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Foodies from Toronto spending 3 nights in Providence

Grrl, I know what you mean....Southern NE is refreshingly free of bullies (who shall remain unnamed for fear of retribution).

I have almost no CT experience except for what I posted over Mom's Day weekend in Branford (Lenny's Indian Head Inn, which I think you would like) so I can't offer any help with Danbury.

To keep this on-topic, another out-of-town alternative for the OP might be Steve Johnson's new joint in Tiverton, called Red Dory. We came >this close< to going a month ago but plans changed. If it's anything like his former place in Cambridge (Rendezvous), it will be well worth the drive from Providence.

Soft shell crabs

Did I read here that Xinh Xinh is closing soon? If so, better get over there pronto for one last fix.

1 day ago
digga in Greater Boston Area

Best place in Boston for lobster roll?

I also like the Yankee Lobster experience. It's fun to get in the line (can be long-ish depending on your timing) and grab a cheap, cold, draft Harpoon while you're waiting. The tiny outdoor seating is usually festive, service is always youthfully enthusiastic, and we always leave quite satisfied. I like their lobster roll - unadulterated. Griddled roll which is important, too.

May 21, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Brunch near Logan-accessible T line

We have found Legal Harborside to be better than their other outlets. So I think that out-of-towners from Chicago might enjoy it as well. Of course you should express your opinion, but it should be responsive to the OP. To suggest Mexican food to folks from Chicago, to me, seems silly.

May 20, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Brunch near Logan-accessible T line

I know that Rincon is Peruvian.

What might not be compelling to you might be to the OP. It's not about you, it's about them.

Since they're from the Midwest, something like Legal Harborside 1st or 3rd floors might be compelling enough.

May 20, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Brunch near Logan-accessible T line

I wouldn't steer them to Mexican since they're from Chicago (unless the OP doesn't eat in Chicago-proper). Mexican food in Chicago is far superior to what we can get in Boston. Like Karl, I bet they are looking for something like they could get in the Seaport....75 Liberty on the outdoor patio? Not great food, but for mom and daughter, could be fun.

May 20, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area
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Best place in Boston for lobster roll?

I do not like the ICOB lobster roll. B and I were both very disappointed in their rendition. I think it's a waste of money/time/calories.

May 19, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Is there anywhere North of Boston to see lots of flowering trees and catch lunch nearby?

We've wondered how Shea's is every time we're in that neck of the woods. What is worth ordering there?

May 14, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

Branford, CT. Sorry, in these long threads, vital info often gets lost.

May 13, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Foodie driving through CT....what are some MUST try's ??

Didn't see a thread devoted to Lenny's Indian Head Inn so I decided to tack onto this one...My family and I (6 adults, 2 babies under 6 months) had an enjoyable lunch here this past Saturday. Since we had the babies with us and didn't know if they would wake up and disturb other diners' lunches, we opted for the back deck which had a nice view of the marsh. First of all, we loved that it's a Red Sox bar! Family members got the "Ipswitch" (sic) whole belly fried clam roll, lobster roll, and I had the Maryland crab cake sandwich. The clam roll was as good as any we've had on the North Shore of MA, including Ipswich. Sweet clams were spilling out of the bun. My hubby, born in MD, tasted my sandwich and, while not the best of its kind, declared it one of the best he's had outside of MD. I concurred. I did not taste the lobster roll, but my dad and SIL gobbled them down...this was CT-style, of course, so no mayo, filler, etc. All rolls done right in split-top griddled rolls. French fries were good, too, if a little on the limp side. The young guy waiting on us forgot our fried calamari, which he brought out to us (comped) in the midst of our meal. Though we were all groaningly full, we managed to put a good dent in it...the accompanying marinara was quite tasty. All the above food plus 4 beers and 4 glasses of wine came to ~$175 before 20% tip.

May 13, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Ogie's Trailer Park, Providence -- any reports?

Zoiks...Thanks for the review of Rocky Point. It's such a bummer to read. I was hoping the new shack would recreate food memories of my youth which I could share with my non-Native New Englander hubby. Glad we didn't waste a meal there since we have so precious few down in Rhody these days.

Then again, I was but a wee one when I used to eat at Rocky Point Shore House...perhaps it wasn't all that to begin with? Is nostalgia clouding my memories?

May 13, 2015
digga in Southern New England

California Taco in Pawtucket

Thanks for the tip...As someone who spent her early years as a wee one in Pawtucket, it's nice to see some positivity written about it. We'll do our best to check it out next time we're south of the (MA) border.

May 12, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Foodies from Toronto spending 3 nights in Providence

If driving 45 minutes for good food doesn't faze you, then I highly recommend one meal at Matunuck Oyster Bar especially if your wife has a free day from her course and you three have a free afternoon. Go for a late lunch/early dinner as the wait can be long and then walk off your meal on Matunuck Beach.

May 11, 2015
digga in Southern New England

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

Finally made it to Santouka this past Saturday for lunch (we got there early enough to beat a big crowd, probably ~12:30 pm). First of all, for those who care, the space is definitely NOT stroller-friendly (like Mu Ramen in Long Island City), but the staff was very accommodating - we folded it up and they have plenty of high-chairs but still, a tight fit. I got the regular-sized spicy kare miso while B got the large tonkotsu shio (see photo). He described his as "buttery" and you could visibly see the drops of broth clinging to the noodles. My kare miso was as good as the one I had in Singapore, though a tad salty for me (disclaimer: I am not a salt fiend). I wish I had a Vancouver data point to compare just for the hell of it (we passed it up when we were in Vancouver last year...but who cares except for me). The regular size was a bit too small for me (I think I remembered feeling the same way in Singapore but forgot when ordering) so I'll go with a large next time. We had no problems with the noodles themselves as some other posters have had...they were cooked perfectly, though I couldn't get them down as quickly as I usually do since we had our 'hound-in-training to concurrently feed (I can eat my ramen as quickly as any Japanese salaryman rushing to catch his train home).

Good as it was, we are still haunted by memories of Tai Sho Ken in Vancouver...they offer unseasoned broth on the table to dilute your broth and it magically morphs whichever ramen or tsukemen you are eating into something else. Nevertheless, we are glad Santouka is here and perhaps we'll try again during off-hours so we don't impinge on others with our little 'hound.

May 06, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

A little fancy, feels like a good value, veggie friendly?

I liked True Bistro in Somerville - my one and only visit in Nov 2014. I went with three other omnivores from out of town and they enjoyed it as well. I just glanced at the menu it's completely different so I can't comment on specific dishes. We had Vietnamese banh xeo (good but a bit one note), Indian curry dish (which was well-liked by our party) and one other dish which I can't remember. We were all full afterwards and we are all big eaters. It's just nice enough I think for a quiet special occasion. Friendly and earnest waitstaff. I still can't believe it's in my old neighborhood, Teele Square.

Apr 29, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Ogie's Trailer Park, Providence -- any reports?

Funny, I had the polar opposite response to the menu...sounds right up our alley!

Once again, Bob W, you manage to stay on top of the PVD dining scene more than I do these days. Ogie's is in my old 'hood, where I still own a condo, but with the arrival of our 'hound-in-training 5 months ago, we get down to PVD even less frequently than ever before. I'll post ASAP if we get around to trying Ogie's. It sounds like a great place to bring a kiddo. (I use the Projo more as a resource for places I haven't tried more than for the actual reviews, same way I use Yelp.)

PS Bob, have you tried the new Rocky Point clam shack? We hope to this summer.

Apr 29, 2015
digga in Southern New England
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PVD/RI * January '15 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

This makes me sad, too, as I didn't have a chance to get to PVD to try this place, which was high on my list. What the hey happened?!

Apr 24, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Go "local" in Turks and Caicos

Just got back from a week on Provo, our first trip to the Caribbean and first with our 4.5 month old baby 'hound in tow. We stayed in a condo so a grocery store run was in order. As others have stated, both IGAs are breathtakingly expensive. We brought some basic supplies but could only fit so much in our luggage. We hit Price Club but that was geared towards bulk shopping and didn't make it to Quality. All of our meals out were lunches: one at Da Conch Shack (had to try it at least once, where we had good conch salad/ceviche); couple of lunches at Somewhere Cafe in Coral Gardens (ok Tex-Mex-ish but it was a place where we liked the staff and little 'hound was comfy), couple of lunches at Bugaboo (really nice whole snapper in coconut milk, though we both wanted some heat and a good grouper sandwich in a wonderfully chill and beautiful setting); and one lunch at Las Brisas, our fanciest meal where my conch sandwich far outshone B's Cuban sandwich).

Our travels normally take us to Southeast Asia, where we struggle to spend $100 a week on food. With drinks and tip, each of our meals were about $75-$100 a pop, something we're not accustomed to, even at home in Boston. We didn't try the island's fancier places (except for Las Brisas) as we can get "fancy" food at home if we so choose. I would not go back to T&C for the casual beach shack food. I missed getting any culture, too, although we had plenty of conversations with restaurant staff.

Rapscallion, Acton

Had a nice lunch at Rapscallion this past Sunday. We both loved the historic feel of the building (what's the history?) - low ceilings and warren of rooms made the space feel like an old Revolutionary-period tavern but it felt bright and not-at-all heavy inside. Pleasant and small outdoor patio. We sat at a hightop in the bar area to catch some hockey. B got the grilled chicken sandwich with arugula and avocado - fine pub fare but nothing crazy-good. My grilled cheese on Nashoba Bakery bread was an nice example of one of my favorite sandwiches - bread was griddled toasty, cheese was properly melty - the whole thing just came together quite well. Fries for both of us were stellar - not too thin or thick and tasted of (gasp) potato. I steered B away from poutine as we'd been away on vacation and eating rather decadently without much exercise but it sounds like that was a good decision? Perhaps there has been some improvement. His rye beer was a winner. He had another IPA which was fine and my cabernet franc-merlot was good enough, too. We look forward to many more visits.

Apr 21, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area
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Rehearsal dinner/ Providence - Bristol - Warwick

Along the same lines as Waterman Grille (ie, not earth-shattering food, but crowd-friendly) is the Boathouse in nearby Tiverton - in fact, they may be owned by the same restaurant group. The setting is fabulous, especially if you show up while the sun is still up.

Apr 18, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Frozen Four at the Garden

To Boston 'hounds...how is Causeway BBQ right across the street from the Garden?

Apr 07, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Something Chowish near Marlborough?

We've been to Rail Trail twice in the last year after apple-picking or some other wholesome activity. We found the food, beer, and service at the bar to be most excellent. Rail Trail would not be out of place in our neck of the woods (i.e., closer to Boston).

Apr 05, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

THE Great Chow, Sichuan cuisine in Malden MA

What's the Ohio State connection? Hubby is a Buckeye. I doubt he'll know since pre-Digga, as he says, he was unenlightened about chow.

Apr 01, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Where to take four young kids in Cambridge/Somerville

Flatbread in Davis Sq. You are a REALLY good friend.

Mar 19, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Now Eating RI: 3/15

I used to love New Japan, including its "hideaway" feel. Great to have this intel on Chef Hiyama.

Mar 12, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

I've never had Thai-style roti and have yet to find my way to Cha Yen. Are they similar to those found in Malaysia that are usually accompanied by a curry sauce? We had some fabulous examples in Penang, but describing them as "thinner scallion pancakes" is not too off-the-mark. It's tough to find a Western analogue.

Mar 11, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Now Eating RI: 3/15

Just be aware that not all bibimbap is served this way (however, maybe it is in RI restaurants?). It's called "dolsot" (literally, stone bowl) and is usually a few dollars more expensive than "regular" bibimbap served in a plain, non sizzling bowl. That rice crust has a name, "nurungi." It's similar to the soccarat that you find at the bottom of really good paella and is just as sought out.

Mar 11, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Foodies going to Providence and then looking at Maine or Cape cod?

Sorry to take this off the food tip, but Maine has plenty of sandy beaches that I think rival those found to the south (a few examples are Ogunquit, Rachel Carson Refuge, and Goose Rocks Beach, all lovely). The Tides Hotel is on Goose Rocks Beach and would be a great, albeit pricey, place to stay. Instead, stop in for happy hour - they have some great deals on apps and drinks.

Feb 27, 2015
digga in Southern New England

What new spot would you try?

i can't remember where I read about renovations. Thanks for chiming in. I've always liked the Indo more than my partner so we appreciate the data point!

Feb 27, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

What new spot would you try?

I'm in the same boat as you, twentyoystahs, so I am watching the thread closely (I miss your presence here on the GBA board).

My vote would be for Alden and Harlow, which we've yet to try. I really like Spoke, but perhaps you've already been there and frankly, every time we've left, we've both been still hungry, which always makes me sad, and neither one of us require Brobdingnagian portions. The ramen joints would be fun, but I don't think they're special occasion enough for a rare night out. Although, ramen at Backbar sounds like it would be a fun early night out.

How about Casa B? Another place I've always wanted to check out is Lineage. In this weather, anything cozy and relaxed and not necessarily hip and new would make me feel content. Maybe something with a fireplace? I heard the Independent was renovated recently. I haven't been there in ages, but I found the space to be cozy.

Feb 27, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area