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The Rise of Boston: America's Next Great Food Town

As I said, it has flaws. ; )

The Rise of Boston: America's Next Great Food Town

Which is why despite its flaws this article has a bit more credibility because the writer does live in the area.

You would be surprised how many people do not know about these places when they visit Boston. So if it steers them towards the popular places on the list and also neighborhoods like Dorchester and East Boston, I do not see this as a bad thing at all.

Mar 19, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

The Rise of Boston: America's Next Great Food Town

I typically skip over many of these food related fluff pieces, but I enjoy reading the features from First we Feast. Their articles on San Gabriel Valley, Oakland and Koreatown in LA have been well done and I think this one on Boston is the same.

Check it out and share your thoughts.

Mar 18, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast with home made hash

Buddy's in East Somerville. Awesome homemade hash.

Mar 18, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area
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Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

Look forward to your post. Hopefully we can steer you to some Scarborough like hidden gems ; )

Best Green Line-accessible lunch between Back Bay and Newton?

I work in Brookline Village along the D line and a few places would work.

Brookline Family (Turkish)
Cutty's (Sandwiches)
Bottega Di Capri (Italian)
Orinoco (Venezuelan)

Mar 18, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

New immigrant communities all around the world are settling outside of the high rent downtown cores of all these cities. So I can think of other places similar to Scarborough, but they are not as apparent to a visitor that does not have a good handle on the city they are visiting for a brief time.

That said, Scarborough is exactly all those great things people are saying and deserves this publicity. It doesnt make sense to name other cities that do it equally as well, because that would detract from the subject at hand, which is how dope Scarborough's food scene is and quite frankly has been for a while.

I could completely do without the "We are the best, greatest, etc" bullshit, but if it means all these small immigrant operated spots get some cred, then I will suck it up and enjoy the ride.

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

Thanks for posting that. You can never have enough publicity. A few more dollars in the register is never a bad thing for these hard working folks.

Best takeout/delivery in Cambridge/Somerville/northern Boston/Brookline

We live in Somerville and stay close to our area when doing takeout/delivery. Few places we frequent:

Taco Loco
Asian House
Rincon Mexicano
Some Ting Nice
Vinny's
Gauchao
Ernesto's Pizza
Alfredo's Italian Kitchen
Leone's Subs
Fuji at Assembly
Lotus Xpress
Blessings Caribbean
Sunrise Cuisine

We also do some takeout for pastries on a weekend morning from Forge and Paul Bakery.

We will drive outside of our area if needed, but those are the quick go-to places for us.

Mar 15, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Saturday evening cocktails for grown ladies

A couple good recommendations already. I would also add River Bar. There are no reservations, but even if the weather is decent the outdoor part of the bar is open and increases seating considerably. The bar staff mostly moved over from The Independent, Lauren being my favorite of the group there. Good balance between food, drinks and comfortable atmosphere.

Mar 12, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

How we'd fix it: Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

It would have been great and the space was there, but the deal with Eataly and FH fell through. Coordinating the expiration of leases and reconfiguring the space within a historic building ended up being too much to overcome.

I mentioned this above but what I heard was they were closing in locking in the space at 888 Boylston, which would have about 60,000 sq ft of retail space over 3 floors. Of course that is a rumor, but that is what is floating around the "development world"

Mar 09, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

How we'd fix it: Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

It seems like its on schedule for a Summer opening. The flooring is leveled and poured, so they seem on target.

Also on Greenway Parcel 9 there is an approved proposal for a hotel that also has 25,000sq ft of retail space for an "International market" and 2 additional restaurants. (http://boston.curbed.com/archives/201...

)

Finally there is a significant amount of redevelopment slated for Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. I am not sure what type of food retailers this will attract, but the possibility is there for some upgrades. (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/rea...

)

So between the Public Market (New England focused), Haymarket Pushcart vendors (Which will be housed in a permanent pavilion area) and the International market, we really have some exciting times ahead for our soon to be "Market District"

Mar 09, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

How we'd fix it: Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

It fell through. The rumored site now is the new Boston Properties tower at 888 Boylston.

Mar 09, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

If you dont like runny stay away from Randy's. I prefer runny so that is why I favor them over the others. Allen's would be your best bet.

Mar 08, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

Nice post. Non-Nisa brings back some memories!

Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

Honestly I'm not sure, but I know the family that owns Allen's pastry pretty well and did not think they were in the full service restaurant business. But I have never been to an Allen's on St. Clair, only Alberts?

Mar 05, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

Only correction is Allen's pastry shop is a bakery as well. You can get them frozen at both the Peanut Plaza and Scarborough locations.

Mar 05, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

As Prima mentioned, this is a list of bakeries you can buy from directly. Allen's is readily available frozen in many of the Caribbean markets around town. Not sure about the regular grocery stores.

Mar 05, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Pimento Wood Chips?

How well do they grow up here? I havent tried it, but I used to grow my own when I lived in FLA.

I have also found that hardwood charcoal and any type of fruit wood is the closest you are going to get to a roadside Jerk type experience. Minus the pimento wood.

Mar 04, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

Randy's, Michidean's and Allen's seem to freeze and reheat the best from my experience. Tinnel's for some reason do not travel as well as the others.

Patty King patties are disgusting. So you are not alone on that one.

Mar 04, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich around

I guess I'm alone on this one, but I really enjoyed the english muffin. I thought it was very nicely baked. The sandwich with cheese and kimchi is my favorite of the bunch.

Feb 28, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Best Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich around

Forge Baking Co. in Somerville makes an awesome Egg and Cheese sandwich.

Feb 25, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

Dinner near W hotel?

I know you said no to Chinatown, but Shojo is great and not your typical chinatown fare. Where exactly are they coming from? That may help us steer you in the right direction.

Feb 24, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area

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

McDonalds for fries and sweet tea. Where should I go instead? Home to my bed, since I'm most likely tipsy.

Late Night Kenmore Square/Fenway - Where to Eat?

Eastern Standard, Citizen and Tasty Burger.

Feb 19, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area
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Jamaican ice cream shop

Thanks. I believe its safe to say that the popular Indian flavours are readily available where he resides, since he is in the UAE. So I think it is more the popular flavours from around the Caribbean that he was after.

Feb 19, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Jamaican ice cream shop

This is exactly what I was hoping for. They are on the list, thanks!

Feb 19, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Jamaican ice cream shop

Good tip from both Degustation and Graham. Thanks.

Feb 18, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO grocery delivery in Cambridge other than PeaPod

Feb 17, 2015
Matt H in Greater Boston Area
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Jamaican ice cream shop

Hopefully this thread uncovers something locally, so you can give it a whirl earlier than than later.

Feb 17, 2015
Matt H in Ontario (inc. Toronto)