to order but Woburn is a trek for me.

Jun 01, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Whole Foods Charles River

I've had the same experience as kobuta elsewhere, which is why I though it was specific to WF. But for the record the items I've been given for free were $40 or $50 supplements and $20 olive oil, so even given that statute, it appears they were being generous.

May 22, 2015
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Whole Foods Charles River

From a quick read of that document, what it seems to say is that If a discrepancy is found, the lower price will be honored. That's different from giving the item away for free which is what I was talking about at WF. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong though.

May 22, 2015
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Whole Foods Charles River

A little known policy at Whole Foods is if you catch them at the cash register charging you for a higher price than is posted for the item (be it a sale price or just incorrect tag by the item) they will give you that item for free. I have gotten expensive supplements and olive oil free that way (which goes to show you that it happens relatively often, but it can be in your favor if you keep a close eye on the posted prices). I'm vigilant wherever I shop- I find the upcharges happen everywhere if you're not keeping an eye out for yourself.

May 21, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

+1 on Crema Cafe and Clear Flour (though unfortunately both often don't have it/run out earlier in the day). Caffe Aromi has a pretty decent one in JP and Caffe Nero's is a little less good, but both are decent, though the first 2 suggestions are definitely better IMHO.

May 11, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Besito Chestnut Hill April 2015

I think the OPs complaints about the *restaurant* are fair (and pretty much in line with everything I've read about the place in reviews prior) but I think where it all breaks down is the expectation that the service staff is going to look at you, decide that you must not want to deal with other people's children (despite the fact that you're eating lunch in a mall, albeit a somewhat more upscale mall but it tends to be full of children regardless) and decide to seat you in the "I don't want to be around kids" section. Yes, it sounds like a difficult lunch, but the complaints about a loud kid seem not terribly relevant to the service at the restaurant. If I were annoyed with the family nearby, I'd ask to move. And if they refused to move me despite having several open tables, maybe then I'd have something to complain about but other than that, it just comes off as unrelated complaining, which, much like the sound of a shrieking toddler, is a little off-putting. That was my reaction anyway.

Apr 20, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Italian Pork Sandwich?

Note that you can only get the pork sandwiches at Cutty's on certain days of the week (I want to say maybe Friday and Saturday, but definitely check with them before heading over there). I never seem to get there on the days you can get the pork which is a bummer, because its what I'd choose every time!

Apr 16, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Anybody been to the newly opened Santouka Ramen in Harvard Square yet?

I've been twice and definitely preferred Santouka to Miyake in Portland, which I found to be a little bland. Loved the shio broth at Santouka and didn't find it too salty at all. My husband got the soy sauce flavor the first time around and found it to be a little too "soy sauce-y" for our liking, but given that soy sauce is in the title, that's likely what they're going for :). For my money, Santouka's ramen is second only to Ippudo's in NYC and highly cravable.

Apr 05, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Otto in Coolidge Corner Open

Agree completely. Had some of the crappiest service I've experienced in a while there the other night. Ordered 2 pizzas to go and asked for red sauce on them. When I went to pick them up, the hostess read the order back and only mentioned sauce on one of them. I asked if there was sauce on both so she opened both boxes across from me. I saw that only one had sauce, but she said "yup, they do!" I asked if she was sure, so she opened them again and showed them to another worker next to her and kind of shrugged. They ended up reluctantly making another pizza as ordered (while the 1 correctly made pizza got cold) and charged full price for the order. Mentioned it to the woman who I'm guessing was the manager and got another shrugging response. Pizza was bland with sparse toppings. We've given it a few chances but don't plan to return. Too bad because the JP/Brookline area is lacking really good pizza options.

Mar 27, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Frank Pepe's coming to Chestnut Hill

It's funny- I've had many an pizza in NYC and can't find a single one I've been excited about. I'd prefer a New Haven pizza (Modern apizza>Pepe's, but whatever) any day over NYC, but that's just one girl's opinion. I also love Santarpio's (eat in, not take out) for whatever that's worth. Hopefully we can (almost all) agree that the Greek "Fill-in-the-blank House of Pizza" are nasty, pretty much across the board. Had a slice of one on the north shore years ago and my body pretty much immediately rejected it... Awful.

Mar 24, 2015
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Restaurants with parking?

We went to Sweet Cheeks from JP the other night, largely because they have validated parking next door at the Trilogy building (the person on the phone told me it was free when validated but it actually was $3, FWIW). The food was really good (crispy and moist fried chicken, and really well-cooked pork belly with sides) and it's nice and hearty post-shoveling! In JP there is the lot behind Blanchards if you want to go to Centre Street Cafe (though I think that lot tends to be a bit crowded these days). Please let it stop snowing soon!!!

Feb 17, 2015
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Seville Oranges in Boston?

I want to say I've seen them at Formaggio in Cambridge. Maybe give them a call?

Feb 16, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

New Menu Format at East by Northeast

Those brussel sprouts and ramen sound delicious!! Rarely get across the Charles these days, but I'll have to put this on my list for the next time I do. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 20, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Ethnic breakfasts?

If you're willing to travel down to Jamaica Plain, we've got a Scottish brunch at The Haven and a Spanish-inspired brunch at Tres Gatos. Both really unique and delicious IMHO. Not your every day "eggs and bacon" sort of breakfast joints. Both I think are only open for breakfast/brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Sounds like a fun club- enjoy!

Jan 17, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

A Big Meh for Chef Chow's House, Brookline

Yes- two different restaurants- it's Sichuan *Gourmet* vs Sichuan *Garden*, both in Brookline. The hand-pulled noodles are at S. Gourmet- they're always there, on the specials menu. The "smoky hot..." dish we get is actually beef and is at S. Garden. It's confusing, but all tasty :).

Jan 06, 2015
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Instacart- are people using it? How is it working out?

I actually haven't found this at all. I used Instacart for Whole Foods and all of the prices that I knew by heart were the same on Instacart as they are when I shop in the store. Of course, you don't benefit from the sales in the store (although they had a few of their own sales) and the produce prices seemed higher than in store, but everything else looked the same. Anyway, just one person's experience... I'll definitely use it again!

Jan 04, 2015
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A Big Meh for Chef Chow's House, Brookline

I can't speak about the other Sichuan Gourmet, but I find the Brookline one to be consistently delicious! In fact, I can't seem to stop craving the food there, so we've been eating there a lot lately. The "Gan Guo Beef" and the "hand-pulled noodles," along with the "hot and sour wonton soup" to me are as good as any Chinese dishes I've had anywhere. Sichuan Garden is also quite good- especially the cellophane noodles with minced pork and the "smoky hot shredded beef with cayenne chili". If you like Szechuan food, I really don't get the idea of needing to leave Brookline to find good Chinese!

Jan 04, 2015
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

JP Scores Another One! Centre Street Cafe

I haven't tried the new CSC (although I'm hoping to make it there for brunch tomorrow) but I actually couldn't stand the food at the old version. I figure I'm likely in the minority given the lines that formed every Sunday for brunch, and I went back a few times for brunch and dinner thinking I must be wrong with them having such a following, but I just found the food really bland, under seasoned and less well-prepared than I could do at home. I've heard good things from other local friends about the new version so I have hope... Of course, everyone's tastes are different!

Dec 31, 2014
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