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Fall 2009 Openings and Closings

Last week a new place opened in Fields Corner, Dorchester. It's a chinese bbq place called Yuen's BBQ complete with hanging roast ducks in the window. It's next door to Chau's Bakery where East Coast Chinese used to be. Address is 1456 Dorchester Ave. Looking forward to checking it out.

Nov 05, 2009
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Fiddlehead fever

Bought them at the South Bay Stop n Shop on Saturday for $2.99 a pound.

May 07, 2009
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Grassroots Cafe - downtown xing

I exit the Red Line via the building that houses Vinalia (technically the address is 101 Arch Street). So every morning I am greeted by the smell of freshly baked muffins (and sometimes roast turkey) coming from the Grassroots Cafe. The past couple of weeks I've stopped in to purchase a morning treat and I am always pleased. I've had the bran muffin and the cranberry muffin ($2 each) and they are delicious, huge and satisfying. The people working there are very friendly. The only problem I have is that the muffins aren't labeled in any way and they are still in the baking tin, so if you can't identify a muffin or have an allergy you'd better ask. I found some additional info on Yelp since I've only tried their muffins: Their coffee is good and doesn't come with a mile long line like Dunkin' or a second mortgage like Starbucks. They make their own fruit cups. Also, they assemble their own prepackaged salads. Nothing looks like it came out of a machine. They bake their own muffins and croissants. They roast their own turkey as well. All that being said they have a smallish menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches.

You can see the cafe windows from Summer Street.

Apr 17, 2009
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Food shopping in Dorchester

another nod to Gaslight for Dot residents. it is ridiculously easy to get to and with free parking!

Mar 10, 2009
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Stillman's Meat CSA: New Pick-up Location/Quincy, MA

thanks, i'm definitely going to send an email.

Feb 25, 2009
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Pho 2000

It was definitely open last night.

Pho 2000 is a popular name for Vietnamese restaurants (I think there's a famous one in Vietnam), so I wouldn't be surprised if one opened in Worcester.

Feb 25, 2009
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Pho 2000

i'll check on my way home tonight. i walk by everyday, so i think i'd notice.

Feb 24, 2009
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Pho 2000

i don't think this is true.

Feb 24, 2009
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Stillman's Meat CSA: New Pick-up Location/Quincy, MA

I've been a bit disappointed so far with my meat share from Stillmans. I have a half share which is 10 lbs. per month. Last month we got 2 lbs of assorted meats (bacon, ham, lamb chops, ground beef) plus an 8 lb. chicken. An 8-lb chicken?!! Since the share averages to around $7 per pound, that is one expensive chicken. In the end we made 5 meals out of the chicken, so I got over the price. But this month we got 1 lb of kielbasa, 1 lb of italian sausage, and an 8-lb smoked ham. They market these 1/2 shares as perfect for 2 people, but it doesn't feel like it. The meat comes frozen, so I can't divide and freeze very easily. I guess next week is ham for dinner...every night. Curious what people with full shares get...do you get two 8 lb hams?

Feb 24, 2009
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Hot Tomatoes, Downtown Crossing

I noticed there's a new place opening across from The Good Life. Signage says "Hot Tomatoes: An Urban Kitchen." A little Googling found a place already in the North End, is it the same? No idea when they plan to open. This is the info I found about the place in the North End:

"Hot Tomatoes is the new cafe by Carmen and Jeff Malloy. The menu is loaded with New York deli-style sandwiches, fresh salads and so much more.

Choose from traditional sandwiches, such as the Monte Christo or 42nd Street to something much different like The Green Monster or The Cowboy. There is something for everyone. The salads are fresh and offer a wide variety of choices. Hot Tomatoes also has a great selection homemade tomatoe pies or of course you can build your own.

Also, visit Carmen and Jeff's other restaurant, Carmen, a popular trattoria-style restaurant."

Nov 10, 2008
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Blasi/Fat Belly Deli Dorchester

A couple of weeks ago we went to Blasi for dinner on a Friday night. Arrived at 7pm to a 30-minute wait (we noticed by 8pm there was no wait). We spent the 30-minute wait sitting on a bench staring at the deli counter at the attached Fat Belly Deli. Mmmm...delicious prosciutto, provolone, sopresatta, etc. So I was pretty surprised when we were seated that the dinner menu did not contain a single sandwich or deli product. Oh well.

The menu is primarily Italian...standard pastas, parms, etc. We both started with dinner salads and a side of ridiculously syrupy balsamic dressing. DC had the pasta special: pasta with squid which was buttery, rich and delicious. I had the bbq steak tips with mashed potatoes which were tasty. Far too much food to eat there, so we took generous portions home. Gordon Ramsey would be appalled. Of course it didn't help that we each ordered a chocolate chip cannoli for desert.

The atmosphere here is cozy and friendly. There is a fun bar and lots of tv screens showing the games. Prices are reasonable.

762 Adams Street
Dorchester
(Adams Village)

Oct 06, 2008
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Thanks Chowhound, from a Bostonian

I didn't post here before our trip, but I did do extensive research of existing posts. So I thought I'd report back. My dining companion and I are in our mid-30's, no children, and we live in Boston.

Arrived in Montreal on Thursday evening. Hotel in Old Montreal...couldn't ask for a better location! It was drizzly so we sought shelter and beer at Les 3 Brasseurs. He ordered the 4-beer sampler and then settled on a pint of the amber. I started with a pint of the blonde and then switched to the amber. Nice atmosphere here...a little sports-bar-esque. Food looked uninspired (pizza and sandwiches).

Dinner at Le Bourlingeuer. He ordered the pork with apples, and I ordered the confit of duck. This is a nice little, quiet restaurant. Standard French bistro fare for a very good price (dinner includes soup/salad, entree and dessert). We also ordered half bottle of the house reisling.

Next day we trekked to Schwartz's and bypassed the 20-person line (at 2pm) by getting take-out. Shared a smoked meat sandwich and a wild cherry soda. We took our goods about 6 blocks to a little park (St. Louis Square?) and ate outside. Then we walked over to Meu Meu for some ice cream. He had French Vanilla, I had Raspberry Sorbet. Yum!

Dinner at Aszu. Sat on the terrasse which is behind the restaurant and very cozy. Not very crowded for a Friday night. Shared the octopus and lentil salad. Then we each ordered the Risotto with Venison. A little curious about the "Horse Tartare" but after seeing (and smelling) all of the carriages in Old Montreal, just couldn't consider it. "Deer" seemed like a better option. With a bottle of wine, meal was around $130.

Next day we saved ourselves up for Jean Talon. Got there at around noon and started on the Chowhound tour: fried calamari with spicy mayo, then a ham and cheese crepe, then a spicy sausage with slaw, and finally ice cream. That place is incredible. I am so jealous.

Final dinner at Jardin Nelson (it was raining and we chose it for the ambiance and live music). He had the mushroom crepe (a little too sweet for my taste) and I had the smoked fish salad (nice and light for me).

Overall, we had a fabulous time. I wish Boston had so many outdoor eating and drinking options. The only thing we had trouble finding was a spot to just get coffee and dessert (not ice cream) in the evening. Is it expected that you'll get this in the same place you eat your dinner?

Aug 04, 2008
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Showcase cinemas Randolph 'LUX' level?

I did this a few weeks ago to see Indiana Jones. It was fun. I wouldn't do it for ANY movie, but if it's one you really want to see and doesn't require your full attention. The food is decent and I got full quickly. The best part is that you can order wine, beer, martinis, etc. We ordered a pizza and a steak sandwich with fries to share. The pizza was decent with a variety of cheeses on it. The steak sandwich was just eh, kind of dry. Okay fries. I definitely wasn't dissatisfied. I don't know if they're still doing this, but they give you a $5 voucher for food which you give to the server when you pay your bill. The "tables" are small (kind of like those half desks you have in college lectures) which makes sharing slightly challenging.

Jun 18, 2008
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FYI BBQ FANS!

agreed. one of my worst dining experiences ever. i think it might be a fun place to go if you have children ages 5-12. it felt sterile and the food wasn't memorable at all.

Jun 11, 2008
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Dewey Square farmer's market terminated

my fantasy is to create a public market in the building at the intersection of Mass Ave and Columbia Road in Dorchester. there is this old curved building on the corner there that has been abandoned and for sale for years now. there is parking behind the building, garage doors for unloading, and it's not too far from the JFK T station. if i had a million dollars... is there an address where i could send this suggestion?

Jun 04, 2008
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Ashley's in Dorchester

We went back this weekend. You're right, they're Trinidadian and, as it turns out, I also know the folks who own the place (they live in the neighborhood). Also, I want to point out that the waitress remembered (from three weeks ago) what juice we like to drink, what meat we prefer, and how we like our eggs. When we came in she smiled and said, "Welcome back!" enthusiastically. So maybe we stick out like a sore thumb there, but I couldn't ask for better breakfast service. FYI...they get busy when church lets out at around 10:30. No wait if you get there earlier.

May 12, 2008
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Espirit duVin -- Lower Mills

great wine store. the owner knows every single bottle of wine he has. perhaps not so impressive considering the size of the store. but it shows that each bottle is there for a reason.

Apr 30, 2008
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Ashley's in Dorchester

I can't believe it took me this long to venture to my own neighborhood diner. I had heard Ashley's was a good place for coffee and donuts, but didn't realize it was also a yummy greasy spoon diner. My husband and I each had blueberry pancakes with two eggs and two strips of bacon ($5.50 for each). French toast, hash browns, sausage, eggs benedict, etc. are also on the menu. The service is low-key and friendly, and the place is owned and staffed by Cape Verdeans.

Ashley's is next door to Cesaria at 260 Bowdoin Street. There's a city parking lot next door and plenty of on-street parking. We were there at 9am on Sunday morning and it was busy but there was no wait for a table (seat yourself). They also have counter service. They close at 1pm on weekends.

Apr 21, 2008
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Osaka Shabu opening in Fields Corner

we went as well over the weekend. i'm so glad people are checking the place out. when we were there, it was about 75 percent full.

we had been to little q hot pot before, so we thought we knew what we were doing. but after a few minutes the manager came over and gave us some "pointers." turned out we were doing everything wrong. i'm so glad he helped us out. i used the chopsticks for almost everything and he didn't correct me. there were a lot of different tools.

Apr 14, 2008
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Ecuadorian Food In Boston?

I could be totally mistaken here, but I thought Taqueria Casa Real in Dorchester was Ecuadoran.

Taqueria Casa Real
860A Dorchester Avenue
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 282-3135

Apr 11, 2008
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Osaka Shabu opening in Fields Corner

great to hear! at least we're getting a sushi place on dot ave in the near future:

"Nash's Pub will shed its Irish décor and take on a new identity as a sports and sushi bar called Van's"

not so sure about "sports and sushi" but i'm willing to give it a shot.

Apr 10, 2008
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Osaka Shabu opening in Fields Corner

Yes that's where it is. And it's now open! I might try it this weekend and report back. I don't know how they're planning to attract business in this neighborhood.

Apr 09, 2008
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Osaka Shabu opening in Fields Corner

I have been watching this space, formerly Chan O'Malleys (no kidding), under renovation for almost 2 years now. Finally, the sign went up last night. A "Japanese Grill and Hot Pot" restaurant called Osaka Shabu. No idea when they'll actually open or if they'll be any good, but it's exciting to see progress.

It's at 203 Adams Street, across the street from Pho 2000 and next door to Domino's.

Apr 03, 2008
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Where do you go for quick lunches around downtown crossing?(assuming you work in the neighborhood)

interesting. i have had many a bean burrito from the herrera's cart, but once i discovered they had carnitas at the storefront, i go there more often. i wouldn't consider it a "dine in" destination, though they do have tables. yes, it's on a totally different playing field than Tu y Yo.

i have been to burrito express many times and have been disappointed on a few occasions (in contrast to the general Chowhound opinion). i've found an inconsistent assortment of weird ingredients in my burritos such as lettuce, peas, carrots, etc. i have given them a second chance and a third chance, and have always been dissatisfied.

Mar 24, 2008
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Where do you go for quick lunches around downtown crossing?(assuming you work in the neighborhood)

why only Herrera's carts? i like the carnitas at the storefront location.

Mar 24, 2008
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Where do you go for quick lunches around downtown crossing?(assuming you work in the neighborhood)

these are the places i find myself going to again and again:
Pita Kabob (Chauncy Street)
Falafel King (Winter Street)
Herrera's (Temple Place)
Lu's Sandwich Shop (Knapp Street)
Pressed (Bedford Street)
Know Fat (Washington Street)
Chacarero (Arch Street)
Sushi at the Corner Mall food court

Mar 24, 2008
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Restaurant Week(s): March, 2008. Where are YOU going?

Just made a res. at Aquitaine in the S. End. Looking forward to it. We've done Grotto and Harvest in the past. Both were good, no major issues with either.

Feb 21, 2008
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What's going into the old Stoddard's space?

i think we're talking about the same place. the response i got was that locke ober was expanding. i don't know if that's true.

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/482983

Feb 11, 2008
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Something like Donovan's in DOT but not Donovan's

have you tried these?
224 Boston (224 Boston Street)
Avenue Grille (856 Dot Ave)
Blarney Stone (1505 Dot Ave) - geographically the farthest away, but closest in style

Feb 05, 2008
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Cape Verdean food in downtown Boston or Dedham?

Ohmygod, do NOT go to Gigi's Palace. They don't have Cape Verdean food as far as I know and unless you want to get shot I wouldn't recommend going there. I haven't seen them open for a few weeks now, and I know the owner was fearing for his life. Fingers crossed they're closed for good and taking their liquor license with them. It wasn't their fault, they were just the only place open on that street after 11pm.

Feb 05, 2008
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