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One morning & afternoon before game 6

Arriving at Logan around 8:30 in the morning, staying at the Intercontinental. Never been to Boston and will have from the time I drop off my bag at my hotel 'til the time my friend and I head over toward the ballpark to explore. Thoughts on where to get a good lunch and dinner -- looking for casual with good food and beer selections? Any recommended sightseeing/historic places to visit that are simply must-see for what is essentially a one-day trip? Thanks!

Oct 28, 2013
Whigsboy in Greater Boston Area

Notion is coming back!

Never ate there, but read mostly really good things. Any time line on when it's opening?

Nov 01, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Help a NYC Chowhound out in Pittsburgh!

My vote would be for Spoon, if they can accommodate your group. Last two meals there have been excellent, and that includes the cocktails. Service was also really good. I like Salt, but think it's a little overrated.

I would have said Cure, but doubt they could handle a group of that size and it's still BYOB, although that's apparently going to be changing soon. That said, it's worth a call to see if they could do a group of 10.

Enjoy the 'burgh!

Nov 01, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Cure VS. Union Pig

I would highly recommend a visit to Cure. Only ate there once, with another couple, and it was a fantastic meal. Service was excellent. Wonderful atmosphere. And everything we ate was very good to excellent. I've eaten at Salt twice and while it was mostly enjoyable both times, the only thing that might take me there instead of Cure is the ability to get cocktails/beer. In any case, get yourself to Cure and see for yourself. I suspect you won't be disappointed.

May 15, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

kid-friendly weekday lunch in Pittsburgh (& a dinner)

I'd argue against Bettis Grill. It's just a sports bar with slightly more food options. Ate there once with a large group (family) and nobody was particularly pleased with their food. It definitely has the chain restaurant vibe.

We've taken our kids to Dinette in East Liberty/Shadyside and had no problem. Not necessarily a cheap family dinner, but great food: pizzas and apps. Focus is on simple food, high quality ingredients.

Also, Church Brew Works is definitely a good option with kids. Some good food (not universally great) and the interior is something to behold. Get the perogie of the day.

Apr 30, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Where to eat in Pittsburgh?

I'd second Cure or Root. Both are BYOB. Salt of the Earth is on the top of everybody's list, but IMO either Cure or Root are on par, they just don't have a bar like Salt.

If you're looking for something a little more polished inside, Spoon or Eleven are excellent options.

Lunch in the Strip District or Market Square is fun. In the Strip, you can get some excellent street food, bahn mi from Lucy (not sure where her stand is these days) or tacos from the stand in front of Reyna's or some good simple seafood at Penn Avenue Fish Company.

Can also get some excellent mussels and tarte flambe at Park Brugge in Highland Park, but can be a bit of a wait there since they don't take reservations.

Have fun.

Apr 18, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Favorite dishes from recent Chicago trip

Had the chance to eat at some excellent spots while in town last week. Frontera on Friday, GT Oyster on Saturday, Publican on Sunday, Purple Pig on Monday.

Hard to pick a favorite. The standouts were:
- the duck with pine nut mole at Frontera
- rib chop, I believe, at Publican (had a few in me and we had a sizable group, so what exactly was what was a bit hard to follow at times)
- the "JLT" at Purple PIg
- churro and Mexican soft serve at Xoco

Had a few disappointments as well. Lobster mac 'n cheese at GT was just not good. A trendy dish, I know, but wanted something a bit heartier after the oysters (which were quite good) and sunfish ceviche (also excellent). A good bit of lobster, but almost no cheese. The bartender may have heard me say to my friend that it was disappointing (I swear I did not say it loud), because she gave me the half doz oysters on the house.

The sirloin steak at Publican was mediocre at best. Although it looked to be rare- to medium-rare, it was dry and didn't have much flavor. Everything else was really enjoyable, especially that chop. The rub on it was just ridiculous. Service was okay. Our server was a little grumpy. It was late on a Sunday, though, so I'll cut her some slack.

The bone marrow at Purple Pig was good, but did not blow be away. I know there's only so much you can do to roasted bone marrow, but as I was eating it, saw one or two other items on the menu that may have been a better choice. Service was great, though, and what a really cool place. The pig jowl on that BLT was truly like crispy butter, topped with a fried egg. Man! And the Barbera I had was fantastic.

Had the churro twice. Once after Frontera, just by itself. Had it the next night walking back to the hotel from GT, but this time could not pass up the soft serve. Dipped one into the other. Little bit of heaven right there.

Of my four favorites, hard to choose one as the winner. If I HAD to choose, probably the duck, just because of that mole. But on another day, I might have picked something else.

All said, Chicago food is hard to beat. Can't wait to come back.

Apr 10, 2012
Whigsboy in Chicago Area

Lone diner at Frontera or Purple Pig?

Thanks, Kathryn. I'll probably hit Frontera Friday and try to hit Purple Pig on Monday.

Mar 29, 2012
Whigsboy in Chicago Area

Dining Alone Recommendations

Very funny, raclette. We're obviously thinking alike: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841297

Maybe I'll see you at Frontera on Friday! :D I'll be the one who, if the thousand times I've been told in the last 3 years is any indication, apparently looks a lot like Obama.

Mar 29, 2012
Whigsboy in Chicago Area

Lone diner at Frontera or Purple Pig?

Arriving Friday afternoon for a conference and planning on just eating alone Friday night. I really want to go to the Purple Pig and Frontera,

Is there a bar at Frontera where I could maybe get a seat without too long of a wait? Or would I have a better chance at Purple Pig? (Heck, wondering if I could do both!)

Was also thinking about trying Purple Pig on Monday, but would likely have a group of 3 or 4. Don't know how feasible that would be, though. Don't mind waiting, but also have reservations at Maude's that night, so could just skip the worry altogether.

Have reservations at Publican on Sunday and GT Oyster on Saturday.

Any suggestions for later-evening cocktails/beers Sat and Sun? Not looking for a scene, just a place to get a good drink around the magnificent mile area that won't be slammed with people, although I realize that may be asking too much.

Thanks.

Mar 28, 2012
Whigsboy in Chicago Area

Regent Square Theatre - Good, Casual Dinner Close by?

I'll second Root. And have heard/read really good things about Alma.

Mar 22, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Pastured Eggs

The cost is really not so much about what the market will bear, but rather what the farmers providing these eggs need to charge to cover their costs and make a small profit. Caring for true free-range chickens is not easy and many of the farms who provide them also do grass-fed beef or free-range pork, etc. It's quite a task, requires a lot of work, and I don't think any of these folks are anywhere near making a comfortable living doing it.

Not that you're necessarily suggesting otherwise, I just think it's important to note that the price of free-range eggs or sustainably raised meat, etc., from my experience talking with farmers and reading about this subject, is tied more closely to the higher costs it takes to produce them.

Mar 22, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Pastured Eggs

That's about par for the course. I typically get my eggs @ McGinnis Sisters, from an Amish farm in New Wilmington. They run $4/dozen. That's probably the best price you'll see, unless it's somebody who keeps a few chickens in their backyard and, like you said, sells them on the side of the road or something, and don't think you'll see any of that nearby to Oakland.

Mar 13, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Best Restaurants Near University of Pittsburgh

Not fine dining, but good Asian cheap eats at Lu-Lu's Noodles on Craig St, near the museum. Our experience at the new location of Legume, about 2 miles further up Craig Street, was not great. But it was only the second night it had been open. I have since read some really good reports about Legume, so might be worth checking out.

A little further away in Shadyside/East Liberty are some good options and are probably better bets. Soba, if you like Asian, Salt of the Earth or Dinette in East Liberty. The chefs of these latter two restaurants are both up for best new chefs (Mid-Atlantic).

Mar 07, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Great meal at Cure in Lawrenceville

It was atop some crostini, and it was excellent!

Feb 29, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Great meal at Cure in Lawrenceville

Well, there are only like 5 apps, but if you just had the apps we had and the cake, I'd say that'd be a good meal -- for me at least.

As for the espuma, it was pretty much a blonde sauce - if that's what the espuma was. I'm not sure what else on the plate it could have been.

Feb 29, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Great meal at Cure in Lawrenceville

Went to Cure on Friday night w/ another couple and had a fantastic meal. Service was excellent, love the look and feel of the restaurant. I had read complaints about the music being too loud, but I didn't think so at all, and, of course, I really enjoyed the selection (Spoon, Arcade Fire, Talking Heads, etc.).

Food-wise, everything was really enjoyable. Split the salumi, foie blonde, and white bean soup with kale/goat cheese among our table and everything was spot on. The selection on the salumi plate was particularly fantastic.

I had the meat pie, which was like a pot-pie served bottom up: rich and luscious. My wife's heritage chicken was perfect, with this creamy potato espuma over it. There may have been too much of the potato espuma, as it sort of overwhelmed the other components on the plate (pancetta, escarole), but it was still delicious. Did not taste the pork loin, but our friend enjoyed it, and the bites of the lamb rack I had were great.

Split the cheese plate and chocolate souffle cake with pistachio butter for dessert. Cheese plate did not blow me away, but it was good. It could probably use some fine tuning. We all loved the souffle and it went really well with the zinfandel we happened to have open at that time of the meal.

We were there for 2.5 hours, never felt rushed, service couldn't have been more friendly. The chef/owner came around once or twice, quietly, just peaking here and there to see if people seemed to be having a good time, and then would quickly return to the open kitchen.

Overall it was a great meal and experience and we'll definitely be back. You'll definitely drop a good dime here, even though it's BYOB, but, if you can afford it at the moment, I highly recommend paying Cure a visit.

Feb 27, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Anybody been to Cure?

Thanks for the report. Going tomorrow night. Excited for the beef heart tartare.

Feb 23, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Anybody been to Cure?

Have read mostly good things about Cure in Lawrenceville on some of the other restaurant sites, but have yet to see it mentioned on Chow. Anybody been? Thoughts?

Thinking of going in the next few weekends. From what I read, it sounds a lot like a great restaurant I went to in Toronto last year, Black Hoof. If you ever go to Toronto, I highly recommend paying a visit to Black Hoof. Location sucks. But, particularly if you are a meat eater, it's worth the trip.

Feb 16, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

BRGR cranberry

Finally ate at this location. Just lunch by myself. Kobe burger. Good, but not fantastic by any stretch. Burger was cooked a little more than my liking, closer to medium than medium rare. Bun left a little to be desired. No fried pickle. Next time.

Did get the seasonal slaw. It was... okay. Non-creamy slaws, which I generally favor, have begun to proliferate, and I continue to be unimpressed. At BRGR, the idea was nice: big hunks of cabbage, thin carrot slices, golden raisins, etc. But it was under-dressed and just not enough to bring together into a real slaw. At least it was better than the one I had at Echo, which was downright terrible. How anybody let that thing out of the kitchen was beyond me.

I guess I could be faulted for being nitpicky. But, I'm sorry, if I'm paying $4 for some slaw (at BRGR), it better freakin' be good.

That said, I'll probably go back. Free wi-fi, a decent burger, and a good beer selection is enough to get my occasional business.

Jan 23, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh: Restaurants Near Springhill Suites (Northside)

Surprised nobody has mentioned Brix. I haven't been yet but really want to go. Have read quite positive things on other dining/restaurant sites.

Jan 23, 2012
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

BRGR cranberry

I may give it a try b/w Christmas and New Year's, although will likely have the kids in tow, so will definitely be at a table during the week.

Dec 20, 2011
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Dish South Side PGH-- Italian

My limited experience -- two trips -- has been excellent service.

Dec 09, 2011
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

BRGR cranberry

I have heard/read numerous bad reports about the Cranberry location, both food wise (overcooked, tiny burgers) and poor service. I live out that way and have avoided it so far because of those reports. Unfortunate, 'cause had a great burger at the Shadyside location.

Hoping that when Tamari ever opens out here that it won't fall prey to the same problems.

Dec 06, 2011
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Quick first-bite review of Meat & Potatoes

Also almost skipped it b/c of the reports of poor service. You wouldn't necessarily call it friendly service. It did feel a bit harried, but it was a Saturday at peak dining hours. We did not have any of the problems I've seen reported on other sites.

Nov 23, 2011
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Quick first-bite review of Meat & Potatoes

Finally made it to Meat & Potatoes in the "Cultural District" on Saturday night.

My overall impression is that the food was quite good but, if I'm going to be nitpicky, the kitchen needs to eventually expand its horizons a bit. More on that later.

First, those killer fried Brussel sprouts. Fantastic. I'd go back just to get them and I need to figure out how to make them on my own (roast, then fry?). There was a "dipping sauce," a blue-cheesy kind of thing. I didn't even ask. I didn't really care. The rest of the table agreed.

Devils on horseback app /"snack" was pretty good. These are chorizo-stuff dates wrapped in bacon, topped with a sweet sauce of some kind. Good, but a bit too sweet. The chorizo got lost.

I had a fewtastes of the mac n' cheese (pork belly, tallegio). Also quite good. The pork belly had the same flavor as the bacon to me, however.

Wedge salad, blue cheesey type dresssing and... bacon. The crunch of a big wedge of iceberg and the creamy dressing is just a great combo. Bacon could have been incorporated in a more subtle way, but others would probably say just the opposite.

The gnocchi bolognese. Again, quite good. Two people got this and raved. I had my share of it and it was good. There was pancetta and short rib in the bolognese. I got the flavor of those meats, but not a ton of the meat itself. The gnocchi were a bit too soft but otherwise a nice dish.

I didn't get to taste the short rib, so won't comment. Person who had it loved it.

I had the smoked pork chop, topped with pastrami and baked beans, with an apple slaw on the side. The pork itself was really good and loved the beans. The pastrami on top, well, tasted like... bacon, and the slaw was clearly an afterthought.

Desert, panna cotta with salted caramel topping. This was a miss for me. The desert comes in a little jar. Cute presentation, but the panna cotta wasn't particularly creamy, so the salted caramel topping (which was the whole reason my wife and I got it) couldn't be incorporated into the rest of the dish. The jar thing may work for some deserts, but not this one. And the panna cotta itself needs work.

Drank wine so can't comment on the cocktails. Service was good. A bit of a wait b/w apps and entrees, but I actually prefer that. Gives the stomach some time to recuperate and makes the meal more relaxing.

So I'd probably go back to Meat & Potatoes. But, back to the beginning here -- and I say this fully recognizing that the name of the restaurant has "meat" in it and that I'm being hypercritical -- but too many dishes (and we only had a few) have an excessive amount of meat w/ similar flavor profiles. Part of that is what we ordered. Looking back at the menu, there are starters and entrees that don't have these meats, but a LOT of them do.

So I guess that if I had to offer a recommendation, it would be to be a little less reliant on "meat" -- or at least particular meats -- or finding more creative ways to get hints of meats into dishes, other than, say, laying slabs of bacon on top of a big wedge salad or slabs of pastrami on a really nice, perfectly cooked smoked pork chop.

Overall, though, a nice addition to the downtown and Pittsburgh dining scene. Our table left perfectly satisfied and happy.

Nov 22, 2011
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Notion - A Return Visit

Certainly makes me want to pay a visit. Wish Notion would just move to E. Liberty. That part of town is really starting to take shape and it would be a great addition.

Thanks for the great report.

Nov 15, 2011
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Visiting Grove City/Cranberry Twnshp area-need help with food items

penn mac definitely has 00 flour and you can mail order it as well. pink salt and rennet would probably be easily mail ordered as well.

Eating - I always recommend North Country Brewing if in the Grove City area. It's another 6 miles south in Slippery Rock. Nothing fancy, but quality food and beer.

Nov 03, 2011
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Ate at the "new" Legume and...

I hope so. But it would take a lot of good word of mouth from people I trust to get me to return. With 2 kids and busy schedules, dinners out at good restaurants are luxuries these days, and I want to make everyone count.

Oct 31, 2011
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania

Dining Suggestions for Pennsylvania, namely Grove City,Cranberry and Pittsburgh area DDD

Let me 3rd North Country Brewing. Nothing fancy, but always get an enjoyable meal. The approach there is sustainability - a lot of local products. Can be very busy on weekends.

Further south in Cranberry you won't find much of note, unless you get lucky and the second location of Tamari is open by then (assuming it's as good as the original location closer to downtown). You might want to check closer to your departure to see if it's open yet.

Also in Cranberry, higher end, is Echo. I have only had apps and a sandwich at lunch time and have not been impressed. It has received some raves on various foodie sites, but if you're spending the money, might as well keep on driving into the city and go to Salt of the Earth or Eleven.

Oct 31, 2011
Whigsboy in Pennsylvania