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Student Prince (Springfield) is closing this weekend [moved from Boston board]

That's just so sad. We loved The Student Prince; a friend of ours from Springfield took us there and we tried to visit when we were traveling on the Mass Pike or out at the 'Big E.' I can understand that it is a LOT of work to operate, combined with owners getting on in years and the changing economics. But it is such a shame, and ironic since that kind of food is now taking off again.

There are some recipes at the charming, early-1990s Student Prince website: http://www.studentprince.com/

Jun 27, 2014
latertater in Southern New England

Where can I BBQ at the beach in Boston??

A nice alternative would be to have the group go to the Boston Harbor Islands. You can go 'island hopping' and a boat circuits the three of them that are close together, and there are food and drinks that you can purchase there. You could augment it with your picnic too of course. The catering company will organize a clambake if you want to do that. Here is information about it: http://www.bostonharborislands.org/fo...

The caterer also offers a BBQ and cruise, which might be the easiest of all: http://www.bostonharborislands.org/en...

Otherwise I would contact the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages parks in the city and state. There are several places with large covered shelters that you can rent for a group.

Department of Conservation and Recreation
Group Day Use: http://1.usa.gov/1lV14AU

You also might show this to your college librarian and they can connect you with more resources too.

Jun 27, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Ice Cream Trucks near Waltham or anywhere near Boston/Metro West that carry FrozFruit

I passed by an ice cream truck in Back Bay dubbed 'The Cool Truck' yesterday and saw he had multiple FrozFruit flavors.

Jun 20, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Ice Cream Trucks near Waltham or anywhere near Boston/Metro West that carry FrozFruit

I used to love those too. Banana, coconut and pineapple were my favorite. I am pretty sure I saw these at Symphony Market, a convenience store in the Fenway.

A second choice is the Whole Foods 365 brand of frozen bars. They don't have all of these flavors but the Strawberry and Caribbean ones were quite good.

Jun 19, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Pearl Jalapeno Beef Frankfurters

I like that little market, thanks for the information.

When I went to Fred's Franks, the hot dog cart with the Big Green Egg, he had these and I tried one - spicy and tasty. I haven't been this season, but it seems like something he should offer regularly.

Fred's Franks

May 27, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area


Thank you for this cookbook recommendation. I remember going to Mandalay with my parents before the BSO with a high school friend. I think we must have had a 'pre theatre' selection because the curry chicken is what I remember being so good. I'll see out the book!

May 27, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

its fiddlehead season yeah

They have a subtle but wild flavor to appeal to foragers.

I have made soup with them and once tried sauteeing them but my husband became ill from that - they have to be cooked pretty well.

The Wilson Farm cream of fiddlehead soup recipe is quite good: http://www.wilsonfarm.com/recipes/lyn...

May 20, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

I found a website of this architectural firm that worked on several restaurants in Boston in the 1970s and 1980s. Check out Cricket's...such a 1970s fern bar.

I don't remember the Copley Court at all, I can't even picture what is there now.


May 15, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

I think it is where the Pizzeria Uno is now.

May 14, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

I just remembered over the weekend: Club Cafe. The first time I went there was for lunch in the restaurant. It was the first time I ever saw hummus on a menu and tried it. This was 1988.

I was also walking along Gainsborough Street past Our House East which proudly says on the awning: Since 1981. Thought of you guys.

Our House East

May 14, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Delicous Pizza Dough

That is my husband's favorite dough. It says it is made in Wakefield, MA and has a red-and-green bag. Usually in the deli area.

We also like Calareso's dough for the quantity.

Also tried out beer-flavored pizza dough from the Portland Pie Company, which was found at Hannaford's.


May 06, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

I loved Spasso and they had one of the best things I ever ate in Boston. They had this thin crust pizza called Funghi with a mushroom sauce. It was so good. I also remember having penne with sun-dried tomatoes there which I had never had before...this was about 1992. Thanks for the reminder!

May 05, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

Here are some more suggestions:

Dali (1989)
Papa*Razzi (1989)
Skipjack's Back Bay location, 1988
Sunset Grill and Tap, 1987

The following are from the 1970s, but were popular in the 1980s:

Casa Romero
Sol Azteca

May 05, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

Davio's on Newbury was purchased by Steve DiFillipo in 1985:


also see Ciao Bella. Not sure when it opened, but it has been there at least twenty five years.

Ciao Bella
Fairfield and Newbury Streets
Back Bay

May 05, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

study snacks for a crowd

Maybe Taco Party could cater a taco bar for you, they do catering. Or one of the other food trucks?


Apr 30, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Where Have All the Greek Restaurants Gone?

They were in that area because there was more of a Greek population concentration, My friend who was Greek lived there when he was in college for that reason. People moved on and out of the city; from the volume of Greek churches and food festivals in the summer it seems like there still is a substantial population around the region.

I like the Aegean which has a location in Framingham and one in Watertown. Both are great. The Framingham location is much larger.

257 Cochituate Road, Route 30
Framingham, MA

640 Arsenal St.
Watertown, MA


Mar 21, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

March 2014 Openings and Closings

Walked over to audubon circle yesterday with ambitious hopes of sitting on the patio to find it closed with a sign on the door thanking everyone for 18 great years, and look for a reopening in April under new management.

Some other people pulled up in their car and bounded out, ready to go and were similarly surprised and saddened.

I'm a longtime fan of the owners' other spots - Miracle of Science, Cambridge 1, middlesex, Tory Row so will be sure to check those out.

Remebering some good times and good eats at audubon circle. Hope the next iteration of audubon circle is good - great place to go before going to Coolidge Corner or just after work spot.

audubon circle:

Mar 12, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Searching for a great Hot Dog as winter winds down.

Fred's Franks, the truck and Big Green Egg can be found off Route 128 at Exit 40, at the head of the lake in Wakefield.

He has Pearl franks grilled to order, with some sausages and he had jalapeno ones last summer. Also has sauerkraut and many homemade condiments. Really nice guy, too.

His website says he will be opening for the season in March.

If not Fred's Franks, we really like grilling the Pearl Kountry Klub hot dogs from the deli counter. Their website has a directory where their products can be found.

Fred's Franks

Pearl Meat

Mar 04, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Where are You Going for Chinese New Year?

We enjoyed Mandarin Reading with another couple on Friday night. There is a special New Year's Menu, in addition to the regular menu. The "Derby Cup" from the New Year's menu was everyone's favorite.

They are also offering a buffet, as well as lion dancing in the parking lot, at two occasions next Saturday(you will need a reservation for lunch).

I have been to Chinatown for Chinese New Year, it is a fun and festive time - with A LOT of firecrackers, that's for sure.

Mandarin Reading

Feb 03, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Where to find Ancho Chiles in Boston or Metrowest?

I got some at Joppa Fine Foods, if you find yourself in Newburyport. I am now hooked! They add a lot of flavor and you don't have to use too much.

Joppa Fine Foods

Jan 30, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Valentine's Day weekend in Memphis

Alas, I mostly got up early and went to the conference which started at 8 am each day...if I went back I would definitely go to Alcenia's, which wasn't far away.


My husband loved Westy's. Their menu is pages long. Get something with wild rice.


Have fun!

Jan 30, 2014
latertater in Kentucky & Tennessee

Need recipe from blue ginger in Wellesley

Hi, I have not tried it but many of Ming Tsai's recipes are on his site, Ming.com. I've seen his show, Simply Ming on PBS and made some of them - all were winners.


He also has cookbooks that you could get from your library via Inter-Library Loan.

Jan 25, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Valentine's Day weekend in Memphis

I was just in Memphis for a conference. I loved McEwen's, which is a southern-infused menu. You can take the trolley there. Or it is maybe 7-10 minute walk from Beale Street.


Other conference attendees enjoyed Flight, where you can order flights of tastes and wine.


Majestic is a very nice room, big space and the menu looked good too - that's also close by.

Majestic Grille

All of these places are right near the trolley line.
Have a great time!

Jan 22, 2014
latertater in Kentucky & Tennessee

Quick bite before the Celtics game

The Tip Tap Room has eclectic appetizers and a lot of taps as can be expected.

It is maybe a 7 min. walk, at Cambridge and Staniford Streets.


We went to the Celtics game a little over a week ago, the first in some time. There are two beer gardens inside the TD Garden complex. Did not go on that occasion but might be something to check out.

Jan 13, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Anchovies -- anyone been lately?

I have not been there in some time but I always enjoyed it, particularly the littlenecks. Specials were always good. It has staying power in a place with a crowded field. It has late hours, and for this reason a lot of wait staff from area restaurants go there.

Jan 13, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Symphony 8 Space

Not sure what's happening there. At one point someone said they were going to change it up to a destination for symphony hall attendees(yes!!) rather than a students' bar. Never happened.

There is a new place called Ichiban. It's a yakitori house at 14a Westland that had some fans, though I haven't been:

I took a client to Ginger Exchange for a business lunch which is an Asian fusion restaurant in the former Betty's space that I thought was surprisingly good.

The Pho & I on Huntington, Pho Basil on Mass. Ave., and Symphony Sushi on Gainsborough are all good - and always jammed before the Symphony.

It is saturated with pan-Asian choices. Not sure how the market can sustain it.

As a regular BSO goer I'm in agreement with you that area desperately needs something new.

Jan 09, 2014
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Polar Seltzer Limited (Winter) Edition

I went to the Polar site to see the seasonal flavors, inspired by this thread(and we drink a lot of Polar seltzer).

Here is the selection:

Sorry Egg Nog and Candy Cane won't be making an appearance this year, will have to check out the others.

Nov 12, 2013
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Gluten Free Dining

The Elephant Walk restaurants - Cambodian and French - have arguably some of the most gluten-free options:


I'm not a gluten-free diner but from what I've observed most restaurants around here are pretty accommodating.

The Chubby Chickpea Food Truck also has a lot of vegan and gluten free selections, I just happened to notice:


Nov 04, 2013
latertater in Greater Boston Area

What's your favorite dijon mustard and where do you buy it locally?

I saw that article too in Consumer Reports. I am a fan of the Trader Joe's Dijon mustard which does say that it is made in France. It is good for sandwiches and not too watery.

Trader Joe's had a gift pack of four flavored mustards at the holidays last year that they said was made exclusively for them in Dijon, France. It looked like a nice set or a neat gift. I didn't try it though:


I usually buy Maille Dijon mustard as I use it for salad dressing. I'm also a fan of the Maille Old Style Whole Grain mustard to make potato salad:


These last two are usually in most stores, and at the Farmland in Wakefield, Mass.

Nov 04, 2013
latertater in Greater Boston Area

Apple orchards suggestions welcomed - missing Phil's Apples

We are sadly missing Phil's Apples out in Harvard, its wonderful cider pressing 'til December, and especially its proprietor, Phil Rymsha.

Apparently someone bought it and is trying to continue the operation although it isn't open this year.

Any fans out there that can recommend an alternative in that area? Looking for a place that is more about the apples than agri-tainment, though I know that is important to sustain a farm these days.


Oct 06, 2013
latertater in Greater Boston Area