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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

Szechuan Dumpling in Arlington - Try it!

After one disappointing visit right after the management change, the 2 meals we've had since then have been much better. The most recent meal was lunch this past Tuesday (we always do an eat-in dinner so lunch was a new thing for us). We started to eat-in but my 'hound-in-training wasn't going to cooperate after the food arrived so we ate what we could and got the rest to go. The staff was VERY accommodating - the place only had a few tables occupied, but still. We were given a brown "homestyle" menu from which I ordered the braised flounder filet and tofu, which I quite liked. Soft tofu and fish in a Chinese rice wine-y sauce - mild and comforting, though I usually go for triple X spicy. Folks got the Szechaun fish filet and chicken kung pao lunch specials (my mom said, why not try it for kicks?) which they both enjoyed. They started with the pork soup dumplings and declared them "really good." I think this place is back in our rotation (though we weren't eating there very often to begin with).

Feb 27, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Why doesn't Daikanyama in Lexington get more love here?

"The Asian store on Mass Ave very close to M.I.T." is Lotte Market. It is long-gone.

Feb 27, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

24 Hours in Providence- help us narrow it down!

We've had some decent meals at Mill's Tavern, particularly at the comfy bar, but it's not food to go out of your way for, especially for out-of-towners. The food is not innovative, but instead, go there for rustic, hearty, wood-fired-ish, large portioned dishes. (It's been so long, that I don't recall what we've had). After all the snow we've had, that may be rather appealing! It is a nice space.

north is really interesting - food is inventive and fun, as is the atmosphere. It is TINY. I would characterize it as a boƮte with food. Flavors are bright, with lots of acidity, which I love. Plus you can couple it with a visit to the Avery for drinks or to Loie Fuller for drinks and appetizers.

Another fun place might be Ken's Ramen, which I have yet to visit.

Thee Red Fez is one of my favorites whenever I'm in PVD.

Feb 23, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Any reports on Red Dory, Tiverton RI?

Thanks for this report! We unfortunately did not make it down to Tiverton over Presidents' Day weekend as we had hoped but we look forward to a visit soon. It sounds right up our alley.

Rendezvous also featured tapas on, I think, Sundays, too. The restaurant was known for that buttermilk pudding dessert, as well. It sounds like nothing special until you try it (and I'm not a dessert person at all).

I can't wait to check it out!

Feb 23, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Anything special for Chinese New Year in Northern burbs?

Champaign? As in Illinois? I went to grad school there and lived near Church and State. I am astounded by this!

Feb 21, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Where You Go as Opposed to Where you are Supposed to Go?

We used to love the food at Atwood's (this was more than 5 years ago). In particular, they had a wonderful fish stew that was made with seafood from Courthouse and Liam behind the bar used to crack us up (is he still there?). The last time we were in, though, had to have been over 1 year ago, the food was mediocre. I don't remember what we had, but B probably ordered a burger. There must have been a change in the kitchen, which made us sad.

Feb 21, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Where You Go as Opposed to Where you are Supposed to Go?

How is Lady Siam on Mass Ave, in the same block as Toraya? Despite the name, I think it's Vietnamese, and not Thai? In over 4 years of living in Arlington, we've yet to try it.

Feb 21, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

February 2015 Openings and Closings

As MC Slim implies, cut them some slack.

For example, does anyone here know of Cajun shrimp places in Houston (is there one in Dorchester?) that are run by Vietnamese? From what I hear/read, it's fusion at its most beautiful (and I'm not being sarcastic at all).

Forgive me for saying this, but I think some of y'all need to get off your authenticity high-horse. For gawdsake, let the place open and try it yourselves before skewering it.

Feb 20, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Late Night Kenmore Square/Fenway - Where to Eat?

Closer to Fenway, Audubon's kitchen closes at midnight. When we checked it out after the revamp, we really enjoyed our meal. Friendly service to boot.

Feb 20, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area
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Anybody been to the newly opened Santouka Ramen in Harvard Square yet?

I hope they have the spicy kare that I sampled and loved in their Singapore shop. Looking forward to getting over there.

Feb 16, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

PVD/RI * January '15 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

This is a very useful post. As one who abhors Valentine's Day and all of its trappings, I NEVER even step out on or around the day, unless it is our usual (pub) haunts that we know will not have only exclusively prix fixe offerings. But, I love that you and Mr. RRH salvaged the evening. That's the mark of a true 'hound! Flan y Ajo redux sounds fabulous and just the thing for a child-free evening.

Incidentally, we did not follow through with our plans to spend this weekend in Tiverton (motivated by a visit to Red Dory). We'll have to wait until the snow disappears, which may not be until April.

Feb 15, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Kudos to COMMON GROUND in Arlington!

I should've posted advice to stick with the basics (sandwiches, pastas seemed well-prepared). Our one dinner was fine...big hearty portions for not much money which the NYers in our group appreciated, but the food was nothing earth-shattering (though everyone seemed to like my gnocchi (and so did I)). Though everything is obviously prepared with care, which we all appreciated.

Feb 10, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Szechuan Dumpling in Arlington - Try it!

Thanks for this update. We actually returned for takeout about a month ago after a disappointing visit post-management change and it had improved (I don't remember what we ordered but there were steamed bun with pork, a fish dish, noodles). We need to return and try our favorite dishes (fish filets in Szechuan sauce, salt and pepper squid, etc). We usually eat-in so I think that makes a difference.

Feb 10, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Does the snow keep you close to home?

This thread (and a previous one from the last big snow) makes me long for the days when we lived in Somerville and we could walk through the snow to our local pub (PJ Ryan's) where, yes, the bartenders knew our names, food was well-made, and decent beers and generous wine pours hit the spot. This is the kind of weather that screams stews, hearty soups, and stick-to-your-ribs food to me, which PJ's provided (albeit not in the Korean manner, which would be fantastic...hell, someone needs to open a Korean pub a la Myung Dong 2nd Ave in Somerville...perhaps Meju will fit that bill?).

Feb 09, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Kudos to COMMON GROUND in Arlington!

Funny, Common Ground ARL has become our go-to place for lunch in the last couple of months but I didn't think to post. My usual order is the decent veggie burger. I also recently had the grilled cheese and tomato soup, not expecting much. I really enjoyed the soup - much tastier than it had to be. We always sit at a high-top in the bar area and get entertaining service from Mark.

We've been in once for dinner on a Friday night and the place was hopping, yet the staff cheerfully accommodated 4 adults and 2 newborns (like Litchick, I was surprised at how cold the bathroom is and the lack of a changing table, two things I couldn't have cared less about 2 months ago).

Large portions, as one might expect. As already noted, a very nice draft line-up. This being Arlington, you probably have to purchase food if you have 2 drinks, or whatever the silly "dry town law" states.

Feb 02, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

PVD/RI * January '15 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

We've only had snacks at the bar at G right before xmas - as you have noted RRH, it is a nice, comfy bar. And, as usual in our experience in PVD, service at the bar was very friendly. Bar snacks were good and well-made. Hubby only had beer and I couldn't drink so I have no idea about the level of drink-making.

Garde de la Mer tempts us, for sure. I hadn't heard about it...thanks!

Jan 31, 2015
digga in Southern New England