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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 boîte 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

Drinking establishment to GSD!

How about that place called Gather in the Seaport area? The food on our one visit was nothing special but it's a pleasant spot on a sunny day and they have a work/gathering space connected to it.

Jan 28, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Any reports on Red Dory, Tiverton RI?

Hi RhodyRed - I'm a native RIer and grew up visiting that area during the summer months. I'm pretty sure that Red Dory will be worth the time and expense of spending an entire weekend there in potentially bleak February but I was just wondering if any of the Rhody 'hounds had visited. I will most definitely report back if we make it there.

PS Congrats on your addition...I remember reading about that on some other thread some time ago. Based on your posts, it sounds like your chowing is not being cramped too much.

Jan 24, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Any reports on Red Dory, Tiverton RI?

Steve Johnson owned one of our favorite restaurants here in Cambridge, MA, Rendezvous in Central Sq. He has closed shop and opened the Red Dory in Tiverton RI. I'm surprised that there are no reports about it yet on the board...We are no longer able to road trip at a moment's notice, due to a new and demanding addition to our household so we're considering a weekend in Tiverton over President's Day weekend, specifically to give Red Dory a try. Anyone have any thoughts about this plan or any experiences with the restaurant that they could share?

http://www.reddoryrestaurant.com

Jan 24, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Rogue Island - any recent experiences?

We did end up at Grange. Sat at the bar early, around 5:30 pm since we were heading to a 6:45 pm showing of Interstellar in 70 mm IMAX. We liked it, but we were both somewhat underwhelmed. We shared the Korean BBQ seitan tacos. Good, but I found the sauce too sweet and too plentiful. We both liked the jalapeño salsa on the side - we would've preferred a drier taco, sauced to taste with the salsa. (Plus, having a Korean MIL who is a fantastic cook has spoiled my hubby.)

B got the pierogi - he said it was fine, but just lacking some oomph. (I did not sample.) My soba and kimchee soup was filling, hearty, and HUGE. It was so big that I found myself slogging through it about 1/3 way through. I shared some with B, who liked it more than his entree. The slabs of grilled tofu on top were smoky and done well.

So, overall we liked Grange, but didn't find it earth-shattering. B summed it up best when he said that, like most all-veggie places he's been to, the flavors just seemed one-note. But we don't regret trying it out one bit. Thanks to the RI hounds for chiming in!

Dec 03, 2014
digga in Southern New England

Rogue Island - any recent experiences?

Ah - another trusted RI 'hound! As a Westsider, I always forget that there's a whole side of the city with its own restaurants! I've never been drawn to Blaze because I remember the menu being huge and a quick peek at the website confirms that to be the case. But if they do things generally well, I wouldn't dismiss it because much of the menu sounds good to us. I'll consider it (plus it's a good excuse to visit the funky shops on Hope Street). Thanks!

Nov 29, 2014
digga in Southern New England

Rogue Island - any recent experiences?

Thanks for the responses re: Rogue Island - as active 'hounds, I was hoping to hear from you both! That's too bad about Rogue, as it seems to have promise. I rent out my condo on the West Side, so we've been past Grange several times and stuck our heads in shortly after they opened but still haven't tried it. B is meat-loving but not averse to veggie food since that's our largely our diet during the week (I'm pescatarian but mostly veggie, so it's right up my alley). I think I'm leaning towards Grange and hopefully B will be on board.

We never made it to Flan y Ajo but I've read about the merger with the bodega. That, too, sounds appealing.

The few things I've read about Salted Slate haven't made me want to rush to try it.

Guess we'll make a game time decision. I miss living in PVD...the restaurant scene is so vibrant!

Nov 29, 2014
digga in Southern New England

Rogue Island - any recent experiences?

Except for RhodyRedHen's March 2014 report, not much chatter about this place - is that a bad sign? We are heading to PVD tomorrow and looking for an early dinner. Ken's Ramen was my first choice, but they are closed for the holiday - grrr! We'd love to try something new-to-us. Places we have frequented and liked include north, Thee Red Fez, Nick's, Julian's, Broadway Bistro. Birch, while sounding interesting, seems a bit too precious for us. This will be one of our last meals out before a new addition arrives so we're looking for a somewhat memorable and fun meal, on the casual side, such as a cozy pub with better-than-needs-to-be food. I was hoping Rogue Island might fit that bill...Any other suggestions would be welcome. Thanks!

Nov 28, 2014
digga in Southern New England